After 4 years of development and 35 patents filed, the famous tactile watch created by the firm from Le Locle unveils a much-awaited connected version which in particular proposes an activity tracker and a message and call notification system.

tissot t touch connect solar goldLong before the boom in portables phones with touchscreens, long before the smartwatch trend, Tissot had already defied watchmaking by center staging a Swiss watch which offered much more than just the time with a tap of the finger on the dial. Twenty years and dozens of variations on, the T-Touch now embraces connectivity and becomes the T-Touch Connect Solar yet pursues its status as a “real” Swiss made timepiece.

tissot t touch connect solar basketballThis novel model, a multifunctional tool, waterproof to 100 m and light as it only weighs 92 grams despite its 47 mm diameter, is crafted in titanium, features a ceramic bezel and is available in 4 variations: satin-brushed, black PVD with white adornments or orange ones and in rose gold PVD. On the case flanks, two “start” and “back” pushers and the electronic crown unlock the touchscreen and allow the wearer to browse through the menus. These menus are very comprehensive and propose, in addition to the functions which exist traditionally on the T-Touch Expert Solar (perpetual calendar, time zones, barometer, alarms, etc.), an activity tracker to measure the number of steps taken and calories burned and a message and call notification system. Everything is displayed on the MIP screen which covers the bottom part of the dial.

tissot t touch connect solar luminovaThis iOS- and Android-compatible watch is endowed with its own low-energy operating system and, coupled with the photovoltaic cells embedded in the dial, only requires charging once or twice a year.

Price: CHF9905 (titanium) – CHF1,095 (rose gold PVD titanium) – CHF1,125 (titanium on titanium) www.tissotwatches.com

By Sharmila Bertin