16.07.2021 - Showbiz

Watch this Space (Jam) for a movie anniversary special – and a sneak peak at LeBron James’ best timepieces

Basketball star LeBron James is all set for the release of movie Space Jam: A New Legacy, which hits the big screen today – and a special watch to mark the original movie’s 25th anniversary.

Not only is ‘King James’ the highest-paid player in the NBA but he’s probably one of the richest athletes of all time. He’s also won two Olympic gold medals and holds the record-high play-offs points.

And if that’s not enough, he’s now venturing into film as both a director and actor.

Cinema goers and sports fans alike will be thrilled to see a sequel to the original movie from 1996 featuring all-time hoops legend, Michael Jordan.

LeBron James is set to take over the role in the story that his fellow star had 25 years ago. The star will find himself forced to take part in a basketball match with various Looney Tunes characters in an attempt to save his son. 

Watch fanatics will enjoy the new timepiece created especially to celebrate the movie’s silver anniversary, and a look into LeBron’s rather impressive collection.

Space Jam: Legacy-inspired tourbillon

Kross, the Swiss designer, has created a watch to celebrate the Warner Bros/NBA movie. At 45mm in size, the dial features a tourbillon cage at the centre, aptly in the shape of a basketball.

We love the hands, which are affixed to a peripheral display mechanism orbiting 360° around the tourbillon, while the hour hand is craftily shaped like half a basketball court. The dial even features Looney Tunes characters. Plus, it has a staggering five-day power reserve.

But you’d have to be extremely lucky to grab one of these fab finds as only 10 have been created and will set you back a cool £72,000. But you do get a cool wooden sculpture to stash it in. 

Dressed to impress

And what about the main man himself? LeBron James is quite the watch collector off the court.

It’s not all NBA games. He also has lots of fancy dinner parties and awards ceremonies to attend, so he makes sure he’s dressed smartly for such an occasion.

One watch he’s been spotted wearing is the stunning Patek Philippe 6102R. It’s the watch whose dial manages to chart both the pattern of the stars of the sky when viewed from the northern hemisphere but also the moon’s phases as it revolves around the dial.

King James with the jewels

One of LeBron’s favourite pieces is his Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph. 

Is 341 diamonds enough for the kind of the court? The case, links and bezel are set with them but if that’s not enough, there are 104 more on the dial.

But that’s not the only model he has. He’s also been spotted wearing one with an openworked dial and a tourbillon in gold, as well as a stainless steel option.

Marvel-lous offering

James was also spotted on the bench at a Los Angeles Lakers’ game wearing an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon. Audemars Piguet plans to produce a whole host of watches in collaboration with Marvel. 

This watch features a sculpture of the superhero in white gold. It’s set off by a 42mm titanium case with a bright purple strap for the wow factor.

One in a Mille-ion

James is also a fan of sporty offerings from Richard Mille and we know he owns two different RM 11-03 – one with a brown case and one a blue Jean Tody version.

Inspired by racing cars, the Richard Mille 11-03s are powered by the RMAC 3 calibre movement with a whopping 45-hour power reserve. With a 60-minute countdown timer, a 12-hour totaliser, and an oversized date and month indicator, what more is there to love about this incredibly crafted device?

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