Tissot T-Race Touch Aluminium
During Baselworld 2014, the Swiss watchmaking brand will put on display a number of very nice watches that make absolutely clear that Tissot is quite serious about increasing its market share when it comes to “affordable” watches. Among the new products, they plan to officially present their new Tissot T-Race Touch Aluminium: a new version of their well-known analogue-digital timekeeper that now comes in a sexy aluminum body available in four different colors, those including dark orange (pictured).
Compared to the 2013 year model that, too, was released in Basel, the new Tissot T-Race Touch Aluminium features only minor tweaks here and there like more textured plastic parts and (if I see it correctly) slightly increased letters on its inner bezel flange.
Judging by the list of features that, again, include a chronograph, a logbook, a perpetual calendar, two alarms with two time zones, a tide calculator and a compass, the quartz mechanism that powers the timepiece is also the same. The gadget is still operated via a couple of push-pieces at the right side of the case and a number of touch-sensitive areas on its scratch-proof sapphire crystal.
To make the watch easier to read at night, its hour and minute hands are painted with white luminous compound that looks quite contrast against the matte black surface of the dial, while its large LCD display is equipped with effective backlighting.
All in all, the use of anodized aluminum seems like a very good idea: the watch not only becomes a bit lighter, but also gets that easy-going, jovial appearance that numerous members of the super-popular G-Shock family never seem to really grasp. Yes, it finally happened: I actually think that the new T-Race Touch looks like a better choice than a G-Shock with similar functionality if you factor out the price (it is still unknown, but the watch is listed as “sub-500 CHF” model, so there is a good chance that it will retail for no more than €600 when released.)
Although, unlike ana-digit Breitlings you can’t wear this watch to a meeting with your boss and get away with it, the watch, even this gorgeous version in dark orange, would still look more appropriate with casual dress than the Japanese timekeeper that only looks in place if you wear a jumpsuit and are ready to make your first dive from an airplane.
WWR preliminary verdict
Build quality: 4/5
Value for money: 3.5/5
Tissot T-Race Touch Aluminium watch specification
Movement: Quartz, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, perpetual calendar, chronograph, logbook, countdown, GMT, 2 alarms, tide calculator, compass
Case material: Aluminum, anodized
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Cushion
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 42.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Hour markers: Luminous, white
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black or orange synthetic fabric with standard buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, tactile
Case back: Solid
Tags: 100 m, 42 mm, Aluminium, Baselworld 2014, Chronograph, GMT, perpetual calendar, quartz, T-Race, Tissot, Touch