Tissot T-Touch T-Tactile Trekker Mens Watch T0015204406100

The Hiker, the Mountain Biker, the Camper, and the Urban Trekker, look ye hither for a review on a device that just might make your life in the great outdoors less directionally challenging, temperature ambiguous, plus it tells the time! Do you remember as a kid having those cheap plastic watches that had buttons that did cool things and the case had a practical use too? Well how about getting back to your childhood roots while maintaining a manly appearance with the Tissot T-Touch T-Tactile Trekker Mens Watch T0015204406100.

The Tissot Trekker has some pretty nifty functions you loved as a kid, and will still find useful and fun as an adult.  Not only does it have an analog dial, but it also has the digital time above the 6 o’clock position. Pretty cool for when you want the time lickidy split, and don’t want to take those extra seconds to figure out which hand is the big one, and which one is the small one, and what does the mark its pointing to mean again?

Besides the time it also has a date function, a compass on the bezel, an alarm, and a stopwatch. Really like to get technical with your watch? This one also comes with a thermometer, barometer, and altimeter. What more could you need for a watch to go exploring with? How about a pretty decent water resistance of 100 feet? Yeah that’s right, go swimming in your Tissot watch.

All right, let’s talk about the basic structure of the watch.  The case is made out of titanium, is 42 mm in diameter and 13mm in thickness. The strap is also of titanium with a push button deployment clasp. The bezel with the compass on it is bidirectional and rotates. The watch is battery operated with quartz movement. The dial color goes along with the color scheme of the rest of the watch by being grey.

Pros: All the cool functions, and how easy they are to use. For being titanium it’s light weight.  Two year warranty. I’ve found it online for between $482-$539, which is pretty cheap compared to other watches that don’t do nearly as much.

Cons: If you use the functions often the battery life has a short life. Some people have found the Tissot watch to lack durability; in fact it may not be the best watch for doing serious amounts of outdoor activities. Also, the water resistance wasn’t up to pare as was hoped for as well. Accuracy of some of the functions has also been called into question too.

Variations of this particular watch include the choice to switch up the dial color from grey to green, orange, yellow, or black. You can also switch up the titanium bracelet for a black rubber strap.

Is this the right watch for you? If you like a watch with all of the above functions and don’t particularly feel like you’ll be smacking it around too much, it just might be for you. If you are serious about your outdoor excursions however, you may  want to look for a watch can take a beating a little better.

Tissot To Cross Billion Dollar Mark

Tissot is set to join the illustrious ranks of billion-dollar watch companies Rolex, Swatch, Omega and Seiko. In 2010, Tissot expects to cross the line that is so exclusive, only four other companies have surpassed it.Despite a challenging economy, and a lackluster sales year in 2009, Tissot continues to make steps towards the billion-dollar mark. Revenues are reported to have dropped by a staggering 21.3 per cent. Yet, Tissot managed to grow their sales by 2 per cent to over 2.21 million watches sold.

Francois Thiebaud, Tissot President, spoke at the Baselworld watch and jewelry show regarding this company’s growth despite the odds. He attributes steady growth as the reason for their success. Thiebaud, a member of the Swatch group management board, believes that steady growth forward creates long-lasting success. This  has been Tissot’s mainstay for its 157 years of watchmaking. In addition, Tissot manages to create fine timepieces at a price point that is accessible. Their motto, “best value for money” showcases their drive for  excellence without sacrificing affordability.
Another key to Tissot’s success is their geographic diversification. They are present in over 150 markets, making them less reliant upon any one market and able to ride out volatility.