Tissot has just updated its famous T-Touch series of timekeepers equipped with tactile crystals. The new Racing-Touch ana-digi chronograph offers you a whole load of functions packed into a neatly designed 43-millimeter stainless steel body.
Featuring a cushion-shaped case made of satin-finished 316L surgical-grade stainless steel, the Racing-Touch Ana-Digi is not as massive as one could probably expect from a timekeeper that measures 43 millimeters wide. Thanks to its short lugs, the new Racing-Touch Chronograph takes just enough space on an average wrist to look “sporty”, but not nearly enough for it to cause you any discomfort. The three push-pieces on the right side of the case provide good grip, although I think that I would probably prefer them to be just a little bit longer to offer more travel, although that’s just my personal preference.
The wristwatch is equipped with an unspecified Swiss-made quartz movement (I suppose that it is one of ETA Flatline models that were designed to power lower-priced chronographs) that offers the most useful set of functions that an owner of a sporty timekeeper may ever need.
Although not as comprehensive (or even excessive for that matter) as those that usually come with Casio G-Shock timekeepers, the list of Tissot Racing-Touch functions still includes a chronograph, a logbook, two time zones, two alarms, a tide calculator, and even a compass. Back-lighting comes standard, too, and, together with Superluminova that is generously applied to its hour and minute hands, makes reading this watch deliciously easy in any circumstances.
All this information is displayed on a good looking black carbon fiber dial and operated via the three aforementioned push-pieces and touching appropriate places on the sapphire glass with its six tactile zones. I must admit that the timekeeper’s interface looks intuitive and is a pleasure to use. Some people may be disappointed to a degree that the confirmation beeper, um, beeps a little bit too quietly to a point that you won’t hear it in noisy places, but you will probably thank developers every time you need to use the watch at night when your spouse sleeps right next to you.
The black bezel makes the chronograph look even sportier than it is, but be aware that it is not rotating, lacks the usual diving scale, and that the water resistance rating is set for only 100 meters, so you shouldn’t use it as a diving tool. However, it is still good for swimming.
Besides the black and white version (pictured,) there will also be a Racing-Touch model equipped with orange hands and rubber or silicone strap of the same color.
Tissot Racing-Touch Ana-Digi Chronograph specification
Movement: Swiss Quartz
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, GMT, alarms, compass, chronograph, tide calculator, back-lighting
Case: Stainless steel
Bezel: Stainless steel
Bezel shape: Round
Size: 43.00 mm
Lug width: 23 mm
Dial: Analogue/Digital, black carbon fiber insert
Hands: Steel, white or orange Superluminova
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black rubber or orange silicon strap with safety folding clasp with push-buttons
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective, tactile