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The Iconic Watch from the 60s: Tissot PRS516 Alpine Limited Edition

Homage to History

Founded by Jean Rédélé in 1955, it first started from a young man’s passion about motorsports; the Alpine name became legendary when the A110 Berlinette won the 1971 and 1973 Monte Carlo Rally. Alpine, today, brings back driving pleasure with the introduction of the new A110, a car faithful to Alpine’s timeless principles of lightness, compactness and agility.

Inspired by the PR 516, the iconic Tissot watch from the Sixties nodded to car racing with a cool design and impressive technical features such as the movement suspension system. With the launch of the new Tissot PRS 516 Alpine Limited Edition, the watch honours the legendary car A110 that won the Rally World Championship in the 70s.

The Swiss made Tissot PRS 516 Alpine Limited Edition featured an automatic valjoux movement ETA A05.H31, and framed around a 316L stainless steel case of 45mm, with see-through caseback and black ceramic bezel with tachymeter. It has a power reserve of 60 hours.

The dial is made of feather-light carbon, contrasting beautifully with the steely black ceramic bezel and luminescent hands. Watch the hands pass under the floating indices, while the hand shape itself is unique, and nods to the A of Alpine in the seconds hand.

As seen in the case, innovative details from the world of motoring takes the shape of the bodywork.  A stand-out feature is the perforated bracelet juxtaposed with the familiar Alpine blue to complete the watch design with a sporty touch, a nod to the steering wheels of cars in 1962. Fitted with a leather strap with folding clasp, the side has push-buttons and the pushers portray the pistons. Water resistance up to 100m.

View the official Tissot website here.

Pre-Baselworld: Tissot Timepiece Collection

Tissot Chrono XL NBA Team Collection Sporty Gets Smart: Measuring 45mm in diameter, the 316L stainless steel case houses a black dial with clear indices, and a useful chronograph function that adds to the sporty design. This is first time that Tissot is featuring the Team logo on the dial, a first for the brand. Each watch in the collection is full of appealing design quirks and its street style inspiration makes a bold fashion statement. The dial is fitted to a leather strap with stainless steel standard buckle.

Tissot T Race MotoGP LTD

Tissot T-Race MotoGP Limited Edition 2018: The watch’s structure is inspired by the masculine design and parts of motorbikes. A new feature is the innovative bracelet made of rubber strap that illustrates the material of racers’ suits that feature small holes in the leathers. The stainless steel case in rose-gold finish juxtaposes with the overall black look and striking red details on the dial.

Tissot Flamingo Brilliant bold design

Tissot Flamingo: The Tissot Flamingo is designed to be as practical as it is feminine stylish. The updated version of the Tissot Flamingo features a 26mm, round case and is water resistant up to 50m. With harmonious lines and asymmetrical lugs cutting a graceful silhouette, the reworked dial now includes a thin ring, while twelve Wesselton diamonds placed around the hour-circle, add a glamourous feel to complement the hue of each of the dial.

Tissot PR100 Sport Chic Collection

Tissot PR 100 Sport Chic: The new Tissot PR100 Lady family of watches bring together sporty and feminine details for a collection that is bold, romantic and ideal for the modern woman today.

Tissot Bella Ora Round: Inspired by the tasteful Mediterranean style of the Bella Ora, the dial features a new design with a fresh look. With a rounder and bigger case, the dial offers even greater readability. Fashionistas will be pleased to hear that each reference of this on-trend new collection comes with two interchangeable bracelets.

For more information about Tissot, please visit www.tissotwatches.com.

The Surprising Story behind the Tissot Heritage Banana Centenary Edition

There are some mysteries which defy explanation like how the Pyramids of Giza were constructed. To wit, through the lenses of modern architectural and engineering techniques, one might hazard a guess as to how these structural marvels were developed and to such a degree of geometric and geographic precision. In the genre of watchmaking, one such mystery just happens to follow the Tissot Heritage Banana Centenary Edition.

The Surprising Story behind the Tissot Heritage Banana Centenary Edition

As the story goes, the Tissot Heritage Banana Centenary Edition was inspired by a vintage gold curved-case, rectangular Tissot, one owned by a Russian collector in fact. But in August 1917, the Tissot “Banana” was shipped back to Le Locle for servicing. By October that year, the Bolshevik revolution began which led to the Russian Imperial family, the Romanovs, being deposed. Eventually, the newly installed communist government instituted a ban on all “bourgeoisie” luxuries like gold watches and Russia as Tissot Headquarters in Le Locle knew it, no longer existed and the collector’s piece remained unclaimed. But this isn’t the surprising story.

