When I first acquired the Tissot Couturier Automatic is was through a catalogue. I stood in Gem by Carati, a local jeweler here in Calgary, and thumbed through a 50+ page Tissot catalogue that elegantly displayed each timepiece, it’s variants, and the important information about it.
Admittedly, I was on a mission to find a white-faced watch that I could wear for both dress and more casual affairs. Without having much prior experience with Tissot automatics, aside from the Le Locle that I had previously reviewed, I decided to jump headfirst into Tissot automatic ownership and picked out a brown-strapped, white-faced Couturier automatic.
Over the last several weeks I have given the new Tissot a lot of wrist time, and I’m happy to say that its acquisition was a good impulsive decision indeed.
Essential Details About the Tissot Couturier Automatic
Model Number: T035.627.16.031.00
Case diameter: 43mm
Movement: Automatic, ETA C01.211 w/ chronograph
Complications: Date, chronograph
Crystal material: Sapphire
Power reserve: 45 hours
Other: Deployment clasp
Note there there are alternate colour options (black/silver, model number T035.627.16.051.01; black/stainless band, model number: T035.627.11.051.00; white/stainless band, model number: T035.627.11.031.00; bronze/black leather, model number: T035.614.36.051.00).
Non-chronograph versions with date/date display are also available.
Watch Provided by Gem by Carati
Gem by Carati provided a brand new Tissot Couturier Automatic for me to review (which I then purchased to add to my collection). I have had many dealings with Gem by Carati in the past and recommend them to anyone seeking a Gucci, Hamilton, or Tissot timepiece. They also specialize in engagement and bridal jewelry
Tissot Couturier Automatic Aesthetics & Functionality
The first thing I noticed about this watch when I unboxed it is that it is much bigger than it looks in a catalogue. Pictures of the Couturier (that I found prior to purchasing) simply don’t do an effective job of showing how big this watch truly is. At 43mm the diameter of the watch isn’t anything extravagant, but from certain angles the case looks rotund and larger than it really is. This is due to the two contours on the left side of the case, which add both a touch of class and depth to this timepiece.
Not that it’s a bad thing: the Tissot Couturier is a formidable timepiece. It commands attention by contrasting a subdued face (plain white with no texturing) against polished-steel hands and hour markers. None of this seems out of place, either, as the Couturier is the type of peacock watch that initially appears understated but becomes more commanding the more your glance at it. It is a timepiece that can be seen across the room, and in a sea of dark-faced watches with stainless steel bands, the white-faced leather-strapped Couturier almost seems out of place.
Making a bold statement in understated design is no hard accomplishment, and similar to sporty-looking cars that pack no horsepower, a watch with this type of aesthetic would easily fall into fashion-watch territory if not backed up by some serious timekeeping capability. Fret not, as the Couturier automatic sports an ETA C01.211 automatic movement with a six hour chronograph built-in. While the ETA C01.211 may not be the Ferrari of movements, it is no slouch either.
The hour and minute hands feature a lume-inlay that is very effective in low light situations. You won’t see the hour markers but you will clearly see the hour and minute hands. As I’ve mentioned in prior reviews, luminescence of any kind is a welcome addition to any luxury timepiece as far as I’m concerned.
The deployment clasp is strong and feels solid. In the 80+ hours this watch has resided on my left wrist I’ve yet to encounter an accidental release of the clasp. It is always securely strapped to me, and when you’re spending $1,000 on a watch that’s a feeling you’ll appreciate having.
Using the Tissot Couturier Automatic’s chronograph is simple and will feel familiar to anyone who has ever used a chronograph before.
- Press the button above the crown to activate the chronograph. Pressing this button again will pause the chronograph.
- Press the button below the crown to reset the chronograph. This button does not do anything unless the chronograph has been activated or previously activated and paused.
Setting the date and time is also quite easy:
- Pull the crown to position three to set the time.
- Pull the crown to position two to set the date. Note that you can only move the date forward.
Movement Accuracy & Reliability
The Tissot Couturier Automatic features the Swiss-manufactured ETA C01.211 movement. This movement, which debued in 2008, is gaining popularity in the entry-level luxury segment ($750 – $2,500 range) and is quickly establishing itself as a reliable automatic movement.
Automatic enthusiasts have expressed concerns with the ETA C01.211 due to the fact that it contains some plastic parts and only 15 jewels. However, the plastic parts are on low-friction areas of the movement and thus far no major reliability or accuracy concerns have been raised.
To Conclude My Tissot Couturier Automatic Review
I really enjoy my Couturier, and the fact that it is now possible to purchase a mechanical chronograph timepiece for under $1,000 is something that watch enthusiasts everywhere should enjoy. It may not sport a more prestigious movement, but at the price-point it is competing in the Tissot Couturier Automatic is a good purchase.
The white face, stainless steel case, and brown leather strap come together to create an elegant, understated, yet increasingly commanding aesthetic that few other watches in the price bracket are able to successfully emulate. Purists may doubt the relatively new movement inside, but no one will be the wiser… not even you.