The world’s premier cycling event is underway once again offering not only great cycling but a unique way to enjoy the countryside and sublime heritage sites of France from the comfort of your own living room. The Tour de France is for many the ultimate in world class cycling events and this year once again the Swiss house of Tissot is the official timekeeper of the Tour. The house has been the official timekeeper to the most prestigious cycling races including the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta of Spain in addition to the Tour de France bicycle race, a sport in which energy and endurance are key, similar to watchmaking. During the Tour de France no less than eight Tissot timekeepers are in the field for each of the 21 legs of the race making some 4200 photo-finish decisions throughout the race. Tissot’s latest ambassador is Primož Roglič, a professional road racing cyclist from Slovenia who is the current World Number 1 ranked cyclist in the UCI (International Cycling Organization ) World Ranking.
The sporty and handsome Tissot Supersport Chrono Tour de France 2021 underscores the partnership between the Swiss watchmaker and the Tour de France cycling race, one of the most widely viewed sporting events in the world. The timepiece was created for cycling enthusiasts with its stainless steel case with the Tour de France logo on the back of the case. The sturdy and sporty watch is water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet) and is outfitted with a Swiss quartz movement.
The eye-catching watch features a finely detailed racing bike on the watch’s second-hand in yellow (the race’s leader wears the yellow shirt for each leg of the race) and the watch comes in a special box and with two interchangeable straps, one in leather and the other in rubber. Tissot was founded in Switzerland in 1853 and incorporates the cross of the Swiss flag into its logo. Tissot is also the official timekeeper of the NBA.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette