Tissot was founded in 1853 when Charles-Félicien Tissot who at the time was a gold case-fitter, joined forces with his watchmaking son in a shop in Le Locle, Switzerland. At the time the premises were used as an assembly shop until their substantial collection of pocket watches and pendant watches grew big enough to gain them recognition as a reputable supplier of high quality, accurate luxury wristwatches. In 1907 Charles-Félicien Tissot commissioned a factory to be made in Le Locle, which sparked the move to begin manufacturing mechanical watches. Since then Tissot has grown as a globally successful wristwatch manufacture, creating collection after collection of beautifully assembled mechanical movements infused with pure Tissot spirit.
As an official stockist of automatic Tissot watches here at Owen & Robinson we are proud to be able to offer a selection of Tissot’s most popular mechanically operated timepieces. One of the most successful movements created by Tissot is that of the Powermatic 80 movement. It has gone on to feature in a number of iconic designs from many a collection over the years. Tissot have worked hand-in-hand with ETA to create an automatic calibre that has ample research and development behind it to promise longevity and accuracy for years and years to come. The Powermatic 80 movement gives Tissot watches an entirely new status. The engine elevates Tissot manufacture to new heights, adding to the company’s prestige and heritage as a trustable Swiss-based luxury watchmaker. Renowned for its incredible 80 hour power reserve, it by far surpasses the majority of watches with power reserves of up to around 36-48 hours. Having such a reliable power reserve may not seem like such a big deal if you are planning to wear the watch 24/7 but for most connoisseurs of the Tissot world, the joy of owning an automatic watch or two is the ability to alternate between two or more watches whilst away on vacation or on a short business trip. The lady or gent can therefore change his or her look up with a dress watch by night and a sporty chronograph watch by day.
Tissot also found a way to make the movement more robust. They did this by concentrating their efforts on the regulator system. By removing the index assembly system and replacing it with new technology, the robustness of the movement was enhanced. The normal adjustments of a mechanical watch aren’t necessary, since the escapement has no regulator and the rate is set at the factory already. Watches like the Tissot PRS 516 Powermatic 80 watch are fitted with the Powermatic 80 movement. In this instance the movement is protected inside a sturdy 42mm stainless steel case integrated with 100 meter water resistant properties. The beautiful assembly and fine finishes of the movement can be viewed through a sapphire crystal glass exhibition caseback, underscoring examples of some of Tissot’s proudest innovations to date.