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 those cutting-edge technologies that often turn a modest quartz timekeeper into a miniature computer. The new all-analog Casio ProTrek PRX-7000T is one of these few.
Despite its outrageously gargantuan proportions, the limited edition Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 (surprisingly) doesn't look as ridiculous as many of its similarly-proportioned competitors. You see, it is somewhat difficult to fat-shame a timekeeper when you know that it is was made big in order to accommodate a huge (and also, legendary) deck watch movement that in 1967 set (and still holds) a world record for precision in its class at the Neuenburg Observatory competition.
Casio has presented three more versions of their popular G-Shock Pathfinder range. Among enthusiasts, the Pathfinder is 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.