It has been one of the many casualties of the covid quarter and its long shadow, but Tissot has finally given a release date of November for the T-Touch Connect Solar it first spoke about back in March.
Tissot is spearheading Swatch Group’s push into the smartwatch market, and the T-Touch Connect Solar is one of the early adopters of the group’s in-house developed Sw-ALPS low-energy operating system.
Its low power consumption and solar chargeable quartz-based movement means that the watch should not need plugging in for months, the company says.
It is not clear that the public cares whether smartwatches emerge from Silicon Valley, Asia or Switzerland, but Swatch Group lists “Swiss Made” at the top of its T-Touch promotion.
The 47mm watch does have high end attributes including a titanium case, ceramic bezel and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal touch screen.
T-Touch Connect Solar has all the basic functions of a T-Touch Expert Solar, such as a perpetual calendar, countdown, various timers and an altimeter.
In addition, it has smartwatch functions such as activity tracker, calls, and notifications but lacks Apple Watch’s more recently launched health features that monitor heart health.
Despite Swatch Group developing its own operating system, the watch is compatible with iOS and Android phones.
The watches will be launched exclusively on Tissot’s website at end of the November with prices starting at around $1,000.