The Tissot Powermatic 80 Automatic caliber is ushering in a new era of ultra-precise low-cost mechanical movements
At a first glance it´s just another ETA caliber. Way off the mark! In analogy to the Sistem 51 caliber from Swatch the Powermatic 80 Automatic caliber is another silent watchmaking revolution.
Tissot has been working hand in hand with ETA for the research and development of this new automatic caliber. Together they thrived to push the limits in terms of precision, power and essentially giving time a new status. The Tissot Powermatic 80 Automatic caliber not only demonstrates ultimate precision but also has 80 hours of power reserve. Standard watches would usually have a barrel that would last 36 to 48 hours before needing to be wound up again. However, with a new construction concept that integrates a new spring barrel, Tissot and ETA were able to provide the piece with a greater power reserve, allowing the watch to go for 80 hours without being worn or wound up.
As if a greater power reserve was not enough, they also found a way of making the movement extremely precise and robust by concentrating on ways to improve the regulator system. One of the factors which contributed to that robustness was a new way of regulating the watch by removing the index-assembly system and replacing this item by an innovative technology. The high-tech escapement has no regulator; the rate is set at the factory with a laser, making the manual rate adjustments normally required by a mechanical watch unnecessary.
Tissot does not tell officially, but I assume the Powermatic 80 Automatic caliber, in analogy to the Swatch Sistem51’s movement, is also entirely made of ARCAP, an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc with exceptional anti-magnetic qualities.
How good and accurate this new caliber is definitively will the next published COSC figures show. I have heard that Tissot easily could send more than a million Powermatic 80 Automatic calibers to Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC) to be certified. This would make Tissot the new number one company in Switzerland in terms of COSC certified calibers and kick Rolex from the throne. Rolex until today is the undisputed king of COSC and Rolex defends its position year by year by sending continuously more movements to COSC. That naturally does not automatically mean that Rolex also sells more watches. Click HERE to learn more…
Imagine! What a shame would this be?
You probably could also send the new Sistem 51 from Swatch to COSC and I am sure the caliber would pass the 14 days test easily. Only the costs for such a test will prevent Swatch doing this. No Swatch client would like to pay extra for a COSC certificate. A Tissot client however will honor a COSC certificate, since it´s a real proof of accuracy and quality. And a COSC certificate will not increase the price of a Tissot dramaticly.
Let us now discover the first Tissot watch equipped with the Powermatic 80 Automatic caliber. You may witness these efforts in the Tissot Luxury Automatic timepieces.
The Tissot Luxury Automatic exudes a majestic essence. The many details strengthened by playfulness between polished and satin surfaces are what give this watch an undeniable richness. The Tissot Luxury Automatic has quite a lot of of facets, its exterior being just merely an added touch that makes it even more irresistible. However, it is thanks to its heart that this timepiece is truly exquisite. Certain models even bear the COSC certification.
The Tissot Luxury Automatic is at the very core of what the brand stands for – luxury at an affordable price.
The new COSC certified Tissot Luxury Automatic shown below costs 800 Euro including 20 VAT here in Austria. Any questions?
• Swiss made
• Powermatic 80 automatic movement
• Powermatic 80 automatic chronometer movement officially certified by COSC
• 316L stainless steel case with yellow gold PVD or rose gold PVD coating options and see-through case back
• Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
• Water resistance up to a pressure of 5 bar (50 m / 165 feet)
• 316L solid stainless steel bracelet with yellow gold PVD or rose gold PVD coating options or leather strap with butterfly clasp with push buttons
Even a lady´s edition is available… The COSC certified Tissot Luxury Automatic Lady with diamonds costs 1170 Euro including 20 VAT here in Austria