To Hublot, it symbolises a connection between the past and the present to bring us the future
A Fusion of Time
King Pelé, a legendary player whom during his international career, had won three FIFA World Cups, and Kylian Mbappé who is the youngest player to ever score at a World Cup, communicated for the first time using social media during the FIFA™ World Cup 2018. Between the two men, there is spontaneity, respect, shared values, a great love of life and a common passion: football.
“Welcoming Kylian Mbappé into our family conveys a powerful message. The fusion of time, the power of dreams and passion, the magic of a sport; all of which are values an athlete inspires.”
Pelé has been part of the Hublot family for many years. And as Kylian Mbappé becomes the newest ambassador for the watchmaker Hublot, the brand took the initiative to bring together these exceptional players. To Hublot, it symbolises a connection between the past and the present to bring us the future – as CEO of Hublot, Ricardo Guatalupe said, “Being able to bring together Pelé, the patriarch of our Hublot Family, and Kylian, our youngest-ever ambassador, is just one of those unique moments in life, an instant where time stands still to mark history forever.”
In Pelé’s own words, “He is a fantastic athlete; he thrilled me during the 2018 World Cup, he made me want to dust off my football boots and join him on the pitch. He hasn’t fully realised it yet, but he has left his mark on history and, above all, he will keep the moments he experienced and the feats he has accomplished deep within himself. When I followed his games during the World Cup, I could feel my body run, my feet score, my heartbeat with this intense joy, that of victory. I just had to tell him and now I just have to meet him! Well done and welcome Kylian.”
And with Kylian, the feeling is mutual – “It’s a huge honour to meet Mr Pelé. And a great source of pride to find myself at his side in the Hublot family. For me, Hublot is a real favourite. I’ve been a fan of their watches and their philosophy for a long time. The encounter with Jean-Claude Biver and Ricardo Guadalupe, who run this company, was a decisive one. I need to be able to identify both with the values of the brand with which I partner and the people behind it.
“Hublot embodies this fusion of innovation, new technologies and materials, which greatly appeals to me.” – Kylian Mbappé
“They unconditionally support my sport and are associated with my finest moments in football, so I am proud to become the first current footballer to act as an ambassador for the brand! That’s why I am Hublot!”