This article was produced in partnership with Gregory Jewellers
A watch is a man’s best friend and his most valuable accessory, however, you need different watches for different occasions. One brand that has you covered for all, is Tissot.
Founded in 1853, Tissot has been responsible for a number of world’s firsts during its illustrious history which have served to cement it as a serious player in the watch industry today.
Tissot has a watch for any occasion: dress watch for the office? Check. Sports watch for casual weekend outfits? Double-check. With such a breadth of models to choose from, picking out some of the absolute gems can seem a tricky task, but we’ve singled out a few options – all of which are available from Gregory Jewellers – for your next time-teller.
Tissot Dress Watches
Dress watches, by their very name, are designed to be dressed up with an outfit. They’re the style of watch you wear with a suit and/or shirt. They’re not designed to demand attention, so you’ll rarely find a dress watch with a loud and brash dial, or a huge case (it should be proportionate to the wrist).
Instead, dress watches need to be slim enough to slide underneath a shirt cuff and, if you really want to show off your style know-how, you’ll want to match the colour of your dress watch with your belt and shoes (admittedly, this style rule is being followed less nowadays, but it’s something to think about).
Tissot Tradition Powermatic 80
This Tissot Tradition Powermatic 80 follows several classic dress watch rules: the dial is incredibly simple and minimal, although, for a little bit of fun, Tissot has given it an ‘open heart’, allowing you to peer through to the movement within. That movement is something special, too, as it’s the company’s Powermatic 80. This movement is capable of holding power for 80 hours, meaning you can leave it unattended for three whole days and still come back to find it ticking.
At 9.4mm thin, it will comfortably fit under that shirt of yours, and the lack of Arabic numerals and even a date window leave it to focus on just telling the time.
The dark coloured dial with matching alligator leather strap is quintessentially dressy, and the rose gold gives it an extra layer of luxury.
Tissot Carson Premium Powermatic 80
If you want to prove to others you know about the current trends in horology, then you’ll do yourself justice by owning this blue Tissot Carson Premium. Targeted at the dress watch sector first and foremost thanks to its simplistic dial with Roman numerals and slimline case, its blue dial lends it to be able to be worn all day every day.
A blue dial watch is incredibly versatile: it can be paired with a wider range of outfit choices and by its very nature, will add a pop of colour to your wrist, injecting a bit of fun into your outfit choices. Once again, this Tissot Carson Premium has the company’s 80-hour Powermatic 80 running the show, gifting you a reliable movement that will last for days.
Tissot Sports Watches
Of course, not everyone attends formal events every day of the week, and this is where a sports watch comes into play. Sports watches are designed to withstand daily wear and tear, should be water-resistant enough to be able to wear swimming, and will usually provide a range of other functions, most commonly through the use of chronograph counters or other complications.
Tissot produces a comprehensive selection of sports watches that factor in much of the traditional criteria, and we’ve picked some of the best models below.
Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80
The Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 employs an incredibly familiar dive watch aesthetic, combining a stainless steel case and bracelet with a ceramic bezel. And dive with it you can, as the Seastar 1000 is capable of being submerged up to 300-metres and has a screw-down crown to ensure its performance underwater. The dial is legible – a key feature for sports watches – while a small date window can be found at 6 o’clock.
Better still, if you’re not quite yet an accomplished diver, this Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 – yes, the 80-hour automatic movement is used here, too – has a casual look that will look perfect with a t-shirt and jeans, while the addition of yellow gold can lend it to being dressed up for cocktail parties.
Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph
For a more diver-orientated and more functional watch, look no further than this Chronograph version of the Seastar 1000. The blue dial brings up obvious associations with the sea, while the rubber strap gives off an entirely sporty feel. The sportiness continues thanks to chronograph functions, which thanks to a quartz movement, allow them to include 30-minute and 1/10 of a second counter. A 46mm case allows for plenty of space to read the dial, ideal when you’re diving to depths of up to 300m/1000ft.
Tissot Supersport Chrono
Tissot has a longstanding history with the sporting world, having sponsored major events and having acted as the official timekeeper. The Supersport Chrono, one of the company’s most recent model releases, is testament to that. Unashamedly masculine in its approach to design, this large and in charge 45.5mm watch can be had in a range of colours to match your personality and personal style.
The large dial has been given a Superluminova treatment on the hour markers and sword hands, making it highly legible when things get dark, while a tachymeter around the bezel can measure speeds up to 400km/h. Standard chronograph functions including 1/10 of second and 30-minute counters can be found at 3 and 9 o’clock respectively, for extra timing functions.
Despite its large presence, the Supersport Chrono comes in at just 11.9mm thick, making it a sleek and slender daily wearer.
Tissot Dress/Casual Watches
The watches covered so far, while versatile, will likely only be used within their respective spaces. If you feel you don’t need a multiple choice of watches and would rather have just the one piece to cover all bases, then once again, Tissot can come to your aid.
Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium
This Tissot may have a slight mouthful of a name, we’ll admit, but those three words “Powermatic 80 Silicium” give this Tissot timepiece the upper hand over its horological doppelganger: the Rolex Datejust.
As with other Tissot watches on this list, the Gentleman receives the Powermatic 80 movement with 80-hours of reserve power. What this watch also gets is a silicon balance spring: ‘silicium’. Silicon is used by some of the biggest and most prestigious names in watchmaking, meaning Tissot comfortably sits amongst them, yet the Gentleman presented here retails for a fraction of the cost.
Using silicon for the balance spring brings numerous benefits, including being immune to the effects of magnetic interference, a crucial factor in keeping accurate time. It also will never need lubrication, handy when it comes to the routine service.
It’s a handsome devil too, combining a stainless steel case complete with two-tone bracelet, and blue dial, giving it both a sporty, yet luxurious and premium aesthetic.
Tissot T-Race Swissmatic
The T-Race is an interesting watch. It’s one you would wear to make a statement, but it’s handsome enough that it can be worn in a range of situations. Taking its design inspiration from motorbikes: brake disc for the dial and suspension for the lug connectors – although we also get port hole vibes – the T-Race also rocks an uncluttered dial with baton hour markers and a small date window at 3 o’clock. It’s powered by a Swissmatic movement with a power reserve of 72 hours, which represents a solid entry-point into the world of Swiss-made automatic movements.