The Tissot T-Race MotoGP Limited Edition 2013

Just in time for the start of the 2013 MotoGP season, we bring you details of this years Tissot MotoGP watches.

Tissot continues to keep good company with a wide assortment of sporting partnerships.  With MotoGP, the Swiss brand are not simply content with showcasing their branding around the various circuits, they have the added swagger of actually timing each event.  Staying up to date with the latest technology, providing the required equipment and hauling it all around the world is a huge commitment for any company, but Tissot are obviously doing a fine job – this is their 13th season with MotoGP, that’s 13 years of instantaneous analysis and stats often providing  the armchair racer with information long before the whoopla in the commentary  box can be heard.

Naturally Tissot are rather chuffed with their timekeeping abilities, which each year gives rise to a new collection of limited edition Tissot MotoGP watches.  Brake disk bezels, caliper-styled crown protectors, on-dial carbon fibre-like finishing, engine-like grooves, chunky styling and  high-tech materials all combine to add to the appeal of these “not-just-for-bikers” watches.

Four styles will be available in limited quantities.  The Tissot T-Race MotoGP Automatic Chronograph features a mechanical movement and is limited to 3333 pieces, recognisable by its blue-on-black strap with blue elements on the dial.

A quartz-powered edition, shown below, is  limited to 8888 pieces and is denoted by its white counters and out-size numerals 12, 8 and 4, it also features the rather handsome blue/black colourways.

Two pieces pay tribute to Tissot ambassadors.  Firstly the T-Race Nicky Hayden should assuage his many fans with a watch which picks up the vivacity of his team colours to superb effect with its red/white strap and white dial with red Alpinestars emblem at 12 o’clock.  This piece is powered by quartz and will be limited to 4999 pieces.

And finally a piece in honour of the young Swiss rider, the  Tissot T-Race Thomas Lüthi Limited Edition 2013 also powered by quartz and limited to 2112 pieces.  It features the rider’s “Thunderbolt” logo on the dial which together with yellow subtleties on the minute track and on the hands make for some rather distinctive styling.  It comes presented on a grey/black strap representing the colours of his team.

Each watch in the Tissot T-Race MotoGP 2013 collection features a sculpted case measuring just over 45mm across and each have the beefy but tactile date bubble.  More information at Tissot.

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The 2012 Tissot T-Race Chronograph.


The Tissot T-Race MotoGP Limited Edition 2012

 

F1 fans – do you find the humdrum of a non-race weekend unbearable? Do you feel the need for a spine-tingling spectacle? Perhaps a little “something” to have you perched on your native Sunday afternoon edge-of-the-sofa habitat?  MotoGP will provide the correct medicinal dose of excitement to set the pulse pumping and have your blood racing once more. The 2012 season begins tomorrow with the Grand Prix of Qatar, a night race which means that the machines will look brighter, faster and even more thrilling than normal.

 

Tissot are about to begin their 13th year as the MotoGP official timekeeper, a year which brings to the sport all-new 1000cc engines, rule changes and some new independant teams.  Accurately timing prestigious sporting events is a bit of a speciality for Tissot.  You may also have noticed their branding in other events, including cycling, ice hockey and basketball.  The brand are often the victim of some watch snobbery – unfairly so, to add to their timekeeping technological know-how they have a more than adequate portfolio, with 9 new models unveiled at BaselWorld this year including a new and very retro Heritage model and two very elegant pieces – the Le Locle featuring an award-winning automatic chronometer and the Classic Gent.

 

 

The T-Race MotoGP 2012 combines high-tech materials with bike-inspired styling.  The dial is dashboard-inspired, the bezel resembles a brake disc and of course there’s a requisite amount of carbon fibre composites used in its make-up.  Inside is the C01.211 chronograph movement viewable through a bike wheel-esque caseback and it features a vivid T-line black and yellow strap.

 

The Tissot T-Race MotoGP 2012 will be limited to 2012 pieces but also available is a quartz-powered model limited to 8888 pieces.

 

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The Graham Silverstone Tourist Trophy Limited Edition

Tudor Fastrider Ducati Chronograph

 

 

Tissot Sculpture Line Moonphase

Tissot release an elegant new model – the Tissot Sculpture Line Moonphase.

The Swiss brand are perhaps best known of late for the T-Touch, their touch-sensitive collection first introduced in 1999 which enables functions such as chronograph to be activated at the touch of a finger on the sensors integrated into the watch crystal.  We at The WatchPress , ardent Moto GP fans know them equally as well for their sporty tribute pieces.  The Tissot Sculpture Line Moonphase adds a touch of sophistication to their portfolio, as if the extreme sports fans in the design department just got a lecture from the boss to grow up a bit.

The piece measures 42.5mm, is constructed from 18 carat rose or white gold and has all the required styling touches of a vintage-styled watch including a plain silvered dial with a guilloche section, oh-so-thin hands, in this case “pencil” shaped and elegant gold Arabic numerals.  The vivid blue moonphase is located at 6 o’clock and, in the absence of a date window, the only other dial “clutter” is the power reserve indicator at 10 o’clock.

The Tissot Sculpture Line Moonphase

The rounded case rim is a bit on the chunky side – think Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Collection rather than Ultra Thin Collection, if you want to make comparisons, not quite in the same league maybe but what this piece offers is a classically styled dress watch with value for money, helped by the fact that this Swatch-owned brand have access to an array of reliable though mass-produced mechanical movements, this one features a manual-wind Unitas 6498 with moonphase and power reserve complications.

The Tissot Sculpture Line Moonphase is presented on a brown croco-leather strap with contrast stitching.