It’s been a while since the last time I wrote about pocket watches. That is because we do not see many of these lately. The Swiss watchmaker, Tissot, is one of the rare manufactures which continued to produce pocket timepieces.
This year, at Basel watch fair, Tissot re-created the Pendant of 1878 to honor its bond with Russia which is a very important market for the Swiss watch house. Russia was one of the leading markets for Swiss manufacturer from a very early stage.
In 1858, Charles-Emile Tissot, the son of the founder Charles-Félicien, decided to win new markets and traveled to Russia with a sample of its pocket watches. It turned out that he had made the right decision. That one of a kind watch that was sold on in Russia in 1878 was the inspiration for this renewed version.
The Pendant 1878 Pocket Watch follows the opening of the Tissot’s first boutique in the famous and prestigious GUM trade center in Moscow, one of the most stunning architectural buildings on the Red Square. Also, it celebrates the brand’s 160th anniversary.
This refined mechanical piece has a double opening with an amazing engraving on one side and the time on the other. The brand’s first signature is marked on the dial, which recalls the craftsmanship used in Tissot’s early days, providing watch with a hint of nostalgia.
For a hint of sophistication, there are seven Top Wesselton diamonds on its case. They are arranged in a way to increase the outstanding reflections surrounded by an 18-karat gold case. In order to bring the art of that time, Tissot used colorful patterns and arabesques.
The heart of the watch is Swiss made hand-wound mechanical movement. The latest pocket watch by Tissot is produced in a limited series of only 160 pieces, each numbered from 001 to 160.