Baselworld - Tissot and Non-Magnetism
As well as having a proud history of producing timepieces that look good, Tissot has also been at the forefront of technology since the foundation in 1853. With an early focus on absolute accuracy, reliability and innovation, Tissot was naturally quick to embrace new techniques, and from the end of the nineteenth century they demonstrated this by incorporating palladium balance-springs into the movements of the watches. This meant they were able to limit the negative effects of magnetic fields on the pocket watches at the time, which consequently led to greater research in the field, with new electrical appliances beginning to appear in the early twentieth century. These modernisations led to the magnetisation of watches, which Tissot initiated by replacing the steel in regulating organs with materials unaffected by magnetism. As a result, the world’s first non-magnetic wristwatch, the Tissot Antimagnétique, appeared in 1930 and marked a revolutionary new chapter in watchmaking, as the achievement was picked up by the entire watch-making industry. The technological breakthroughs kept coming, and today’s models - seen in collections like the Tissot T-Complication Chronometer - are the modern equivalents of these ground-breaking watches. The Tissot T-Complication Chronometer, equipped with an non-magnetic steel shield and officially certified by COSC (Contrôle officiel Suisse des Chronomètres), was recognised for its achievements by the International Chronometry Competition who awarded it first prize in 2013. Other watches, including today’s T-Heritage Petite Second 2018, continue to commemorate advances in non-magnetism, while the silicon properties in collections like the Tissot Ballade allow for even greater precision and longevity.