Watches: Hublot King Power Black Mamba – The Sequel

By Thierry Ané on November 27, 2013

Not so long ago, I wrote an articleWatches: Hublot King Power Black Mamba about the King Power Black Mamba Ceramic that Hublot created in honour of Kobe Bryant, one of the brand’s many ambassadors. Presented last March in Los Angeles, the watch is not available everywhere yet. Impatient of getting mine, I was hoping that my previous articleWatches: Hublot King Power Black Mamba would magically speed up its release.

Well, it did not work exactly the way I hoped: instead of causing the release of the King Power Black Mamba Ceramic, it triggered the introduction of two more versions of Kobe Bryant’s watch! Indeed, Hublot has just announced the production of a King Power Black Mamba King Gold with a black ceramic bezel limited to 15 pieces, as well as a Pavé version also in king gold, but set with brilliant-cut diamonds and strictly limited to 3 pieces.

The material of the case and the presence of brilliant-cut diamonds on the pavé version are in fact the only differences relative to the original Black mamba in ceramic. In particular, the snake appliqué on the dial, the purple and gold accents and the beautiful python snake strap sewn on black rubber are left unchanged.

I have inserted a picture of the black ceramic version so that you can compare them and decide which model you prefer.

As I said in my previous article, I will purchase the black ceramic version and don’t intend to change that. Nevertheless, I really like the King Gold version: the gold of the case works very well with the gold on the hands and the minute chapter. I am not a fan of the pavé model though. For me, the King Power case is too sporty to be combined with diamonds. Maybe it is just the cut that does not suit this bulky case: baguette-cut diamonds would be much nicer than these tiny brilliant-cut stones.

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