The Tissot T-Touch Classic, like The Pebble we reviewed earlier, is an interesting hybrid. Whereas the Pebble is a smartwatch, the Tissot T-Touch Classic is more like a dumb smartwatch. The T-Touch Classic combines traditional aesthetics, save for a small LCD screen, in a handsome package. With a stainless steel bracelet it looks modern, if not a little “blingy”, and the brushed/polished combination on the bracelet really sets this timepiece apart from the crowd.
Many people won’t look at the T-Touch Classic and go “oh my, what a sweet watch” upon first glance. It takes a few glances before what you’re looking at really sets in, but once you’ve spent any amount of time with it you quickly find that it feels right at home on your wrist.
And that’s a great thing, because I think the Tissot T-Touch Classic is an exceptional timepiece.
Essential Details About the Tissot T-Touch Classic
Model Number: T083.420.11.057.00
Case diameter: 42mm
Complications: Timer, Chronograph with Lap Time Split, Alarm, Compass, Tide
Crystal material: Tactical Sapphire Crystal
Power reserve: n/a
Battery life: 2-4 years (estimated)
Other: Stainless steel bracelet, touch-screen crystal, 100m (330 ft) water resistance
Note that alternate face colour and strap options are available. See more: Tissot.ch
Watch Provided By Gem by Carati
Gem by Carati provided a brand new Tissot T-Touch Classic for me to review. 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 T-Touch Classic Aesthetics & Functionality
The T-Touch Classic is a damn good looking watch. The black face and stainless combination looks great, especially with the stainless steel hands and hour markers. It has a polished, refined look that is as at home with jeans and a t-shirt as it is with a nice pair of slacks and dress shirt. The bracelet, which has excellent weight and a sturdy deployment clasp, has polished steel inlaid with brushed steel. It’s a subtle two-toned look that sets this Tissot apart from other stainless steel bracelets.
But that’s the beauty of the Tissot T-Touch Classic: it’s the details that make it excellent. While the big picture is certainly great, when you get up close and personal you begin to find things that make you appreciate this piece even more. For me it’s the polished steel case inlaid with brushed steel accents; the hollow hands that point to the function you are currently deploying; the fact that the LCD screen matches the colour of the rest of the face so that it is visible but not obnoxious.
Little things like that can define an excellent watch or devalue a mediocre one, and Tissot has clearly paid careful attention to the T-Touch Classic to ensure that all of its elements come together to create a single, finely balanced product.
Pressing the function button (where the crown would normally be, engraved with a subtle “T”) will display the T-Touch logo blinking on the LCD screen, where from there you literally press the name of the function you wish to activate. The hands will swivel, making a barely audible mechanical whirring as they move, and point at the function you have selected. If you find yourself lost (which may well happen the first few times you use it) you simply press the center of the crystal and it sends it back to it’s standard timekeeping mode.
The T-Touch is a complicated watch to learn to use, but once you’ve gotten the hang of it the Tissot is suddenly oh-so obvious. It took me a little while to figure out that pressing the center of the face put it back to its standard mode, but now that I’ve figured it out that function makes complete sense. It’s there for the sake of simplicity, and I appreciate that.
Conversely, setting the alarm or timer can be confusing the first couple of times you do it. In both cases you hit the “T” button and select the appropriate function. From there you press and hold the top button until it begins to count up on the LCD screen (in seconds at first, then faster, then minutes, and then hours if you hold it long enough). The bottom button decreases the displayed time (for alarm or timer function) by a second, minute, or hour (again, depending how long it is held). Once you have selected the time you want you then press the “T” button to set it. Pressing the top button again activates it.
Sounds complex, yes? It is. But after I had figured it out it only takes me a couple of moments to set the timer or alarm as desired. It’s very intuitive (and obvious) after that.
Of course, I should mention that the Tissot T-Touch Classic comes with a nice instruction manual. It’s very involved and walks you through everything you need to know to use every component of this watch. Did I use it? No, I certainly didn’t, meaning that I bet you I could have learned to use this watch a lot faster than I did.
The compass function requires calibration, but once calibrated it moves and reacts as you do. There’s a slight delay (perhaps a second or so) between your movement and the compass reacting to match, but if I’m being honest, I think it’s pretty awesome that the Tissot T-Touch Classic even has a compass at all.
At the end of the day the function you’ll use the most is basic timekeeping, and the T-Touch Classic does a great job in that regard. It is easy to read, accurate, and it displays the day/month/year on the LCD screen.
Tissot T-Touch Classic Complaints
The only complaint I have with the T-Touch Classic is the learning curve, but even then it’s a complaint I have simply because I opted not read the instruction manual. Can I really complain that it took me five minutes to figure out the alarm/timer functionality when it would have taken me a minute to read it in the instruction manual?
The lack of night visibility is also a nuisance, but in the scheme of things I found it quite minor. You can activate a backlight for the LED portion only by pressing and holding the crown until it beeps and lights up.
To Conclude My Tissot T-Touch Classic Review
When reviewing a watch I try to be as impartial as possible and always look at the watch in context, considering its price point and intended use. This is why the Fossil Twist Grant ME1114 I reviewed got a 4.5 score (at a $175 price point) despite the fact that it lacks many features and complications offered by other, more expensive watches.
With the Tissot T-Touch Classic you are getting a lot of watch for $700. When I was a kid I had a couple of inexpensive Timex watches that were loaded to the gills with features (lap times, alarms, etc.). Wearing this Tissot makes me feel like a kid again: I get all of the cool features and functions, but I get it in a mature, polished, well-built and great looking package.
To say that the Tissot T-Touch Classic is an exceptional timepiece is an understatement. It’s an exceptional piece of engineering and design, but more importantly, it simply feels right.
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