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Kross Studio x Space Jam: A New Legacy Tourbillon – a Watch as Looney as Its Inspiration

Kross Studio X Space Jam: A New Legacy Tourbillon 

Kross Studio have been creating hype movie-themed timepieces and collectors sets for a while now but the recent Star Wars Death Star collection took things to a new level. Pivoting 180 degrees away from the moon-sized weapon, Kross’ latest collectors set is distinctly less sinister, inspired by everyone’s favourite toons, the Looney Tunes, in honour of the upcoming release of Space Jam: A New Legacy.

It might be giving away too much to say the original Space Jam film is two years older than me but it’s true. I grew up with cartoonish basketball film as a fact of life and while I never really considered it the finest cinematic experience it was a good excuse to get out of lessons whenever a teacher put it on at the end of the year. Now the characters and the Tune Team have been immortalised in horological form.

Kross Studio X Space Jam: A New Legacy Tourbillon 

Structurally, the watch is almost identical to the Death Star timepiece with a 45mm diameter case made from titanium and prominently featuring a central tourbillon. On the toon version the cage has been shaped into an openwork basketball and the orbiting hands resemble markings from basketball courts. It’s surprising that we don’t see more basketball themed watches considering it’s one of the best paid sports in the US and players like Michael Jordan (star of Space Jam) and LeBron James (star of Space Jam: A New Legacy) are avid watch collectors.

Kross Studio X Space Jam: A New Legacy Tourbillon 

The Space Jam inspiration continues on the blue fixed hour scale, where various members of Team Tunes are engraved in action poses. It features all the classics: Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote and more. Around the edge of the blue ring is a vibrant orange 60-seconds scale that is eye-wateringly bright – subtle this watch is not.

Kross Studio X Space Jam: A New Legacy Tourbillon 

However, while the appearance is… questionable, beneath the cartoonish exterior this is a serious piece of horology. The in-house KS 7,000 manual-wind calibre has a 5-day power reserve and is wound via a D-ring mounted on the exhibition caseback. Not to mention that a centrally mounted tourbillon is particularly difficult to execute – and the orbital hands are pretty cool too.

Kross Studio X Space Jam: A New Legacy Tourbillon 

As part of the collector’s set, the watch comes in a bespoke watch case which is part clever storage option, part sculpture. Eleven layers of wood create a three-dimensional representation of a basketball, which Kross Studios have innovatively called the B-BALL. The top nine layers lift to reveal a central column with a hidden compartment where the watch can be stored.

To be certain, you need a lot of style to pull off this watch and really the only person I can imagine making it look good is LeBron James himself – he made the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Black Panther look like a refined timepiece. However, before you start picturing this looney watch on your wrist, you should know there are only 10 of them being made at a price of $100,000 (approx. £72,500).

Price & Specs:

Model: Kross Studio ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Tourbillon
Reference: SJBBT21
Case/Dial: 45mm diameter x 20mm height, Grade 5 titanium, open-worked dial with central tourbillon with each character of the Looney Tunes “Dream Team” Squad engraved on the fixed hour wheel
Movement: In-house KS 7’000 calibre, manual winding, 27 jewels, 203 parts
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power Reserve: 5 days (120h)
Functions: Hour, minutes, central tourbillon
Strap: Blue calf leather strap and orange laser abraded rubber
Price/Availability: $100,000 USD (approx. £72,500), limited to 10 pieces

More details at Kross Studio.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.