Tissot has been at the forefront of creating wristwatches that offer great value for money. Being a part of The Swatch Group does give them some guidelines on what to produce but for the most part, Tissot has been churning hit after hit with every release. With a model range that encompasses every segment and price point imaginable, they have a watch for almost every taste imaginable.
I need a diver’s watch. Done. A solar-powered touch-sensitive hiker’s chronograph. Can do. I have a hunger for something mechanical. Well, we just got the remedy for you.
There’s just something about a purely mechanical watch that cannot be matched. We’re not sure why, but it could just be the feeling of respect for creating the path for modern wristwatches to go through, or the amazement of gears working in harmony to produce a visual indicator for you to consume. The enthusiast in us adores it, while the technological part of us overlooks it. Nonetheless, we must nourish the enthusiast part of us today and that’s why we at Gracious Watch will now guide you some of Tissot’s mechanical watches that are worth your time.
Chemin Des Tourelles Squelette Mechanical
First up is a delightful example of skeleton aesthetics on display: The Chemin des Tourelles Squelette. Everything can be summed up in a name and this speaks a lot to what you’re about to expect. The model honors Tissot’s genesis and their homestead in Le Locle, Switzerland where Tissot still has a footprint there. It is named after the street in Le Locle, Switzerland, where the Tissot factory was established in 1907, and the design pays an homage to their classic roots.
Available in steel and rose gold configurations, the Chemin Des Tourelles is a 42mm example of pure, traditional design. With a ‘squelette’ or skeleton motif, this Tissot leaves nothing to the imagination, bearing everything the ETA 6497 movement has to offer. The exquisite detailing of the surrounding metal, which has a textured design, and contrasting gold gears to making it all stand out in both front and with the exhibition back view. The classic motif continues with Roman numeral markers and contrasting hands that match the inner bezel within the watch.
It’s a great harmony of classic design and without a compromise on impeccable taste. The textured metal that covers what would have been a simple, and blank canvas adds depth and personality to what an already great example of traditional design. We personally like it with rose gold, but the steel casing isn’t bad either. But the latter combination may be more appropriate for our next selection.
T-Complication Squelette Mechanical
A stark contrast from the earlier Squelette is the T-Complication Squelette Mechanical. While essentially the same ETA 6497 movement that we saw in the Chemin des Tourelles, the T-Complication overhauled the design aspect of it and put a modern spin on the execution. Instead of adding texture to the surroundings, the T-Complication cut through the bare metal and created a gear-like design to further accentuate the skeleton design.
Combined with contrasting blue accents and a steel case, the T-Complication is the younger, more-updated version of the ETA 6497 movement. It’s always exciting to see minute details make a big difference to something great.
As we dig further, the same contrasting yellow gears are present but now the neutral steel surroundings give the blues and yellows to play around with, with the lack of rose gold taking the spotlight a little bit. It doesn’t have the elegant aura that the Chemin Des Tourelles had, but a more intimidating look to it. It matches you if you’re the type of person who takes a Moscow Mule rather than an Old-Fashioned: refreshing, different, and likes to be outlandish.
A full in-depth review was done by WYCA here, but if you’re looking for a more fashion-forward example, this might be the one for you. The same offerings are still available between the Chemin Des Tourelles and the T-Complication such as 50m water resistance and 40+ hours power reserve. It has an industrial, brutal silhouette, in comparison to the traditional, delicate presentation of the Chemin Des Tourelles. Whichever you gravitate towards, either selection is a great bet.
Sculpture Line Mechanical Power Reserve 18K Gold
Our next example from Tissot pays homage to their history, dating back from the 1850s. Known for their accurate timepieces, Tissot prides themselves on creating quality, stellar timepieces. The Sculpture line is no exception, taking advantage of a solid gold casing to house a great mechanical movement. This is no gold-plated steel case, but pure solid gold. That’s a rare approach nowadays and we appreciate Tissot to stick to what made them great.
At 42mm, it has enough wrist presence to any proud wearer and he will be enthralled by the sight of solid gold wrapped in alligator-embossed leather. It shouts sheer elegance to anyone wearing it and screams great taste to everyone who’s envious around him. With a textured white dial to play supporting role to the features it presents, the Sculpture line is poised and elegant, a perfect companion to any dressy outfit. With a 40-hour power reserve indicator, 100m water resistance, and a seconds indicator located at 6 o’clock, the Sculpture Line definitely respects what history accomplished to pave way for the future.
Considering the gold casing, the watch would look great with a navy blue shirt and a blue accented shirt to play contrast and let it do the talking. Alternatively, it wouldn’t look out of place with a simple white shirt and khakis to get a more casual vibe. It’s adaptable with proper carry and is quite presentable to the right person. Don’t take this watch lightly as the wrong outfit will make it stick out like a sore thumb or make you look older than you should.
