From its travel gear to the sophisticated Swiss Army knives that the brand produces, Victorinox Swiss Army has long embodied the age-old ideals of innovation and upheld the highest standards of manufacturing. The brand’s timepieces have become popular with many a watch a collector for its unique designs as well as the multi-functional aspect of its watches. Often combining sleek designs and sturdy materials, the watches don’t only look handsome but are also rugged enough to brave the outdoors.
The Victorinox Chrono Classic range best reflects the brand’s philosophy of never compromising utility and reliability. The latest version of the watch sees many updates, both aesthetically and technically. The most obvious change to the watch is the cleaned up dial, uncommon for a chronograph. While most chronographs tend to feature smaller sub-dials around the dial, the new Chrono Classic features a big date aperture at the six o’clock mark that functions as both a date counter and a display for the 1/100th second chronograph counter. Possibly the most unique feature of the Chrono Classic are the two rotating discs that are decorated with a guilloche pattern – a tribute to the casing of the Swiss Army Officer’s Knife and fitting representation of the multi-functional aspect of the timepiece. The innovation behind the watch does not stop there. The chronograph function realigns all three central hands at 12 o’clock, and a simple double-click on the crown while the chronograph is running allows you to read time as per normal – an updated feature of the FM13D quartz movement by Swiss movement manufacturer Soprod. The perpetual calendar function is another highlight of the movement, decreasing the hassle of having to adjust dates.
Aesthetically, the Chrono Classic 1/100th embodies the mixed look of vintage military watches with stylish modernity in four different choices. Choose the leather straps tanned black or brown leather straps for a more rugged feel or the stainless-steel bracelets for a classier touch. In either look, the watch shows off a masculine vibe that is complimented by its characteristics. The scratch resistant sapphire crystal is covered with a triple anti-reflective coating, making the watch worth its wear even in the outdoors. The luminescent hour and minute hands, which in itself are almost a trademark of all Victorinox watches, establishes the watch’s functionality in less than perfect conditions. The bezel where the tachymeter sits is coated with PVD, providing even more protection for the Chrono Classic. With the military watch set to be on the rise again, the Victorinox Swiss Army Chrono Classic 1/100th is the ideal choice for the modern man on the move. On the plus side, it’s the perfect comeback for the naysayers about a man being unable to multi-task.