The Swiss brand, Tissot, seems to be in action again. They recently have released quite a few notable watches over the last few months. One of the new releases is the Tissot Chemin des Tourelles Squelette Watch, one that in particular caught our attention.
The skeleton watch is one of the few that is still readable. Since there is no dial, a lot of attention is given to the movement, and what is shown. Often a skeleton watch has a negative effect, as the display becomes so busy that it becomes hard to actually, you know, tell the time.
With the Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Squelette, it looks like a sort of compromise has been arrived at. You can see portions of the balance wheel and mainspring, and a portion of the gear train that drives the handset is on display. Tissot has done something, though, that I’ve not noticed at this pricepoint – they’ve gone with fairly large bits of metal (call them bridges, plates, or what have you) that obscure some of the less-interesting parts of the movement (read: they do not move a lot), cutting down on some of the visual clutter.
Against this, they have blued indices and a blued handset, which appears to be beveled. In the photos we have seen, this does look to provide the appropriate level of differentiation against the movement, allowing for you to read the time. Given the bevels on the handset, those should help catch the light, further assisting in the one job a watch actually has. On the rose gold model, the handset is in a dark grey, of which I am less certain of the ease of readability.
Flipping the watch over, you have a view of the rear of the movement, which is an ETA 6497-1 manually wound movement. Here again, Tissot resisted the temptation to show off every little piece of the movement. Instead, nicely finished plates cover most of the rear, while still allowing easy visual inspection of the parts that are the most kinetic, especially as you wind the movement up.
Coming in at a price of $2,050 and $2,200 for the rose gold, the Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Squelette walks a fine line. And no, if you do not like skeleton watches to begin with, this one will not change your mind. If you are a fan of the style, though, you have to admit this is one of the better executed dial/movement combinations that we have seen as of late in the sub-five-figure segment.
externe bron door : Equwatch.com