In 1996, Tissot finds an ideal partner in the Fédération Internationale d’Escrime (FIE). Fencing is a living illustration of tradition and innovation, which are the underlying pillars of the Tissot brand. One of the oldest of sports and one where precision and timing are crucial, Fencing is an obvious choice for a watchmaking company and a perfect illustration of Tissot’s adage of “Performance by Tradition”. Combining dexterity with speed, fencing champions need constantly to innovate their techniques in order to surprise their opponent, to the delight of spectators. It combines the spirit of performance and innovation with the beauty and grace of gesture, which makes fencing so unique.