Tissot Secures Timekeeping at TOP 14 Rugby

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Renowned Swiss watchmaker Tissot was perhaps most visible in recent months when performing the timekeeping duties at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but that is by no means the only sporting occasion that they are involved in. In fact, Tissot’s first excursion into the realm of sports timekeeping occurred a number of decades ago in 1938, when they timed a series of ski races in the Jura Mountains. Since then, they have served as timekeeper for a variety of sporting championships, but they are always looking to expand their already impressive portfolio of collaborations still further.

Most recently, Tissot has chosen to expand its association with the world of rugby, and they have now been named as the Official Timekeeper for the TOP 14; one of the premier rugby tournaments to be held in France. Alongside timekeeping for cycling, fencing, ice hockey, football events and more in the past, Tissot has been a consistent presence within many rugby fixtures, so they were one of the obvious choices for the TOP 14 Tournament. The TOP 14 is undoubtedly one of the highlights within the rugby calendar, bringing some truly spectacular players together in a single event, and so it is clearly an exciting alliance for Tissot to secure.

As of the 2014/15 season, Tissot will be providing numerous timekeeping solutions for the TOP 14 tournament. Naturally, displaying the match-time will be an integral part of these duties, but a new amendment to the TOP 14 rules also necessitates the addition of a pitch-side clock for the referee. As you might expect, Tissot have stepped up to meet this requirement, and will also ensure the consistent implementation of on-screen match timing as well, and, as a total of 170 countries will be able to view the TOP 14 event, a multitude of people will benefit from this reliable timekeeping.

François Thiébaud, President of Tissot, has stated that ‘many of the core values of rugby, such as teamwork, respect, discipline and of course a love for sports, are shared at Tissot’, and the President of the French National Rugby League has affirmed his belief that Tissot will ‘bring added technological value to all the matches’. At Banks Lyon, we’re naturally very interested to see if any new rugby-inspired Tissot watches will be in the pipeline following this development, as Tissot has already created many exciting sports-themed timepieces in the past.

Our collection of Tissot Quickster watches has been dramatically shaped by the FIFA 2014 World Cup, and many other Tissot ranges bear similar sporting hallmarks too, so it would be entirely in keeping for this new partnership to yield some form of special wristwatch. However, with the Asian Games swiftly approaching, and Tissot also timekeeping at this prestigious event, we recognise that their schedule must be very full at present! If you’d like to find out more about any of our Tissot watches, then please feel free to get in touch with our helpful and customer-focussed team today. Call us now on 01524 38 48 58 or email and we’ll be happy to assist you.