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Tissot Ballade Watch With New Silicon Balance Spring

Tissot Ballade Watch With New Silicon Balance Spring Watch Releases

Silicon has many, many benefits for watches; anti-magnetism, longevity-of-life, temperature resistance, and not requiring lubricant being among them. However, because of the difficult-to-produce and fragile nature of silicon, hairsprings made of the material have typically been used exclusively in high-end timepieces. And that is why Tissot unveiling the Tissot Ballade watches featuring a silicon balance spring and COSC-certified Powermatic 80 movement at Baselworld 2017 is unusual. And the most interesting part of that announcement? It will cost less than a thousand dollars.

Tissot Ballade Watch With New Silicon Balance Spring Watch Releases

Tissot Ballade Watch With New Silicon Balance Spring Watch Releases

Tissot is no stranger to anti-magnetic watches. During the 1930s, they created one of the first anti-magnetic watches with the Tissot Antimagnetique. Ever since then, they’ve been using anti-magnetic components in their watches, so the next natural step would be silicon. That’s not surprising. What’s surprising is the price.

Tissot Ballade Watch With New Silicon Balance Spring Watch Releases

There are seven models of the Tissot Ballade, and while the three ladies’ pieces were reviewed hands-on here back in September, the newest “Gents” models are a bit more masculine with a 39mm or 41mm case. All cases will be in steel with a Clous de Paris-patterned bezel and inner-dial disc, which I find a tasteful nod to the 1930s style. Both the men’s and women’s watches will feature bi-tone rose-gold and yellow-gold-plated models, with the yellow gold coming on a stainless steel, bi-tone bracelet, and the rose-gold fitted with a brown leather strap on the Gents, and a white leather strap for the ladies. A full stainless steel case with steel bracelet is also available for both. Each piece has the date window displayed at the 3 o’clock position. While I would normally always go for a bracelet, I find the steel case on black leather to fit the Tissot DNA more than the bi-tone bracelet models. The Tissot Ballade is water resistant up to 50m, and all models feature a sapphire crystal and transparent case-back displaying the movement (sorry we don’t have any pictures for you of it from Tissot).

Tissot Ballade Watch With New Silicon Balance Spring Watch Releases

The Tissot caliber C07.811 Si, or more commonly known as the Powermatic 80, beats at a low 21,600VpH frequency, and is based on the ETA 2824 workhorse. And by “based on” I mean heavily modified. While this movement has been around for almost 4 years, the Tissot Ballade brings some upgraded components. The “80” in its name comes from the whopping 80-hour power reserve increase from the 38 hours of the basic ETA movement. Longer power reserves can be achieved in a few ways, such as slowing down the movement as Tissot has done here from 4Hz in the ETA to 3Hz. The concern that that means accuracy being negatively affected proves unfounded, apparently, as these are also certified chronometers, meaning they are accurate to -4/+6 seconds per day. So the COSC-certified Powermatic 80 featured in the Tissot Ballade also being fitted with a silicon hairspring makes for a welcome, unconventional, and arguably never-before-seen addition to a timepiece in this price range.

Tissot Ballade Watch With New Silicon Balance Spring Watch Releases

Why is this important? It’s bringing previously and otherwise unobtainable technology into an affordable market. Swatch, being the juggernaut that it is, has the resources, equipment, and channels to produce a silicon hairspring, fit it into an affordable movement, and reach more enthusiasts with higher-quality components. Being that Tissot is one of the largest producers of watches in Switzerland, this could open a lot of doors for the industry, and for Swatch.

Tissot Ballade Watch With New Silicon Balance Spring Watch Releases

With an 80-hour power reserve, and a silicon hairspring, I would be hard-pressed to find the same features in many other watches at this price point. Pricing for the Tissot Ballade Powermatic 80 COSC ranges from $925 for the stainless on leather to $1075 for the two-tone steel and gold.



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  • Jack_C85048

    Hmm – no balance spring requires lubricant.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      True. An anchor wheel and an anchor would.

  • Dan Eraso

    Quite interesting. The problem with this loved industry is that, different from Cars, innovation starts expensive then turns cheap. Mercedes Benz innovations from the 80s/90s are now common in the cheapest of kias, Chevrolet and such. And average Mercedes price has gone down. Rolex Omega and the rest on the other Hand, have innovated (not as much as Cars) but prices go up. Interesting to see this case, at firsthand it looks like is going to disrupt tendencies. But we Will have to wait.

    Any mistake please forgive. Auto correct is in spanish

    • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

      #2 is the money shot for me. One question – Screw-down crown?

      • I can’t remember now but I wouldn’t think so, no. It’s only water resistent to 5.

  • gw01

    WOW, talk about value…

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Some really nice models here steel ( some not ). Lovely clear face , nothing fancy or over thought.. Would love one.

    • …S…

      That a boy Ray and for once, I couldn’t agree more.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        For once ? 🙂

        • …S…

          Pal, I have one on order as of today from my local Tissot dealer. A very classic looking eloquent watch is that black one on the leather strap.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Lucky you, good choice. Hope you enjoy it

  • Anna Nuehm

    Nice. Hands lengths are spot on.
    Personally, I prefer a smooth running second hand over power reserve, though, but that’s just me.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    I’ve never wanted a Tissot before, but these seem quite nice. No idea if the movement is any good, or long term reliable, but on paper it seems very good value.
    I’d of rather had the italicised retro-style brand font. But I do like the clous-de-paris bezel. The steel versions, especially the one with the darker dial and black leather strap is very attractive. Not sure why they’ve released the gold/steel two tone versions, they seem very dated and 80’s.
    Nice, if they eventually appear for £400-500 on the grey market, it would be a very good value proposition. That’s the price you find the some of the basic FC dress style watches.

