Watches & Famous Sportmen´s, normally, big brands seek ambassadors for their big watches. making special editions, successfully exploit the sports men and women to promote their brands and create a larger Marketplace for its other references. Here is a small sample of some champions with their watches.
Kobe Bryant; Hublot “Black Mamba” The L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, who has won multiple NBA championships, is nicknamed “Black Mamba” for his slippery, on-court athleticism, “Black Mamba” is also the nickname of his personal Hublot King Power wristwatch, which has a purple-and-gold Lakers color scheme on the dial’s hands, indices and numerals; a Kobe Bryant signature in gold on the sapphire caseback; and a python leather strap. The Hublot King Power Black Mamba is limited to 250 pieces. As of March 2013, Los Angeles Lakers star basketball player Kobe Bryant is officially an Hublot watch brand ambassador. The Swiss watch brand (part of the LVMH luxury group) sells watches averaging about $20,000 – $30,000 in price and also recently became the official timekeeper of the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe’s deal with Hublot is unrelated to the fact that the watchmaker also sponsors his team. This week in Los Angeles, Hublot announced their new relationship with the popular athlete as well as a new limited edition watch dedicated to Mr. Bryant.
Hublot’s CEO Ricardo Guadalupe curated an Hublot brand boutique visit in Beverly Hills further explaining the brand that Kobe will be a part of. He joins an impressively long list of international athletes and other stars associated with the rigorously active luxury watch brand. I joined the two there to meet Mr. Bryant and learn about the new relationship. Kobe Bryant is among a small minority of basketball players who has truly transcended the court to become a fashion and social icon. He sits among a class of men populated by legends such as Michael Jordan. Clever endorsements and regular fixtures in fashion and lifestyle publications has helped make Bryant as much a style symbol as a talented basketball player. The men’s magazine and website regular will now be exclusively donning Hublot timepieces on his wrist for the time being. To celebrate Kobe’s new Hublot ambassadorship, the brand has released a 250 piece limited edition watch specially designed for Kobe Bryant. The timepiece takes the name “Hublot King Power Black Mamba” – in honor of Kobe’s on-court nickname. The purple and 18k gold accented timepiece is 48mm wide in a black ceramic and titanium case. Inside the watch is a Swiss automatic chronograph mechanical movement with a 60 minute central chronograph counter. Rafael Nadal; Richard Mille RM 027-01 Tourbillon Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal stands out even among this elite group of champions in that he is the only one who actually wears his watch while winning titles. And not just any watch: a six-figure tourbillon timepiece from Richard Mille. The brand created its RM 027-01 Tourbillon specifically for Nadal, and with his creative input. Its ultra-lightweight case is made of an anthracite polymer injected with carbon nanotubes and the movement is made of a light, rigid, shock-absorbent combo of titanium and a lithium alloy called LITHAL. Designed and made by Richard Mille in collaboration with Nadal, the high-tech, high-spec highly-sophisticated RM 027-01 Tourbillion watch has been constructed to cope with accelerations of more than 5,000 G without compromising its reliability.The cost of Rafael Nadal’s watch is £549,000 and only 50 examples of it will be made. Richard Mille watches are appreciated both by sportsmen such as Rafael Nadal or Bubba Watson for their resilience and the amount of cutting-edge that is packed into their lightweight cases making them the Formula 1 of the watch world. RM 027 was the first watch to be worn by a player in a Grand Slam and quickly became a permanent fixture on Nadal’s wrist whenever he stepped on to the court. Just like the original RM 027, the new RM 27-01 watch pushes the boundaries of technical performance and lightness. Richard Mille has managed to strip an impressive gram off the weight of its predecessor, with the RM 27-01 coming in at just 19g, including the Velcro strap. Described as “a triumph of engineering and technology”, it features an ultra-light 3.5g tourbillon movement made from titanium and LITAL®, a lithium alloy used in aerospace engineering and Formula 1 that provides more flexibility and greater shock resistance. Inspired by suspended civil engineering infrastructures, the watch’s baseplate is attached to the case using four braided steel cables measuring just 0.35mm in diameter, which are fixed with just the right amount of tension to protect the movement without interfering with its performance. The design was fine-tuned over months of experimenting and testing on the tennis player, who was involved in every step of the process. With an anthracite casing made from an extremely strong anthracite polymer injected with carbon nanotubes, the RM27-01 offers the ultimate protection against impacts and high-speed accelerations – perfect for Nadal and his 185kph serve. Limited to 50 pieces, you don’t have to be a top tennis player to appreciate the precision. Muhammad Ali; IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Muhammad Ali Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is an elder statesman of his sport now, but in his heyday the three-time world heavyweight champ was one of the most famous athletes in the world. IWC Schaffhausen recognized Ali’s legend with its creation of the one-of-a-kind IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Muhammad Ali. Modeled on IWC’s historic Big Pilot’s Watch, this unique piece has applied indices with a Super-LumiNova coating in signal red, a favorite color of Ali’s, and a matching color scheme on the underside of the black alligator strap. The caseback is engraved with Ali’s signature and the inscription, “Edition Muhammad Ali, ONE OUT OF ONE.” It was auctioned for $60,000 at Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night Gala in April 2012. s any watch lover will tell