Divergent views: Toward a realism
Safely away from both extremes, the best way to picture Tissot is as mid-range watches that are less expensive than premium Swiss brands like JLC, Lange or Longines – even Rolex or Omega – but more than trying casual fashion brands. To copy the Swiss goodness in terms of designs and looks.
Position aside, Tissot Swiss Automatic watches have enough to keep you engaged. However, many are trying to find an answer to whether Tissot – including its chronometer versions – are luxury timepieces in the $1,000 range.
Getting clear out of the way
Now mostly in the $1000 range for a Swiss brand and nothing above; If it claims to be true (or pure) luxury – even remotely – then its luxury elements need to be checked.
When Tissot makes the same claim, you should take a look at their other creations like the Heritage Navigator Limited Edition or the Sculpture Line Men’s Mechanical; Bridgeport Men’s Automatic Chronograph or Rose Dream; All of these are well over the $5000 mark. Check out the Tissot T-Classic Luxury Powermatic 80 Automatic range and you’ll find it shares the same kind of luxury. Or, it gives off the same vibes; Maybe a few more with a vintage Powermatic 80.
Achieving chronometer certification
Not to be confused with the marine chronometer used for astronomical navigation and determining longitudes. Our concern is with those spring-drive escapement timekeepers, with components built better than normal standards and compensating for expansion/contraction of the balance spring due to temperature and gravity differences.
The chronometer boasts improved efficiency and accuracy and utilizes jeweled bearings and precious metals. This is to take advantage of the relative physical properties of materials. However, it is not too difficult today to combine tight tolerances, precision jewels, and special oils with modern manufacturing techniques to run a clock within +4 to +6 seconds of actual (atomic) time; What matters is how well and skillfully the manufacturer utilizes them. A Tissot mechanical timepiece – whether chronometer specified or not – is well regulated and conforms to chronometer specifications; COSC certification ensures that a little more. This shows their preference for technical aspects rather than aesthetics. You’ve got the answer to why Tissot looks like those 5-figure luxury watches, but they’re not exactly.
Note: Atomic clocks are highly accurate time and frequency standards and are used as primary standards for international time distribution services, to control the wave frequency of television broadcasts, and in global navigation satellite systems such as GPS. [Source: Atomic clock – Wikipedia]
An outstanding achievement
An 80 hour power reserve (Powermatic 80) in a four digit price bracket is amazing! This is a good achievement. Sure, there are 10-day power reserves from Panerai, Oris and IWC, or the week-long running Parmigiani Culpa Hebdomadire (the name speaks for itself); You need to add an extra zero (or positive integer) to the Tissot values. Someone (in a closed circle) once joked that Tissot is million-dollar watches for thousands of bucks. Why, we now understand.
Perhaps many will keep them for special use only! That’s all fine, unless you really want to close it manually every 3 days. Better yet, continue to wear these watches almost every day, as this will injure them.
T-Classic: Is it a venerable timepiece?
Most definitely so! Tissot deserves a lot of credit for making the T-Classic; At least a lot of watches live up to its price claim to go beyond lofty claims; Some, more. So, is it a luxury? Probably not, but a respectable watch, nonetheless; Any way you look at them!
Pulling out the classics
I. The Tissot Path of Turrets Powermatic 80: A very unique piece, it carries a piece of Tissot history, taking its name from the location of the Tissot factory in Le Locale, Switzerland. It comes with a sleek case that exudes charm, elegance and, well, a fair bit of luxury. A practical timekeeping tool with all the right reasons to become an everyday wear.
II. The Tissot T-Classic Le Local: A stunning, classic timepiece that is automatically your first outfit. It is lovely with a quality that feels firm and smooth. Its delicate elegance comes from details such as Roman numerals and the traditional Le Locle signature. Maybe classical chic?
III. The Tissot T-Classic Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicon Automatic: Not just solid watches, but packed with outdoor specs and features, the Tissot manages to blow away some of the competition at twice its price. The Gentleman Powermatic 80 silicon toes perfectly straddles the line between ‘dress’ and ‘sports’ and what Tissot does is bring one hell of value!
IV. The Tissot T-Classic Carson Powermatic 80: All the pieces in this collection offer simple elegance in its classic form, a rare combination between satin and spiral finishes. It’s a bit large for a traditional dress watch; Got a nice power train and it’s a watch worth saving up for!
V. The Tissot T-Classic Tradition: Classic dress watches that can be worn for most occasions, from casual evenings to dinners in a suit and tie. Its versatility is on a different level and surely something you will appreciate from the Tissot tradition.
VI. The Tissot T-Classic Carson Premium Powermatic 80: Represents a slightly more luxurious feel than the Premium Carson, and its classic styling allows it to never become old or out of style. It has a luxurious look, highlighted by a beautiful dial with elongated fine hands.
VII. The Tissot T-Classic Luxury Powermatic 80 Automatic: Tissot has turned watchmaking into a science for this exceptional and ultimate precision, making it truly stunning with unmistakable class. It takes no time to succumb to this luxurious temptation!
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