This year, Tissot has become the official timekeeper of the Tour de France. This role does not mean that the member of the Swatch group will only provide its innovative and trusted timekeeping systems to the cycle race Tour de France. The biggest cycling event in the world will also be marked with some very special editions of Tissot timepieces.
The very first piece that celebrates this partnership is the Tissot PRC 200 Tour de France Special Edition (with the referent number T055.417.17.057.01). This newcomer is housed in a round, stainless steel case equipped with screw-locked crown and case-back, together with a sapphire crystal scratch durable glass face. The sporty case measures 42mm in diameter, 12.02mm in thickness and boasts an amazing level of water resistance up to 200 meters (approximately 660 feet).
The PRC 200 Tour de France houses a precise and reliable Swiss Made ETA G10.211 quartz movement. Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a black dial with Arabic numerals 3, 9 and 12, hour markers, two chronograph counters, a small seconds sub-dial and there is also a small white-on-black date display at the 4 o’clock position. The hour and minute hands are filled with a luminous material to offer outstanding legibility both during day and night, while the central 60-seconds chronograph hand is colored in vivid yellow, just like the sub-dials chrono hands. A raised-level tachymeter scale nicely rounds the dial surface.
From the rear, there is a specially designed case back engraved with the Tour de France’s distinctive logo and some of the technical features of the watch.
For added safety, Tissot chose to attach this special edition timepiece to a black Nato strap that also features a yellow GT stripe at its center. This material is so convenient when a man is cycling or having some other type of workout activities because it can greatly withstand abrasion, tension, torsion, sweat and humidity.
The 2016 Tour de France will start on July 2 in Mont-Saint-Michel. It is the 103rd edition of this annual multiple stage bicycle race in which the participants will have to cycle 3,519 kilometers in the total of 21 stages. This year, twenty-two teams will participate in the biggest cycling race in the world.