Tissot is the very epitome of watchmaking history and legacy. Named after Tissot's home in the Swiss Jura Mountains, the Le Locle series is an undeniable bestseller for the brand. This is not surprising, given how this series boasts a blend of elegant styling and highest quality craftsmanship. This is the latest in Tissot's Regulateur range, which pays homage to its roots in the 19th century. At that time, difference in accuracy was measured in minutes rather than seconds. Therefore, the minute hand was longer than usual and, above all, was alone in the centre of the dial. For a timer or regulator (hence the name of this watch range, the 'regulateur'), hours and seconds were of minor importance. That is why Tissot calls this watch, "A tribute to watchmaking traditions".
This legacy piece reflects these historical watchmaking roots by placing the small counter, which indicates the seconds, at the bottom of the dial, whilst the hour counter is at the top. Raised Roman numerals flank the dial at 12, 3, 6, and 9, with indices as placeholders for the remaining hour positions. The two sub-dials are recessed, and the four quadrants surrounding them feature a wave-like Guilloché pattern. These design features give the watch's dial added texture and depth. In another retro feature, the date appears in a window at the 9 o’clock position.
Its case of 39.3mm accommodates the Swiss made automatic movement, the see-through back of which is beautifully styled with a distinctly Art Nouveau look. The watch is mounted on a leather strap with butterfly clasp or a 316L solid stainless steel seven-row bracelet with butterfly clasp and push-buttons. This beautiful range is available in a plethora of different models, among them classic white and black-dialled versions in gleaming modern steel, yellow-gold PVD or classic black with or without a case in warm rose-gold.
The Le Locle Regulateur is for the debonair and cultured man who is sophisticated in his taste. He seeks not a simple, practical watch, but, rather, a timepiece that speaks of art and history. It is, as Tissot proclaims, a watch with "a style for connoisseurs".