Tissot V8: The affordable Swiss watch perfect for car enthusiasts
Even the name of this timepiece is a dead giveaway that it pays tribute to the automotive industry...
As avid enthusiasts of the car community, we all know that it can sometimes be difficult to express our love for cars, without having to plaster ourselves in manufacturer and racing polo shirts, soft-shell jackets, and other silly merchandise. Watches have always been a popular method of tackling this - but let's be honest, Richard Mille's range is likely out of reach for the vast majority.
Tissot's steel strap variant of their popular V8 watch is a surefire way to let your wrist show its affection for cars through a dressy watch that combines undisputed Swiss quality and elegant style. And it's available with either a white or black dial, meaning there is a bit of choice when deciding on what colour fits your personal preference.
The Tissot V8 is perhaps the cleanest and most versatile example of a watch that pays homage to automotive heritage - at an affordable price in the Swiss-made watch market. At first glance, the abundance of thick high-quality shining steel that accommodates the perfectly contrasting black dial would suggest that this timepiece entails an expensive price point.
At 42mm thick, it's not obnoxiously big on the wrist either - and can be worn pretty much anywhere, even on non-special occasions. The 72-hour power reserve is also another impressive feature that the V8 holds to its name. Additionally, the 'Swissmatic' automatic movement complete with a sapphire crystal is seamless to the eye, and complements the smooth aesthetic of the watch.
With the aim of creating a testament to classic sports car racing, the Tissot V8 has several hidden clues throughout the watch that lend themselves to the story. For example, the black textured dial was designed to represent tarmac, or perhaps black vinyl that’s used in automotive interiors. And I can't forget to draw upon the most distinctive attribute of the watch - the name itself! Tissot certainly weren't shy to hide its appeal to car lovers, as although controversial at the best of times, who doesn't love a V8?
Another design hint in favour of automotive culture is the partially skeletonised case back - reminding you of the inner workings of the machine at hand - the same way that enthusiasts like to see the engine beneath the surface of a car. And I must say, Tissot never fails to impress when it comes to showcasing the movement of their timepieces. Finally, the minute markers that line the bezel were etched with the purpose of resembling the speedometer of a vintage race car - and it does this very well.
Doubling up as a watch to wear and be proud of, along with being a formidable conversation piece for automotive enthusiasts, the Tissot V8 delivers exceptional sentimental value for money in the form of a reliable and well-made modern Swiss watch, with a classic dressy style.
Fortunately, the visual appeal of this watch stretches much further beyond its $450 RRP price tag - and for that price, you'll find yourself wearing an incredibly sleek piece of jewellery that retains a subtle nod to your love for cars.