Written by: Jessica Plumbley
Are you searching for a wearable chronograph, compass, barometer, altimeter, thermometer and alarm all in one device? You will find it in the 42 mm-diameter case of the Tissot T-Touch Trekking Men’s watch T001.520.47.281.00. If you’re an avid hiker with a need for such devices, this watch might be a good bet for you.
The T-Touch Trekking is named as such for the scratch-resistant, anti-reflective, tactile sapphire covering its face. With this the wearer can access the features listed above…he simply holds down the crown to activate the touch feature, and then goes about his business, pressing whatever label corresponds to the feature that he wants. All is found on an orange, easy-to-read face surrounded by a rotating titanium bezel and black rubber strap. Let’s break down the features by category:
- The Chronograph. The T001.520.47.281.00’s chronograph function can be accessed by touching the area around 4 or 5 o’clock, on the bottom right corner of the face. The timer includes a split time/add time function, as well as a stopwatch with a range of 99 hours-59 minutes-59 seconds to 99 /100 of a second–all with 1/100 second resolution. It’s countdown timer function has a range of up to 23 hours 59 minutes 59 seconds.
- The Compass. A click around 6 o’clock will bring up the compass function, which has a resolution of two degrees and has a declination adjustment for the true north indication. When trying to determine azimuth, users can either select a setting to for a defined bearing, or can implement the rotating bezel.
- The Barometer. This feature–found around 12 o’clock–calculates both absolute and relative pressure ranges with +/- 3 hPa accuracy (with ranges of 300 hPa to 1100 hPa and 950 hPa to 1100 hPa, respectively). It also has a weather trend calculation, which will case the hand to swing left if the weather will be bad, and right if it will be good.
- The Altimeter. Press around the 2 o’clock mark to discover your altitude from -400 to 9000 meters, all within a resolution of 1 meter. With this you can measure altitude difference, cumulative altitude gain or loss, and vertical speed of ascent or descent. All these must work within parameters of 1 meter/minute, with a minimum vertical movement of 5 meters, and a minimum of 5 minutes for time of movement.
- The Thermometer. At 10 o’clock lies the thermometer function, which can measure the temperature at a resolution of 0.1 degrees C (0.2 degrees F), for all temperatures between -5 to 55 degrees C (23 to 130 degrees F).
- The Alarm. The T001.520.47.281.00 provides not one but two auditory alarms, which are accessible around the 8 o’clock mark. These sync with the rest of the movement of the watch: the Caliber ETA E40.305 Swiss quartz analog, complete with 2nd time zone and perpetual day/date/month/year calendar.
Reviewers of the T-Touch Trekking claim to have difficulty to stop playing with all the features on the watch, and understandably so. Tissot boasts a pretty cool and unique setup with its T-touch models, but as with any watch, the T001.520.47.281.00 has a couple of potential drawbacks.
To focus first on issues of practicality, I am uncertain about how accurate the thermometer might be once it is attached to someone’s wrist. Body heat will certainly play a factor in its temperature reading, so you should take its numbers with a grain of salt. Also, with its lowest temperature reading 23 degrees Fahrenheit, hikers in cold climates looking out for dangerous temperatures will not want to rely solely on their T001.520.47.281.00. In fact, best not to bring this model out in the snow, anyway…with a disappointing water resistance rating of 3 atm, it won’t stand up to anything more than a little light precipitation.