For those who like classical-appearance watches and can’t afford a Breguet, this piece by Tissot presented at Baselworld 2015 will be very interesting. Tissot already has a few Bridgeport chronographs in its range, featuring the usual three subdials on a classical face with Roman numerals and fluted bezel, but they are a combination of modern and traditional and in my opinion they are not as good as this piece.
This version of the Tissot Bridgeport Chronograph is beautifully finished, with a chevron guilloché-type detail (which curiously matched the weave of my shirt) on the dial, the fluted bezel in contrasting gold, and other machining textures used to highlight the subdials. There is a central chronograph seconds hand, 30 chronograph minutes at 3 o’clock, and 12 chronograph hours at 6 o’clock. Continuous seconds on the subdial at 9 o’clock. The pushers are oval, the crown is nicely finished with the same silver-gold combination with fluted detail, and the case is mounted on long period-style lugs with dark brown alligator strap. The sapphire window in the caseback provides a view of the movement, with gold oscillating weight featuring a Côtes de Genève finish.
The movement has 27 jewels, and so I would guess that it is the ETA Valjoux 7753, with about 44 hours power reserve, running at 28,800 vph, with stop-seconds function, and rapid calendar advance.
Price and availability
The Tissot Bridgeport Chronograph (reference T097427A?) will be available from September 2015, price €1,840.