Consider that this was 1917. Curved watches were not exactly commonplace. How do we know this? Because in 1932, a Tissot-Omega watchmaker named Louis Alix had patented a curved rectangular case for the Omega Marine under patent CH 146310. And we also know that the he elegant curved shape envisaged by Alix would have been impossible to make at the time and challenging even today. So therein lies the first question – If a curved watch was impossible to make in the 1930s, how much more so would it have been almost 15 years before that?

Next mystery: modern curved watches cleverly use standard “flat” movements positioned precisely in the space available within the shaped case. These curved watches are possible today because evolving techniques and know-how have made movements smaller but back in 1917, the smallest movements of the era were made by Gruen – the Veri-Thin calibres were thin by standards of that period, featuring new wheel-train architecture which enhanced its thinness. By 1938, what Tissot-Omega’s watchmaker had dreamed of had become a possibility for Gruen due to the advancements in ultra-thin calibres.

Left: Imagined illustration of Tissot “Banana” from the era. Centre: Louis Alix’s patent for a curved case, which was impossible to machine in 1932. Bottom left: Gruen Veri-Thin calibre evolution. Right: How a calibre would fit in a curved case circa 1938.

Therefore, we can infer that whatever watchmaking know-how that Tissot possessed in 1916, it would have been advanced for the period. However, assume that proportions of the original Tissot ‘Banana’ were large enough to incorporate a standard 10 lignes pocket watch movement, it still doesn’t explain the challenging process of making a curved case with prevailing technology of the time.

Mysteries aside, the Tissot Heritage Banana Centenary Edition commemorates the voyage that took place 100 years ago. With the advent of modern machining techniques, the curvature of that iconic watch is no longer much of an enigma. Bearing the same ‘banana’ shape as its famous ancestor, the Heritage Banana curves around the wrist, benefitting from the diminutive stature of 2.4mm ultra-thin quartz movement (which fits within the curved case of course).

Aesthetically speaking, the audacious, pre-Art Deco design embraces both the lines of the watch and of the numbers, with their varying size cleverly fitting them into the dimensions of the slim, rectangular dial. The delicate bleuté hands stay true to the original version, to which the Tissot Heritage logo on the dial testifies. A finely textured crown represents a common signature of elegance. These timepieces magically recapture the mood of a bygone age. Most importantly, as far as historical references are concerned, the provenance of the Tissot “Banana” will give you one heck of a story to tell.

Tissot Heritage Banana Centenary Edition Price and Specs

Case Stainless steel case with 30 metres water resistance
Movement ETA 901.001 quartz movement
Strap Alligator-style leather strap with butterfly clasp or leather strap with butterfly clasp
Price From SG$550 to SG$700

Provenance: The Allure of Tissot Heritage Chronographs

Tissot Heritage 150th anniversary Chronograph

Before the launch of the Baselworld 2017 Tissot Heritage 1948 Chronograph, Tissot’s last heritage chronograph re-issue took place almost 15 years ago. It was in 2003, during the brand’s 150th anniversary celebrations that watch cognoscenti was reminded of the brand’s incredible provenance. We mention this because that particular model, the Tissot Heritage 150th anniversary Chronograph is actually a heritage re-issue of a highly collectible 1946 Tissot chronograph from the era.

Watch savants might recall that in 1930, Tissot merged with Omega, giving rise to a slew of Tissot-Omega badged watches and chronographs. By 1932, famed chronograph movement maker Lemania joined the group. Vintage chronograph models produced by Tissot during the 1930s and 1940s incorporated Lemania calibres like the CHT15 column wheel chronograph movement accounts for some of the shared commonalities; this is an editorial digression which serves to deliver our next point – the importance of nostalgia and romance when it comes to vintage re-issues, but what makes these watches extra compelling is the element of provenance and the joint relationship between the two brands.

It is this shared history which led some collectors to believe that 1960s and 70s Tissot chronographs like the Ref. 1281 used Omega 321 calibres due to the positions of the subdials (there is some truth to this but not in the way that is commonly misunderstood). The fact is, the Tissot 1281 chronograph used a manual wound Lemania 1281 or Tissot 871 cam-actuated chronograph movement which supported lower manufacturing costs.

