I know I shouldn't, because I'm a bit of a horological purist (I nearly talked myself out of my Velatura Direct Drive) but I really, really covet one of the new Astron GPS models. It’s the only quartz watch I would pay high end money for.
Let's look at the headlines:
47mm High-Intensity Titanium case (stronger than steel but only 60% of the weight). Sapphire Glass. 100m Water Resistance.
The time is correct to atomic clock precision. ASTRON is accurate to one second every 100,000 years.
ASTRON takes just 6 seconds to update the time, while a radio-control watch takes 120. The time zone update takes only 30 seconds in ideal conditions.
ASTRON receives time information even if you are on the move, while a radio control watch needs to stand still to receive the signal.
Wherever you are under the sky, you can get the correct local time, either automatically or on demand, simply by pushing a button.
The new ASTRON GPS Solar is so energy efficient that it can connect to the GPS network using just the power of light. Over 100 patents protect Seiko’s technology.
Once a day in case the watch is fully charged, it automatically connects to a satellite to receive the time information. On demand, time zone information is available with just one push of a button.
ASTRON recognizes 39 time zones, more than any other watch, which cover up to 29 time zones at most.
ASTRON has a perpetual calendar, so the date is always accurate, even in leap years, until February 2100.
There is a one-push button for adjustment to “Summer Time” or “Daylight Saving Time”.
The Multi-indicator at the 10 o’clock position has four functions:
1 Satellite acquisition status indication during GPS satellite signal reception
2 Power reserve indication
3 In-flight mode on/off indication
4 DST (Daylight Saving Time) on/off indication
Personally, I love the technology that allows 1 second/100,000 years accuracy, automatic timezone recognition and solar power. I also like, but don't particularly love, the aesthetics. The blue lume is cool, alhtough it has already been done elsewhere.
What does anyone else think?
Is it too expensive for a quartz watch? (I know Spring Drives are quartz regulated but they are fundamentally mechanical)
Do you like the styling?
Would the functions be of any use to you?