INTRODUCING: Tissot Chemin des Tourelles
The evergreen collection gets an upgrade from the inside out.
Mention Tissot now, and chances are, the wildly successful PRX will inevitably come to mind, as the retro-chic watch captured lightning in a bottle when it was launched in 2021. However, while the PRX’s popularity isn’t showing any signs of abating, we should also note that the Le Locle-based brand has other offerings that are worthy of our attention, such as the Chemin des Tourelles, one of its longest-running collections. Named after the street where the Tissot factory was established in 1907, the collection embodies the timeless spirit of the company through classic designs that transcend trends.
There’s no better time to check out the Chemin des Tourelles than now, as Tissot has just updated the collection with design tweaks, new dial executions, and an engine upgrade across the board. Its case now comes in three sizes – 34mm, 39mm, and 42mm – and has been subtly reworked to look more refined with shorter, thinner lugs that offer a more comfortable wearing experience. It comes in all-steel, rose gold PVD, or steel and rose gold PVD bi-colour finish to suit all tastes and wardrobes. A closer look will also reveal that the bezel appears more generously domed than its predecessors, as is its sapphire crystal, bumping up the vintage charm of this classic range.
Speaking of which, the dials of the new Chemin des Tourelles are also similarly domed, with a slew of options from a feminine version with a mother-of-pearl centre to a retro soft-sunray brushed dial in grey. The devil’s in the details with this update, as the hands have also been reworked to a dauphine style, with their tips slightly bent to follow the curvature of the dial. The same can also be said of the applied indexes, which are curved and gently faceted, creating a cohesive look of refinement.
The new Chemin des Tourelles also boasts an upgraded movement along with the latest looks. While the much-lauded Powermatic 80 self-winding calibre continues to impress with its 80-hour power reserve, thanks in part to an improved spring barrel, it has received a power-up in the form of a patented Nivachron balance spring, which imbues the watch with increased resistance to magnetism. Flip the watch over, and one can have an unobstructed view of this workhorse movement via a see-through caseback.
Needless to say, the new Chemin des Tourelles comes with a range of strap options depending on your dial choice, including embossed cow leather straps and a five-link bracelet. Thankfully, the straps and bracelets are fitted with quick-release spring bars, so switching up the watch’s look is a breeze.
Among the collection’s new offerings, our vote definitely goes to the 39mm version with Roman numerals on a blue dial with a Clous de Paris ring motif, paired with a matching bracelet. The latter juxtaposes brushed and polished surfaces and has been redesigned with more angles and bevels on the links, while the contrasting play of light between the hobnail pattern and the dial’s sunray-finished centre is simply mesmerising.
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