By Duncan Mackay at the Parachute Cafe in Baku 

Tissot has been named the offical timekeeper and partner of Baku 2015 ©GettyImagesSwiss watchmaker Tissot has been named the official timekeeper and partner of the inaugural European Games here next year, it was announced today. 

The agreement will see Tissot and its sister company of the Swatch Group, Swiss Timing, provide all timing and scoring services for next summer's event, set to take place from June 12 until 28.

Tissot will also be provided exclusive rights to use the Baku 2015 Games marks, logos, and designations worldwide.

"I am delighted to welcome Tissot both as official timekeeper and an official partner of the Baku 2015 European Games," said Simon Clegg, chief operating officer of Baku 2015.

"This association provides strong assurance for the timekeeping and scoring at the Games, and also the opportunity to promote Baku 2015 internationally through a high calibre brand of strong, international repute."

As part of the deal, Tissot will also create a bespoke marketing campaign to promote the partnership across its worldwide distribution network, with special focus on European markets.

The company will also play a key part in tonight's Baku 2015 One Year to Go celebrations by providing two official countdown clocks, one located in the city centre and one at the Heydar Aliev International Airport.

"We are looking forward to working with everyone at BEGOC [Baku European Games Organising Committee] to ensure the smooth running of the Baku 2015 European Games," said François Thiébaud, President of Tissot.

"These Games reflect the Tissot spirit perfectly by its diversity and the incredible dynamism it projects.

"We are proud to be able to demonstrate our skills at such an incredible event, which allows us to showcase our abilities in many different ways.

"It also allows us to prove ourselves as timekeeping requires the most accurate measurement and further confirms the quality of our watches."

Tissot and Swiss Timing have extensive experience of timekeeping at major international sporting events with Swiss Timing having been responsible for timekeeping and data handling at every Olympic Games since 1976.

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