Tissot has been making fine Swiss watches since 1853, but theirs is a story of pushing boundaries as well as past mastery. Tissot's range of watches runs from classic styles to the very latest in touch-screen technical innovation. Come on the journey as Time+Tide roadtest and review Tissot watches, new and old.

VIDEO: Who wore it best? Tissot Heritage 1936 v Bridgeport Lepine Mechanical pocket watch

Last week Andrew and I took part in a somewhat unusual, and entirely self-imposed, challenge. Andrew, typically a wearer of more modern timepieces tried the 45mm Heritage 1936 on for size and I gave my wrists a break entirely to properly experience the Bridgeport pocket watch. We were both outside our comfort zones, full of thoughts, feelings and even emotions. Luckily Ash was on hand to capture our pre-work ruminations on video. Fair warning though, I get all philosophical, even going so far as to question the nature of time.

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GONE IN 60 SECONDS: The Tissot Bridgeport Lepine, partying like it’s 1899

It’s 2016, so why would anyone wear a pocket watch? That’s the question I found myself asking this week as I took the Tissot Bridgeport Lepine for a test drive. And look, I’m not going to lie to you, it took more thought to integrate this 45mm little number into my life. But if you’re up for this sort of challenge, and I know plenty of you out there will dig the self-consciously anachronistic look of wearing a pocket watch, then the rewards are definitely there. It’s a great talking point and style statement. Plus, I love how it made checking the time such a deliberate activity. Oh, and the quality to price ratio was way up there too. Tissot Bridgeport Lepine Mechanical pocket watch Australian pricing Tissot Bridgeport Lepine Mechanical, $900.

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IN-DEPTH: Out of the pocket and onto the wrist – the Tissot Heritage 1936

The story in a second One of Tissot’s best 2016 releases is basically a pocket watch for your wrist, and it’s awesome. These days, most people associate Tissot with their sporty PRS line and the clever T-Touch, but the brand was actually founded in 1853 and as such have an enviable back catalogue covering off practically all the classics. This year they’ve delved into the interwar period for inspiration, and cooked up the Heritage 1936, a wallet-friendly winner with tons of wrist presence. The case The case of the Heritage 1936 sees Tissot pulling off a very clever double act – they’ve managed to create a watch with a legitimate vintage-style case in an oh-so-modern case size of 45mm (and 12.98mm high). They’ve done this by essentially adding lugs and a strap to a pocket watch case, with spectacular results. It also touches on a really interesting moment in the history of personal timekeeping, when watches – after a few hundred years of being safely ensconced in people’s pockets, moved onto the wrist. This all changed with the First World War, when the extra seconds it took to take the watch out of your pocket could mean the difference between life and death and when checking the… Read More

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VIDEO: Who wore it best? Tissot Heritage 1936 v Bridgeport Lepine Mechanical pocket watch

Last week Andrew and I took part in a somewhat unusual, and entirely self-imposed, challenge. Andrew, typically a wearer of more modern timepieces tried the 45mm Heritage 1936 on for size and I gave my wrists a break entirely to properly experience the Bridgeport pocket watch. We were both outside our comfort zones, full of thoughts, feelings and even emotions. Luckily Ash was on hand to capture our pre-work ruminations on video. Fair warning though, I get all philosophical, even going so far as to question the nature of time.

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EXCLUSIVE: Touching scenes as Tissot Australia present Bob Murphy, injured captain of new AFL Premiers the Western Bulldogs, with a Premiership Watch

Last night, at a closed function for family, friends and Western Bulldogs football club staff, Tissot Australia brand manager Scott Jungwirth followed the lead of Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge by presenting injured skipper Bob Murphy with a Tissot Premiership Watch to celebrate the team’s first premiership in 62 years. Not only did the Bulldogs break the longest drought in AFL history, they also made history as the first team to win the flag from way down in seventh place. The watch has only ever been given to the coach and 22 players selected to play in the winning team on Grand Final day, but Jungwirth decided that he, like Beveridge he would make an exception and include Murphy, who is regarded the ‘spiritual leader’ of the club, among the recipients. Hours earlier, Beveridge had done something on “the spur of the moment” never seen before by calling Murphy onto the podium at the award ceremony and placing his own medallion around Murphy’s neck, saying “This is yours mate. You deserve it more than anyone.” “It’s unprecedented that we’d present a Premiership watch to someone that didn’t play on the day,” Jungwirth said. “But ‘Murph’ is such an integral part of the… Read More

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HANDS-ON: The smartly-designed, value-packed Tissot PRS 516 Automatic Small Second

One of the most surprising watches I’ve seen this year is the Tissot PRS 516 Triple Seconds. Tissot has taken their stalwart, sporty PRS and given it a smart makeover, and it does it at a very competitive price. At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking that this watch is a chronograph, after all the PRS is a pretty sporty line. But look again and you’ll notice that the dial and lack of pushers doesn’t add up. Instead those three subdials all display running seconds, but in 20 second increments. So the first 20 seconds are displayed on the top right dial, the second 20 at the lower dial and so on. It doesn’t really add much in the way of functionality to the watch, but it’s a fun idea that’s been well implemented. Tissot has used the dial cut-outs to create a relatively subtle steering wheel shape, realised in a black, industrially brushed finish. The dial is remarkably balanced, with each ‘spoke’ of the dial displaying just the right amount of text. I’m particularly impressed by how the ‘PRS 516’ branding is perfectly balanced by the date aperture at five. The hands and floating indices provide a great counterpoint… Read More

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VIDEO: Hawks gun shows off his 2015 Tissot Premiership Watch on eve of 2016 AFL finals

The truth is we’re not quite sure how this happened. It’s Thursday and the first final of the AFL 2016 finals series is played tonight. Somehow, in the madness leading up to Melbourne’s favourite month of the year (the Grand Final is October 1, joy!), double Premiership player for the Hawks (2014, 2015) Taylor Duryea found time to come in to the office to talk about a watch that holds special significance for him – the Tissot Premiership Watch. The first thing I asked; is the band still soaked with champagne? “They didn’t give them to us to take out on the night we won, so no. Our medals, which we had, are so dinged up. There’s scratches all over them.” Find out more in this punchy two minutes of power. And may the best team (the Swans) win!

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