That said, while early Speedmasters used column wheel chronographs, the relationship between the two brands ultimately led to that Tissot movement being developed into the 1873 which eventually became used in Omega Speedmasters. It’s a point of horological trivia which some watch lovers feel adds to the allure of vintage Tissot chronographs; and some of this desirability (inspired by provenance) transfers unto the modern Tissot Heritage chronograph re-issues.

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

Provenance: The Allure of Tissot Heritage Chronographs

The heritage re-issue is a trend that has been deeply mined in the last five years. At best, a vintage watch is deeply evocative and if a modern edition inspired by that history is ill-conceived, these attempts can backfire badly. Thankfully, with their newest attempt, the Tissot Heritage 1948 Chronograph, it is safe to say that the brand has been fairly skillful and respectful with their approach towards “commercialised” nostalgia.

In 2006, Tissot supported a spy-satire period film called OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies. Starring Jean Dujardin (he eventually won the 2011 Academy Award for The Artist), the film was set in 1955 following the exploits the French secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath or Agent OSS 117 (an obvious spoof of 007), as he is sent to Cairo to investigate the disappearance of his best friend and fellow spy Jack Jefferson. The titular OSS 117, played by Dujardin, was equipped with a special timepiece – a Tissot Heritage 150th anniversary Chronograph. It was a fitting bit of equipment and given its period authenticity, the chronograph became the watch which acquainted a new generation of watch consumers with Tissot.

Vintage 1946 Tissot chronograph which inspired the Tissot 150th anniversary Heritage Chronograph and close to two decades later, the Heritage 1948 Chronograph

That particular chronograph and the re-issue which followed 14 years later, the Tissot Heritage 1948 Chronograph is both descended from the fore mentioned 1946 model and the design elements are truly distinctive.

It differs from the original at two points. First, in terms of case proportion, the vintage Tissot chronograph was 36mm but the contemporary edition stays faithful as a gentleman’s chronograph with 39.5mm stainless steel case proportions. Increasing its appeal, however anachronistic, is the 1970s style Milanese or shark mesh bracelet that comes as an additional strap option for the Tissot Heritage 1948 chronograph. The twisted lugs, emblematic of the vintage edition also makes a return on the modern re-issue, adding some visual flair to the case. That said, it’s not an integrated chronograph movement which drives the Tissot Heritage 1948 chronograph but rather an ETA 2894-2, essentially a base 2892 automatic movement with chronograph module, accounting for its 11.9mm case thickness – as a result, it is not particularly slim but by chronograph standards, not particularly thick either.

The opaline silver dial with mirror polish framed subdials, protected by period authentic Hesalite, upsell the monochromatic appeal of the 50s and 60s before the 70s high contrast “panda” rage. The large applied “XII” at 12, heritage Tissot branding, concentric circles within the subdials, applied dot markers for hours and the minute track on the dial’s periphery are the only details which greet you – adding to its minimalist appeal – there’s not enough to distract you but enough to keep things interesting. It’s the 50s remember? An age of elegant distinctiveness. The other anachronistic element is a small date aperture between 4 and 5, a necessity. Overall, it is hard to deny the vintage charms and dressy appeal of the Tissot Heritage 1948 chronograph.

Tissot Heritage 1948 Chronograph Price and Specs

Case 39.5 stainless steel case with 30m water resistance
Movement Automatic ETA 2894-2 chronograph with 39 hours power reserve
Strap Croc-effect leather or steel Milanese bracelet
Price SG$2130 (leather) SG$2200 (milanese)

 

 

 

 

 

For what it represents, Tissot Ballade Powermatic 80 COSC is sign of Cutting Edge watchmaking in affordable watches

The real kicker of this historic timepiece from Tissot, easily one of the main highlights of baselworld 2017 is the price point. The watch will start at CHF870 (roughly S$1,380) which means that for the first time, a Swiss-made mechanical watch with a silicon balance spring will be available for under CHF1,000. While this sort of thing has been telegraphed and foreshadowed for years at Swatch Group where top-tier brands Breguet, Blancpain, Jacquet Droz, Glashutte Original, and Omega have all been introducing various components of the escapement in silicon, it is gratifying to finally see it happen.

