This Fall, Swiss watchmaker Victorinox — maker of Swiss Army Knives — is unveiling a new chronograph version of its best-selling, ultra-durable I.N.O.X. timepiece.
The INOX collection was first introduced in 2014 in a distinctive angular 43 mm diameter stainless steel case, powered by a Swiss quartz movement — representing Victorinox’s most rugged line of timepieces — designed for anything you throw at them.
“The watch pays tribute to the famous Swiss Army Knife with the integration of the popular Alox pattern, the well-known feature of the pocketknife scales. The case features strong shapes and curves, and the reworked signature bezel looks as if it has been carved out by a sharp pocketknife. The Swiss Army Knife itself is evoked in the counterweight of the second hand,” according to Victorinox.
Fast forward to 2023, the line has evolved to include automatic mechanical movements as well as adding forged carbon and titanium to the materials used. In October, Victorinox is introducing an all-new Swiss quartz-powered chronograph version of the INOX — the first chronograph in the collection — available in eight references, made from either recycled stainless steel, forged carbon, or forged carbon/titanium.
The INOX collection has now been around for almost a decade and here of some of the past introductions that we’ve covered for reference: INOX Carbon Mechanical (2019), INOX Carbon Limited Edition (2019), INOX Automatic (2018), INOX Professional Diver Titanium (2018), INOX Carbon (2017), INOX Titanium Sky High Limited Edition (2017), INOX Compass Bumper and Paracord Strap (2016), INOX (2014).
All INOX Chronos feature a solid screw-in case back (steel or titanium), a screw-down crown (with crown guards), and a flat scratch-resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal and meet ISO 1413-certified shock resistance, ISO 764-certified antimagnetic protection, and ISO 22810-certified 200-meter water resistance standards. For the stainless steel bezel, an anti-scratch coating has been applied, whereas the carbon and carbon titanium models have forged carbon composite bezels which are inherently scratch-resistant.
Additional features include a multi-layer dial with the Victorinox Swiss logo at 12, an engraved tachymeter scale on the inner bezel, luminous hands/indices/12 o’clock pip, a two-digit weekday indication at 12, a date calendar at 6, and a chronograph (second, 1/10th of a second, and 30-minute counters).
The Victorinox I.N.O.X. Chrono models are all powered by a highly accurate Ronda caliber 5040.E Swiss-made quartz movements. There are a variety of genuine rubber, leather, or wood strap options, as well as a stainless steel bracelet to choose from — and all are swappable without any tools needed. This collection launches in the US on October 2, 2023, and retails for $800 to $950 for the recycled stainless steel models, and $1100 to $1250 for the forged carbon and forged carbon/titanium models.
Learn more at Victorinox.
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