Everything You Need To Know About Tissot | The Watch Hut
With horological roots spanning over 160 years, Tissot have long-since established themselves as one of the world's biggest pioneers in the art of watchmaking. Founded in Le Locle, Switzerland in 1853, they launched their now iconic pocket watch the same year, which featured single movement and dual time zones. They haven't looked back since.
Today, they have a reputation for producing eye-catching sports watches that push the boundaries of technology, as well as turning out appealing dress watches.
Tissot was acquired by the Swatch Group in 1983, who are the largest watch producers on the globe, with brands such as Omega and Hamilton also part of the family.
Over the decades, Tissot have been associated with some of the biggest names in entertainment, with their timepieces adorning the wrists of Elvis Presley, Grace Kelly, and Angelina Jolie, to name just a few.
Tissot also have strong connections within the world of sport. They sponsor the world championships in motorcycling and fencing, and are also the official timekeeper for MotoGP and the International Basketball Federation.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about this luxury brand. From the materials used, to price-point, style and technology, we've got it covered.
Leading the technology revolution
Just like time itself, technology doesn't wait around for anyone, and Tissot have always prided themselves on their progressive craftmanship methods.
Since their ground-breaking dual time zone pocket watch, created in 1853, this is a brand that has had a lot of firsts, including the Tissot Navigator in 1951, which was the first automatic watch with 24-time zones displayed without manipulation.
Today, the brand is known for its innovative Tissot T-touch technology, which is a multifunction feature that utilises touch screen technology to operate several nifty gadgets. These features include a compass, barometer, altimeter, and backlight, and have been popularised by appearances in action movies such as Die Another Day and Tomb Raider.
Tissot's connection with the world of sport goes much further than sponsorship. The brand works closely with a variety of different sporting bodies to continually improve technology used to accurately record timings across numerous sports.
Tissot's approach to style is much like its approach to technology in that it is always ahead of the game. While their sportier models get plenty of attention, their vintage dress watches, pocket watches, and smart-casual pieces are equally in demand.
Let's take a look through some of their most distinctive offerings...
Men's Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Squelette
Seamlessly blending traditional, hand-wound craftmanship with modern detailing, this men's skeleton watch is ideal for anyone that appreciates the complexity of a formidable timepiece.
The intricate face is encased in tough stainless steel, and completed with an oily black tortoiseshell leather strap. Both versatile and luxurious, it can be worn for a VIP meeting, a special occasion, or a night on the town.
Tissot ladies' PRC200 chronograph watch
Another piece which uses the best of classic and contemporary styles is this ladies' chronograph. The chocolate brown leather strap and Roman numerals nod back to days gone by, while the rose gold coloured hands and numbers are very much of the now. This piece makes for a perfect everyday watch, and can look great with a pair of jeans or office-wear.
Tissot men's PRS516 Powermatic 80
Taking design inspiration from the 1960s motor-sports golden era, the men's Tissot Prs516 Powermatic 80 automatic watch also has a modern appeal, with its elegant rose gold casing and sleek black leather strap.
The sapphire crystal is hardwearing, and the automatic Powermatic function guarantees Swiss precision and accuracy. Ideal for racetrack enthusiasts, this is a beautiful sports watch that adds a luxury touch to any getup.
Tissot ladies' Carson watch
Opting for a classic look, this ladies' Carson watch has a timeless appeal. The two-tone silver and gold bracelet and simple white face with Roman numerals add a bit of old-school glamour, to create a watch that has an enduring sense of style.
Tissot: Price range
Tissot are well-known for delivering mid-range luxury watches at an affordable price, which make them a great choice for anyone looking for their first luxury watch, as well as long-time watch connoisseurs.
The Watch Hut men's Tissot collection currently ranges from £145-£1,565, while the women's range is £135-£755. Explore a selection of our favourites from the top, middle, and bottom end of the price scale.
Tissot: Watches under £500
Gold is back in vogue in a big way, and this stunning men's Tissot Everytime watch presents the opportunity to join the trend for £215. The simple, golden face has a minimalist feel, which is further highlighted by the beaded, gold-coloured bracelet.
For ladies looking for some affordable luxury, the ladies' Tissot T-Wave watch is priced at £335. The black, numberless face is contrasted against the gorgeous rose gold coloured case and bracelet, creating a modern watch that's the perfect accessory to the latest fashion trends.
Tissot: Watches under £1,000
Tissot has always utilised premium materials to craft their timepiece collections, and this ladies' Titanium watch is built to last and is destined to impress, with a price tag of £580. The sturdy titanium bracelet ensures it can withstand the test of time, and its Powermatic 80 feature ensures complete accuracy.
At £835, men's Tissot T-Touch Solar watch has a futuristic sense of style. The tough, titanium bracelet and outer-casing make it ideal for contact sports, while the solar powered technology guarantees it won't let you down. A built-in compass and altimeter make it ideal for rough terrain.
Tissot: Watches over £1,000
GQ Magazine loved this men's Tissot PRS 516 automatic chronograph and it's not hard to figure out why. Devilishly handsome, it makes great use of black, silver and subtle hints of red. Intricate detailing, such as floating indexes and brushed ceramic bezel, give it the real wow-factor.
Add to this the fact it is backed with a ton of sports features and an impressive power reserve, and you have one of Tissot's most desirable watches in recent years, available for £1,565.