Extremely robust and masculine, these attractive sport watches came right on time to celebrate the most popular bicycle race in the world, famous Tour de France 2011. Festina Chrono Bike timepieces are equipped with a tough construction and a bold look that can be interesting choice for both, amateur and professional sportsmen.
As the official timekeeper of Tour de France, as well as some other large events, such as the Giro d Italia, Spain’s La Vuelta, the Tour of Poland, Festina gives a big attention to the permanent production of quality sport chronographs. This year, its Tour de France Chrono Bike watch is more robust than ever before, with a design that is clearly inspired by some bicycle elements.
Its 48 mm case is made of stainless steel, matching a steel bracelet or a striking rubber strap. The case is 15 mm thick, with a weight of 150 grams. It looks bulky on a wrist, which is, in this particular case, a quality, because a cyclist needs to have an extremely readable watch that is superbly easy to manipulate with.
A nice and distinctive bezel of Festina Men’s Tour de France Chrono Bike 2011 Watch is crafted to look like links of a bicycle chain. It features Arabic numerals 15, 30 and 45, indicating minutes.
Three Chronograph Sub-dials
A black outer rim, with a minute track and Arabic numerals that indicate hours, emphasizes a central part of the dial which comes in various colors (light blue, dark blue, orange, yellow, green, purple, silver and black). It features three chronograph sub-dials which are designed as gears on a bicycle. The 1/10 second counter is located at the 12 o’clock position, the 60 minutes counter is at the 6 o’clock position, while the 60 seconds sub-dial takes the 9 o’clock position. A date window is at the 3 o’clock position.
What is beautiful about these Festina watches is that they are amazingly readable and functional in the same time. The dial is clear and deep, while luminous hands and markers provide information about time, at a single glance. The dial is covered with a mineral crystal, while its solid construction guarantees water-resistance up to 100 meters (330 feet). Exclusively in this year’s edition, the Festina Tour de France Chrono Bike is powered with a Japanese Miyota 6S10 quartz movement.
Those who want to follow my taste, will definitely take the model F16543/5 for their sport watch collection. The timepiece with the striking blue dial, silver-white hands and the orange central second hand, as well as the black rubber strap is something that I will gladly wear on my wrist during a cycling ride.