The Tissot T-Touch has worked hard as consumer-attractor in the windows of high street jewellers for a few years now – but how does it earn its geeky bauble status? Here’s the three ways that, in our experience, a touch-sensitive pressure-sensing watch could change your life.
As a sherpa
Your average watch lacks the functionality to necessitate a touch-sensitive screen. Not the T-Touch, which packs thermometer, barometer, altimeter and compass widgetry behind its cocktail party aesthetic. Barely to mention a chronograph and alarm.
Of these wondrous, backwoods activities, the compass wins the ‘wow’ award. Press and hold the ‘T’ button, then touch the compass corner of the screen. The hands spin to form a compass needle, actively pointing north as you spin gaily in circles.
The barometer pressure reading is largely useless to the common man – more useful is that the hands move to either side of the 12 o’clock position to indicate the pressure trend over the past twelve hours. Broadly speaking, an increase in pressure means better weather.
The temperature sensor only accurately measures ambient temperature if you take the watch off your hot wrist for 20 minutes, so is of limited use. A similar story for the altimeter, which measures expedition altitude gain or loss rather than your exact height.
As a watch
No matter what colour you just sprayed yourself, there’s a T-Touch face colour to suit. (As long as it’s black, white, blue, orange or carbon.) Decent wide hands and clear hour-markers make time-telling child’s play.
There’s no second hand, but the minute hand moves in obvious increments if you’re boiling an egg, (Or, if you’re fussy about your eggs, there’s the digital chronograph.) Metal, leather or rubber strap choices should suit all wrists, and titanium construction keeps weight down and pub bragging up.
So it appears that, in the jungles of Surrey, the T-Touch is less use than a £10 compass and some Kendal mint cake. But, in the urban jungle of Fulham, and in the geeky tundra of your gadgety mind, the T-Touch goes down a storm with its touch screen action and swirly hands. Therefore, we’d hand over the £480+ asking price with nary a care.
For directions on where to get your T-Touch go to Tissot's site here.