Recently, here in Los Angeles, Hublot helped brand ambassador Kobe Bryant celebrate his now official retirement from playing professional basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers after 20 years of service. The affably charming Byrant was on point this evening as his carefully curated retirement plan checked off another box while he strapped on his latest limited edition Hublot watch reference 517.CX.0180.PR.KOB16 made just for him.
Hublot has celebrated various sides of Kobe Bryant's personality with each of the now three limited edition watches they have produced together. It began back in 2013 when Hublot and Kobe Bryant announced the King Power Black Mamba With the crew at the event, I congratulated Mr. Bryant on the relationship and failed to make small talk when making the mistake of mentioning Nubeo, a late 2000's brand with huge potential that suffered fatally after the economic crash. After my remark, I then realized that Bryant probably lost money as part of the ordeal and it was a sore topic. I mostly brought it up because I was a genuine fan of the brand's product and saw his participation as a sign of his level of fine watch appreciation and good taste.
The 2016 limited edition Hublot Classic Fusion Kobe Bryant "HeroVillain" is either the third in a series or the end of a trilogy. For Bryant, I believe this watch is not only about celebrating the end of his career, but also the legacy and personality he has left behind. A sentimentalist, in my opinion, Kobe ponders whether he will be remembered for his heroic determination or his sometimes direct path to success at the expense of other considerations that might be on the "villain" side of the spectrum.
Kobe Bryant has mentioned that he would not rule out a return to the sports industry in the future, but I get the impression he is ready for a break after a live-eat-breathe-basketball life for two whole decades. The man of many passions seems eager about putting his attention and energy elsewhere for a while - even though he has not made it clear what that is.
With full humility, Kobe shared that he is not a good designer, and that he does not design his watches. Rather, he conveys a vision, story, and set of emotions he wants to imbue into his watches and credits the artistry of Hublot's designers for the final product. It's nice to see him open about the design process and profess his genuine appreciation for how the brand has handled their relationship - a relationship of importance to the star because he does care about watches.
Kobe was clearly happy when seeing the Hublot Classic Fusion Kobe Bryant HeroVillain replica on his wrist. It's cool because, at events like this, even Kobe is probably seeing the watch for the first time in real life. It's a good time to be Kobe, retiring with the splash he was hoping for. Certainly something to add points to the "hero" side of the equation. The question is if Hublot will continue to be a part of his personality moving forward - and I think, for the time being, it will be. Price for the limited edition of 24 pieces reference 517.CX.0180.PR.KOB16 Hublot Classic Fusion Kobe Bryant "HeroVillain" watch.
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