Tissot releases new 'Gentleman Automatic' collection
Tissot has remained at the apex of affordable, well-crafted watchmaking for a very long time, and the Swiss luxury brand’s new Gentleman Automatic collection only cements that well-earned reputation.
It's all about simplicity. The line has introduced a central marking in the guise of a sighting-line for increased legibility, while a second ring of appliqué hour markers punctuate the dial without overdoing it. In an age when watches get bigger, bolder and ballsier, it pays to strip back. Classic design endures; diamond-encrusted arm cannons, less so.
What's more, there are various pieces on offer - and none are solely limited to a certain environment. Stainless steel suits the boardroom as much as it does the top table; all-black as appropriate for the weekend as it is a work trip to Barcelona.
And you'll be taking a piece of Le Locle with you. Inside, there's the Powermatic 80 movement - an upgrade of the reliably precise ETA C07.811 - which offers an 80-hour power reserve. Expect other hallmarks of a sound watch too, with an added silicon balance spring (something that minimises future services, while increasing resistance to magnetic fields that'll throw your watch off kilter) alongside an open caseback for a sneak peek of what makes the whole thing actually tick.
Yes, it sounds eye-wateringly expensive. Except Tissot has managed to carve a watch that won't cost the earth, with prices starting at £1,045. Not bad for a piece that punches with the heavyweights. Head online to Tissot to get your own.