Tissot revolutionised the industry with their first T-Touch watches in 1991, featuring a tactile sapphire crystal to access the functions of the movement. This technology has been refined extensively from its first instance, the original T-Touch and T-Touch Trekking, to the updated T-Touch II, through to the fully featured T-Touch Expert and Sea Touch ranges.

What do they do?

All of the watches have a Compass, a Thermometer, Alarm and Chronograph as standard, in addition to the normal quartz timekeeping, activated by touching the screen. The Thermometer, Alarm and Chronograph are useful tools as they only use the digital display for information, so the time is still visible easily. To use the compass, the hands move to 180 degrees of one another, and then rotate around the dial to indicate magnetic North.

Switching through the functions is simple, merely pressing the button on the side of the case, to activate the crystal, then touching the corresponding section on the glass. Although the hands initially jump to the area pressed, after a delay they move to normal timekeeping when they are not required.

Basic features aside, model differences become readily apparent.

T-Touch, available in stainless steel or Titanium, polished or matte, on bracelet or rubber strap has a Barometer and Altimeter function. This model is also 3 bar water resistant, so you are unable to immerse in water. In a slightly different case, but with the same features, is the T-Touch Trekking model. Both at 42mm wide, they sit easily on the wrist, and are comfortable to wear. The top model is T33788892, in polished Titanium case and bracelet, on a black carbon fibre dial. It is simple to use and set, stylish with the highly polished Titanium also making it surprisingly light to wear, yet strong and rugged.



Every model in the T-Touch range is a fully featured watch, with useful functions for the outdoors, but still stylish and suitable for wearing with a suit, or even as an everyday. The dial and layout is simple to gain all the information you need quickly and with the minimum of fuss, and still keeping a minimalist display. The tactile sapphire concept is clever, as it is as scratch resistant as possible, and allows access to functions quickly and easily without requiring navigating through a myriad of menu’s, or complicating the case with several separate buttons dotted around the sides of the case