For Baselworld 2017, Tissot replica watches have announced the release of a new version of the T-Touch Solar, three years after the original T-Touch Solar was released in 2014. The new watch will be the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II, which follows a naming convention Tissot began a while back when the T-Touch II came out as a fix for early T-Touch models that some people complained had water-resistance issues. The Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II is a pretty nice-looking timepiece, but we have to ask ourselves who they are marketing to these days. When the original Tissot T-Touch came out in late 1999, it was the epitome of good Swiss watch looks combined with a slick technical (yet classy interface). In today’s smartwatch world, the potential customer base for otherwise cool products like the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II is admittedly more narrow.
Let us first not forget the Tissot T-Touch that (as of now) never was. Almost exactly one year ago today, Tissot announced the Tissot Smart-Touch smartwatch, as a version of the T-Touch Solar that would connect to a smartphone app via Bluetooth. As far as I know, the Smart-Touch is not out and isn’t planned to come out. So the replacement for it is the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II.
Outside of some style and material elements, it isn’t totally clear what is new in the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II over the original T-Touch Expert Solar. With that said, the cosmetic upgrades are appreciated. For me, the biggest issue with the T-Touch Expert Solar was the very large and broad (though wearable) 45mm-wide titanium case. It isn’t that 45mm wide is all that unwearable, but also that the lugs are very large.
These aren’t likely to be the only two versions of the Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II fake watches released in 2017. What Tissot has released images for thus far are a green military-style T-Touch Expert Solar II and a blue marine-style model. Of course, aside from the updated dial styles, you can see that the clearly exposed photovoltaic cell on much of the of the original Solar model has been replaced with a more covert dial done similarly to the way Citizen Eco-Drive models do it.
A new material use is ceramic. The replica Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar II case is still titanium (likely with a matching titanium bracelet in addition to the rubber strap), and the bezel is now colored ceramic. Further, the compass-style markers on the bezel are said to be painted with luminant. The hands on the dial are still on the shorter side – but that is as a side effect of carbon hands needing to move very quickly given how the watch works.