Tissot has been making Swiss timepieces for some 163 years now, and over that time, the Le Locle-based manufacture has become one of the world’s best-known producers of affordable, high-quality Swiss watches. The brand is also among the more experimental and brave sort in the sense that Tissot today offers a wide range of timepieces from impeccably classical, timeless, and mechanical, to highly modern, bold, and high-tech. We have put together a selection of the five most popular collections and model variants of the brand to help you pick just the one for yourself – or a loved one – this holiday season.
Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Quartz
The Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar was the first “tactile watch” to be powered by solar energy: an unusual blend of high-tech, go-anywhere looks, Swiss quartz movement accuracy, and a tactile sapphire crystal made the T-Touch Expert Solar truly one of a kind.
The Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar received its last major overhaul as recently as 2015 – an easy way to spot the newer models is to look for the compass rose writing on the bezel and flange ring and the new handset. The watch is cased in a 45mm-wide and 13mm-thick titanium and PVD-treated case, water resistant up to (or rather: “down to”) a depth of 100m.
The Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar is available in seven different versions, including a titanium bracelet option, as well as new limited editions made as part of a unique partnership with the NBA, as Tissot is official timekeeper of the association and all its events and games. Good news is that even if you are no basketball fan but like the gold-plated Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar, the front is free of any NBA-branding, making it one of the more subtle and tastefully done limited editions on the market.
Whichever version you may go for, there is a total of 20 tactile functions for everyday use, including a perpetual calendar, two alarms, two timezones, weather forecast with relative pressure, altimeter with altitude difference meter, chronograph, compass, timer, azimuth, regatta function, and backlight. Prices for the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar start at $1,150 and go up to $1,250 for the version on the titanium bracelet.
Tissot PRC 200 Tour De France 2016
With its short lugs and small but tactile pushers and crown,staying on the sportier side of Tissot, we find the Tissot PRC 200 Tour De France 2016. Measuring in at 42mm wide, it makes for a comfortable wear, while the 316L stainless steel case will put up with any and all sports-related abuse you can throw at it. And should you wish to restore its original sheen after whatever rugged activities you put it through, steel can be made to look like new again with the proper techniques – unlike coated materials or uncoated titanium.Inside the Tissot PRC 200’s 200m-water-resistant case is an ETA G10.211 quartz caliber, capable of measuring up to 30-minute-long intervals with an accuracy down to 1/10th of a second. Elegantly tucked away at the 4 o’clock position is a discreet date indication for added functionality. Available with yellow dial accents, engraved “Le Tour de France” case-back, and a black and yellow synthetic strap, this Tissot PRC 200 limited edition is sure to stand out.
Tissot T-Race Automatic MotoGP Limited Edition 2016
Third and final pick from a range of best selling sporty Tissot pieces is the Tissot T-Race Automatic MotoGP Limited Edition 2016. With its massive, 47.25mm-wide and 15.98mm-thick, partially black PVD-coated stainless steel case, this T-Race is not for the faint of heart. It features Tissot’s trademark crystal with a “built-in” magnifier over the 3 o’clock segment, and hence the date indication of the dial. Speaking of which, to go with the MotoGP theme, the dial features a carbon fiber pattern with highly legible white hands and indices for the main time, as well the red hands for the chronograph function.Inside the case we find the ETA C01.211 automatic chronograph movement, a new caliber by ETA from only a couple of years ago. The C01.211 offers automatic winding, approximately 45 hours of power reserve, a 6-hour chronograph, and running seconds at the 9 o’clock position. The movement and its custom rotor can be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back that also sports a “wheel-inspired” design to reinforce this limited edition Tissot T-Race’s MotoGP DNA. Priced at $1,395, this automatic chronograph offers a blend of mechanical watchmaking and racing-inspired design.
Tissot Le Locle Automatic
The Tissot Le Locle Automatic has been a trademark Tissot bestseller for quite some time, and with good reason. The name Le Locle refers to Tissot’s home and heritage, nestled in the Swiss Jura mountains, it is the name of a hugely popular automatic watch family. A blend of Swiss Made quality, timeless, restrained elegance, and affordable price point has made the Le Locle family of watches a global success, further enforced by a large variety of pieces that range from the classical steel case, silver dial, Roman numerals, and black leather strap combination through more modern iterations with steel bracelets, gold-plated and two-tone cases, and even COSC-certified models.
The Tissot Le Locle Automatic reference T41.1.423.33 features an elegant 39.3mm-wide stainless steel case, silver-colored dial with classical dauphine hands and center seconds, as well as the evergreen and ever-reliable ETA 2824-2 automatic caliber inside. At just 9.15mm thick and fitted to a black leather strap, it is a perfect companion both for everyday work in the office, but also at more formal occasions. Price for the Tissot Le Locle Automatic reference T41.1.423.33 is $595, with prices going up to $1,350 for the two-tone version on the bracelet with a COSC-certified chronometer movement.
Tissot Tradition Quartz
The Tissot Tradition Quartz family combines modern watchmaking with a hint of nostalgia thanks to its vintage inspired, clean design. Available in nine different variations, with non-coated or PVD gold coated 316L stainless steel cases and clean or textured dials, the Tissot Tradition Quartz is a great extension beyond the previously mentioned Le Locle Automatic. Sharing the Le Locle’s tasteful, restrained elegance but matching it to a somewhat more contemporary design and size at 42mm wide, this quartz movement-equipped collection is your no-maintenance and even more affordable alternative.
At just 7.47mm thick and fitted to high-quality leather straps or all-steel or two-tone bracelets, it will offer great wearing comfort while also looking the part. Central hours and minutes are accompanied by a central seconds indicator and a date at three for a timelessly elegant aesthetic and set of functions. Tissot Tradition Quartz are available from $300, with prices going up to $450 for the two-tone version on the two-tone steel bracelet.
This eclectic selection of five of Tissot’s most popular collections just goes to show the Le Locle-based manufacture’s dedication to offering a wide range of Swiss Made timepieces that not only match a range of watch budgets, but also an equally wide range of technical fields, use scenarios, styles, and movement functions. From the T-Touch Expert Solar to the restrained elegance of the Le Locle automatic, spiced up with limited editions and the affordable Tradition Quartz range, there is just so much to treat yourself (or your loved ones) to this holiday season.