August 4, 2013
by James Stacey
Now that July has gone, it’s a good time to show you the Tissot T-Complications Squelette, a new skeleton Tissot that should be arriving in stores about now. Not your average skeleton watch, the Tissot Squelette offers a rather modern take that forgoes the traditionally ornate and embellished look of a skeletonized movement. We got a chance to see the T-Complications Squelette in person at Baselworld in April and were impressed by its bold style and distinctly un-Tissot vibe.
With a 43mm steel case that is 12mm thick, the T-Complications Squelette weighs 89 grams and comes mounted to a leather strap with a butterfly push button deployant clasp. The case is basic in brushed steel but employs strong horn lugs and a turbine-style crown to add a bit of detail that doesn’t detract from the skeletonized movement as the main attraction.
With a thin bezel, sapphire crystal and display case back, the movement essentially becomes the anchor for the entire design and presence of the T-Complications Squelette. The movement is a Tissot decorated and prepared ETA 6497-1 hand wound movement that is a capable, if basic, timekeeper that has been used for decades by many manufacturers. Offering a three-hand time display with seconds on a sub dial at nine, the hands and hour markers are executed in steel blue and offer enough contrast against the brushed steel finishing on the movement to be legible.
While certainly an ornate watch, the T-Complications Squelette is an interesting mix of elements for a Tissot. Tissot generally makes a watch that is either quite modern (like a T-Touch or T-Sport model) or rather classic (like their Heritage Navigator). The T-Complications Squelette offers a mix of both, with a dressy case design that houses a rather futuristic looking movement and time display. Many skeleton watches sport embellished and highly decorated movements, but Tissot has allowed the architecture of the movement to stand on its own with minimal finishing.
The Tissot T-Complications Squelette has a strong wrist presence thanks to its large size and complex-looking dial. The Squelette will be available starting this month with a retail price of $1,950. While that is a fair bit to pay for a watch with a basic movement like the 6947, Tissot has transformed the movement into the most notable aspect of an interesting and rather fun watch. tissot.ch