Japanese / Quartz
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 (it 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 few.
Despite 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.
The Japanese watchmaking company has presented three more versions of their popular Casio G-Shock Pathfinder model range known for its rugged durability with functionality specifically designed for those spending their holidays not on a salty beach, but in forests and mountains. Available soon as refs. PAG240-1, PAG240B-2, and PAG240T-7, the three gadgets offer the same approach to an exterior design that seems to be inspired by their highly successful G-Shock line but are targeted at persons leading an even more active lifestyle.