The 2013 MotoGP season has just started and it is a perfect time to bring you more details about this year’s Tissot MotoGP timepieces. The new MotoGP 2013 line comprises of two T-Race MotoGP models: one is a mechanical watch, whilst the other is equipped with the quartz movement.
These dynamic looking timepieces tell the story of motorbike evolution through the design. They reflect some robust aspects of the bikes, for example, the bezel illustrates the bike’s break disc, its counters, its carbon composition…
Their dynamic black based silicone straps with blue T-lines that race around the wrist reflect a sporty and dynamic way of living. But the new MotoGP collection does not reflects only that, but also a taste for style.
Each of these two MotoGP timepieces is housed in a stainless steel case that measures 45.3mm x 50.25mm. The thickness varies from 16.09mm for the mechanical model to 12.67mm for quartz version. Both wristwatches are domed with sapphire crystals and provide water resistance of up to 100 meters (about 330 feet).
T-Race MotoGP Automatic Chronograph
Traditionally, Tissot offers two different versions, and both of them will be available in limited quantities. The Tissot T-Race MotoGP Automatic Chronograph with the referent number T048.427.27.057.02 is powered with the Caliber C01.211 mechanical movement and it is recognizable by its blue elements on the dial.
Its bike-inspired dial comprises two chronograph counters, as well as a small seconds sub-dial which is located at the 9 o’clock position. The hour and minute hands are filled with Super-LumiNova that provides the best legibility in low light conditions. Arabic numerals 12 and 6 are cut-out and it is yet another interesting detail. An engraved see-through case back is a special treat for all watch aficionados.
A 60 minutes tachymeter scale is set on the dial periphery and nicely rounds the dial surface. There is also an oversized magnifying lens for date reading which is placed at the 3 o’clock position. T-Race MotoGP Automatic Watch will be produced in a series of 3,333 pieces.
A Handsome Quartz Teammate
Together with automatic MotoGP timepiece, Tissot unveiled a quartz version with the referent number T048.417.27.207.00. This version is more eye-catching. Its black carbon fiber dial comprises two white chronograph sub-dials, a small seconds counter, three bold Arabic numerals filled with luminous material and a date window which is additionally protected with a magnifying lens.
This newcomer is equipped with the Swiss made quartz G10.211 movement and it will be issued in the limited quantity of 8,888 pieces. It also has a tachymeter scale which is set at the outer rim. A black GMT rotating bezel with white Arabic numerals illustrates the bike’s break disc.
These limited edition wristwatches come in stylish helmet boxes with integrated watch winders. If you want to purchase the new T-Race MotoGP watch, I recommend you to pre-order it on Tissot official website (http://us.tissotshop.com/). The retail price for the mechanical model is $1,425, while its quartz teammate can be purchased for $925.
Tissot has been the Official Timekeeper of MotoGP since 2001. Alongside its partnership with MotoGP, the world’s largest producer and distributor of Swiss Watches is also the Official Timekeeper of the World Championships of Basketball (FIBA), Ice Hockey (IIHF), Cycling (UCI) and Fencing (FIE).