A FINE VINTAGE
Tissot’s new Heritage Porto watches stand out with their retro-look attires and their Art Nouveau style inspired by the eponymous Portuguese city’s famous bridge.
Although the Portuguese city is famous for its wine, the arch architecture of its Dom-Luis Bridge is also an internationally-recognized reference. Back in the 1910s, it inspired the design of a cambered-contoured, tonneau-shaped case created by Tissot. These Art Nouveau-infused lines are now reproduced in the new version of the Heritage Porto model, unveiled for the first time in 2001. The highly-contemporary 42.5 mm x 31.1 mm dimensions of this case, proposed in polished steel with brushed rose gold PVD around the case-middle, invite time data to reign in a rather airy space. Pear-shaped hands hover delicately over an hour chapter composed of numerals embracing a superbly-arabesque-style typography, a harmony of upstroke and downstroke subtlety. The dial adorns opaline white, black or a sunray-brushed silvery finish to ensure perfect readability.
The multiple versions of the Heritage Porto are complemented by a brown or black leather strap boasting crocodile embossing, attached by a butterfly clasp. The strap is retained by articulated lugs to offer the wearer optimal comfort and to perfectly embrace all wrists.
Price from EUR470 www.tissotwatches.com
By Dan Diaconu
THE LATEST MUST HAVE
Less is more, as you will understand at first glance when you see the composition of the dial on these new watches from the manufactory. Another major selling point is their very affordable price!
If you only had one watch in your wardrobe, the new Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium could well be the one, given its many assets. On a silver, black or luminous blue dial, the dauphine-style hour and minute hands, enhanced by a luminescent white material, point to the beveled markers. A discreet central second hand traces its revolutions. This sleek composition includes a date display at 3 o’clock, accompanied by time information. The versatile esthetics of this timepiece produced by Tissot means it can be worn in a professional environment as well as when enjoying good times with friends.
Last but not least, the Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium is powered by a Powermatic caliber. This self-winding movement provides a comfortable power reserve exceeding 3 days when fully wound (80 hours). It also has a robust silicium balance wheel that is insensitive to magnetic fields. The owner of this watch can also view some of the components in this modern mechanical architecture, as well as the decorated oscillating weight, through the sapphire crystal back.
Price: 810 EUR (stainless steel) – 750 EUR (leather) www.tissotwatches.com
By Dan Diaconu
SPORTY AND URBAN
In practical terms, diver’s watches ensure the safety of underwater adventures. In terms of style, they are an essential accessory when back on dry land. The new chronograph by Tissot has both these qualities.
It seduced us with its automatic three-hand date version. The Seastar 1000 by Tissot returns this year in a chronograph-based variation. As with the original model, the dial is available in several shades, including a particularly attractive version consisting of a graduated midnight blue merging into black reminiscent of the seabed. As with the other variations, the counters and the small seconds dial have pride of place. This composition is surrounded by large-size index markers which indicate the hours. These, together with the wide hour and minute hands, are covered with luminescent material and provide a very easy-to-read layout of the time information even when the light goes. The 45.5 mm steel case is topped with a unidirectional aluminum bezel, engraved with a very practical scale to measure the remaining immersion time during a dive.
The Seastar 1000 Chronograph comes with two straps. The first one, made of steel, has a folding buckle and is accompanied by a diving extension system. The second one is made of rubber, a material prized for its durability and elasticity.
Price: from 490 EUR to 590 EUR www.tissotwatches.com
By Dan Diaconu
Do you know all the ins and outs of cycling and the Tour de France? Tissot is offering you two special editions in the colors of the world’s media-friendly cycling race.
From July 6 to 28, the most prestigious cycling race will take to the roads of France with the final stage along the Champs-Élysées. To follow the 21 stages of the trial in the best possible way, Tissot, the Official Timekeeper of the trial, is offering two timepieces in the colors of the event. This edition marks 100 years of the famous yellow jersey. For this occasion, the Chrono XL Tour de France 2019 Special Edition proudly bears the emblematic color on one of the counters on its dial. The design of the T-Race Cycling Tour de France 2019 Special Edition is inspired by that of a bicycle. The inter-horns and the hands are reminiscent of the forks of a competition two-wheeler while the pushers symbolize the brake levers. The graduated aluminum tachymeter bezel in kph and mph, set on a silicon ring, represents a wheel. The counters evoke the cogs of a race bike and the back of the strap imitates the chain.
