Bikes spell freedom for racing enthusiasts. A well-maintained bike that undergoes proper servicing and oil change will deliver top-notch performance. Talking about performance, only the top-performing bikes navigate the world's grandest stage — MotoGP. The first Indian MotoGP was held at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida recently. As the official timekeeper of MotoGP, watchmaker Tissot created a special edition of their T-Race Chronograph to celebrate the Indian chapter.
The roar of the engines motivated the participants. Needless to say, the adrenaline level was on an all-time high. As cheers of encouragement went up from the crowd, Tissot gave us access to the Tissot T-Race Chronograph MotoGP watch during the race. This was followed by a 12-lap sprint race engaging all participating riders. The timepiece maker displayed the special edition of their T-Race Chronograph at their canopy, which showcased two Ducati bikes for fans to ride and get a digital experience of riding on the track.
Tissot also displayed three other distinctive T-Race Chronographs, namely Ref. T141.417.11.041.00, Ref. T141.417.17.011.00 in stainless steel, and Ref. T141.417.37.051.00, housed in a stainless steel case with rose gold PVD coating. These materials were also used on the crowns and the chronograph pushers at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock. The 45 mm watches looked bold on the wrist and underlined their strong individuality.
Commenting on this landmark occasion for India, Sylvian Dolla, CEO, Tissot, said, “Our enduring partnership with MotoGP epitomises the shared values of precision, devotion, passion, and innovation that characterise both Tissot and MotoGP. Tissot is honoured to play a key role in capturing the essence of MotoGP and celebrating the remarkable achievements of the riders and their teams.”
To celebrate the alliance between Tissot and MotoGP™️, the T-Race MotoGP limited edition incorporates features that are directly inspired by motorcycle DNA. The watches in this collection are crafted with a level of detail that mirrors the expertise shared among watchmakers, motorcycle mechanics, and riders. All dedicated watches are presented in mini helmets, boasting a fresh design, and feature large red numbers on the dial, reminiscent of motorcycle racing numbers.
Each of the three references came with a blue, white or black dial, with colour matching subdials and a date window at 4:30. Each had a tachymeter scale on the inner periphery, along with a 30-minute counter, a 12-hour counter, and a 60-second counter. All watches also had Super-LumiNova on the hour markers, the hour, minute hands, and the central second hand.
All four watches from Tissot that honoured MotoGP were powered by a quartz end-of-life movement, which means that when the battery runs out, the second hand will start making four-second jumps, but the watch will continue to display the exact time until the battery is completely exhausted. Two references (black and white dials) in the collection sported black rubber straps while the blue dial version had a stainless steel bracelet.