The car racing industry has often been a prominent partner for many of the world’s best luxury watch brands. Often, these alliances have resulted in timepieces that successfully blend innovation and brand heritage. A good example of this collective lies in Swiss watchmaker Tissot’s long and elaborate history. The brand’s relationship with the racing industry began in 1973, and it has spawned an entire series of celebrated timepieces that constantly raise the bar for horology enthusiasts around the world.
This year, Tissot continues to elevate the timekeeping experience through another collaborative effort with storied French carmaker Alpine, which was resurrected recently under parent company Renault. While the car brand may not be a household name yet, its new A110 two-seater sports car (introduced earlier in Singapore) has already been making waves, thanks to its lightweight body and impressive performance. And it is this car that has inspired two distinct watches that are set to drive the modern-day driver wild.
C IS FOR CONVENIENT
With Alpine’s revival, Tissot has designed a wristwatch that conveys the same aesthetic: stylish, energetic and distinctive. At first glance, the Tissot Alpine on Board Automatic oozes style, as its dial is derived from the counters of the original A110 ‘Berlinette’ car from the 1960s and 70s. But beneath its retroinspired look is an automatic movement that models the complexities of a fine car engine – the formidable Valjoux A05.H31 movement with 60-hour power reserve that can be admired through the transparent caseback.
Several design elements from Tissot’s PRS 516 watch collection make an appearance as well, and these include the watch hands, piston-shaped push buttons and a perforated leather bracelet for a refined touch of athleticism.
Its meticulous design also prioritises convenience for the user. The large 45mm stainless steel case can be detached from the bracelet and attached to the supporting frame of your car’s multimedia screen so that the driver can comfortably see the time on the road – an obviously simple yet clever feature that gives this partnership an edge.
The Tissot Alpine on Board Quartz sports the same sophistication, drawing its design cues from the dashboards of the Alpine automobiles of the 1960s. It features orange hour and minute hands for greater legibility and an Alpine-blue seconds hand with the letter ‘A’. Meanwhile, the watch’s perforated leather bracelet is designed to look like the steering wheels of classic racing cars. Like the Automatic, the quartz model can also be detached from its straps and attached to the car’s dashboard. Both watches are special editions and are presented in a dedicated presentation box.
For more information, visit www.tissotwatches.com.