For what it represents, Tissot Ballade Powermatic 80 COSC is sign of Cutting Edge watchmaking in affordable watches

On the other hand though, virtually every Swiss player once used Nivarox hairsprings and no one considered this heresy. Likewise, brass and steel continue to be mainstays elsewhere in the movement and the Nivarox balance spring is still used by the majority of Swiss (and a good deal of non-Swiss) watch brands. We have yet to learn of an outcry over the use of brass by the likes of Patek Philippe and, well, Tissot.

Ok, a little bit about this watch, the Tissot Ballade Powermatic 80 COSC, before returning to the hue and cry that Tissot itself is provoking in its advertising. Tissot says that silicon balance springs are expensive and thus not been available in the accessible segment that the brand plays in. It credits the manufacturing capacities of the Swatch Group with reducing the cost of such balance springs, resulting in the Ballade Powermatic. Of course, the watchmaker is banking on collectors recognising 2017 as a watershed moment in cutting-edge technologies in watchmaking and this is a major gamble. To be fair, with tourbillons, in-house chronographs and the like all becoming less expensive across many brands, this move is only logical.

Having seen the piece at Baselworld 2017, we have to agree that it is a very fetching proposition, pricing aside, The 41mm steel watch (39mm for ladies) features a dial with nothing less than Clous de Paris decoration, instantly elevating it to an entirely different level to other collections in this range. In a smart move, Tissot is equipping this watch with an exhibition case back which means that the ETA produced automatic movement can be admired freely. It is also worth noting that the watch is a proper chronometer, with COSC certification and boasts a power reserve of 80 hours.

 

Returning to the marketing proposition, we think it is worth reminding our readers that good industrial practices put better technologies at our disposal, for prices that are generally better for the consumer. As far as watches go though, this paradigm does not hold true because there is also the element of exclusivity. However, we could very well be witnessing the beginning of the end of silicon as an exclusive material.

Tissot Ballade Powermatic 80 COSC technical specs

  • Movement: Self-winding calibre C07.811 Si; 80-hour power reserve
  • Case: 41 mm in steel; water resistant to 50m
  • Strap: Steel bracelet or leather strap with deployant clasp
  • Price: $1380 to $1620
RWC 2015 Official Match Ball, Twickenham, London

Tissot Named Official Timekeeper of Rugby World Cup 2015

RWC 2015 Official Match Ball, Twickenham, London

Swiss watchmaker  has been named as the official timekeeper of Rugby World Cup 2015 a week out from the start of event.

The agreement sees Tissot join the likes of Canon, Coca-Cola and Fujitsu in having partnered with the tournament.

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper said: “We are delighted that Tissot has joined the global Rugby World Cup 2015 commercial family. The appointment of another brand sector leader further underscores the tremendous appeal of England 2015 in the global marketplace.”

François Thiébaud, the president of Tissot, added: “We are very proud to be part of Rugby World Cup 2015. The sport of Rugby in itself demonstrates many of our company values, such as teamwork and individual performance at the same time, respect, discipline and a love for sport. Furthermore, this Tournament in particular is the perfect platform to showcase our expertise in a thrilling international environment.”

With their experience in timing sporting events, Tissot has created watches in honour of the occasion, pulling inspiration from the traits of rugby.

The Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar, for example, exemplifies tactile functions that mirrors rugby. Touching down on the dial, the wearer accesses a spectrum of functions such as the weather forecast, and altimeter and compass. The watch is also water resistant up to 100 metres.

The tournament commences when hosts England take on Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on 18th September.

Via mens-folio.comsportspromedia.com

Tissot Baku 2015 watch

Tissot unveils a commemorative Baku 2015 watch

Tissot Baku 2015 watch

Tissot has chosen to celebrate its partnership with the 2015 European Games by creating a casual sports watch that reflects the colors and symbols of the multi-sport event in which some 6,000 athletes from 50 European countries will participate.

The Tissot Quickster Baku Special Edition includes certain “sporty” touches such as a monochrome dial that resembles an athletic stopwatch.

The watch comes equipped with a quartz movement in a 42mm stainless steel casing silk-printed with the esteemed Baku 2015 logo.

This special edition is available with one of two synthetic bracelets: the first is a cloth strap striped in the colors of the 2015 Games, and the second, a sleek black for a more traditional look.

The “Tissot Quickster Baku Special Edition” is available for purchase starting at €415.

