The I.N.O.X. by Victorinox12:40 pm
Founded in 1884 at Ibach, Switzerland, Victorinox has been true to its core values of inventiveness, design, functionality, reliability and quality. To mark its 130th anniversary, the brand has launched the I.N.O.X. – an all-terrain, ultra-rugged watch that symbolizes the robustness and reliability of the iconic Swiss Army knife. Stainless Steel is at the core of both the products. In fact, the name I.N.O.X. is itself derived from the French word for stainless steel, a material which Victorinox adopted more than 50 years before it became a norm in the Swiss watch industry.
Forged to resist, the I.N.O.X. by Victorinox establishes a new industry standard for watch strength and resilience. The watch has been subjected to 130 extremely gruelling tests which include a fall from a 10m height or 3-floor building onto a smooth concrete surface, being driven over by a 64 ton military tank, exposure to +1200 degrees Celsius flame, being frozen in ice for 168 hours, being tossed 2 hours in a washing machine at 90 degrees Celsius, 12Gs of acceleration and deceleration, being subjected to attack by gasoline, solvents, oils, cleaning products, and insecticides. The I.N.O.X. is made to withstand whatever time throws at it.
Victorinox I.N.O.X. Test #100/130 – 8 Ton Pressure Resistance
Victorinox I.N.O.X. Test #117/130 – Temperature Shocks Resistance
Victorinox I.N.O.X. Test #016/130 – 10 Meter Drop Resistance
The durability of the I.N.O.X. is particularly useful for travellers, sports enthusiasts, adventure seekers and anyone who needs a watch that can survive the most extreme situations. Its ultra-ruggedness and ability to bear the most demanding and intense situations, makes it amongst the most versatile timepieces that exist in the watch industry today.
Inspired by the bold structural work of Gerald Genta – the legendary watch designer from the 1970s, the masculine yet elegant I.N.O.X. is a design based on functionality and unparalleled durability. The 43 mm solid monobloc case is made of brushed and polished steel with a hexagonal bezel that has been elevated to protect the crown and the sapphire crystal. The dial again is monobloc onto which the hour-markers are not applied as usual but stamped into its surface to avoid them becoming detached upon strong impact. The dial visibility is fantastic with its matte black colour, polished hands and a hint of red colour on the seconds hand, all protected in a solid 2.2 mm thick triple layer anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal. Luminescent hands and indexes add to the readability factor. The crown protector has larger than usual dimensions and the casing ring has been thickened 3 mm in order to absorb impact and extreme temperatures. For those who wish to use the watch in a rugged environment, an additional protection in the form of a silicon and nylon bumper has been added on top of the I.N.O.X. bezel to guarantee perfect shock absorption. This can be worn or removed depending on what the situation demands. The comfortable rubber strap of the watch ensures resistance to corrosive substances.
A watch for an active lifestyle, the I.N.O.X. can be used while at the beach, on the snowy mountains, working in the garage and in a formal meeting. Such is the multi-purpose nature and design of the watch. The I.N.O.X. is powered by a shock resistant Ronda 715 Quartz movement known for accuracy and reliability. Water resistant to 200 metres, it is suitable for most activities except deep sea diving and is available in 3 colours with matching rubber straps and silicone nylon bumpers – black, navy blue and khaki green.
If you are a watch enthusiast who is looking to add an ultra – durable and stylish beauty to your watch collection or a watch lover who is making a first step into the world of luxury watches, the I.N.O.X. is definitely the watch for you.
Last year Victorinox India also announced a tie up with the NGO – Make a Difference. For 3 years, a contribution will be donated to the association for each I.N.O.X. watch sold in India in order to support children living in orphan-ages and street shelters around India.
By Pranav Karol
Features Writer, The Watch Guide
A watch enthusiast who is very passionate about performance watches. A keen observer of the horological world and its latest developments.