The Victorinox Swiss Army Inox collection pays tribute to the 130th anniversary of Victorinox and is designed as a tangible link between watchmaking and the company’s world famous Swiss Army knife. (“Inox” being the French word for stainless steel, the material used both for knife blades and for the watch’s stamped, machined case.)
Sturdily built Inox watches can withstand just about any punishment you care to mete out. They can withstand a 10-metre drop onto concrete, being driven over by a 64-ton tank, and, as a more realistic possibility, spending two hours in a washing machine or even being caught in a full scale sandstorm.
In testing the watches were even exposed to corrosive agents including gasoline, solvents, oils, cleaning products and insecticides.
Water resistant to 200 metres, the 3mm Inox series is 43 mm featuring a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with triple non-reflective treatment and a screwed-on stainless steel case back.
The dial comes in black, navy blue and khaki green, with matching rubber straps. For extra protection, the axis and attachment of the hour and minute hand are reinforced, while the lugs are protected against warping and solidified by a crossbar, and the elevated bezel guards the crystal and the crown.
Each timepiece is shielded from impacts by the Inox’s signature feature, a removable “bumper” made of silicone and nylon that attaches to the case without obscuring any of the information on the dial.
The Victorinox Swiss Army Inox watch is powered by a Swiss Ronda quartz movement 715 calibre and retails at $525. The watches will be on sale from September 2014.
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