Victorinox INOX: The Toughest Watch In The World
When in the tough city streets on Manila, no ordinary watch will do. It should be elegant, versatile, functional and especially rugged and tough. In celebration of it’s 130th anniversary, Victorinox Swiss Army conceived and created the INOX, touted to be the toughest watch in the world!
Held at White Space in Makati, Victorinox celebrated and unveiled the INOX, a watch so tough that it’s freaking insane! Hosted by television host Rovilson Fernandez, the toughness and the durability of the INOX were shared by model, adventurer, all-around sports enthusiast and long-term friend of Victorinox, Marc Nelson; International rugby player Andrew Wolff; and Mr. World Philippines 2014 and a U.S. Marine Scout Sniper John Spainhour.
Founded back in 1884 and been supplying the Swiss army the iconic Swiss Army Knife since 1889, Victorinox Swiss Army conceptualized a watch linking it’s heritage and DNA to be as iconic as the Original Swiss Army Knife.
Fun Fact: The founder of Victorinox Karl Elsener named the company after his mother “Victoria” who died in 1909 and renamed it again to Victorinox adding the term “inox” which is a French word for stainless steel.
To commemorate the launch, Victorinox Time Piece Division CEO Alex Bennouna also graced the event and shared the history of Victorinox Swiss Army.
So, how tough is tough? 421 Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. prototypes went under 130 brutal test way beyond the standard certification tests of of the Swiss watch industry. Some of the test were so insane that you would never believe it. The beautiful reinforced stainless steel body with a scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass survived a 1 minute 1200ºC flame test, a 10 meter drop test, a -57ºC to +71ºC temperature shock test which is standard for the manufacturing of missiles (one of my watches actually died due to condensation after I just washed my hands in cold water and was exposed to some of the heat of the hand dryer). Definitely the toughest watch in the world!
The I.N.O.X. also survived an 8 ton hydraulic press test, being run over by a 25 ton truck and a 64 ton armored tank. The watch itself is scratch resistant, but that does not mean it is scratch-free. As such, Victorinox Swiss Army also provided a silicone and nylon bumper for extra protection.
Aside from that, it will also function at an altitude of 21,300 meters and after being frozen for 168 hours. Left the watch inside your pants or jacket? No worries, it will also survive being washed inside a washing machine at full cycle for 2 hours at 90ºC! The Swiss-made Ronda 715 movement ensures that it will still be accurate to -10/ +20 seconds a month and has battery life of 60 months, as well! With All 130 test that the I.N.O.X. went through did not involve the bumper! With a rugged and simplistic design, the I.N.O.X. could be the only watch you’ll ever need for outdoors, the office boardroom and a fancy dinner date.
Just check out its awesomeness in this video:
Priced at PHP26,500.00 (as of writing), the I.N.O.X. is reasonably priced given its characteristics special quality. Given proper care an maintenance, the I.N.O.X. could be an heirloom for your children or even your children’s children scratch free! The watch is definitely your companion for life. Even for PHP26,000.00, I honestly want one! (I do like watches, by the way).
So When In Manila and you wanted to be elegant yet rugged that has the heritage to boot, the Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. is not just the toughest watch in the world, but also the perfect choice for you.
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