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.
Japanese watches / Quartz watches
With its new Casio PRO TREK PRG-600 "outdoor" world-timer, the Japanese watchmaking giant delivers a stylish, surprisingly tastefully designed wristwatch. Primarily targeting people who lead an active lifestyle and do need a time measuring device that would do a good job during a hiking expedition, it will also look great with a pair of blue jeans and a t-shirt in a safe co-working environment. Although inevitably having limitations of its own, the watch seems to give you a great combination of good build quality, reasonable price and an almost overwhelming list of functions that would make an owner of a Swiss made analog/digital timekeeper literally drool. The only thing that spoils the fun is the "cased in Thailand" inscription on its machine-brushed back.
Quartz watches / Swiss Watches
Brutal, yet well-proportioned, the new Breitling Cockpit B50 (ref. VB501022/BD41-155S) aviator's chronograph wristwatch (especially the variation in plain machine-brushed titanium) somehow reminds me USAF's F22 air superiority fighter jet: everything is on its place; everything is completely functional, yet extremely sexy. The only thing that makes the new B50 model different is the price. While still deliciously expensive, it won't make you sell your house to get one.
Although not as advanced as the last year's Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS running coach, the new Suunto Ambit2 R makes quite a strong impression featuring a well-balanced list of functions designed for beginners and intermediate-level runners that don't really need all the extra functions usually requested by professional athletes.
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.
It's been years since Omega discontinued its (almost) legendary Speedmaster Professional X-33 digital analog watch that directly competed against a similar model from Breitling. Finally, the Swiss watchmaker, which is mostly known for its diving timekeepers, has presented a totally reworked version of the piece. Called Omega Spacemaster Z-33 (ref. 3126.96.36.199.01.001) and featuring stunning (although somewhat controversial) design, the new quartz-powered flight computer clearly belongs to the "love it or hate it" category. As you may have already guessed, the titanium-clad monster from outer space was first demonstrated in flesh earlier this month during Baselworld 2012 event. Here is our first "initial impressions"-style review on this beast.
Gadgets / Japanese watches
The guys at TokyoFlash have recently unveiled a limited edition version of their long sold out Kisai Rogue Touch wrist watch. Called rather plainly Kisai Rogue Touch Pocket Watch LED, the new timekeeper differs from the original only with the size of its case and the way it is attached to your, um, body.
The Swiss watchmaker has just updated its famous T-Touch series of watches equipped with tactile crystals. The new Tissot Racing-Touch ana-digi chronograph watch offers you a whole load of functions packed into a neatly designed 43 mm body.