What was considered just a horological trend a decade ago seems to be getting mainstreamed these days. Modern timepiece makers are now creating re-interpretations of their classic collections and vintage-inspired watches not as hype but as must-haves in every watch enthusiast’s collection. Experimenting with new case materials has been the area of focus for Tissot and this year, the watch brand has released three new references of its iconic collection, Sideral, in yellow (Ref. T145_407_97_057_00), blue (Ref. T145_407_97_057_01) and grey (Ref. T145_407_97_057_02).
Tissot offers much more than just the PRX Automatic 80 and the Chemins des Tourelles. Way back in 1969, it released the first Sideral collection. The timepiece maker is known for its bold and innovative techniques. So, the very first Sideral was the first watch in the world to have a fibreglass case, making it extremely lightweight. In 1971, Tissot released a Sideral variant with a yellow strap.
The 2023 Tissot Sideral watch is crafted with two new case materials — forged carbon and stainless steel. The famous barrel shape and the lug-less aesthetics from the original model have been maintained. The 41 mm watch comes with a dual-function, unidirectional bezel with elapsed timing. For the blue-dial version, Tissot has incorporated blue flakes into forged carbon to lend the watch a ‘camouflage’ look. Common to all three are a black base dial, baton hour markers with Super-LumiNova®, accompanied by a red top seconds hand, and a red-green accented regatta timer between 12 o’clock and 2 o’clock. The dial comes with either a grey, blue or yellow minute track.
On the dial, one can find the Tissot and Powermatic 80 logos, along with a date window and a screw-down at 3 o’clock. The watch is powered by a mechanical, self-winding Powermatic 80 Nivachron movement, offering a power reserve of 80 hours. This movement can also be found in other watches like the PRX Automatic 80. Turning the watch over showcases the sapphire crystal caseback with a new stainless steel oscillating weight sporting an engraving of ‘Tissot 1853’, the year in which the company was founded.
The new Tissot Sideral watch is a mix of both the old and the new. It is finished on a quick-release rubber strap that pays tribute to the 1969 Sideral S. With a wide array of colours to choose from, the fastening system uses a two-stud system that connects at two different points, ensuring a just-right fit. With 300-metre water resistance, this watch can be a diver’s delight.