Tissot Skeleton Watch – Every watch collector’s favourite1:29 pm
Probably one of the finest works of horological art, the skeleton watch tells the story of time. Built to reveal the gentle motion of time, the watch has a complicated movement clearly visible through the partially cut dial. Every watch collector’s dream is to buy a skeleton watch but very few fulfill this dream, as the skeleton watch is usually one of the most expensive watches in a brand’s product portfolio. Here we present the Tissot Skeleton (or the T-Complication Squelette) which is a masterpiece from the brand’s collection and within reach of most collectors.
Tissot T-Complication Squelette
A classical dress watch which is modern enough to be worn at any time of the day owing to its luxurious design, the Tissot Skeleton is an object of fascination, both for the wearer and the curious person who happens to glance at the watch. Simply looking at the watch reveals the story of time, chapter by chapter as the glossy marine blue skeletonized hands sweep across the mechanical face.
The Unconventional Design
The unconventional mix of classical watchmaking with industrial design makes the Tissot Skeleton a unique timepiece. The watch is designed like a wheel with five grey spokes visible through the sapphire on both sides. The brushed stainless steel 43mm case and bezel, together with the turbine shaped crown (that has the Tissot logo) further add to the contemporary look of the watch. The seconds counter at 9 o’clock is again on one of the 5 spokes and has the letters ‘SEC’ finely engraved. Tissot 1853 is proudly printed on the dial, forming an appropriate frame that marks the watchmaker’s majestic heritage.
The watch lugs are shaped to resemble the spokes of the dial, again a very modern take on watchmaking. All non-essential parts of the movement have been removed and the included parts are given a high quality finish. Historically, skeleton watches were pocket watches with ornate and embellished displays of the movement but the Tissot Skeleton brings a new look that is rather contemporary and timeless. A precise Swiss manual mechanical movement with 17 jewels makes the Tissot watch every collector’s favourite. For the modern day watch lover this basically means that the watch would never need a battery change as it’s powered by the gentle manual winding of the crown.
The glossy marine blue skeleton hands with luminous accents present a beautiful contrast to the steel grey spokes of the movement. The power reserve of the watch is a decent 46 hours on a full charge that includes sufficient hand winding of the crown. The moving gears are fully visible through the sapphire crystal on both sides. The edge of the see through back is engraved with important watch model information.
Water resistance to 50M makes the watch suitable for most environments but not for water sports. It is paired with a classical and timeless black leather strap that has a matte silver-tone stainless steel clasp. Simply looking at the timepiece provides a full lesson in the working of a mechanical hand would wrist watch. With its classical watch heritage and modern design elements, this timeless Tissot watch is indeed worthy of being a family heirloom.
By Pranav Karol
Features Writer, The Watch Guide
A watch enthusiast who is very passionate about performance watches. A keen observer of the horological world and its latest developments.