Bridgeport Lepine Mechanical
If you like pocket watches, these next picks we have will be right up your alley. If you’re a dapper man with a dash of sophistication and a slight touch of allure, the pocket watch is your ally to a gentleman lifestyle. Oozing with allure, the pocket watch has been a staple for the classically styled man and it should belong in your hands as well. I mean, why not?
The Bridgeport Lepine is a classical, very conservative approach to the pocket watch. It has the big, Arabic numeral hour markers within the multi-textured white dial and a seconds counter at 6 o’clock. A reminder of train pocket watches that were used to keep train schedules running on-time, the Bridgeport Lepine nods to a time that was once great, where things were much simpler. We personally like the finishing touches on the crown guard, the blue contrast hands, and the copper-esque casing. You can also get this on a dark gray motif if monochromatic is your flair.
The Bridgeport would look best with a well-tailored three-piece suit, perhaps gray charcoal or navy, to finish off a proper attire. From the hotel lobby to the after party, you will never look out of place nor be late with the Bridgeport Lepine. Even if you forget to wind up the mechanical movement powering it the day after, the 46-hour power reserve has you covered. It’ll be a great addition to your collection.
Pocket Mechanical Skeleton
The next selection is a contrast from the Bridgeport Lepine: The Pocket Mechanical Skeleton. With a modern flair, the Pocket Mechanical Skeleton is more exhibitionist with a penchant for theatrics. If you compare this with the Bridgeport, there are stark differences between the two and between these two, one of them will be perfect depending on your tastes. Let’s see what makes the Skeleton stand out, shall we?
With an ETA 6497, the Skeleton showcases the movement’s insides, giving any wearer an insight into the mechanical wonders of watch technology. Certain components of the movement have gold contrasts, which pops out against the silver framing the piece throughout. The sleek art deco-like hands are more fashion-forward than the Bridgeport’s traditional blue hands, and the Arabic numerals are more modern as well and not as cursive. Finally, the crown guard is more industrial, with a square top and a giant T stamp to finish the piece.
Whichever you choose, you can’t go wrong with either one. While each has their own distinct style, both are quality pieces by Tissot and represents them to a tee. If you want something even more special, our next piece would satisfy your unique desires.
Musical Seasons by Tissot
Next one is a delightful one for the music lover at heart: The Musical Seasons by Tissot. A manual wind pocket watch with an 38 hour power reserve… Seems straightforward. However, there’s a little party trick up its sleeve and it involves Vivaldi and The Four Seasons.
Created by Antonio Vivaldi around 1721, The Four Seasons is his most popular composition. Based on the four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter), his music translates to your mood and expectations around that season of the year. It has been enjoyed for countless years and if you haven’t heard it yet, please enlighten yourself with some audible greatness:
The Musical Seasons is a unique mechanical watch that features an audible chime based on one of The Four Seasons. Built like a miniature music box with a rotating cylinder that plucks the teeth of a steel comb, it plays a sample of the ‘season’ it represents. It’s a classic and very unique way of enjoying both a mechanical and musical marvel, simultaneously. A video of the music box in action is available here, and we absolutely respect the amount of time given to make this watch happen to production.
The design is very neutral, with nothing exaggerated; just a slight decorative representation of the season it plays and a simple, clean, steel watch face. We personally like ‘Autumn’ because it reminds you of going to your windowsill and enjoying the autumn leaves being blown gently by the wind. Covered in a palladium brass case, it’s very unique but it’s just a great timepiece to enjoy if you are a fan of mechanical energy converted into something audible.
T-Complication Mechanical COSC
Our last example is all about a focus on precision, and the T-Complication Mechanical COSC is proof of that precision. The COSC stands for Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, with a competition being held called ‘Concours international de chronométrie’. This is an official Swiss institute responsible for certifying wrist watch accuracy and precision. With a competition being held to measure the competition, it is an honor to win the top prize, let alone win first and second place. Funny enough, this T-Complication Mechanical did just that in 2013.
At 43mm, it has a no-fuss, simple yet clean black dial with contrasting steel markers. The angled, chiseled hands add depth to an already beautiful timepiece. The polished bezel on the stainless steel case is a great touch, with a full exhibition back to feature the award-winning ETA 6498 movement. With a 53 hour power reserve, everything is kept on-track with a second counter and the exhibition back reveals great details of the movement, down to the guilloche to add texture on what is a very elegant movement.
To win a coveted title that the COSC provides is an honor and deserves recognition from its peers. To go up against heavyweights and fulfill strict standards with small variations of deviation requires a movement that was built with absolute precision. So it’s fair to say that having this watch will give you no excuse for being late to events going forward!