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Owen & Robinson Watch Review of the Tissot T-Race Cycling Tour De France 2020 Yellow

Tissot continues to extend its T-Race watch collection with additions to the family that venture into new realms of expert timekeeping and legibility. However, no more so than the Tissot T-Race Cycling Tour De France 2020 watch in yellow (model reference: T111.417.37.201.00). The sporty special edition chronograph is geared towards passionate cyclists with a design that combines comfort with superb functionality.

As many cycling fans are following the multiple stage bicycle race in France this month, they’ll be keeping track of time with a favourite timepiece strapped to the wrist, no doubt. But if you haven’t yet taken a look at this vibrant edition of Tissot’s brand new Tour De France 2020 watch collection, you may want to think again before you miss your chance. The collection is home to various coloured models, yet the vibrant yellow version reference: T111.417.37.201.00 is sure to lift the spirits and add a shot of energy to the wrist after what has felt like the longest and strangest summer in history.

Tissot first partnered up with Tour De France back in the 80s… 1988 to be more precise. Having joined forces with A.S.O (Amaury Sport Organisation), Tissot adopted the role of official timekeeper for the event. The vivid 2020 collection is dedicated to celebrating the brand’s links to the sporting industry, as well as professional cycling.

There are a few key features to note about the 44.5mm Tissot T-Race Cycling Tour De France 2020 watch. Let’s take a look at them in detail…

The dial: Tissot chooses a carbon surface for the watch’s dial. In previous editions, a black tar effect on the dial was chosen, intended to mimic the roads cycled upon by race-goers taking part in the annual event. But this year’s Tissot 2020 Tour De France watch is adorned with a textured surface that serves a more practical purpose. Pockets of light hit the dial at angles, adding a sense of depth to the display, enabling the yellow accents to stand out with more clarity. The shimmering surfaces and three-dimensional effect on the dial create an all-round easy-to-read display.

The bezel: The tachymeter bezel of this Tissot Tour De France watch has become a well-utilized feature found throughout the T-Race collection. If this is your first brush with a tachymeter scale, you’ll find it easy to operate in conjunction with the crisp yellow coated central seconds hand on the dial, which makes it easy to measure things like distance based on speed or speed based on travel time.

The chronograph: The functions in the chronograph counters offer 1/10th of a second (located at 2 o’clock) and 30 minutes (found at 10 o’clock), with a small seconds sub-dial adding balance to the display at 6 o’clock. The pushpieces on the watch’s case are easy to locate and operate, and inspired by brake levers. The top pusher will enable a timing to begin or end and the bottom pusher resets the chronograph ready for another timing. Yellow accents incorporated into the trio of counters on the watch’s dial keep in line with the T-Race watch’s sporty persona, nodding to the champion’s jersey colour.

The crown and caseback: By flipping the case of the Tissot T-Race Cycling Tour De France 2020 watch over, you’ll see the specially engraved stainless steel surface, adorned with the letters of the cycling event’s title. A set of sprockets resemble a bicycle cassette, and the crown is also inspired by a bicycle tyre whilst simultaneously offering an easy-grip surface.

Luminous indices: The hands on this 2020 Tissot Tour De France watch are finished in the model’s distinct yellow colour which is also used in the outer ring around the bezel and the rubber strap. The indices are carved into the shape of a bike saddle and are powered by an accurate Swiss-made quartz movement at the centre of the watch’s rugged stainless steel case.

In addition to these bicycle-inspired features, the Tissot Special Edition Tour De France watches for 2020 also provide a 100-meter water-resistant case finished in a black and grey PVD coating. A sapphire crystal glass is attached to the front of the design – a material used in all Tissot watches. The sporty black and yellow rubber strap attaches to the wrist with a standard buckle design, completing a bold and modern matching PVD coating.

If you want to secure your very own piece, the Tissot T-Race Cycling Tour De France Special Edition Yellow watch reference: T111.417.37.201.00 is priced at £415 and available to order here at Owen & Robinson today.