Tissot has a long relationship with the American professional motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden and so far has launched several special edition models dedicated to the Kentucky Kid who currently races in the Superbike World Championship. The Swiss watchmaker has recently announced Nicky’s new Limited-Edition Watch for 2016.
Just like its predecessors, Tissot T-Race Quartz Nicky Hayden Limited Edition 2016 features Nicky’s team identity and his lucky number 69. There are also cockpit style counters, two white chronograph counters which instantly catch attention, and a small seconds counter with his star emblem which is placed at the 6 o’clock position. The camouflage of Nicky’s clothes is also reflected on the dial. Traditionally, a small date window is situated at the 3 o’clock position. White Arabic numerals on the bezel, as well as hour and minute hands filled with superluminova facilitate easy reading, particularly at high speed.
This year’s Nicky Hayden’s special edition watch is housed in a masculine, stainless steel case with PVD coating which measures over 43mm in diameter and 12.80mm in thickness. The case is protected with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and features an engraved case back with the famous number of Nicky’s bike – 69, together with his name and the limitation number of each timepiece. The water resistance of the case is 100 meters (approximately 330 feet). Some of the bike features are represented through a break disc bezel and tyre treads on the back of its bracelet and pushers like footrests.
The beating heart of the watch is the reliable ETA G10.212 quartz chronograph movement which provides the highest precision.
The sporty and fun nature of T-Race Quartz Nicky Hayden Limited Edition 2016 is further emphasized with a blue rubber strap with white GT stripes. To keep the watch secured to its future owner’s wrist there is a steel folding clasp with push-buttons.
Just like the previous editions dedicated to the American motorcycle racer and Tissot’s Ambassador, the new T-Race Quartz Nicky Hayden Watch (ref. T0924172705703) comes in a numbered edition of 4,999 pieces. Each timepiece comes in a new and more compact helmet presentation box which enhances its collectability. The sporty watch comes with the retail price of $925 and like other Tissot’s timepieces it is available exclusively at the Tissot’s Online Store.
In 2016, Tissot has also launched motorcycle racing inspired timepieces dedicated to its two other Ambassadors – Thomas Luthi and Stefan Bradl, as well as T-Race MotoGP 2016 Automatic Chronograph which honors its partnership with MotoGP as the official timekeeper.