A FINE VINTAGE
Tissot’s new Heritage Porto watches stand out with their retro-look attires and their Art Nouveau style inspired by the eponymous Portuguese city’s famous bridge.
Although the Portuguese city is famous for its wine, the arch architecture of its Dom-Luis Bridge is also an internationally-recognized reference. Back in the 1910s, it inspired the design of a cambered-contoured, tonneau-shaped case created by Tissot. These Art Nouveau-infused lines are now reproduced in the new version of the Heritage Porto model, unveiled for the first time in 2001. The highly-contemporary 42.5 mm x 31.1 mm dimensions of this case, proposed in polished steel with brushed rose gold PVD around the case-middle, invite time data to reign in a rather airy space. Pear-shaped hands hover delicately over an hour chapter composed of numerals embracing a superbly-arabesque-style typography, a harmony of upstroke and downstroke subtlety. The dial adorns opaline white, black or a sunray-brushed silvery finish to ensure perfect readability.
The multiple versions of the Heritage Porto are complemented by a brown or black leather strap boasting crocodile embossing, attached by a butterfly clasp. The strap is retained by articulated lugs to offer the wearer optimal comfort and to perfectly embrace all wrists.
Price from EUR470 www.tissotwatches.com
By Dan Diaconu