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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.

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