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WOTW: Tissot Chrono XL NBA Collector Special Edition Watch

The launch of the new special edition Tissot XL NBA Collector watch unites the passion of the sport with a sleek design, crafted from 316L stainless steel with black PVD coating, and a total of 30 interchangeable casebacks for transforming a different look on the wrist as and whenever you wish.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) comprises 30 franchised teams (29 in the US and 1 in Canada). As the national governing body for basketball in the United States, it was the first successful professional basketball league created in the US, granting basketball the footing it needed to be recognised as a major professional sport in the US. The global sports and media business is built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League. President of Tissot, François Thiébaud, believes that the “emotions and the spirit behind the sport will further translate…” into Tissot products of the present and the future as the company launch yet another beautiful timepiece to celebrate the relationship between Tissot and the NBA.

The Tissot XL NBA watch collection features a dedicated watch for the Warriros, the Knicks, the Cavaliers and the Spurs, but also features a unique glass caseback adorned with the NBA logo, elegantly silk printed onto its surface. The back is interchangeable and offers a choice out of 30 different medals – one for each NBA team. The large, sporty and highly desirable watch is a collectable timepiece that is delivered in a unique presentation box.

The strap of the Tissot XL NBA Collector watch is another big give away of the brand’s inextricable links with the NBA. It has been made from official Spalding® NBA basketball leather to inject a powerful basketball-inspired feel into the design. The reverse of the leather band is adorned in a suede surface for ultimate comfort against the skin. It wraps around the contours of the gent’s wrist like a glove, securing with a standard buckle design.

The dial of the watch however goes without the need for any flashy lettering to denote the links it bears to the NBA. Instead it features a sleek and dramatic black dial accompanied by three darkened chronograph counters at 10, 2 and 6 o’clock. The sub-dials exude an almost glossy surface, enhancing the crisp legibility of the hands and numerals around the outer perimeters of the rings. The dial provides 30-minutes and 1/10 of a second counters, central 60-seconds chronograph hand and ADD and SPLIT functions, joined by a date aperture at 4 o’clock with striking white numerals. The playful tones between the classic black PVD coated surfaces of the Tissot XL NBA Collector watch case and its rare basketball leather strap, are a match made in heaven for one another. They reiterate a passion for basketball with a love for Swiss made precision-orientated perfection.

This Tissot XL NBA Collector watch, like all Tissot watches, is kitted out with a reliable movement. At the heart of its 45mm case, equipped with 100 meter water resistant capabilities, is a battery type Renata 394 quartz movement. Underneath a glass lens crafted from scratch resistant and anti reflective sapphire glass, lies luminescent hands and indexes to assist with referencing the time in low-light conditions. A bit of the basketball orange pops up every now and again against the white-on-black dial, and is seen in the hands of the display.

Dominating elements of the special edition timepiece really come into play on the reverse of the dial however, where the NBA logo that is missing from the front of the dial is proudly put on display on the back. The fact that the caseback can be removed and replaced with a different NBA team offers the collector something that has never been seen before. In a very obvious way, Tissot tie in their links with the NBA by providing the collector a ball-shaped tool inside the box which enables the removal of the back. The tool has three tabs on it which match up to notches on the caseback bezel, allowing for a seamless removal of the caseback. For those who normally sway towards timepieces that offer something exclusive and exceptionally special, like a hand-wound watch for example – the interchangeable back system of the Tissot watch is a particularly exciting delight to enjoy. The removal of the case, the tightening up of the bezel notches after a chosen design has been selected – they all come together to provide the Tissot lover a watch to accessorize and play with on a daily basis.

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