A new Tissot Automatic Calibre looks set to win over watch aficionados after Tissot declared its arrival as a ‘redesign [of] the chronograph’.
The new calibre, which comprises just 184 components, is evidence of Tissot’s continuing commitment to both its historic watchmaking heritage and new innovations.
The Calibre C01.211 is an example of Swiss watchmaking at its most concise. This ‘tribute to simplicity’ is an automatic mechanical watch movement with integrated chronograph function.
The Tissot watches bearing this movement are sure to be a big hit with watch fans, after the entire Tissot corporation hailed the mechanism as a technical masterpiece Best Online Watch Store.
The C01.211 is a model of efficiency and accuracy yet, despite its mastery of precision timekeeping ensuring it is faithful to Tissot’s principles, in some ways it does stray from conventional movements.
The movement’s “pillar” design replaces traditional bars with metal discs, which are attached to the plate by a system of cylindrical pillars. Other unconventional aspects of the movement include the control of the chronograph by cams located on the dial side, the vertical disc-based coupling – which goes some way to reducing friction and overall degradation – and the high-performance escapement material.
Components of the Calibre C01.211 (including the pallet and escape wheel) combine materials obtained via the synthesis of chemical elements issued from carbon and hydrogen bodies. These offer a number of advantages because they are non-magnetic, light and combat wear and tear.
The new chronograph movement is not the first time Tissot watches have pushed the boundaries of technology. Theirs is a long and rich history of achievements, harking back to the 1974 Calibre Valoux 7750 and taking in such classics as the Calibre Lemania 5100 and the Astrolon 2250.