The Chrono XL comes in a commemorative box accompanied by two leather straps. The first all-black strap contrasts with the second which is decorated with yellow jerseys. As for the T-Race, it comes with a two-tone silicon strap.
Price: 480 EUR (T-Race) – 395 EUR (Chrono XL) www.tissotwatches.com
By Dan Diaconu
Why should you have to choose between a sporty or a sophisticated style chronograph? This is the reasoning behind this new series. Let us explain.
This year, the Bucherer Blue Editions collection is growing in size with a multitude of series all with one thing in common: a magnetic blue dial. The latest series to date revisits a great men’s classic by Tissot, the Chemin des Tourelles Automatic Chronograph. Built around a 44 mm steel case, this timepiece combines two styles in one. Its fine hour and minute hands point to the index markers and Roman numerals placed in the guilloched Clou de Paris patterned hour circle. This traditional style surrounds a decidedly more modern and sporty central design containing a small second at 9 o’clock, a date window at 3 o’clock and two vertically aligned chronograph counters. The three subdials are bolstered with a bright red hand and the same color also graces the central second hand. This provides a very easy-to-read layout of all the time information.
The Chemin des Tourelles Automatic Chronograph Bucherer Blue Editions comes with an alligator-style grain dark blue calf leather strap finished with a butterfly clasp and pushers. This limited-edition series is engraved and numbered from 1 to 888.
Price: 965 CHF www.tissotwatches.com
By Dan Diaconu
A SWISS TOUCH
Proud of its Swiss roots, Le Locle-based Tissot selected the T-Touch, one of the signature models of its watch collections, to honor its home country’s culture.
2019 marks the 20th anniversary of a timepiece which is unique in its class: the Tissot T-Touch. The first tactile watch in the world, it quickly became a contemporary classic after it was launched in 1999. T as in Tissot and Touch: because a light touch of your finger gives you access to countless functions. This tool rapidly found an audience, especially with athletes, both amateur and professional. 20 years later, Tissot presents the T-Touch Swiss Edition, a timepiece which pays homage to its Helvetian origins.
Tissot’s homeland is of great importance to the brand. It demonstrates that here with a few touches borrowed from Swiss folklore, such as the chocolate color of its impressive ceramic bezel and the “chocolate bar” look created by the “Clou de Paris” pattern. The matching color of the aged leather wristband accentuates the look…delicious! The wristband is inspired by the traditional bell collars of Swiss cows. Next, the upper section of the dial, which hides the solar cells that power the T-Touch Swiss Edition, sports a tapestry of edelweiss and vertical stripes in a nod to the traditional costumes worn by the shepherds of the Swiss Alps. And to finish, the back of the 45 mm titanium case, which houses an ETA E84.301 caliber, is decorated with the Confederation’s shield.
At the center of the dial, two ajoure and luminescent hands reach over the digital and tactile display to show the hours and minutes “traditionally”. Along with these displays, the watch provides a large array of functions: weather, altimeter, compass, countdown timer, chronograph, two alarms, second time zone, and more. A Swiss army knife on your wrist!
Price: 995 CHF www.tissotwatches.com
By Sharmila Bertin
THE SPEED OF THE PAST
The history of the brand from Le Locle is closely linked to car racing, especially through its partnership with Kessel Racing since 2017 and now the re-release of an updated chronograph from the 1970s.
The good thing about having a long history, like Tissot (founded in 1853, 166 years ago, to be precise), is first of all the rich archives on hand to give you inspiration, and second the chance to forge lasting links outside of watchmaking. All this can be seen in the new Heritage Navigator 1973, a re-released chronograph. It is a celebration of the past, the future and the partnership between the watchmaker from Le Locle and the Kessel Racing team, set up by Loris Kessel (1950-2010), the Swiss driver Tissot sponsored from 1976 to 1979.
