The Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. watch collection – which is designed to withstand serious abuse – was originally introduced at Baselworld in 2014 in a 43 mm stainless steel case, powered by a Swiss made Ronda 715 quartz movement.
For 2017, Victorinox has announced a new version with the same basic specs, including a 43 mm diameter case, a flat triple glare-proofed sapphire crystal that sits just below the bezel (armored), a locking crown, 200 meter water resistance, and so on. What’s new is the carbon composite case. Which, in my opinion, looks particularly badass, even if there is a battery inside.
Additionally, the dial now features “Explorer” style numerals at 3, 6, and 9. And instead of printing the military chapter ring in red on the flange, it is now superimposed on the sapphire glass itself, which both looks cool, and is arguably easier to read.
According to Victorinox, “Carbon is crafted from carbon resin composite that has protected space shuttles from re-entry temperatures in excess of 1,260˚C.” That said, we’ve previously heard many stories about carbon watch cases partially shattering after being dropped due to the brittle natural of the material, however, considering the modus operandi of the entire I.N.O.X. line maybe the company has figured out a way to make the material less brittle and more resistant to impacts.
The new I.N.O.X. Carbon is available with a black rubber strap, with a total weight of 92.4 grams, and a retail price of $850. And the model with the Naimakka Paracord strap – which can be unraveled and provide many uses in survival situations that make this truly fitting for a product designed by the maker of the original Swiss Army knife – has a total weight of 98 grams, and a retail price of $950.