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      In 1996, Tissot finds an ideal partner in the Fédération Internationale d’Escrime (FIE). Fencing is a living illustration of tradition and innovation, which are the underlying pillars of the Tissot brand. One of the oldest of sports and one where timing is crucial. Fencing is an obvious choice for a watchmaking company and a perfect illustration of Tissot’s adage of “Innovation by Tradition”. Fencing champions need a great dexterity and to constantly innovate to surprise their opponent, to the delight of spectators. It is the beauty and grace of gesture, which makes fencing so unique.
      The tip of the fencer's weapon is the second fastest moving object in all of sport - the fastest is a bullet from shooting events

      Fencing Timekeeping

      Fencing today resembles the traditional duels of years past, without the blood.
      Fencing is a challenging sport to handle scoring because it involves both scoring and timing, and the scoring is so difficult to see and record. The tip of the fencer’s weapon is the second fastest moving object in all of sport – the fastest is a bullet from shooting events.

      Fencing bouts are held on a 14m x 2m "strip" or "piste" to simulate combat in confined quarters, such as a castle hallway. The ends of the fencing strip represent the line the duellists’ seconds drew in the earth: to retreat behind this line during the duel indicated cowardice and loss of honour.

      Fencing has three disciplines – Epee, Sabre and Foil, and fencing is one of the only combative sports not to have weight classes. The fencers are electronically connected (either with wires or wirelessly) and the scoring machine detects any hits that exceed the 750 gram weight threshold (based on the amount of tension required to break the skin).

      The scoring and timing system records the bout on high-speed video and once a hit is detected, the system immediately plays the loop of three seconds before the hit and two seconds after, so the referee can check the recording and alter his decision, if necessary. The entire bout is recorded and can be reviewed.

      The most challenging thing about scoring and timing fencing is deciding who was touched first. That’s where technology comes in – the action is too fast for the naked eye, so the referee has to depend on the scoring system and the video replay.

      In fencing, Tissot provides all timing and scoring systems, with flashing lights for detected hits. In addition, Tissot handles all the statistics and TV graphics, with Tissot logo of course. Fencing is a challenging and exciting sport, where it is of utmost importance to be right – about the score and about the timing. Tissot makes sure they get it right, all the time.

      Watches inspired by FIE




      The Tissot PRC 200 FIE 2014 chronograph pays tribute to the brand’s long-standing passion for and involvement in the high-precision, tradition-rich sport discipline of fencing. This watch’s intrinsic identity as being precise, robust and classic, partners with stunning contemporary design. The watch integrates a tachymetre marked up from 60 to 400, to accommodate wearer demands for exactitude. Fencing’s long history, dating back to the sixteenth century, is underlined by bold Roman numerals at 12 o’clock. The épée-shaped second hand, mirrors the sharpness and shine of the fencers’ equipment, while the white alludes to the traditional clothing worn for the sport.


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