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Maurice Lacroix King of the Court

Maurice Lacroix is pleased to announce it is the Official Timekeeper of the King of the Court Crown Series, a series of Beach Volleyball tournaments played in different cities around the globe

Urban, Accessible and Driven – A Shared Outlook

Maurice Lacroix is pleased to announce it is the Official Timekeeper of the King of the Court Crown Series, a series of Beach Volleyball tournaments played in different cities around the globe. Beyond the convenience of holding events in urban locations, KOTC has shown it shares many values with the Swiss watch brand.

In 1915, beach volleyball, an evolution of indoor volleyball, was played for the first time on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii. As the sport’s popularity grew it was played in other parts of the world, most notably in Santa Monica, California which popularised the sport and gave birth to the modern two-player game. Today, beach volleyball is governed by the International Volleyball Federation, the FIVB and has been an Olympic sport since the summer of 1996.

Sportworx, a Dutch company, conceived the highly innovative King of the Court format (KOTC). Working in close cooperation with FIVB, KOTC holds Beach Volleyball tournaments in cities around the globe. Beyond the appeal of urban locations, KOTC has made the sport more accessible to fans by framing the courts with sky boxes, stadiums as well as ground-level seating. These formats allow spectators to get close to the action, augmenting the sense of tension and excitement. The KOTC hosts 20 of the world’s finest male and volleyball teams from around the world, including ML Crew members the Beachvolley Vikings, AKA Anders Mol and Christian Sørum, and Swiss duo Joana Heidrich and Anouk Vergé-Dépré.

“Maurice Lacroix is the Official Timekeeper of KOTC and the reasons behind this partnership are numerous," sated Stéphane Waser, Managing Director of Maurice Lacroix. "Since the inaugural AIKON models were unveiled in 2016, Maurice Lacroix has repeatedly looked to the urban landscape for inspiration, creating watches for ambitious, driven individuals. Therefore, the notion of bringing sporting events to city centres immediately resonated with our brand.”

King of the Court

King of the Court © Maurice Lacroix

“Time is one of the key elements of our King of the Court sport discipline; it’s an elimination race in rounds of 15 minutes with the world’s best beach volleyball teams," adds Wilco Nijland, CEO & founder of King of the Court. "With Maurice Lacroix we have, for us, the best possible watch brand on board for our very promising journey. The way Maurice Lacroix is approaching new and existing markets, with innovative watches, is very professional, ambitious, creative and brave. This fits so well with the vision and style of King of the Court. It’s great to feel that we are sharing so many of the same mutual brand values; this will be without any doubts recognized by each visitor of our platforms live or online!"

Maurice Lacroix also appreciates how KOTC tries to make its experiences accessible, an attribute it shares with Maurice Lacroix, a luxury brand that is known for making affordable watches with a high perceived value.

Perhaps, most of all, Maurice Lacroix chooses to work with partners who are driven and crave success. It is for this reason that Anders Mol & Christian Sørum and Joana Heidrich & Anouk Vergé Dépré were invited to join the ML Crew and likewise why Maurice Lacroix and KOTC have chosen to work together.

This is King Of The Court

Originally a popular training match format, King of the Court has developed into an exhilarating new beach volleyball format. The court is divided into a winning and challenging side, and points can only be scored on the winning side. Instead of two teams, there are five duos playing for time simultaneously in an elimination game. The break between the rallies is limited to eight seconds, ensuring a fast and action-packed game. The format of King of the Court is well suited to the IOC and Olympic Movement’s vision of attracting younger generations.

King of the Court

King of the Court © Maurice Lacroix

Your Time Is Now With Maurice Lacroix

For more than 40 years, Maurice Lacroix has demonstrated all of its watchmaking expertise, crafting watches within the brand’s Manufacture in Saignelégier, Switzerland. Having won more than fifteen awards, the brand has demonstrated an innovative, avant-garde and perfectionist spirit over the years. Maurice Lacroix’s culture is indeed to offer affordable watches, with iconic design and high perceived value. In 2016, Maurice Lacroix reinterpreted its iconic model of the 90s, the Calypso, releasing the AIKON. Modern and daring, the AIKON is made for a generation of Millennials who are connected, cosmopolitan and talented. This ambitious generation is setting out to conquer the world’s cities, embracing their unique spirit. A constant source of inspiration for the Maurice Lacroix creative team, an active and urban brand, that thrives in the electric energy of these cities. With this in mind, Maurice Lacroix chooses to associate its image with a set of activities that allow consumers to experience the unique vitality of city life.

 

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Based in the Jura region of Switzerland, Maurice Lacroix has been producing fine Swiss timepieces for over 40 years and has developed 14 in-house movements over the past ten years.

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