Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 3/21/13

Swiss luxury watch brand, Hublot, has named Los Angeles Lakers’ star shooting guard, Kobe Bryant, is its newest ambassador. To celebrate the new partnership, Hublot released Kobe’s signature timepiece, the limited edition “King Power Black Mamba.” “Bryant was the perfect choice for Hublot—a brand known for its precision and excellence, traits that have characterized the basketball icon’s celebrated career,” said Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot. Here are some more details about the Power Black Mamba, courtesy of Jocks And Stiletto Jill. Hublot will release the “King Power Black Mamba”, worldwide. Features included in the watch, a snake around the counter at 9 o’clock and Kobe’s jersey number, “24”, over 6 o’clock. The King Power Black Mamba is a limited edition with only 250 watches being released. To celebrate the new collaboration, the Lakers superstar celebrated his new role with a haute fete on the rooftop of the London West Hollywood. The presentation was followed by a basketball shoot-off with two children from After-School All Stars Los Angeles, a charitable beneficiary of the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation.  Simply by taking shots from a makeshift basketball court constructed over the hotel’s rooftop pool, the contest raised $30,000 for the program. Afterwards, the brand hosted an intimate dinner in partnership with GQ that was attended by Zac Efron, Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Salling, Jesse Williams, Garcelle Beauvais, Brad Goreski, and Christos Garkinos. During the fabulous dinner, Hublot’s CEO Ricardo Guadalupe reportedly presented Bryant with a special Jeroboam of Dom Perignon vintage 1998, one of only 50 in existence. Kobe is just as serious about his endorsement deals, as he is about his ball game.  He doesn’t half step.

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