Everything you need to know about this Maurice de Mauriac X Stan Smith collaboration
Stan Smith is an American tennis legend who won two Grand Slam singles and was a successful doubles player alongside Bob Lutz. After a career in competition, he went on to coach the United States Tennis Association and now has his own tennis academy in South Carolina.
The Stan Smith tennis shoes
For those who aren’t old enough to remember Stan Smith on the tennis court, you probably know his name in connection to the Adidas tennis shoes. These sports shoes have become a fashion icon even though they were never intended for playing tennis.
A chance meeting
Maurice de Mauriac’s owner, Daniel Dreifuss met Stan Smith at Wimbledon in 2005. Just by chance, Dreifuss was wearing retro Stan Smith shoes while Smith was wearing a Maurice de Mauriac timepiece. This chance meeting ended up leading to a friendship. Connected by their love for tennis and watchmaking, they came up with the idea to create a watch collection together.
The second collaboration for Stan Smith
This is only the second collaboration with a brand that Stan Smith has entered into. The first being Adidas, of course. “I have always been quite fond of Maurice de Mauriac watches. That I had the opportunity to participate in the development of the model and contribute my ideas to this watch has been a great honor for me,” he shared.
The collection is limited to 100 pieces and comes in a choice of green, blue or red. The number 100 is a nod to Smith’s 100 tournament victories between the years 1968 and 1985.
All about the watch
The timepiece comes in a stainless steel case that is water-resistant to 100 meters and features sapphire crystals front and back. The sapphire crystal on the back of the timepiece has been engraved with a portrait of Stan Smith. Each watch comes with two straps – in rubber and a NATO version – and includes a matching key ring and a tennis ball signed by the tennis star.
The timepiece is available online from February 2020 in green and in May 2020 for the red and blue versions.