    • egznyc

      I agree with you on the ones that look attractive – vs. cheesy – to me. It’d be even better if they’d have bothered with a matching date wheel.

  • Marius

    Although I’m not a fan of sub-$7,000 watches in general, and Tissots in particular, I have to say that I’m quite impressed by these watches.

    From an aesthetic perspective, I find these watches quite attractive. Granted, not all references are good-looking, especially if you look at the two-tone models. Yet, the black-dialled reference has an interesting & versatile design.

    From a movement perspective, this timepiece is impressive. The ETA 2824 is a very reliable caliber, and on top of that you have an 80 hr. power reserve, a silicone hairspring, and a COSC-level adjustment. That’s not bad at all.

    Lastly, the price is very tempting. $900 is a very good price for a good-looking watch manufactured by a respectable brand, and featuring a very decent movement. Considering that even low-grade, no-name, vile & vicious Kickstarter brands can easily charge upwards of $1,000 for their “watches”, I’ll take the Tissot any day of the week.


    aside from the white date background and the fact that I do not need a dress watch I say they did good.

  • gadgety

    Tissot having taken so many victories against more upmarket brands at last three Concours International de Chronometrie, and furthermore sometimes with such a margin of points it looks like many of the others are getting tired of competing. Now with a silicon hair spring at this price point Tissot is extending their lead. So, Travis, some more analysis would be valuable here as in what sort of performance improvement one could expect while the watch is exposed to high Teslas/milligauss. It’ll be more stable time keeping, for example when using a mobile phone which emits EMF, but what kind of improvement levels could be expected?

  • Word Merchant

    Nice. I particularly like both the black-faced and two-tone versions on leather straps, I like the bezel, and I very much like that Tissot have made real improvements to the ETA movement, rather than just gluing a piece of some old pilot’s jockstrap to the rotor and calling it in-house. I’m less keen on the bracelets, but I think this is a good amount of watch for the money.

    • Spaceguitar

      “Pilot’s jockstrap…” comment FTW!!!

    • Marius
      • Word Merchant

        John Trvaolta’s latest publicity shots for Breitling?

        • egznyc

          He wishes. Maybe thirty years ago.

          Your original comment was priceless. (Bremont, I’m looking at you – and even if that old pilot was none other than Neil Armstrong, no thanks.)

      • DanW94


        • SuperStrapper

          From his personal files.

      • …S…

        I made it 41 years without seeing anything like that, a slug of Jimmy Beam and I’m calling it a night, that pic was just to much for me.

      • How can I unsee this?

  • Ovis

    Like gadgety wrote it would be interesting to know how the silicon spring|balance increases the watch resistance to magnetic fields and up to what strength (in T, Gauss or A/m). And it compares to Milgauss, Omega Master and IWC Ingenieur

  • SuperStrapper

    I like the clous bezel, but am not a big fan of the chubby lugs. Like so many GS watches, its an unnerving and unnecessary element.

    I like the improvement to this powermatic movement, but having witnessed it in person I can confirm the lowered rate does result in a noticeable choppiness.

  • Framlucasse

    Nice watch & movement (80h) for the price.

  • thecouchguy

    Very tempting for the black band version. Great price and features for a versatile piece.

  • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang
  • The steel black one on strap is quite handsome. I would not mind one.

  • Andrew Hochberg

    AWTB should include the Tissot Ballade as their monthly Give-a-way soon. Great looks and features for around a Grand! The de-tuned ETA 2824 is powering my Hamilton Europ 3- hander quite accurately. The Hamilton is likewise rated with an 80 hour power, is non-chronometer certified but is within a few seconds a day. For my value-sensitive watch buck, I would seriously consider acquiring this Tissot.

    • JosephWelke


      • Jun Jie Yap

        I have been using a Tissot powermatic 80 without certificated by COSC, also running at -2/+2 seconds a day when was wear on my hand everyday.If no wear on the hand everyday ,the watch only can run -3/+6 seconds a day

  • JosephWelke

    Marvelous. I like, really really like, most everything about this watch, from the size to the Clous-de-Paris to the price which includes a silicon hairspring. Ten years ago that was being bandied about by manufactures as the future of watch movements and it was damn expensive. And now…

    Honestly the only two things I would change are the Tissot text, to be a tad smaller and in the old italicized style; and completely ditch the movement and Chronometre text and throw them on the case back. I rather like the white date, it adds nice contrast. I know, I know, lemme grab my hat before I leave…

  • Ulysses31

    A handsome range of watches with a nice distinctive bezel, although i’m not sure how you’d clean it if grime ever got in those tiny spaces (maybe an ultrasonic bath). Its price is a smidge more than i’d like, though.

  • Jun Jie Yap

    I have been using a Tissot powermatic 80 without certificated by COSC, also running at -2/+2 seconds a day when was wear on my hand everyday.If no wear on the hand everyday ,the watch only can run -3/+6 seconds a day. thanks