Tissot's Le Locle brings a touch of elegance to the table. The series combines precious metals with Roman numerals and exclusively features mechanical calibers. The Le Locle is available as a simple three-hand watch as well as a chronograph.
Le Locle is a Swiss town situated in the Jura Mountains that has served as the headquarters of Tissot since its founding in 1853. Charles-Félicien Tissot (1804 - 1873) and his son Charles-Emile (1830 - 1910) founded the company in order to produce pocket watches. Later, the manufacturer chose to name a line of classic, elegant wristwatches after the headquarters' location.
The Le Locle series from Tissot's T-Classic collection contains around 40 different models for men and women. This variety is characteristic of Tissot series. The cases of the men's watches are mostly 39 mm in diameter, while the women's watches are 25 mm. Aside from stainless steel, the manufacturer also utilizes rose and yellow gold coating for the cases. A number of models have beautiful mother of pearl dials. The fine, cursive inscription on the dial, reading Le Locle, adds a further delicate touch to this watch.
Some Le Locle models don't feature a large second hand, but rather a small seconds, usually above the six o'clock position. In some versions, the hour hand is even in a decentralized subdial located at twelve o'clock.
For the movements, Tissot uses trusted automatic calibers from ETA such as the classics 2824-2 and Valjoux 7750. The supplier, ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse (ETA SA Swiss Watch Manufacturer), is the largest ébauche manufacturer in the world. Like Tissot, ETA belongs to the Swatch Group. Countless other watch manufacturers use ETA movements, some of which are further modified under the manufacturers' own names. Breitling, Certina, IWC, Sinn, and TAG Heuer are all notable customers, among many others.
Are you looking for a prestigious Swiss brand name watch with a refined look and a mechanical movement? The Le Locle collection from Tissot offers just that at affordable prices. They're excellent dress watches, going well with a suit and tie or an evening gown.
A simple three-hand version of the Le Locle with a date display costs around 500 euros. The more intricate models with chronograph calibers (stopwatch function) are a bit more, costing over 1,000 euros. Women's models range around 500 to 600 euros.
Maurice Lacroix offers comparable watches in their Les Classiques collection, as well as Raymond Weil with their Freelancer series. These watches are also powered by mechanical movements and their prices lie right under 1,000 euros. For around 300 euros, you can get a comparable automatic Seiko, such as watches with reference number SRP767K1 (stainless steel, white dial), SRP769K2 (stainless steel, black dial), or SRP772K1 (rose gold, white dial).
The most impressive Le Locle model is the Le Locle Chronograph Valjoux, named after the automatic ETA 7750 Valjoux caliber. This caliber is the classic movement for watches with a timing function. The 7750 is comprised of around 250 individual parts, has been in use since 1973, and powers countless chronographs. It vibrates at 28,800 alternations per hour (A/h) and can measure 1/8ths of a second. It has a power reserve of approximately 45 hours.
The look of the Le Locle Chronograph Valjoux is defined by its three subdials. The small seconds subdial is located at the nine o'clock position and is constantly in motion. The two other subdials at twelve and six o'clock are part of the stopwatch function. When not in use, they remain motionless, as does the central second hand.
After pressing the push-piece, the large, central second hand begins counting. Once it hits 60, the hands on the two other subdials begin to move, albeit at different speeds. The 30-minute counter is the upper subdial, and the 12-hour counter is located below. There is a display window at the three o'clock position that tells you the day of the week and date.
The Le Locle Automatic Chronograph Valjoux is available with a black or lighter dial. The stainless steel case has a diameter of 42.3 mm and is waterproof to a depth of 30 m (3 bar). A new Le Locle Chronograph Valjoux costs around 1,300 euros, making it one of the more expensive watches in the collection.
Most Le Locle models are three-hand watches. The second hand is either centrally located or at six o'clock on a decentralized subdial.
On some dials, you can find the word Chronometre alongside Le Locle. This signifies that the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tested the precision of the ETA caliber 2824-2 and awarded it a certificate.
The Le Locle models powered by ETA's 2897 caliber feature a power reserve indicator. The small hand on the power reserve meter at seven o'clock lets you know when the watch needs to be wound. The 2897 has central seconds.
Some models have a particularly unique feature: Not only is the second hand located on a subdial, but the hour hand has its own subdial as well. The hour subdial is located below twelve o'clock and is the same size as the second subdial at six o'clock. This leaves the minute hand as a single hand rotating around the main dial.
Tissot has achieved this unconventional layout with the help of the caliber 2825-2, also from ETA. It's known for its decentralized hands. It runs at 28,800 A/h (4 Hz) and has a power reserve of 42 hours. Tissot also uses this movement in the Couturier series, which isn't too far from the Le Locle stylistically.
All Le Locle models feature stainless steel cases, some with rose gold or yellow gold coating. The gold lends those versions a particularly classy, high-quality look. The bicolor models with yellow gold and stainless steel create a striking contrast. Tissot offers a few models with mother of pearl dials in both their men's and women's collections. The cases are enclosed in sapphire glass, which is particularly scratch resistant.