WATCH TO WATCH

Pedals in the Metal: The Tissot T-Race Cycling


We’re on the cusp of summer and that’s welcome news for cyclists, whether they’re getting on a bike for their daily commute, to burn calories in an exercise regime, or even to compete in a race. Swiss watch brand Tissot — Official Timekeeper to the Tour de France — has just brought out a watch with all types of bicycle enthusiasts in mind: the Tissot T-Race Cycling, this week’s Watch to Watch.

Tissot T-Race Cycling T111 - front-back
Tissot T-Race Cycling T111 – front-back

The Tissot T-Race Cycling has been designed with both ergonomics and bicycle-inspired details in mind, in the same manner as 2015’s T-Race MotoGP series incorporated elements of motorbikes. These details include the fork-frame lugs, the tachymeter-style bezel echoing the look of a bicycle wheel, the brake-lever-type chronograph pushers, the clustered-sprocket cassette motif on the solid caseback, and the chain-like indented pattern on the inside of the rubber strap.

Tissot T-Race Cycling - blue - reclining
Tissot T-Race Cycling – blue – reclining

The watch has a 44.5-mm stainless steel case with a bezel made of aluminum, and several color options available, including the orange- and blue-highlighted models pictured above, as well as the bicolor gray-and-black version with carbon composite and PVD coating shown below. Two large luminous hands, along with a color-coordinated, “T”-tipped chronograph seconds hand, sweep across the tricompax gray dial, with counters at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock and a date window at 4:00.

Tissot T-Race Cycling - black - front
Tissot T-Race Cycling – black – front

Inside the 100-meter water-resistant case is a Swiss quartz movement powering the time, date, and stopwatch functions. Of course, if the owner is into the racing aspect of bicycling, the chronograph can be used in conjunction with the tachymeter scale to measure speeds. The case is integrated into a sturdy silicone strap with a relief motif influenced by bike tires. In keeping with Tissot’s well-earned rep for value in the Swiss-made category, the T-Race Cycling retails for a very reasonable $495.

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