Tissot Chemin des Tourelles Skeleton: Alternative Approach

Tissot built its factory along Le Locle’s Chemin des Tourelles in 1907, where it still remains. The street’s significance to Tissot has spawned this eponymous timepiece, the Chemin des Tourelles Skeleton, which showcases the brand’s watchmaking expertise.

The Chemin des Tourelles Skeleton is a simple three hand watch with its small seconds at nine o’clock. The timepiece features openworking, beginning with an absent dial and a skeletonised chapter ring upon which rose gold indexes have been applied. This carries over to the hand-winding ETA 6497-1 movement within the watch, but not to the extent of creating an airy, minimalist aesthetic. Instead, it is part of a larger repertoire of decorative techniques that Tissot has employed within this watch. On the dial side, the base plate has been reduced, but not drastically. Tissot has opted to keep the untouched sections of the base plate symmetrical wherever possible, and finished them with perlage. Other major components of the movement such as its wheels have also undergone sunburst, linear, or even just flat matte finishing – one would be hard pressed to find an unfinished part. The view through the see-through case back reveals a similar treatment: only parts of the bridges have been skeletonised, which leaves a large canvass for Tissot to apply finishing techniques. The result is a mix of textures both on the front and back of the watch, which creates much visual interest despite the confinement of materials to just various metals.Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Skeleton 2

Skeletonisation and finishing aside, the Chemin des Tourelles Skeleton is also eye-catching for its use of colours. Its hands, screws and indexes are of blued steel to complement the rose gold case, and silver-toned nickel and steel of the movement, while brass wheels and jewels round out the colour palette. 

 Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Skeleton 3

Tissot Begins 100 Day Countdown To Asian Games 2014

The rest of 2014 appears packed with sporting events, beginning with the FIFA World Cup which kicks off tomorrow in Brazil. The Commonwealth Games 2014 will commence on 23 July in Glasgow, shortly after the World Cup’s conclusion. Things will heat up a while later in Asia. In fact, Tissot, the Official Timekeeper of the 17th Asian Games, officially announced yesterday that only 100 days were left to the Games. Incheon, South Korea is hosting this edition of the Games, which will take place from 19 September to 4 October. As one of the world’s largest and most prominent sporting events, the Games will see thousands of visitors and millions of TV viewers witnessing athletes compete in 36 different disciplines – 28 Olympic sports and 8 non-Olympic sports – over 439 events. Interestingly, this will be the last time the Asian Games are held on an even numbered year, as the Olympic council of Asia has planned for subsequent Games to be just one year ahead of the Olympics. The 18th Asian Games will thus take place in five years’ time in 2019 instead.

Tissot Begins 100 Day Countdown To Asian Games 2014 1

Tissot has spent two years in preparation for the Games, and even created a collection of watches to commemorate the partnership. Mechanical, quartz and digital watches are all represented in this collection, with a few limited editions including the Luxury Automatic Asian Games 2014 (both Gent and Lady versions) and the T-Touch II Asian Games 2014. The watches all feature casebacks with the Games’ official emblem, and come in several different materials, functions and colours to meet every collector’s need.

The 17th Asian Games will be yet another event in Tissot’s long line of timekeeping partnerships. Apart from being official timekeeper and partner of the world championships of fencing, cycling and ice hockey, the brand is also associated with the Australian Football League, MotoGP and RBS Six Nations Rugby.

Best Wishes: Tissot Le Locle Good Blessing

Celebrating Good Times Tissot Le Locle Series 2

It may be created as part of Tissot’s 160th anniversary festivities but the Le Locle Good Blessing is also a great choice of watch to usher in the lunar new year, which begins on January 31st. This limited edition model (4,999 pieces) combines the classical codes of Tissot’s Le Locle collection with a subtle touch of Chinese culture – the Chinese character 福 (fu) had been discreetly embossed onto the dial. Contrasting elegantly with a guilloché-patterned background, this auspicious symbol brings good luck to all around it, turning the Le Locle Good Blessing from a watch to an auspice.

Housed in a 316L stainless steel case paired with matching steel bracelet, the watch runs on a Swiss made automatic movement which could be seen through a semi-exhibition case back. Double-sided anti-reflective coating on the sapphire crystals allow for easy reading and the case back is also adorned with more felicitous decorative engravings. Available at all Tissot boutiques, the Le Locle Good Blessing is priced at S$930.