When Tissot debuted the PRX line earlier this 12 months, it was an enormous hit. That is truly an understatement. It may be higher to liken the PRX to an rising icon that really caught the model itself off-guard a bit of. In years to come back, the PRX may properly be considered an vital benchmark for Tissot, and we already missed out on the PRX itself. To be honest to ourselves right here, we don’t usually put quartz watches on the quilt, however we totally admit that we too had been blindsided by the PRX.
Fortunately, the truth that the quartz PRX was so well-liked meant we — and different watch specialists — had been extra ready for the inevitable computerized launch, certainly one of which is the PRX Powermatic 80 with the good-looking textured blue dial. Different variations have white and black dials, each with the identical design motif. On this story, we wish to give attention to the current as a result of whereas the PRX Powermatic 80 is already a hit, it’s not apparent why it ought to be so well-liked. We get into the historical past of the mannequin and its relationship to vital milestones for Tissot in addition to the all-important value issue within the cowl story. Now we have reserved the fundamental information for this extra centered yarn.
Leaving apart the matter of measurement and match, we’re left with the end. In wristwatches at this degree — that’s to say the sub- CHF1,000 value level — we would count on little to no consideration to particulars. Certainly, even when one will get above that value threshold, the ending ceaselessly disappoints. Not so with the PRX Powermatic 80. Each the case center and the sapphire crystal are pleasingly flat, with the previous bearing the identical brushed end because the case sides. This can be a design determination that speaks properly of angularity, a advantage on the earth of the modern sports activities watch (impressed by the Nineteen Seventies).
The spherical raised bezel provides contrasting curves whereas additionally reinforcing the sharp traces with aspects. The polished end provides a bit of dazzle right here, which comes by means of greatest within the model with the white dial and rose gold PVD bezel. After which there may be that integrated bracelet, the hyperlinks of that are additionally flat and brushed, high, sides and backside. All of that is industrial in fact however the truth that Tissot bothered to go to those lengths is spectacular.
Lastly, there may be the matter of the motion, the Powermatic 80 within the title. Watch lovers can be aware of it as the bottom motion that makes higher-end watchmaking manufacturers blush, significantly its spectacular 80-hour energy reserve. One may write a e book on this computerized motion, and maybe somebody will, however suffice it to say that it provides Tissot one thing even haute horlogerie manufacturers can’t provide, even on the highest value factors. On this model of the motion, it’s a Nivachron hairspring maintaining the 3Hz beat slightly than the extra acquainted silicon model in the identical motion elsewhere within the Tissot vary. This can be a motion that has not solely proved itself, but additionally sports activities quite a lot of problems (in different guises), with the assist of modules. That is how we’re sure that there can be extra to come back from the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80.
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