Whole 46 millimeters in diameter, the Edox Geoscope GMT (ref. 07002 3 C1) is designed with heroically proportioned people in mind. On the other hand (no pun intended), the timekeeper doesn’t make an impression of a watch whose single purpose is to look big. In fact, its massiveness stems from its function: there is a dial that needs to be large to ensure adequate legibility and so there is a large case to house it. That’s probably the main reason why it doesn’t look stupid: its form follows function.
Edox has recently expanded its Grand Ocean collection with a new Extreme Sailing Series special edition model. Featuring the same basic styling as other chronographs in the family, the 2013 Edox Grand Ocean Extreme Sailing Series Special Edition (ref. 45004 357B BUIN) is available in three versions: black, blue and, don’t look now, pink PVD.
Being an official sponsor of the international Dakar rally, Edox never misses the opportunity to introduce limited editions that bear the event’s logo. Last year, they offered 500 pieces of the sporty Edox Dakar Limited Edition Quartz three-hander and now they are prepared to start selling their new Edox Chronodakar Chronograph (ref. 10305 37N1 NRO) that, too, is offered as a strictly limited edition model.
The new Edox Dakar Limited Edition (ref. 64009 3 NIN2) comes in a sporty, well-proportioned case and features an easily readable face with a carbon fiber dial. What else do you need from a watch devoted to the roaring world of extreme motoring?
If you for some reason loved the WRC X-Treme Pilot III Limited Edition chronograph that was presented early this year, but hated it for its cheap quartz movement, then the new Edox X-treme Pilot II Limited Edition (ref. 30001 TIN NIN) may be the answer to your woes.
The Swiss brand, which is mostly known for their flashy, yet affordable mechanical and quartz timepieces, has recently started selling the new self-winding Edox Cape Horn 5 Minute Repeater Skeleton (ref. 87003 3 AID).
Even despite the gadget being powered by an average (but, hey, it is still a Swiss made job!) quartz chronograph movement made by Ronda, the new Edox WRC X-Treme Pilot III Limited Edition easily takes the top spot in my personal The Next Sporty Chronograph short list for this year.
Edox has recently started selling its “sporty” quartz-powered Grand Ocean Calibre 27000 (ref. 357JN NID) equipped with the thinnest in its class calendar movement. The most interesting thing about this new mechanism is that Edox claims to have developed it using its own resources.
Presented in 2010, the then-new Edox WRC Chronorally (ref. 36001 3 NIN) was one of the first chronographs powered by Soprod‘s new Calibre 16 TwinMotion quartz movement. While still needing some time to prove its advertised reliability and build quality, the mechanism still looks interesting with its overwhelming choice of functions and higher than average precision.
Offered in an oversized square-shaped case and powered by a slightly redecorated ETA 2894S2 skeletonized caliber, the limited-edition Edox Classe-Royale Jackpot (ref. 95001 357N NIN, but also available in PVD-plated rose gold as ref. 95001 357RN NIR) chronograph looks surprisingly refined. The secret behind the successful design, perhaps, is in a subtle way that the brand’s designers have balanced the (originally) unimpressive layout of the open-worked ETA movement with a sporty square case using nothing more than three black rims for the chronograph sub-dials and a deliberately multi-part bezel. The result? Well, it’s a fairly nice chronograph that is as visually attractive as it is, regretfully, overpriced.
The new Edox Grand Ocean Automatic Chronograph I (ref. 01201-357RN-NIR) may look a bit cheesy with its gold-plating and the choice of relatively inexpensive self-winding movement, yet it looks almost like the next best thing for a person who can’t afford something like an Ulysse Nardin Monaco YS Maxi Marine diver.
Known among enthusiasts for their superb diving watches, but somewhat lacking enough attention from the media, Edox has revealed yet another object of attraction that will probably go unnoticed by the general public. Called Class 1 Ice Shark (ref. 10301 37N), this rugged-looking chronograph comes in a 45-mm stainless steel PVD-coated case with a scratch-resistant unidirectional ceramic bezel that is also black.