The History of Tissot Watches

 

Few watch companies are recognized for having bought something new and innovative in the watch manufacturing industry. This may be in the form of a new technology or a new design. Tissot, which was founded in Switzerland in 1853, is one of these companies.

The company was founded by Charles Felicien Tissot and Charles Emile Tissot in Le Locle Switzerland. Le Locle has been regarded as the cradle of the Swiss watch making industry.

Tissot has over 150 years of experience in watch manufacturing, making the company totally credible and dependable when it comes to its watches. The company is known for its unusual innovations. Specifically it is recognized for the development of the first watch made out of plastic. It was also the first to manufacture an anti-magnetic watch. Tissot even made watches out of mother of pearl, wood and stone!

Tissot watches are known for their tactile touch technology or “T-Touch.” This means that es have touch sensitive sapphire faces.

Tissot watches also incorporate other unique features in their watches such as compasses, barometers, altimeters and thermometers, all sharing the T-Touch technology.

The popularity of Tissot watches arise from the fact that they are used by a lot of famous personalities. For example, the watches that Angelina Jolie used in her movies “Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” are from Tissot. Tissot watches are worn by American MotoGP rider Nicky Hayde, Merican Indycar driver Danica Patrick, English football player Michael Owen and Chinese actress Barbie Xu.

Tissot is also featured in other important events. For instance, the company is the official timer of many world sports championships such as the Grand Prix motorcycle racing, cycling, fencing and ice hockey. The company is also the official timekeeper of NASCAR. And in 2006, Tissot was the official timekeeper of the 15th Asian Games in Doha.

But Tissot’s history is not without its down moments. In May 12, 2006, during the Grand Prix in Doha, the company made an error in time keeping. The company concluded that American sprinter Justin Gatlin had set a world record based on the time. But according to international world record rules, Mr. Gatlin has only tied with the earlier record.

Since 1985, Tissot has been a member of the Swatch Group of Companies, the biggest watch producer and distributor in the world. Tissot watches have been distributed and sold in over 150 countries all over the world.