The Swiss brand’s mission to space brings us a limited edition ultra-durable watch featuring a space-approved parachute cordage strap.
Victorinox is a global standard bearer of accessible, durable and reliable instruments, from watches to the world famous Swiss Army Knife. In fact, the little red knife is so useful that it has served as part of astronauts’ standard equipment.
Now the Victorinox watch division reaches for those elevated heights as well, with the I.N.O.X. Titanium Sky High Limited Edition timepiece. As you might expect, this new timekeeping tool is functional and reliable as ever, and then some.
It features a 43mm sandblasted titanium case with a screw-down crown, which ensured that the Ronda 715 quartz movement inside will be protected up to 200m under water. On top of that, there is a transparent, magnifying bumper – inspired by space suit helmets – that provides an extra shield against scratches.
Dial-side we have an aviation-inspired motif, with red military time printed beneath the crystal, offset by a blue second hand. The combination of the white elements of the dial and matt grey sandblasted case are also reminiscent of astronauts’ space suits.
Maybe the coolest feature of the watch is the innovative Naimakka paracord attachment. In a white and speckled black pattern, the Technora® inner strings ensure that this fiber is eight times stronger than steel. It’s no wonder that it has been used during the rover landing on Mars, and even to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
So when it’s all said and done, the 2,000 pieces of the I.N.O.X. Titanium Sky High Limited Edition will never leave you in a jam. That is ensured by more than 130 product-specific durability tests that the watch was put through, including exposure to repeated thermal shocks and enduring an altitude of 21,300 meters (twice the cruising height of a standard passenger plane).
The new timepiece will be available as of September 2017 and will come packaged in an individual “time capsule” box that is also shockproof and waterproof. The survival package wouldn’t be complete without the matching Swiss Army Knife with an astronaut metal inlay and paracord key ring.