TISSOT HERITAGE 2018
Even though mechanical watches produced today have largely remained the same, there is still something missing that manufactures can no longer replicate. This is simply because manufacturing technologies have improved over the years, and what collectors today find ravishing about watches from the past are simply a result of the technical limitations of a bygone era and simple designs from simpler times. Looking at the Tissot Heritage 2018, a striking sense of nostalgia sets in almost immediately.
This piece goes back to 1943. It was originally a men’s watch for city folk, a dapper and resilient creation thanks to a case made of a nickel-chromium alloy. With nothing on the dial except for a small seconds subdial, the watch had a 27mm calibre which was a Tissot exclusive movement. Most importantly, it was part of the iconic Tissot Antimagnetique collection introduced in the ’30s that brought to the world some of the first non-magnetic wristwatches to be made.
Adhering to the same principles as the original, Tissot however used 21st-century production technologies in order to make a tribute piece that’s built for the modern connoisseur. This 42mm stainless steel watch has a domed dial in silver, vertically brushed to an industrial-style finish. Austere numerals encircle the dial, highlighting the manufacture’s preoccupation not with aesthetics but performance. Branded with a historically accurate Tissot logo and the word ‘antimagnetique’ below, it is paired with a box-shaped anti-reflective sapphire glass crystal and elegant leaf-shaped hands. Finally, the Heritage 2018 is powered by a manual-winding movement displayed through the caseback.