At Baselworld 2018, the historical watch brand Mathey-Tissot presented the “1886” limited edition timepiece designed by world renowned Swiss watch designer Eric Giroud.
Targeting access through affordability thanks to an attractive pricing strategy, the new Mathey-Tissot “1886” sets itself up as an aesthetic landmark at this year’s edition of the international watch-making fair.
The famous designer, Eric Giroud, delved deep into the brand’s golden age for his inspiration. He was able not only to extract the aesthetic codes peculiar to MatheyTissot, but also transcend them artistically. Something of a mix between an encounter and a discovery, the resultant “1886” is a watch that prefers to abandon the sporty look in favour of adopting the values of universal elegance championed in the 70s. Three hands, the graphic subtlety of the date aperture, stylish sobriety.
Beyond these, the watch features gently rounded forms and matt sandblasted finish, transforming it into an exquisitely tactile object. And, last but not least, the gently domed crystal and winding crown nestling into the circumference of a powerfully graphical dial, its strong lines softened by the distinctive case-middle with protective horns.
The “1886”, with its soft rounded curves, contemporary visual appeal and organic touches, has suddenly and unabashedly opted for a lively colour scheme. The idea of using smoky shades would have been purely whimsical for designer Eric Giroud if Mathey-Tissot’s past had not already given them historical legitimacy. The legendary colour graduations, Mathey-Tissot’s focal palette, systematically call up and deviate from the customary Pantone colour chart in a bid to remain faithful to the bold aesthetics of the brand’s prestigious past. The smoky green, brown, blue and grey, and, likewise, the deep, reassuring black have been a feature of the brand’s DNA consistently throughout the 130 years of its uninterrupted industrial and manufacturing history. The unique new shades are all as many aesthetic sparks replete with powerful static charge and colour force to electrify the sombre darkness.
Mathey-Tissot “1886” limited edition
1886 pieces with 5 different coloured dials: black, smoky green, smoky red, smoky grey, smoky blue and smoky brown
Sellita SW200 automatic mechanical caliber
EG1886A (N/V/R/S/BU/M) Swiss-made quartz caliber
316L steel with matt sandblasted finish
Water-resistant to 5 ATM i.e. 50 metres
Winding crown with push-piece and double seal
Antireflection treated domed sapphire dial crystal, transparent back
Dimensions: 42 mm diameter; 11.8 mm thick; lug-to lug distance 48 mm
Genuine Italian leather crocodile-print strap with deployant buckle
RRP in CHF: Mechanical version CHF 1,500.00 (ex. VAT), quartz version CHF 500 (ex. VAT)