Mountain climbers need perseverance, strength, physical endurance and, of course, the right equipment. A watch and an altimeter are both musts. Tissot combines them in its Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar.
Tissot made news in 1999 with the T-Touch and its touch-screen functions. Since then the original T-Touch has expanded into a collection of watches with a wide range of functions. Last year, with the launch of the Expert Solar, Tissot branched out into solar-powered technology. The power will almost never run out since the watch needs only 16 minutes of sun for daily operation. Fully charged, it will run for an entire year, even in the dark.
The T-Touch Expert Solar has a lightweight, 45-mm titanium case and offers a world-time display, a chronograph with logbook function and a countdown timer that will automatically start the chronograph. It displays altitude, altitude gain and barometric pressure. There is an electronic compass that is of great help in the mountains: if desired, the minutes hand will point due north. The programmable azimuth facilitates navigation: by entering a three-digit course (in degrees), the watch will show whether you’re traveling in the right direction. Each of these functions is activated and controlled by touching the crystal, which is scratch-resistant sapphire. The watch can be worn for swimming since it is water resistant to 100 meters. It costs $1,150 with a rubber or a silicone strap and $1,250 with a titanium bracelet.