The ivory dial is encircled by a black chapter ring, including a tachymetric scale. Two black, baton-shaped hands are coated in lume and show the hours and minutes in the centre, while the seconds are displayed in one of the three black counters, at 9 o’clock. The chronograph function includes the seconds in the centre and the minutes and hours in sub-dials at 3 and 6 o’clock, respectively.
This limited edition of 1,973 watches comes with a perforated black calf’s leather strap with a steel folding clasp.
Price not available www.tissotwatches.com
By Sharmila Bertin
TIME CROWNED WITH GOLD
Four new models have now joined Tissot’s classic Gentleman collection, all crowned with a solid pink-gold bezel and equipped with a robust self-winding movement, the famous Powermatic.
The word “gentleman” evokes elegance, courtesy and discretion, and it is no doubt because of these three refined qualities that Tissot gave this name to one of its collections. Gentleman is a series of watches with a fairly traditional design, passing through time with no heed for the fashions that come and go. And despite the masculine name, the brand from Le Locle has not left anyone out, since the watch comes in a size adapted to most wrists and in a range of four dial colours.
The Gentleman is housed in a 40mm-wide and 10.64mm-thick case with curved, ergonomic lugs for maximum comfort and is topped with a solid pink-gold bezel. The metal case is watertight down to 50m and houses the calibre Powermatic 80, a self-winding movement which, as its name implies, provides 80 hours of power reserve. It comes with a silicon hairspring for improved accuracy and magnetic resistance. The powerful mechanism gives life to the hour, minute and central seconds, as well as the date at 3 o’clock.
On the dial, there are four colours to choose from: black, ivory, chocolate and silver. The watch face features a fine cross and golden indices around the outside. The time is shown by a couple of dauphine-style hands and a slender second hand, which are all coloured gold, while the date is displayed in black against a white background.
This new Tissot watch is worn with a strap including three rows of links or with a smooth, black leather strap coloured black, caramel or chocolate, plus a steel folding clasp.
Price: 1,295 CHF www.tissotwatches.com
By Sharmila Bertin
BACK TO THE ROOTS
With the new Heritage Visodate, Tissot proves once again that its heritage is a great source of inspiration for creating contemporary watches at an affordable price.
Tissot has delved into its archives for the design of the Heritage Visodate watch. With a rich heritage accumulated in its 166-year history – the company was founded in 1853 – the brand from Le Locle has here taken inspiration from a watch released in 1954. The main features have been preserved alongside some new design elements. And the results are interesting, since the Heritage Visodate has a classic shape overall – a bit like a watch you might have pinched from your father or grandfather – with a vintage design feel and the inclusion of the old Tissot logo on the dial, but without the outdated aspects of older timepieces. This is a piece filled with character, providing a nice effect on the wrist for either men or women, and at a very nice price, since it costs under 400 Swiss francs.
This new watch by Tissot is worn with a Milanese mesh steel strap, a brown or black grained calfskin alligator-feel leather strap or a coffee-coloured, pink or peach-orange, smooth leather strap.
Price: 295 CHF (steel on leather) – 325 CHF (steel on steel) – 365 CHF (PVD steel on leather) www.tissotwatches.com
By Sharmila Bertin
Looking for an elegant, affordable and simple watch with its own personality? The Tissot Visodate Heritage has all the assets to meet your needs. Let’s take a closer look.
First launched in the 1950s, Tissot gave a new lease of life to the Visodate in 2010, retaining the original logo and unusual typography, among other features. Its strong points? A clear display for the hours and minutes, as well as the day and the date. The same features can be found in the 2018 versions, named the Visodate Heritage. The dials are black, deep blue or silvered white and protected by a curved, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The watches come with a leather or steel strap. All the models have a 40cm-wide case with the automatic calibre ETA 2836-2, including a rotor displayed through the sapphire crystal glass.
To suit today’s tastes, there is a whole host of colour combinations on the dial and the case with golden or silver figures. The straps play on different textures. The leather strap is either smooth or embossed, dark brown or natural. The Milanese mesh strap remains an elegant and timeless alternative.
Price: 290 to 350 EUR (quartz) – 570 EUR (automatic) www.tissotwatches.com
By Dan Diaconu