Zac Efron, Jimmy Kimmel, Jesse Williams and Brad Goreski join Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, to Celebrate
(Los Angeles, March 21, 2013) – Wednesday night on the rooftop of The London Hotel West Hollywood, basketball legend Kobe Bryant was named Hublot’s newest brand ambassador. Bryant joins the ranks of elite Hublot athletes including fellow basketball star Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, famed Olympian Usain Bolt and soccer legend Diego Maradona.
“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. “We could not be more excited to add Kobe Bryant to our roster of brand ambassadors, all of whom are living testimonies to athletic superiority and perseverance. Kobe’s achievements are an inspiration to all of us here at Hublot, and we look forward to a wonderful partnership,” Guadalupe added.
The events commenced as Ricardo Guadalupe unveiled the Limited Edition King Power Black Mamba, named in honor of the star, and continued well into the night. The watch presentation was followed by an exciting basketball shoot-off with two children from After-School All Stars Los Angeles, a charitable beneficiary of the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need.
Taking shots from a makeshift basketball court constructed over the hotel’s rooftop pool, the playful contest raised $30,000 for the program. Guadalupe presented the check to the Bryants and After-School All Stars as the crowd cheered. In addition, Hublot will donate a portion of the proceeds of the sales of Bryant’s watch to the Foundation.
This celebration set the mood for an intimate dinner that the brand hosted in partnership with GQ in honor of Kobe Bryant. Los Angeles’ brightest were in attendance including Zac Efron, Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Salling, Jesse Williams, Garcelle Beauvais, Brad Goreski, and Christos Garkinos, among others.
During the dinner, Ricardo Guadalupe presented Bryant with a special Jeroboam of Dom Perignon vintage 1998, only 50 were produced in the entire world. The evening continued as DJ Eve Salvail spun a mix of the latest hits and classic songs. Bryant’s new position serves to further strengthen the relationship between the brand and the LA Lakers. In January of this year Hublot became the first official timekeeper of the illustrious NBA franchise.
Hublot’s Chairman, Jean-Claude Biver, along with CEO, Ricardo Guadalupe, are responsible for turning the Hublot brand into a genuine success story in which the Big Bang, King Power, Classic Fusion and Masterpieces represent the symbols of a constantly evolving tradition. A champion of innovation, Hublot revolutionized the watch industry with the introduction of the Big Bang, a multiple award winning timepiece created using a combination of precious metals with rubber. Since then, the Swiss brand has become universally known for the concept, “Art of Fusion.”