The location could not have been more perfect. A beautiful sunny day with vineyards and flowers at the background. Also a reminder of the childhood of the basketball legend.
This special timepiece was created for the brand ambassador, the NBA Superstar, Kobe Bryant himself, who was also present to proudly show the new Hublot creations.
Kobe Bryant, who is until recently, the Star player of the Los Angeles Lakers, was born in Philadelphia and had spend a part of his childhood in Italy, since his father had played basketball for 7 seasons there. Kobe Bryant is the son of the former NBA player Joe 'Jellybean' Bryant.
This second timepiece is known as the Big Bang"Vino", a nick name that Bryant has been given by a friend. This friend said that Kobe Bryant has been getting better and better with the years, just like a good wine.
Somehow watchmaking is equivalent to the winemaking and even to Bryant's career as a basketball legend. It is a process, that requires attention to details and patience.
The Hublot Big Bang "Vino"is the world's first mechanical timepiece designed to time basketball. It is a chronograph with a retro seconds and a different display. It can calculate basketball time, 48 minutes as in 4x12 minutes.
The Hublot Big Bang Unico Chronograph Retrograde Kobe “Vino” Bryant is a limited edition and is available in Black Ceramic and 18K King Gold. The Black Ceramic is a limited edition of 200 pieces and the 18K King Gold is a limited edition of 100 pieces.
Two interchangeable straps will be delievered for each of the time pieces, one black rubber with burgundy stitching and one burgundy python with burgundy stitching.
The watch features a sleek design that reflects Bryant's personality as the Black Mamba. Burgundy embellishments are reflected on the strap, stitching and dial of the timepiece.
The dial features a prominent basketball design integrated into a matte burgundy multilayer disc.
The choice of the burgundy color is relevant as that is the color of red wine.
The case is 45.5 mm in diameter. The back of the case is made of green sapphire glass with an interior anti-reflective treatment, just like the color of wine bottles. The glass features Kobe Bryant’s signature.
The Big Bang Unico Chronograph Retrograde Kobe "Vino" Bryant has a Caliber Hublot HUB1261 movement and UNICO Manufacture self-winding Bi-retrograde movement with central chronograph and column wheel.
This exquisit timepiece is also waterresistant upto 10 ATM (100m) and has a power reserve upto 72 hours.
The Hublot Big Bang Unico Chronograph Retrograde “Vino” will come in a box just like a case of wine. It's no coincidence that there are some details linked to the wine world as Kobe Bryant happens to be passionate about wine himself.
As Hublot strives to be first, be unique, be different and work with the best of the best, they continue to celebrate the art of watchmaking.
It's all about sense of luxury at it finest by mixing quality, innovation and sports.