Andrew and I took part in a somewhat unusual, and entirely self-imposed, challenge at last week. Andrew, typically a wearer of more modern timepieces tried the 45mm Heritage 1936 on for size and I gave my wrists a break entirely to properly experience the Bridgeport pocket watch. We were both outside our comfort zones, full of thoughts, feelings and even emotions. Luckily Ash was on hand to capture our pre-work ruminations on video. Fair warning though, I get all philosophical, even going so far as to question the nature of time.
Welcome to the light-powered T-Touch, with the newer Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar. I’ve had a love affair with the Tissot T-Touch for well over a decade now (it originally came out back in 1999). Very few modern watches have remained as cool for as long. The T-Touch is easily the most popular type of Tissot you’ll see on people’s wrists, and many watch lovers have or have had at least one. When the Tissot T-Touch originally came out, it was difficult not to be mesmerized by its sapphire crystal touch screen. Offering similar functionality as Casio’s popular Pathfinder (now Pro Trek) collection of outdoors/hiking watches with their “ABC” functionality (altimeter, barometer, compass), the Tissot T-Touch offered the same, with a slick analog/digital dial, with hands that repositioned themselves in order to show the various functions along with the digital screen.
There have been many “ana-digi” dialed watches over the years, and many agree that Tissot’s T-Touch collection is perhaps the king. That is even the case after all these years. Of course, Tissot hasn’t sat on its laurels with the T-Touch. We’ve seen an amazing variety of T-Touch models over the years, and along the way, Tissot has remedied some of the technical issues early T-Touch models had (such as water resistance issues). The ultimate water resistant T-Touch came with the Tissot Sea-Touch.
Many wristwatch brands have incorporated vintage elements into modern designs, but the new Tissot Heritage 1936, unveiled at Baselworld 2016, is one of the most authentic re-creations we’ve seen in a while, paying aesthetic tribute to the re-purposed pocketwatches that served as some of the very earliest timepieces for the wrist.
Tissot, longtime partner of the MotoGP World Championship — the Grand Prix of motorbike racing — presents its latest collection of Tissot T-Race MotoGP limited edition watches this year. Here’s a look.
The collection is comprised of new watches in total: one with an automatic mechanical movement, limited to 3,333 pieces, another with a quartz movement, limited to 8,888 pieces, and three other limited-edition watches personalized for a trio of MotoGP athletes and Tissot watch “ambassadors,” Nicky Hayden, Stefan Bradl, and Thomas Lüthi, each with a quartz movement and packaged in a racing-helmet-themed collectible box.
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.