The Tissot PRX… A never-ending story, with one variation following another. The brand’s catalogue is now a collection comprising no fewer than 38 references, including quartz and automatic models, time-only or chronograph versions, in either 35mm or 40mm, on steel bracelets, leather or rubber straps. And then, there are the colours, ranging from classic black or blue to a cool ice blue dial. Until a couple of days ago, the collection comprised 37 references and a new one was just added. Using the familiar look that we discovered only two weeks ago, the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 40mm is now available in full gold-coated attire, a statement piece that uses this warm colour for its case, bracelet and dial.
While most of us will certainly picture the Tissot PRX as a full steel watch worn on a matching bracelet – this is how, according to us, the design makes the most sense – Tissot has long decided to offer variations. This includes watches with a leather or a rubber strap – thanks to a practical system on all straps/bracelets for quick change – but also models with a fluted solid gold bezel and, since the early days of the collection, models with an entirely PVD-gold coated case and bracelet. Yet, this flashy Midas look was, until recently, only reserved for the quartz editions of the PRX, either in a 35mm or a 40mm case and paired with a smooth dial with a lightly brushed texture. A couple of weeks ago, following the recent introduction of the 35mm Powermatic edition of the PRX, the brand also added a full PVD gold-coated watch to its catalogue, with an automatic movement and a waffle-like dial.
And now, it’s time for the large-size version to get some bling, with an automatic movement inside and the traditional tapisserie pattern on the dial, something that only the self-winding versions can get. Known as the reference T137.407.33.021.00, this new addition completes the collection and offers something bold and loud for those who want to feel the 1980s Miami vibe… Other than its case and bracelet entirely coated with a yellow gold PVD treatment, paired with a striking dark champagne (let’s call it gold-coloured) dial, it remains otherwise identical to all previous editions of the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80.
This means a 40mm stainless steel case with a reasonable height of 10.9mm, finished with vertically-brushed surfaces, polished bevels on the sides and a smooth, polished bezel framing a sapphire crystal. Specifications remain the same, with a 100m water-resistance and, as with all large-size versions, a fairly imposing lug-to-lug measurement of 51mm due to a fixed first link on the bracelet. The back reveals the movement through a see-through crystal, offering a view of the Powermatic 80 (made by ETA) engine. This upgraded 2824 runs at a slower frequency of 3Hz, but thanks to a reworked kinetic chain, it comes with a comfortable 80-hour power reserve. It also features a Nivachron anti-magnetic hairspring.
This new Full PVD Gold edition of the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 40mm retains its classic, integrated steel bracelet with brushed surfaces, only now coated in gold. The clasp is a triple butterfly, and it still features quick-release spring bars, meaning that you can swap for a more discreet rubber strap. Now available and not limited, this new and flashy edition of the PRX is priced at EUR 875 or USD 825. For more details, please visit tissotwatches.com.