Tissot, longtime partner of the MotoGP World Championship — the Grand Prix of motorbike racing — presents its latest collection of Tissot T-Race MotoGP limited edition watches this year. Here’s a look.
The collection is comprised of five new watches in total: one with an automatic mechanical movement, limited to 3,333 pieces, another with a quartz movement, limited to 8,888 pieces, and three other limited-edition watches personalized for a trio of MotoGP athletes and Tissot watch “ambassadors,” Nicky Hayden, Stefan Bradl, and Thomas Lüthi, each with a quartz movement and packaged in a racing-helmet-themed collectible box.
All the new watches have a new, angular case design, with chronograph pushers inspired by the foot rests on bikes and back suspension rods attaching the straps to the cases. The black bezels and magnifying-glass date window are holdovers from Tissot’s previous MotoGP watches.
The Tissot T-Race MotoGP Automatic Limited Edition 2015, with its red-and-black motif, is the most exclusive of the new models, powered by a Swiss-made automatic movement (presumably from ETA, Tissot’s sister company in the Swatch Group), which is visible through a wheel-shaped caseback window. The gray dial, with a checkered-flag motif and “starting grid” indices, is surrounded by a tachymeter scale. The hands are coated with Super-LumiNova; the case is made of 316L stainless steel, treated with black PVD, and water-resistant to 100 meters. The silicone strap has a red racing stripe and a push-button folding clasp.
The other Tissot T-Race MotoGP Limited Edition 2015 shares its red-and-black aesthetic (and its stainless steel-black PVD case)with the automatic model, but contains a Swiss quartz movement; instead of a viewing window, its caseback has a silk printed MotoGP logo on sapphire glass. Its dial has the collection’s “brake disk” design, with Super-LumiNova-coated round indices.
The three personalized limited editions all feature Swiss quartz chronograph movements, black-PVD cases with GMT-function unidirectional bezels, silicone straps and silk-printed casebacks with the numbers and emblems of the MotoGP stars for whom they are made. All come in a special “racing helmet” collectible presentation box.
The green highlights of the Tissot T-Race Nicky Hayden Limited Edition (limited to just 4,999 pieces) echo the colors of Hayden’s Aspar Team. The color is used in the chronograph counter hand; the date window (with magnifying glass); around the indices and Arabic hour numerals 12, 4, and 8; and in the “Kentucky Kid’s” star emblem in the center of the chronograph subdial at 6 o’clock.
The Tissot T-Race watch personalized for Stefan Bradl (limited to 2,015 pieces) pays homage to Bradl’s German heritage, using the colors of the German flag: red chronograph hand and the GT stripes in the strap and yellow for the details on the chronograph counters complementing the black case, dial and strap.
Finally, the Tissot T-Race Limited Edition for Swiss superstar Thomas Lüthi offers a sleek look that combines yellow and silver with the dominant black elements of the watch. Bright yellow is used for the chronograph subdials and central chrono hand, while silver surrounds the Super-LumiNova hour markers, including the big Arabic 12, 4, and 8 numerals. The “holes” pattern on the black dial echoes the pattern on a rider’s leathers. This watch is limited to just 2,112 pieces.
Tissot says the new T-Race MotoGP watches will be available for pre-order on its website on March 1. Prices are tentatively stated as $925 for the quartz and limited-edition models and $1,395 for the automatic.
This article was originally published on December 29, 2014, and has been updated.