Tissot previewed a new timepiece that will be introduced at Baselworld 2012 which is going to be held from March 8 to March 15. It is Tissot’s latest edition to the Le Locle series – Le Locle Automatic Chronometer Watch. This novelty will be available in either a rose gold PVD coated 316L stainless steel case or in the two-toned one.
This classic looking timepiece will be powered by the ETA Caliber 2824-02 mechanical movement. The 25 jewels mechanism with a COSC certification has already proven its reliability and impeccability (it has been incorporated in several models from Le Locle line).
The automatic movement beats at the rapid frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and provides full 40 hours of power reserve.
A Swiss manufacturer will offer two versions of Le Locle Automatic Chronometer, both in round cases with 39.3 mm in diameters. On the right side of the case, there is a perfectly sized crown with the brand’s logo on the tip.
This newcomer in the T-Classic collection is coated on both sides by anti-reflective sapphire crystals and it has a transparent sapphire glass case back. The split-window on its case back is a nice detail and one of the trademarks of the Le Locle series.
Each of two refined models features an elegant black guilloche dial with applied hour-markers and Arabic numerals at the quarter hour, both crafted from rose gold PVD coated steel. The leaf-styled hour and minute hands, as well as a thin seconds hand are also made of rose gold PVD.
Traditionally, there is a small black-on-white date window at the 3 o’clock position. The brand’s logo “Tissot” and “1853” that reveals the year when Charles-Felicien Tissot and his son Charles-Emile established the company in a small Swiss Jura town are situated below the numeral 12, whereas at the opposite side, above the numeral 6, lies the name of the model.
For Le Locle Automatic Chronometer, Tissot chose the usual alligator leather strap with a butterfly clasp. According to the previous experiences with Tissot, I dare say that they will also offer a stainless steel bracelet with a butterfly clasp and push buttons.
We still do not have any information about the price tag, but considering the facts that the watch will probably be a flagship for the rest of the collection and that it comes with the COSC certification, I assume it will be priced double when compared with a non-chronometer version having similar features.