As Official Timekeeper of MotoGP for 13 consecutive years, Tissot has revealed three new T-Race watches to celebrate the start of the 2012 season.
The Tissot T-Race Nicky Hayden Limited Edition 2012 is the latest timepiece dedicated to its brand ambassador. Motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden, nicknamed 'The Kentucky Kid', has been with Tissot for many years and has had a number of popular watches created in tribute to him.
"Time is the truth in our sport, because lap times at the end of the day are what really makes or breaks you," Hayden says. "Tissot gives me a great deal of support, so it's very special to have such a great relationship with a fantastic company and I think we are a great match."
The 2012 model features Hayden's team colours on a two-tone ultra-resistant silicone bracelet. His emblem, inspired by a 'lucky star', is displayed on the dial, and his race number 69 is engraved on the case back. The design was created with "energy, ambition and aerodynamics" in mind, and shows many influences from the world of racing: the bezel is inspired by a brake disc, and the strap shows elements of bike suspensions and tyre tread.
The T-Race Nicky Hayden 2012 will be a limited edition of 4,999 pieces and is displayed in a helmet case. It will be available soon at Jura Watches.
Tissot has also released two new T-Race MotoGP Limited Edition 2012 watches to mark the start of a particularly exciting year in racing. The 2012 season sees some important changes in the world of MotoGP - the introduction of 1000cc motors, and the opportunity for independent teams with modified production engines and prototype chassis to race alongside the most prestigious manufacturers.
There are two new MotoGP models: an automatic and a quartz version, both inspired by the colours and aerodynamic features of the MotoGP motorcycles. The dials are influenced by a dashboard, while the bezels are inspired by a bike's brake disc. Carbon fibre composites ensure the watches are robust.
The T-Race MotoGP Limited Edition 2012 is available in two versions: quartz (left) and automatic.
The automatic model features revolutionary C01.211 chronograph movement and is limited to 2012 pieces, in reference to the year. The quartz watch is a limited edition of 8,888. Both are presented in a checkered flag collector's box.