Based in Sion, STISS was founded in 2012 by Alex and Jean-Pierre Kalbermatten under the name Winwatch Trade. For eight years, the two co-founders worked to realize their vision of improving the capabilities of a watch by embedding a miniaturized chip into it.

In 2020, STISS launched its first concrete product, AUGMENTED GLASS, a payment chip embedded in the glass of an already manufactured watch. To demonstrate the feasibility of this idea, STISS installed its chips in 500 Festina and Chrono watches with the brands’ consent. “We are now marketing these watches with the payment function thanks to our partners,” said Joé Courtine, Director of STISS. Thanks to this technology, it is possible to pay without contact wherever Mastercards are accepted, without altering the appearance of the watches.