Tsovet SVT-GR44 Limited Edition Watch

Tsovet SVT-GR44 Limited Edition Watch

Tsovet SVT GR44 Limited Edition Watch   watch releases

Fans of the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams will now have a new way of showing their allegiance via the limited edition Tsovet SVT-GR44 chronograph. This sporty 44mm automatic chronograph is being produced to commemorate the 145 wins that the various Chip Ganassi teams have claimed between 1994 and 2011. With teams running in Nascar, IndyCar, and Grand AM series racing, Chip Ganassi represents a very successful American racing institution. Tsovet is a Los Angeles -based brand which launched in 2008 and has become known for their gauge-like styling and punchy wrist-presence. I find their look to be somewhere in the overlap between Bell & Ross, Hamilton and U-Boat and appreciate that they offer both mechanical and quartz timepieces which all feature Swiss-sourced movements.

Tsovet SVT GR44 Limited Edition Watch   watch releases

The Tsovet SVT-GR44 is limited to 51 units and will come in a wooden display case and include a specially produced book covering the many successes of the Chip Ganassi teams. Sporting a 44mm stainless steel case with a gunmetal finish, the SVT-GR44 is predictably powered by the ETA 7750 offering a maximum 12 hour measure with 30 minute and main seconds resolutions. The dial design is clean and legible with large Hamilton-style numerals and a white-on-red day and date window to match with the red start/pause chronograph pusher. As far as race-inspired chronographs go, I really like this one. The subtle steel-blue coloring of the hands and numerals looks great against the gun metal finish of the case. I appreciate that Tsovet has resisted the urge to decorate the dial with logos or direct mention of the Chip Ganassi racing team, opting instead for a less cluttered dial layout which speaks for itself with contrasting colors and crisp text.

Tsovet SVT GR44 Limited Edition Watch   watch releases

Previous to reading up on the SVT-GR44, I had never heard of Chip Ganassi as I don’t actively follow any motorsports so the SVT-GR44 is likely not intended for my wrist. Furthermore, the price tag will likely filter out all but the most extreme of Chip Ganassi fans as this Tsovet carries a whopping list price of $3495.00 USD. That is quite expensive for a non-COSC certified ETA 7750-based chronograph, but only 51 will be made and Tsovet has designed the SVT-GR44 to appeal to the most die-hard Chip Ganassi Racing fans (of which I assume there are at least 52). If you’re a fan of any of the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, please let us know what you think of the SVT-GR44 in the comments.

Written by James Stacey

4 comments
Timing Pleasure
Timing Pleasure

Thisis an amazing piece. The Tsovet folks nailed it.  I purchased one and cannot believe thequality of the time piece, literature and packaging. It comes in a beautifulcarbon fiber box, accompanied by a book that showcases Chip Ganassi Racing Teams145 victories between 1994 & 2011.  I own limited pieces from other well knowestablished horological brands and this piece is equal or better than most.Also- There is a debate among watch enthusiasts as to whether the COSC chronometercertification for a Swiss watch is a meaningful test or a simple marketinggimmick. On the one hand, when a watch maker intends to submit a movement forCOSC testing, they frequently employ additional jewelling (i.e. to the barrel)and better quality.  Over a million official chronometer certificates are delivered eachyear, representing only 3% of the Swiss watch production. To earn chronometercertification, a movement must not only be made from the highest qualitycomponents, but also be the object of special care on part of the finestwatchmakers and timers during assembly. Rolexsubmit by far the largest number of movements to COSC followed by Omega SA, Breitling, TAGHeuer and Panerai. [24] Breitling submit all movements forcertification but other manufacturers only submit certain models.  This is why this has never hindered mefrom purchasing a non COSC time piece…  Maybe I’m defending my asset, just athought..

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

As a watch, it looks great. Big fan of the finishes and hard lines.

But, who cares - it wasn't made for meand I'd never aspire to own it. Well, unless I could waive the wooden cases and books and other swag I would never look at, and pay what a steel-cased standard 7750 is worth.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

I saw this model quite a few months back and loved it but I didn't know exactly which model it was.  The style and overall design are very appealing to me.  The dial is legible with muted red accents that don't stick out like a sore thumb, and the angular industrial case looks great in that blasted graphite finish.

Ariel Adams
Ariel Adams

Glad you like it. Thanks for the passion!