As a brand, Tissot has represented for the longest time, an important segment in the watch market. Its collections such as the Visodate and T-Touch ranges have provided a strong entry point into the world of timepieces, having been covered by countless “Best Value” lists. This year, Tissot one-ups that value proposition by introducing the new Tissot Ballade collection – a range that boasts the brand’s new Powermatic 80 COSC movement. The Powermatic 80 is not a new movement per se, but with the addition of a new silicon hairspring and updated with COSC-certification, it has allowed Tissot to offer a chronometer at a ridiculously attractive price of under S$1,500. It’s a great stepping stone for the newcomer to the watch world but just as interesting a talking point for mechanical watch aficionados.
The addition of the silicon balance spring is in fact, a great push ahead for the Swiss watch industry. For years now, the silicon balance spring has heralded the next step of innovation. Its anti-magnetic properties allow for better precision and less servicing over the years so for the Swatch Group (who owns Tissot as well as ETA who produces the movements), the ability to build COSC-certified chronometer movements in large quantities with these springs adds value to all its timepieces.
Design-wise, the new Tissot Ballade range is understated and perfect for a daily beater in the office. With cases in stainless steel with variants that feature gold-PVD coating, the watches are an easy way to dress up the wrist with class. Small touches such as the clou de Paris hobnail pattern that adorns the dial make it just a tad more interesting. The collection will also come with ladies’ versions at 30.6mm, while the mens’ ones remain at an easy to wear 39mm.
Check out the entire range here.