As a member of Swatch Group’s expansive portfolio, Tissot has carved itself a niche as one of the org’s most surprising brands. That might sound silly given the fact that Swatch Group includes innovative industry titans like Blancpain, Omega, and Breguet, but hear me out. Because Tissot operates almost entirely under $1,000 (and sometimes well under that), some enthusiasts might expect their watches to be adequate, though not overly impressive. Here at Worn & Wound, we’re champions of watches under $1,000, so we know that not to be the case — there are a lot of great timepieces that exist within this price segment, including those being put out by Tissot. Not only are the watches themselves solid, but, depending on the model, they may be chock full of specs and features that allow Tissot to blow away the competition (and, on specs alone, one might argue that they handily compete against some watches at double the price). I’ll be looking at one such watch today.
The Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium is, on the surface, a perfectly competent wristwatch that toes the line between dress and sport quite well. There aren’t any major design flourishes here, but what Tissot does, it does well. But it’s not just the design; it’s also what’s inside the watch that makes it quite a bit more interesting than many comps on the market, and, in my opinion, one hell of a value.
Let’s take a closer look.