The Swatch Group has now announced the long awaited Smartwatch. It will be launched under the Tissot brand. The Swiss operating system is expected to run for six months without recharging.
Smartwatch from TISSOT
The Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar is a hybrid watch. This means that it still has a normal dial and hands. The display, on which messages are shown for example, only fills the lower third. The smart T-Touch is therefore not directly comparable with smart watches such as the Apple Watch. Thanks to solar cells on the dial, it should function in “smart mode” for about half a year without charging and in pure watch operation even ten years.
Available at Galli from December 2020 - Tissot will be selling them via its own webshop from September
An operating system specially developed by the Swatch Group and CSEM also contributes to the economical use of the battery. The “SwAlps” (Swiss Autonomous Low Power System) is intended to be compatible with iOS and Android smartphones. It even works with HarmonyOS, which is coming from Huawei.
The sales price of the entry-level model is 995 francs
It is not yet clear in detail what features the T-Touch Connect Solar will have. The watch, which is relatively large with a diameter of 47 millimetres, is currently not geared towards “health features”. However, a pedometer is said to have been installed in any case.
What it can do more than its forerunner
3. connect to mobile phone (with Swatch Group’s CSEM technology)
4. various connectivity functions and activity tracking (Connect to different apps)
The Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar in the first test
The development of Tissot Connect Solar cost around 35 million Swiss francs and is already protected by 35 patents. It also has an accompanying smartphone application and is probably part of the Swatch Group’s larger plan to create its own ecosystem of “connected” portable devices.