Swiss brand Tissot has unveiled PRS 516 Alpine Limited Edition, a mechanical chronograph inspired by the PR 516, a motorsport-inspired watch that the brand produced in the 1960s.
Tissot has had many alliances in the world of motorsport in the past and in 1973 it was the timing partner of car manufacturer Alpine when the French car brand’s A110 sports car won the World Rally Championship. Alpine has now reintroduced the A110 now and this new chronograph, limited to just 516 pieces, is a celebration of the A110’s return.
The new Tissot PRS 516 Alpine Limited Edition uses a 45 mm brushed stainless steel case with piston pushers and the case band carries an engraving of the car manufacturer’s name. The lugs have polished edges and the case is fitted with a black ceramic tachymeter bezel. The familiar Alpine blue color is referenced in the form of little accents on the case like the blue ring under the bezel and the little dash of blue on the piston pushers.
The motorsport inspiration continues on the dial as well, the watch is fitted with a black carbon-fiber pattern dial with a bi-compax chronograph layout. The 30 minute counter is placed at 3 o’ clock while the running seconds hand is at 9. A date window sits at 6 o’ clock and a raised white flange accommodates the floating applied indices. The steel hands that indicate time actually pass under these floating indices and the Alpine blue returns on the central chronograph seconds hands and the A of Alpine is seen on the counterweight.
The watch is powered by the self-winding ETA A05.H31. A 4-Hz movement based on the Valjoux 7753, it has a power reserve of 60 hours. The watch is fitted with a black leather rally strap with blue stitching and a folding clasp and push-buttons. Limited to just 516 pieces, the watch is priced at AED7,500.