Tissot PRS 516

The holes in the strap of this watch by Tissot create a link to early motor racing, when steering wheels had holes in the spokes. This model has some nice details, such as the pushers resembling pistons, with red trim, and floating indices so that the chronograph seconds and the minutes hands pass underneath them. The case is in 316L stainless steel, the bezel is in ceramic with tachymeter, and the dial has a sort of Côtes de Genève texture. The racing red details continue through to the strap stitching. Water resistance is 100 metres. Another version of the watch has a case with black PVD coating and carbon bezel.


All considered, the Tissot PRS 516 does the classic racing car watch image very well. The dial has a balanced and uncluttered look by virtue of the fact that it has just two subdials. It has good three-dimensionality provided by the fairly deep inner bezel bevel, the floating indices and the circular frames on the subdials. The watch has something of the looks of a Chopard GTS watch, but of course price and quality of the two are very different.



The movement is a new ETA caliber, the self-winding ETA A05.H31 based on the Valjoux 7750 and providing 60 hours power reserve. It has a rotor recalling the same steering-wheel shape referenced by the strap.



The Tissot PRS 516 costs about €1,500.


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