The T-Complication Squelette T070.405.16.411.00 by Tissot is a truely technical triumph. With this skeleton watch, modernity meets meticulous craftsmanship. The movement is a swiss made hand-wound mechanical movement, that can be viewed from both the front and back. Scratch-resistant arched sapphire crystal with double-sided anti-reflective coating improves readability of the watch in combination with blue hands and index. In addition, it is water resistant to a pressure of 5 bar and comes with an impressive black leather strap with butterfly closure with snap buttons, for greater security on the wrist.
It is a classical dress watch which is modern enough to be worn at any time of the day owing to its luxurious design, the Tissot T-COMPLICATION SQUELETTE T070.405.16.411.00 is an object of fascination, both for the wearer and the curious person who happens to glance at the watch. Simply looking at the watch reveals the story of time, chapter by chapter as the glossy marine blue skeletonized hands sweep across the mechanical face.
From every angle you can see the attention to detail that has been included in the design of T-Complication Squelette. Personality radiates on the front and back. When the movement beats, you can see how each part moves, rotates and hooks. It’s fascinating. The steel-grey box and movement provide a beautiful canvas for the blue, violet and yellow components. The needles and hour markers change color depending on the angle of the incident light. Straight-on they appear a dark navy, almost blac; and in the angle and with the correct light a brilliant blue is revealed. You can see the light that shines on your face and especially in your hands.
Case & Dial
In most other watches, whatever the T-Complication Squelette T070.405.16.411.00 has to offer will be hidden behind a dial, and perhaps, if you’re lucky, the clear case back would give some clues as to how your watch will keeps ticking. With this watch, the entire show is shown and it is incredibly beautiful – it is instructive. If you are the hands-on kind, then this watch is a valuable tool to fully understand how a mechanical watch works, because everything can be observed through the front and back sapphire crystals. How does the crown drive the clock? Wrap the crown on and notice the main spring wind through a cut in the middle between the six o’clock marker and the pinion. How does the movement know that it releases the power in a steady and controlled manner? The fully exposed inhibition alone is a valuable lesson on how a clock works. A domed and anti-reflective sapphire lens covers the dial. The stainless steel case is mostly crowned by a polished bezel and a signed turbine, which reflects the general shape of the turbine of the skeletonized movement. The size is 43mm x 46mm x 12mm, and given its modest bezel, the Squellete is a watch with a bold but not disgusting wrist presence.
The skeletonized movement is an ETA 6497-1, a venerable hand-wound movement used in large and pocket watches for decades. Since you can not find much manual wind moves in the Tissot collection series, it is certainly an affordable option for Tissot, helping to keep the final price in line with what you expect from the brand. Of course, a great part of the pleasure of having a skeleton watch is that a mechanical watch actually works before your eyes, and in that sense, the choice of movement upholds that promise. Certainly there is quite a bit for the eyes to take in, but also the ears. Since the movement of the watch is not associated with much steel, the engine vibrates quite strong. To most people, that’s a good thing since they prefer seeing, hearing and feeling that their mechanical watches are alive. Expect about 46 hours of power reserve when fully wound.
Strap and clasp
The Squelette is fitted with a black crocodile-grain leather strap as well as Tissot’s usual deployment clasp. Neither is extraordinary, but both are good; next to a case and a dial like this, putting much into this would simply distract you from where your attention should be. The leather is soft and comfortable, and the deployment clasp ensures its integrity is maintained throughout its life. The clasp is solid, too; it easily withstands tugs, refusing to break open. It may not be the standout part of the watch, but it does its job well.
Overview of the technical specs
- Model: Tissot T-Complication Squelette (T070.405.16.411.00)
- Dimensions: 43mm x 46mm 12mm
- Case: 43mm stainless steel
- Dial: Skeletonized movement and blued, skeletonized hands
- Crystal: Sapphire, domed
- Case back: Transparent sapphire lens
- Lug Width: 22mm
- Strap: Black alligator grain leather
- Movement: ETA 6497-1
- Water Resistance: 50m
- Good visibility on the movement
- Quality feel of the casing and adjustment/winding knob
- Excellent value, good finishing, unique design, people will notice it.
- It’s not an automatic – you will need to wind it daily and it seems to run for less than 24 hours
- Leather band feels a little cheap compared to the rest of the watch
With the Tissot T-Complication Squelette (T070.405.16.411.00), you’re getting a skeleton watch that combines past and present in that it offers both Tissot’s award-winning watchmaking tradition and an innovative, minimalist skeleton design in a single package. For a retail price of $ 1,300, it is not the cheapest brand option, but most of the most valuable Swiss alternatives are in the same price range or more. It is a value for its mechanical properties, but it is undoubtedly a novel skeleton clock. Tissot has won more than one prize with Squelette. In Squelette, Tissot has definitely shown how to make a skeleton watch look good.