Games & Gadgets
NUBEO CREATES THE BLACK MAMBA: A MASTERPIECE FOR KOBE BRYANT
The creative team at Nubeo is not fond of following pre-established rules. They prefer to create their own. With the arrival of the Black Mamba collection, Nubeo's creative team has had the opportunity to invent a new concept — the jewel timepiece — exclusively masculine and sporty.
Both the Ultimate and the MVP versions master the setting of sapphires to express the combination of sport, masculinity and sophistication, terms which describe Kobe Bryant himself so well. The three choices of color express the three-fold personality of the Black Mamba: black is masculine, orange is sporty and whisky colored sapphires represent sophistication. This is a whole new take in the world of men's watches. To create the right image of the jewel timepiece, a number of features were included to strengthen the masculine identity of the Black Mamba.
The luxury that precious stones bring to women's timepieces, becomes a note of discretion in the Black Mamba. Sapphires are moved to the inner part of the dial, located around the outer ring. At first glance they almost go unnoticed since they merge with the black finish. But they show all their splendor given their exceptional ability to reflect light. The natural quality of sapphires is further enhanced by the trapezoid shape and baguette cut of the 48 gems in the ring. An accuracy of 0.02 millimetres was achieved to guarantee perfect finish of the pieces. The Gems of Kings and Queens
It is currently quite common to equate precious stones with creations designed for women. But this link has not always been so. Since the dawn of Humanity precious stones have been the object of male desire, when the heroes and warriors of Antiquity considered them to be sources of energy and power.
Sapphires are high on the list of precious stones most revered by mankind. They have traditionally been known as the jewels of Kings and Popes. Nubeo chose black sapphires instead of black diamonds because they are more suitable for a watch like the Black Mamba. The colour of sapphires is more intense and their strength — 9 grades, similar to that of rubies — guarantees adequate setting in the inner ring. The unparalleled purity of the black sapphires used by Nubeo suggests that the market value of these stones is probably three times higher than that of black diamonds.
BLACK MAMBA ULTIMATE
There are two different versions in the most radical Black Mamba proposal. This sophisticated model replaces the dial's outer ring scale engraving with a complete set of 48 baguette cut and trapezoid sapphires. The Black Mamba Ultimate is available in the 48 black sapphire model, or the sports version with 36 black and 12 orange sapphires — the latter mark the dial's first quarter. Since the scale on the outer ring is no longer present, this information is now moved to the surface.
BLACK MAMBA MVP
The Black Mamba is undoubtedly a sports watch; its MVP version highlights its more sophisticated side. It is similar to the Ultimate with the use of sapphires and the style of the dial. The main scale is at the surface and chronograph push buttons are decorated with 72 black sapphires in a brilliant cut. The differences center on the bezel, a component that makes the piece even more spectacular. The MVP bezel does not have rubber inserts and titanium numbers. Instead, the timepiece includes a setting of 48 baguette cut and trapezoid sapphires. The number of stones and type of arrangement is similar to the set in the dial's raised chapter ring. The degree of sophistication of the Black Mamba MVP is even greater in its spectacular version using whisky colored sapphires, a rare variety in this type of precious stone. In addition to the whisky sapphire model, the Black Mamba MVP is also available in black and orange sapphires. Given that it is virtually impossible to find two stones with a similar color tone, each Black Mamba MVP watch is a unique and unrepeatable piece.
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