The 68th edition of the Spain’s La Vuelta bicycle race ended on September 15 and Chris Horner became the oldest ever Grand Tour winner. As the official sponsor of the race, Festina launched six amazing timepieces that celebrate this competition. As we got used to from Festina, these newcomers feature different color combinations to satisfy various tastes of customers.
These new chronographs boast high-quality craftsmanship and modern, sports design. Each of them houses a round, masculine case crafted from stainless steel. The case sizes 45mm in diameter and 13mm in thickness and incorporates a black PVD-coated fixed bezel with a tachymeter scale inscribed with silver Arabic numerals.
The hour and minute hands are partly skeletonized and partly filled with luminous substance. The luminescent material has also been applied on the tip of the seconds hand, as well as on sub-dial’s hands.
The case is coated with mineral crystals and constructed to provide water resistance of up to 100 meters (330 feet). The racing inspiration of the Festina La Vuelta watch is also visible on three chronograph counters on its dial. The Festina’s logo is traditionally set at the 3 o’clock position.
The watch that celebrates Festina’s partnership with the 2013 La Vuelta bicycle race is teamed with two-toned polyurethane strap. The wristlets are colored in various colors, but the central part of each one is colored in black.
The most striking version of La Vuelta Chronograph watch (ref. F16664/5) sports a red dial and a red band. The model with the referent number F16664/3 matches blue dial and strap, while the version with the reference F16664/6 has a vivid blue dial and the matching strap. There is also a light gray model (ref. F16664/2), the white one (ref. F16664/1), and my favorite in this range, an all-black model (ref. F16664/4).
Each Festina La Vuelta Chronograph comes in the brand’s special box and with a two-year warranty. The retail price is approximately $170.