In the field of watch design there’s a lot to be said for restraint. Not every dial needs to be flashy, nor every case overwrought. Sometimes, all you need — all you want even — is a watch that looks good (no matter what), and can do anything, or at least anything most normal people would need their watch to do. The Tissot Gentleman is such a watch.
The sober, classically designed case that measures 40mm across, and is neither too dressy nor too casual, sets the tone. That tone is amplified by the lovely dial options — here we’re looking at silver and rich brown, with neat sector-style printing, and applied gold tone indices in a slightly tapered shape, which adds a touch of dynamism that is paired with dauphine-style hands. This dial is framed by the gold bezel which — and this is well worth noting — is solid, not gold plate or cap. The final piece of the puzzle is provided by the movement, visible through the caseback. Tissot’s Powermatic 80 offers (as you’d guess) 80 hours of power reserve, which is very healthy, especially at this price point. On top of that, there’s silicium in the mix as well, which gives you some protection against magnetic fields, one of the prime enemies of horological accuracy. In a perfect world I’d like to have seen a little more than 50m of water resistance, but it’s hardly a cardinal sin.
I think it’s safe to say that this Gentleman has won me over. It’s a smart looking, no nonsense offering from a well respected and storied brand. A very tidy package indeed. Well done, Tissot.
Tissot Gentleman Automatic price
Tissot’s Gentleman Automatic on leather, $1775 AUD; on steel, $1875 AUD
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