Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Watch Released

Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Watch Released

Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar Watch Released Watch Releases

We knew it was coming because we saw a prototype, but for 2014 Tissot will finally release the light-powered version of their T-Touch. Earlier in 2013, we brought you a preview of the new T-Touch Expert Solar from Tissot. They've just released the watch now at BaselWorld 2014, and it definitely looks like it's the "watch to beat" when it comes to an outdoor watch from a Swiss brand. Many people have come to love Tissot's over a decade-old T-Touch collection for its style, functionality, and character. The Japanese may have them beat in terms of functionality for a while, but Tissot finally catches up with a cool new collection.

UPDATE (03-30 2014): We've added the hands-on video from Baselworld 2014

The T-Touch line is known for the way you interact with the piece, via touches to the sapphire crystal. The T-Touch Expert has long offered the full complement of ABC (altimeter/barometer/compass) instrumentation we've come to expect from tech-oriented outdoors watches. The one big edge the competition has had on the Tissot (until now) was the ability to recharge the battery from available light.

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For my money, if you're getting a gadget-laden quartz watch, having it be solar-powered is the way to go – things keep on running, and you don't have to worry about changing out a battery (or hooking into an outlet) with any frequency - the watch just plain works. Since solar charging can be a bit of a mystery until the hands stop moving, Tissot thoughtfully put a charge indicator on the watch as well.

From the prototype version we showed you in 2013, there haven't been a lot of changes. The overall styling remains intact, and dial layout is the same as well. We see a few more dial options coming into the mix, though (the carbon fiber one is particularly nice looking), and the hands (which are pretty short) have had a (to me) unfortunate change.

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In the prototype, the handset was skeletonized and just about appropriately sized to the scale of the 45mm titanium case. In the production variant, though, the hands have gotten smaller, and the open ends have been filled in. Now, the fill, that I can understand a bit, if they were more concerned about getting good nigh time lume. Shrinking the hands, though, that I can't explain, and to me, they just now feel way undersized. That said, the hands are about all I can find wrong with the piece (at least from afar).

Along with the men's model that we've featured here in the article. Tissot introduced a companion ladies model. Styling is reminiscent of the mens model, though the hard angles have been softened for a more rounded look to the piece, and it's here in this model that you'll find mother-of-pearl entering in as a dial choice. Oh, and the handset is appropriately sized to the case here. Past that, specs are similar, with titanium making up the case, and (I assume) the same solar-powered movement at the heart of the watch.

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Whichever model you'd select, I truly dig the idea of all the instrumentation packed up into a lightweight (courtesy of the titanium case) and robust (again, titanium plus sapphire) package. With the solar charging, this is a watch that's ready for any outdoors adventure you throw at it - just in time for the (hopefully) arriving warm weather.  Pricing ranges from $1,150-1,250 for the men's model, and from $995 - $1,450 for the women's model. tissot.ch

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  • MatSmithJohnson

    There is a difference from the preview piece in the (even number) hour markers that upsets me. Perhaps I’m OCD to a fault but I noticed it right away, and it bums me out.

  • MatSmithJohnson

    And the hands too, dangit.

  • MatSmithJohnson  Ah, good catch – I hadn’t noticed that off the bat!

  • pronin

    The main problem to me about this watch is about the features (most of then too technical to everyday use). In time when the feature watches will be in android OS, this watch seems to me a little useless. 
    Swatch group is sleeping in develop a real smartwatch. They above all the players can do one better than any smartwatch.

  • Ulysses31

    Slightly less fugly than earlier T-Touches.  The women’s model is probably the most appealing purely because it shows some restraint.  I don’t know why so many products marketed at men resemble tanks or tyre treads or training shoes – lumpy things with blocks sticking out here and there – seems to me more like they are designed to appeal to teenage boys rather than men.  The hands are too short except on the women’s model, but then it’s already obvious by now which models had some thought put into their design and which ones were created by throwing together a bunch of “sporty” clichés.

  • Ulysses31  I think the ladies’ model looks best because with the smaller case size, the band/bracelet doesn;t look so disproportionately undersized. Or is that just me – the Men’s models look like a 44mm case with a 16mm strap. Awful.

  • MatSmithJohnson

    The strap looks narrow as well, you are right.
    It’s a shame, I know these aren’t the most ‘cutting edge’ tech Tissot could have rolled with, but I would be okay with that if they hadn’t cut corners on the production rollout. The small details they sacrificed really add up here , it’s like the brand doesn’t realize how crucial ‘small details’ are to people who purchase upper market horology.
    It’s a sports watch, I don’t mind the aesthetic for its purpose, but damn… I went from wanting one to not over these changes. Perhaps Tissot will sell me the prototype as they clearly aren’t using it for reference.

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  • talalkhan

    Patrick Kansa The change/fault mentioned by MatSmithJohnson ! What exactly is that? I failed to apprehend that.

  • talalkhan Patrick Kansa MatSmithJohnson  Check out the preview piece (the article is linked early on in this article), and compare the pictures side-by-side.  You’ll see that the hour indices had a change as well.

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  • emarketing

    What a disappointment.Going from an extraordinary prototype that was simply beautiful and a work of art  to a very boring, ordinary, same old look that Tissot had before. I waited a year to buy the prototype and then they come out with this and expect me to buy it because they changed a few small things around?

    Talk about going from vision to blindness.

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  • danieldanielsson

    Does anyone know the release date??