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.
Quartz watches / Swiss Watches
The new Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar (ref. T091.420.46.051.01) packs the usual (at least, for the family) mix of functions into a lightweight titanium body that combines finely brushed surfaces with black PVD inserts. While the watch neither looks as rugged as a "real" training computer designed for hard-core athletes, nor sports as advanced functionality, it is still sturdy enough to be used as a daily beater by those who prefer an active lifestyle to countless hours spent on a sofa in front of a 55-inch TV set.
Visually (and probably electronically) very similar to the last years Fenix Outdoor GPS watch, the new Garmin D2 Pilot elevates its functionality to new heights in order to serve all sorts of pilots. Yes, there is a great deal of planes equipped with state of the art navigational equipment, but if all else fails, you still need a wrist computer to rely on.
Although Casio's positioning of the new G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400 watch as a "survival" tool looks a little bit too far-fetched, the gadget still deserves a certain degree of attention. Sporting a long list of useful functions that millions of fans of the series are already quite familiar with, the Rangeman also sports their famous Triple Sensor system that makes it especially useful for hikers, forest tourists and, perhaps, even soldiers and other professionals who need a reliable and durable tactical watch.
Garmin, the American-based consumer and professional navigation specialist, a company which is incorporated in Schaffhausen, Switzerland (the town is mostly known for being home for the luxury watch maker IWC), has just presented its new, ruggedized adventure wrist watch. Called Garmin Fenix, the new GPS-powered timekeeper features all the necessary gizmos that a hiker or a backpacker needs while travelling from point A to point B.
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.
The new Casio G-Shock GDF100 digital electronic watch comes equipped with a two-in-one front-facing pressure and temperature sensor. Although its exterior styling is light years away from something that is usually associated with a 'pilot's watch', it is (rather unsurprisingly, I would say) also way more usable for those who actually fly something more powerful than an office chair.
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 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.