Japanese watches / Quartz watches
To some, the new Casio G-Shock Rangeman (ref. GPR-B1000-1 / 1B) line of adventure watches may look like a glorified steam engine trying to compete with sleek and glossy bullet trains. Still, offering solar-assisted GPS navigation, adequate (although not stunning) battery life, as well as a bunch of other usable (the watch won't bother you with incoming messages alarms, but will let you retrace your route step by step if you somehow get lost in a wilderness) functions, this gadget looks like a reliable backup for your standalone professional GPS tracker.
Although the annual trade fair in Basel is usually associated with fine (and often impressively expensive) mechanical watches, there is always a number of lower-priced models made by Japanese watchmaking giants that, while not looking particularly dressy or refined, bring to your wrist cutting-edge technologies that turn a modest quartz timekeeper into a miniature computer. The new Casio ProTrek PRX-7000T all-analog watch is one of these.
Despites its outrageously gargantuan proportions, the new Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 limited edition wrist watch doesn't look as ridiculous as many of its similarly proportioned competitors. You see, it is somewhat difficult to ridicule a watch for its size when you know that it is was made big in order to accommodate a huge deck watch movement that in 1967 set (and still holds) a world record for precision in its class at the Neuenburg Observatory competition.