During the last three or four years, Tissot has introduced several great classic-styled timekeepers in their Heritage line. Among others, the collection included the stunning 2013 Heritage Navigator 160th Anniversary that still stays in production. For this year, the entry-luxury brand adds an even more impressive (although deceptively simple) hand-wound Heritage 1936 (ref. T104.405.16.012.00). Staying true to the collection’s concept, the model combines deliciously vintage appearance with a time-proven hand-wound caliber and more than attractive price. What else would you want for Christmas?
This Tissot T-Complication Chronometer (ref. T070.406.16.057.00) was first presented at the Baselworld 2014 trade show. Although the name would better suit something more aggressively designed and equipped with anything less complicated than a tourbillon, the gadget still looks extremely attractive offering a serene, elegant (although some might call it a bit generic) appearance. In fact, the timepiece may be a nice choice for a young person getting their first job in the City.
During Baselworld 2014, Tissot put on display a number of nice collections that make absolutely clear that Tissot is serious about increasing its market share when it comes to “affordable” watches. Among the new products, they have officially presented their T-Race Touch Aluminium (ref. T081.420.97.057.03)
Equipped with a self-winding movement, the 2013 Tissot PRS 516 Extreme Chronograph (refs. T079.427.27.057.00 & T079.427.27.057.01) makes a strong impression, especially if you compare this one with their older “sporty” models. It still lags miles behind what some people consider “real” watches with their elegantly simple designs, but in its price niche (it retails at about €1100), the “Extreme” version absolutely beats the crap out of most of its competitors that feature similar functionality.
The recently presented Tissot Luxury Automatic watch sports a more refined version of the new Powermatic 80 (aka ETA CO7.111) self-winding caliber that also happens to power the gorgeous Certina DS Powermatic 80 Limited Edition that we have already reviewed briefly last week. Still, this particular iteration of the movement is not only better decorated, but is also much more precise, since it is built with more carefully selected parts and is better adjusted.
Although to some the new Tissot Heritage Navigator 160th Anniversary (refs. T078.641.16.037.00 & T078.641.16.057.00) may look suspiciously similar to the gorgeous 2010 Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox International, the source of their inspiration lays in a radically different place and time. This elegant traveler’s companion is almost an exact reproduction of the model that the Swiss watchmaker introduced sixty years ago for its centennial anniversary.
The quartz-powered Tissot T-Race Danica Patrick Limited Edition 2012 (ref. T048.217.27.016.00) chronograph is, as you have probably already guessed, named after Ms. Danica Sue Patrick, a well-known American auto racing driver that also happens to be a model, Tissot’s “brand ambassador,” and the only woman to win in the famous IndyCar Series. Being a limited edition model, the timekeeper will be offered in a total lot of 4999 pieces.
Powered by a mass-produced ETA 2824-2 automatic ebuche, the last year’s Tissot Le Locle automatic chronometer won the prestigious Concours de Chronometrie 2011 in the “Classic” category easily beating the gorgeous (and also a lot more expensive) F.P. Journe Chronometre Souverain with its in-house caliber F.P Journe 1304. This year, the Swiss watchmaker decided to build on the success of the award winning model by introducing their new Tissot Le Locle Automatic Chronometer Edition (ref. T006.408.36.057.00).
The automatic Tissot T-Tempo (ref. T060.407.11.051.00) is a nice choice for those making their first step into the fascinating world of luxury mechanical timekeepers. While not looking terribly ‘fancy’, not offering you any ‘impressive’ complications and not designed for those wishing to make ‘a statement’, the T-Tempo is a nice crossover between casual and dress timekeepers that also happens to be powered by a mechanism capable of keeping good time, while being robust enough to be abused by a person who is yet to realize that a mechanical watch is like a tiny car: however inexpensive it is, it still needs to be properly serviced at certain intervals.
Just like the «ordinary» T-Navigator (ref. T062.430.11.057.00), the 2011 Tissot T-Navigator Automatic Chronograph (ref. T062.427.11.057.00) might have become a gorgeous “aviator” if not that hideous PVD-treated bezel with its “compass” scale that is as crude as it is completely unnecessary both functionally and aesthetically.
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.
The 2011 Tissot Tradition G15.561 collection offers an elegant appearance, and its retrograde perpetual calendar functionality courtesy of the new ETA G15.561 quartz caliber comes at a more than affordable price.
Tissot ones again updates its family of diving companions with a new Seastar 1000 automatic chronograph. Although some find the choice of a cheaper chronograph caliber that animates the piece not particularly inspiring (after all, what’s the longevity of movement is usually the main reason behind buying a mechanical watch,) the gadget still deserves at least some attention thanks to its powerful exterior and relatively low price.