you, the beauty of an exclusive timepiece designed and produced in the manufacturer’s own workshops lies not only in its looks: ticking away inside the case is the highly sophisticated mechanism that makes the Big Pilot’s Watch a hero in its own right. Its 51111 caliber – the largest automatic movement ever manufactured by IWC – contains all the features that have proved their worth in the long history of IWC mechanical watches. Within no time at all, the spring-mounted rotor and Pellaton pawl-winding system build up a power reserve of over 7 days, before the movement is mechanically brought to a halt by a complex train in the power reserve after exactly 168 hours. Stopping the movement before the tension in the spring is exhausted eliminates the danger of diminishing torque in the mainspring. This ensures the same level of accuracy the whole time the watch is running. The power reserve display at “3 o’clock” provides a reliable indication of the time remaining until the movement comes to a stop. The enormous crown is a memento of those pioneering days of aviation when pilots were exposed to the elements in unheated – or even open – cockpits. To combat this, they wore quilted flying suits and thick gloves, which made it difficult for them to wind and set their watches, hence the need for an unusually large, chunky crown. Eli Manning; Citizen Eli Manning Limited Edition Perpetual Chrono A.T New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning — who bested Movado endorser Tom Brady of the New England Patriots in not one but two thrilling Super Bowls — is a proud Citizen wearer and even appears in TV commercials for the Japanese brand. In 2012, Citizen released a personalized Manning watch, the Citizen Eli Manning Limited Edition Perpetual Chrono A.T, which featured a dial in Giants blue and was limited to 2,000 pieces. The watch has a 42-mm case and a quartz movement with Citizen’s signature Eco-Drive technology, which uses sunlight to recharge the battery. Its numerous functions include a 60-minute chronograph, perpetual calendar, alarm, and power reserve and AM/PM indicators. The steel caseback is engraved with Manning’s Giants jersey number “10.” Click here for more about the watch. The case on this watch is sculpted from hypoallergenic, surgical stainless steel and carries a diameter of 43mm, which gives this piece excellent wrist presence. The brushed and polished stainless steel case extends outward crown side, making the main crown and pushers that much more prominent. The main crown is ridged allowing for greater dexterity when operating the different functions of this timepiece. The dial comes in blue with white hour markers in both index and Arabic numeral format. The Arabic numeral ‘10’ is highlighted in red as this is Eli Manning’s jersey number. The chronograph uses a central seconds hand and a subdial at the 6 position indicating both the chrono hours and minutes. On the internal bezel is a world time ring with the names of 26 cities around the world. The city of New York is in red as well, as this is Eli Manning’s home city where he has led their football team – the NY Giants to two Super Bowl victories. Just below the 12 position is a retrograde dial which offers the day on one side and the power reserve on the other. At the 3 position is a date window; while at the 9 is the continuous seconds register. This model is powered by the world famous Eco Drive technology which harnesses the power of light (both natural and artificial) to run the movement, which is a Japanese made H820 quartz movement. The time adjustments are radio controlled for confidence in the accuracy of this model. Due to the fact that this is a radio controlled model, the calendar needs no adjustments. The dial window is crafted from scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The stainless steel bracelet is secured using a single push piece folding clasp. This gorgeous watch is water resistant to 200 meters. LeBron James; Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore limited edition It was probably inevitable that former Miami Heat all-star and two-time NBA champ LeBron James (who this season returned to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers) would eventually join the fraternity of athletes with their own personal watch models. In fall of 2013, Audemars Piguet launched the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore LeBron James, a relatively understated chronograph with a rose-gold/titanium combo case and an elegant gray leather strap. The only touch of “bling” is a subtle one, namely the diamond-set chrono push-piece at 2 o’clock. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ofshore LeBron James is a limited edition of 600, priced at $51,500. he watch is still instantly recognizable as a Royal Oak Offshore, with its famous octagonal case and “mega-tapisserie” patterned dial. The case is in 18k rose gold and also features a brushed titanium bezel, with the traditional eight screws, which echoes the gray tones in the dial and strap. The push-piece guards combine rose gold with gray rubber. The sapphire crystal has a glareproof coating. The case is water-resistant to 100 meters. The applied Arabic numerals and hands are also in 18k rose gold. Those familiar with the brand will no doubt recognize the dial of the Limited Edition LeBron James watch as being similar to that of a prior limited edition model Audemars Piguet produced in honor of the many watches they produced from Arnold Schwarzenegger called the Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy. Though unlike the massive 48mm width of that model, the LeBron James Royal Oak Offshore is a less massive 48mm wide. Inside the watch is a Swiss made Audemars Piguet caliber 3126/3840 automatic chronograph with 22k gold rotor. The beautiful movement is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. Masculine yet imminently fashionable, the watch flirts with the notion of both sport and wealth. An interesting design element that LeBron is no doubt proud of is the chronograph start/stop pusher at 2 o’clock that has been set with diamonds. Completing the package is LeBron James’ signature on the rear of the timepiece.