Archive of March 2018

Hands-On With Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II Men's Replica Watch

Tissot Men's Replica has announced the release of a new version of the T-Touch Solar, three years after the original T-Touch Solar was released in 2014. The new replica watch will be the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II, which follows a naming convention Tissot began a while back when the T-Touch II came out as a fix for early T-Touch models that some people complained had water-resistance issues. The Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II is a pretty nice-looking timepiece, but we have to ask ourselves who they are marketing to these days. When the original Tissot T-Touch came out in late 1999, it was the epitome of good Swiss replica watch looks combined with a slick technical (yet classy interface). In today's smartreplica watch world, the potential customer base for otherwise cool products like the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II is admittedly more narrow.

Let us first not forget the Tissot T-Touch that (as of now) never was. Almost exactly one year ago today, Tissot announced the Tissot Smart-Touch smartreplica watch, as a version of the T-Touch Solar that would connect to a smartphone app via Bluetooth. As far as I know, the Smart-Touch is not out and isn't planned to come out. So the replacement for it is the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II Replica.

Outside of some style and material elements, it isn't totally clear what is new in the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II over the original T-Touch Expert Solar (aBlogtoreplica watch review here). With that said, the cosmetic upgrades are appreciated. For me, the biggest issue with the T-Touch Expert Solar was the very large and broad (though wearable) 45mm-wide titanium case. It isn't that 45mm wide is all that unwearable, but also that the lugs are very large.

These aren't likely to be the only two versions of the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II released in 2017. What Tissot has released images for thus far are a green military-style T-Touch Expert Solar II and a blue marine-style model. Of course, aside from the updated dial styles, you can see that the clearly exposed photovoltaic cell on much of the of the original Solar model has been replaced with a more covert dial done similarly to the way Citizen Eco-Drive models do it.

A new material use is ceramic. The Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II case is still titanium (likely with a matching titanium bracelet in addition to the rubber strap), and the bezel is now colored ceramic. Further, the compass-style markers on the bezel are said to be painted with luminant. The hands on the dial are still on the shorter side - but that is as a side effect of carbon hands needing to move very quickly given how the replica watch works.

If you aren't familiar with the Tissot T-Touch family, the concept is pretty neat. The basic idea is that functionality is used by pressing various places on the sapphire crystal. Thus, if you see (for example) "Altimeter" on the periphery of the dial, you first press the crown pusher and then your finger on that region of the crystal for the replica watch to go into altimeter mode, and for the hands and partial digital screen to work together in order to indicate the current altitude. As a "triple sensor" replica watch, the T-Touch Expert Solar II has a barometer, altimeter, and compass (the latter being the most fun to use by far). Tissot claims that the T-Touch Expert Solar II has 20 functions, which range from multiple time zones and chronograph (both lap and regatta), to a perpetual calendar and two different alarms.

As I mentioned, over the dial is a sapphire crystal and the case is water-resistant to 100 meters. The T-Touch Expert Solar dial allows light to enter through the face in order to charge the battery, which also has a battery life indicator. No, there really isn't anything here that Casio hasn't done before, but Tissot arguably put it all into a more refined-looking package - and the overall looks of the piece score very high.

Again, I am not clear on what (if any) new features the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II adds that the original Expert Solar lacked. My assumption is that this might be a technical update with a more reliable, refined system, but since I haven't discussed it with Tissot, I don't know yet. As for cosmetic matters, there are the clear upgrades which are notable, such as the new dials which hide the photovoltaic cells, and the ceramic bezels. In 2017, with smartreplica watches getting more popular, the key benefit of something like the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II is the lack of having to worry about battery life. This isn't going to be as functional as a full-featured smart replica watch, but it isn't going to force you to ever plug it in. My guess is that pricing will be more or less the same as the outgoing Solar。

Let Us Review The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Men's Replica Watches

First things first: not to state the obvious but the IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Replica is not going to be for everybody. For a start its 44mm in diameter and 15mm thick, making it, shall we say, less attractive to those with smaller wrists. On the flip side however, the case is constructed from lightweight, super strong titanium, which means the replica watch is nowhere near as heavy as it may first appear.

What really caught my attention however was the jet-black dial, which is framed nicely by the polished titanium bezel. There’s not much in the way of color, other than the contrasting white highlights on the various hands and indices, which can sometimes be a little boring however in the case of the IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport it really works. It gives the replica watch that unexpected sense of sophistication I was talking about earlier plus it makes the dial really easy to read.

The 2-register flyback chronograph dial layout features elapsed hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock, along with small hacking seconds in a separate sub-dial at 6 o’clock. The small seconds hand is in the shape of a lightning bolt, which according to IWC serves as a reminder that a soft-iron cage protects the movement against the negative influence of magnetic fields. It’s a little bit cheesy but not so much that it’s off-putting, plus it will make for a good conversation starter at parties. Hours and minutes, along with the chronograph seconds, are displayed centrally and there is a date window at 3 o’clock. Completing the dial is a tachymeter scale running around the periphery, useful for measuring speed.

Powering the IWC Ingenieur Replica is the Manufacture 89361 calibre, an automatic movement with flyback chronograph functionality. As previously mentioned, a soft-iron cage protects the movement against the negative influence of magnetic fields. The reason for this goes back to the origin of the collection, which was originally aimed specifically at a profession that came into regular contact with magnetic fields and gave the replica watch its name: engineers – or in German, Ingenieure. As a subtle nod to this fact the dial features a vintage ‘Ingenieur’ logo next to the date at 3 o’clock.