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Tissot T-Touch EXPERT

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Finding a time piece that is rugged yet stylish has often been a struggle. The Tissot T-Touch EXPERT, available in stainless steel or titanium, offers all the standard features you would expect in a sports watch.

Analog and digital time display, date, alarms, rotating bezel, and chronograph are present like many other watches. Additional features lending themselves to the adventuresome are Altitude, Barometer, Compass, and Thermometer.

What really sets the T-Touch apart is the touch sensitive sapphire crystal face. While many watches offer similar features, the touch interface adds a refined and intuitive quality to this time piece. There is no need to fumble with multiple button taps or awkward menus.

Activating the face only requires a press and hold of single button.  After the chime the face is active and you only need to tap the name of the function you desire to use located around the perimeter of the face. Another unique feature is the ability to put the watch “to sleep.” This conserves the battery life while maintaining the time and date information.

Some of the features have drawbacks. The thermometer is affected by skin temperature, and the altimeter needs frequent calibration for accurate readings. But, this is normal for most watches with these features.

I have been wearing this watch daily and really enjoy having all this information available to me. Whether at home, work, or exploring the back country, the T-Touch EXPERT from Tissot delivers ease of operation in a rugged and stylish package.

THE SPECS:

Face Diameter:  43 mm,  Bracelet width:  22 mm,  Water Resistant to 100 meters,

Functions:  Barometer, Altimeter, Thermometer, Chronograph, Compass, Alarm

Pros:

Stylish enough for the office and rugged enough for the outdoors,  Easy to navigate though the many features with the “touch” face,  Sleep mode conserves battery life.

CONS:

Altimeter needs regular calibration for accuracy,  A bit pricy (around $1000), Illumination of the dial is a bit weak but adequate.

Special thanks to new JPFreek contributing editor John Bailey for his review and photos

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* Published by JPFreek Adventure Magazine – The leader in Jeep and adventure enthusiast publications.

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