The 5 Best Tissot T-Touch Watches10:50 am
In 1999, Tissot India debuted the revolutionary touchscreen timepieces, long before any of the smartphones and smart watches were even invented. And, the T-Touch collection is perhaps an unexpected combination of “ana-digi” watches that combine good looks, rugged functionality, reliability and impressive innovation in a way you rarely see in the watch world. And, it is surprisingly uncluttered for the number of features it offers.
Before we talk about the each of the 5 best Tissot T-Touch watches, let’s understand how the collection works and what makes it among the most sought-after ones even 17 years after its introduction.
How does the T-TOUCH WORK?
It’s one thing to own a T-Touch, another to know how to make full use of it. It’s fairly simple, once you get the hang of it! A large pusher labelled “T” on the watch where the crown would typically be (above and below this pusher are two pushers labelled“+” and “-”), activates the touch receptive screen allowing you to switch between its many functions. In case you want to activate the backlight, you can second press this pusher. Built for the outdoor adventurers, it comes with a host of features including the time, perpetual calendar (so you don’t need to set the date every month), two alarms (one for weekdays, and the other for the weekends) to remind you of important parameters at a certain time, two time zones for work/holiday trips – the second time-zone feature is displayed on the negative LCD screen which is pretty useful when travelling. The watch also has an indicator showing the battery charge.
Around the inner ring of the bezel (in some cases, the flange) too, you’ll see various functions marked, that can be accessed through the touch sensitive areas on the sapphire crystal protecting the dial. These would be the Meteo (barometer), altimeter with difference meter, chronograph with lap times and split with logbook function, compass, alarm and regatta countdown function. There is also an azimuth feature for navigational purposes. Most touch functions have a second function as well, which can be activated by touching it twice.
Each of the six modes cause the hands to reposition themselves. For certain modes, the hands display information related to the mode (for instance, in the compass mode, the hour hand gets aligned to the north), while in other cases they simply reposition to avoid obstruction of the digital display of information.
Let’s now move on to the best 5 watches from the Tissot T-Touch collection:
1. Tissot T-Touch Expert : T013.420.44.057.00
With the Tissot T-Touch Expert, the wearer has an extraordinary instrument offering the ideal combination of technology and ease of use. It offers all the 15 features activated with the touch of a button. The watch is housed in a titanium case of 44mm and is powered by an electronic LCD ensuring a crisp display. The black dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. This watch is easy to read in the dark with the watch hands and hour indexes covered well with a very bright illuminant that works beautifully and adds to its legibility. The modern looking bracelet is made of titanium and the watch comes with a 100m water resistance.
The T-Touch, in reality, is a toolbox on the wrist. To assist some of the features, there are some slits in the case back that allow air and pressure to enter. The E48.351 quartz powers the Tissot T-Touch Expert. The E84.301 is easy to understand and it easily is the finest T-Touch movement to date. Over the years, Tissot has improved the responsiveness of the screen as well as the agility associated with the movement of the hands.
2. Tissot T-Touch Expert: T013.420.47.202.00
The watch is housed in the same 44 mm titanium case as the above T-Touch, with the same Swiss analog/digital quartz movement that powers 15 tactile (touch) functions. With those many great features to support, the Tissot T-Touch Expert still manages to look edgy and feels quite light on the wrist thanks to the Titanium.
On the style front, it comes with a synthetic black rubber strap and PVD buckle that ensures a snug and secure fit for the watch. These two properties make this watch the perfect companion for daily wear and any outdoor activities. The broad lugs holding the rubber strap are angular giving this timepiece a very sporty aesthetic. The Tissot T-Touch Expert is water resistant to 100 meters or 330 feet. In terms of looks, Tissot has pretty much hit the dart on the target with this light on the wrist yet pretty tough watch. Often reminds one of military styling!
3. Tissot T-Touch II: T047.420.44.207.00
This watch has a titanium case whilst the imposing 43mm black dial holds an E48.351 movement inside. For those active in sports, especially hiking and trekking, it comes with a host of features (discussed above), which will be of aid in all activities. It is an interesting professional timepiece and very easy to operate. The watch bracelet is made of hypo allergic titanium that wraps around the wrist well – and in a lot of ways, it is the best option as it completes the look of the watch rather well.
4. Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar: T091.420.47.051.01
Let’s take time to absorb what you are looking at here. Tissot has retained everything that we love about the Tissot T-Touch and developed an even more reliable version. The solar powered watch is the first to combine the most advanced tactile technology, wherein the watch has the ability to continually replenish its energy when around a light source. The dial resembles carbon fibre but in actuality is the solar panel from where the watch derives its energy. The rays of sunlight charge not only the watch but also the Super-LumiNova® so that it glows in the dark.
The accumulator of the T-Touch Expert Solar reaches full charge after one-week of exposure to the sun/ light source. Following that, this watch will carry on working for an year even in complete darkness. So, if you are at an outdoor expedition, you will never be lost even if your mobile died and you’re at sea without Google maps. You probably wouldn’t need all the features, however, you’ll at least be at comfort knowing that you have a watch that can pretty much guide you through everything. A bright and commanding watch with a 45mm black dial and wide lugs, the case is lightweight and comfortable. The wearability of the T-Touch Expert Solar is most noticeable, this timepiece is complete with a striking orange silicone strap and sits securely on the wrist. In terms of durability, the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar’s case comes with 100 meters of water resistance, allowing you to do most outdoor activities with the watch in addition to basic swimming.
5. Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar: T091.420.46.051.01
The T-Touch Solar is easily the most popular Tissot you’ll see on the wrists of watch lovers, and many watch enthusiasts have owned at least one of these. Pioneering in technology, the T-Touch Expert Solar is powered entirely by solar energy. This is really one of the major innovations that have paved the way for unprecedented possibilities in a watch.
A quartz movement powers the Tissot T-Touch to make it durable enough to survive the extreme adventure that it supports. Those good looks of the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar are combined with strong performance in the form of the E84.301 movement. A 45mm black titanium case with a black dial and a black bezel that displays indexes and advanced technical features, add visual depth to the watch. This is a timepiece that can be used for so much more than basic timing information and can be worn on a daily basis.
Without a doubt, if you love watches as much as you love the outdoors, you need the Tissot T-Touch in your life. It is made for the man who not only wants to stay on time but wants a timepiece that can provide him with the date, geographic locale, and weather data too. Value-wise, Tissot T-Touch is as good as it gets where you literally have technology at your fingertips, anytime, anywhere.