With Switzerland rated as the most expensive country to visit, it’s no wonder why so many people skip over the country and wait until they are older and maybe, richer. It is also easy to see why this country is the major exporter of luxurious watches since most of the people inhabiting the landlocked nation are richer than anyone else in the world in terms of mean wealth per adult.
An exemplar brand of luxury watches manufactured in Switzerland is the Tissot. It was founded in 1853 and is part of the Swiss Conglomerate Swatch Group (Longines, Breguet, Blancpain, Omega). It merged with the Omega watch making family in 1930 and has been the official watch brand for many events, mostly in sports. It is no wonder that there are a handful of influential and famous people seen wearing the brand. Let us take a look at Tissot watches worn by some famous personalities in sports and showbiz.
- Klay Thompson (Tissot Chrono XL)
The 30-year-old American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA) was welcomed as an ambassador by the Tissot World in 2018. Aside from being a three-time NBA Champion, he’s also a five-time NBA All-Star, a two-time All-NBA Third Team, and an Olympic gold medalist. On March 22, 2019, on the launching of Tissot Chrono XL NBA Collector, Special Edition at Nordstrom, Walnut Creek, Thompson was wearing the Tissot Chrono XL.
Tissot Chrono XL is one of the largest chronographs (45 mm) in the entire Tissot collection. It is composed of a 316L stainless steel case with black PVD coating and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. It is round, and its casing is 11 mm thick. The dial is black, while the strap is synthetic beige leather and standard buckle. The water-resistance of the model is up to 10 bars, and it can resist impacts and pressure, as well as the penetration of liquids, gas, and dust by replicating the real-life conditions in which the watch may find itself.
- Tony Parker (T-Touch Expert Solar Tony Parker)
William Anthony “Tony” Parker, a French-American former professional basketball player for San Antonio Spurs of the NBA and majority owner of ASVEL Basket in LNB Pro A, has been in the contract of the Tissot watch since 2010. The four-time NBA Champion and one-time NBA Finals MVP are known to be kind-hearted and very down-to-earth. He has been supporting charities such as Eva’s Heroes, Keep America Beautiful, Padres Contra el Cancer, and Steve Nash Foundation.
As an ambassador, Parker made a continental appearance in the Par Coeur Gala in Paris last 2015, where he was wearing the monochromatic and dazzling Tissot Luxury Automatic Chronometer 80. The model was a satin-finished, stainless steel case and bracelet with chamfered lugs. Both sides of the case are embossed with a basket-weave pattern. The black dial has a lot of depth with a faceted bezel and sparkling diamond markers.
The basketball great also has its own Tissot model, the limited edition T-Touch Expert Solar Tony Parker. It is a coveted model in the Tissot range. Powered by solar energy with 25 features, including weather forecasting, altimeter, and compass.
- Arthur Chen (Tissot Chrono XL)
Arthur Chen, better known by his Chinese name Chen Feiyu, is a Chinese – American actor and assistant director. Debuted in 2010 at the age of 10, he portrayed a young king in the film “Sacrifice”. His career boomed when he was cast in his first lead role in 2017 in the film, Secret Fruit until he continued to play bigger roles in various historical dramas.
Last April 2020, Arthur was proudly welcomed by Tissot as a next-generation ambassador. His life has inspired his fans to live a life without limitations and with unlimited possibilities. In the same month, he released the company’s latest Chrono XL range in a live webcast from Beijing.
A few of the models he presented was the T1166173705100 Tissot Chrono XL weighing 79 g with a case thickness of 11mm and a width of 45mm. The round-shaped case was made up of a 316L stainless steel case with black PVD coating and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. It has a synthetic black fiber strap and a standard buckle. It can also resist water pressure up to 10 bar. Another style of Tissot Chrono XL Arthur has presented is T116.617.37.091.00 that also weighs 79g. Its dial color is green and can also resist water pressure up to 10 bar.
Arthur mentioned during his webcast that the watch is the one accessory he cannot do without and has thought that everyone should have a wristwatch of their own.
- Liu Yifei (Tissot Lady Heart Flower Powermatic 80)
Another Tissot ambassador from China is the Walt Disney Company’s Mulan, Liu Yifei. A Chinese-American born actress, singer, and model was named as one of the New Four Dan actresses of China in 2009. In 2015, she became the global ambassador of Tissot.
Tissot Lady Heart Flower Powermatic 80 was modeled by her in 2018. The item has a feminine charm inside and out. The inner beauty, a fine automatic movement, is visible through a window on the lovely dial at the magical hour of twelve. Femininity finds further expression through details such as sparkling diamonds or studs on some models and elegant straps. These are perfect watches for graceful ladies willing to reveal a secret to those close to them.
It is water-resistant up to 3 bars and weighs 57g. The case is 9.8 mm thick, 35 mm wide, and 35 mm long, made up of a 316L stainless steel case with rose gold PVD coating and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. It has 23 jewels and is white in dial color, Arabic, and indexes. The strap is synthetic white, and the buckle is a butterfly clasp.