Tissot T-Touch Ti

Finally a chance to handle and review Les Stroud's watch of choice, Tissot's analog-digital ABC watch, the T-Touch Ti. Every boy's dream gadget watch that won't look too out of place with a dinner jacket. I know multiple reviews (and versions) of the watch already exist, but here's my two cents anyways.

My Story (of no real significance to review)

This is the watch the started my path down WIS-dom. An avid fan of Les Stroud's Survivorman, the T-Touch was the first watch i researched in earnest. Although my first purchase ended up being an the DA37, there was always a spot left for the gadget watch. Lucky for me a forum purchase gave me the chance i've been looking for.

History/Brand (of little significance to review)

Tissot is a century-old company, but to the best of my knowledge did not contribute much to in terms of the more notable milestones in watch-making. That is not to say Tissot does not produce quality watches. Its Formula-One inspired designs have been successful, but not to the same degree as its less than decade-old T-Touch line.

Technical Summary

-E40.305 Quartz
-Analog (hours and minute) Digital
-Sapphire crystal with tactile modifications
-42 mm diameter, 12.01 mm height, 20 mm lug, 69 grams
-Titanium case
-Water resistant to 3 bars or 30 metres

Size:

42 mm wears a bit big due to the height and large bezel of the T-Touch. This is one of the reasons why i settled for the T-Touch and not the larger T-Touch Expert. The light-weight titanium though is unexpectedly, well, light, and it's not hard to forget the hulking watch on my wrist. I do have problems with the titanium though.

Case:

Never a fan of titanium gray, especially with how easily it scratches. Although most reports that titanium only attracts hairline scuffs but on the T-Touch, it gets quite bad.

The Touch Screen:

There's no use in going through the motions to talk about the pushers, lug, crystal, movement, etc. The spotlight on the watch is the touch screen. So, here goes.

Operation:
Hit the "T" center button until a digital sound beeps to activate the touch screen for 1 minute. This is slightly long in my opinion but so far accidental activation of the touch screen are few enough to not really get in the way. The touch sensitive screen works, i think, on heat, since heavily gloved hands won't work but latex or over plastic will.
After the screen is activated, the outside edges of the crystal activate one of the watch's 6 functions. The hour and minute hands line up and point to function activate with a soft mechanical whirl. Touching the centre returns the hands to tell the time. Further taps on the centre displays the date and then the settings (24 hours v.s. 12, feet v.s. metres).

CHRONO:
Nothing special, the digital screen turns into a stop watch with pauses but no lap functions. The chronograph can run in the background.

ALARM:
Nothing special here either. Set the alarm, a roughly 2 Hz train of beeps, on or off. It's a bit on the soft side, but since i've been known to wake up to my phone vibrating it'll do for me well enough.

THERMO:
The thermometre works well, but suffers from the heat of the wearer's wrists. It'll do for the first reading in the morning, after that the watch will have to be off your wrist for a good 10 min for an accurate reading. Not exactly practical but better than nothing, and this problem is, i believe, common in all ABC watches.

ALTIMETER:
Needs to be set every now and then like every barometrically-based altimeter, but as my first ABC watch, it's damn cool to have it within a touch of a screen.

METEO:
The hands becomes and estimate of the weather pattern to come. The further it veers off to the right, the better the forecast and vice versa. This is an estimate to say the least, as the forecast is based on a stored history of barometric readings.

COMPASS:
This is by far the coolest function and sure to turn even the skeptics heads when the watches hands line up to point North. And, changes in real time to keep pointing North. The only beef i have with the compass is the mechanical buzz of the motor running the hands. That buzz is though, often the only thing that reminds me it's a watch i have on my wrist and not a full-fledged compass.

Summary:

Gadget? Watch? This is by far the coolest combination of both, a way to indulge in the inner geek without flashing a digital LCD monster. Bond would be proud, though probably still not pass the design. And, that, really is the fundamental issue. The T-Touch does what other ABC watches do with flying colours yet still retain the analog look. But, the big BUT, is the compromises made for the digital-analog fusion.
The T-Touch has become one of Tissot's most complained and returned watches due to its touch screen. The analog portion of the gadget also suffers from some set backs, like poor lume for a sport-themed watch (no backlight for the LCD either), poor legibility, and a pseudo analog minute hand that moves in 20 second increments. And, perhaps a deal-breaker for an ABC watch, a water resistance restricted to light drizzle and hand washing with cold water. Still, the Survivorman didn't seem to find the T-Touch too dress, nor too delicate to take on his adventures. So...

All in all.... it's still a damn cool watch.

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