Reviewing the Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Watches leaves me feeling torn. I like the product – I really do – but it makes me feel compelled to do things I probably shouldn’t. I’m a guy who likes adventure, but I’m also at the point in my life that I don’t know if I am willing to put up with the risks that a timepiece like this is meant to survive in. With that in mind, let’s take a look at Victorinox Swiss Army’s latest version of their INOX watch with its trendy black carbon case and updated, more aggressive dial.
The Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Carbon is new for 2017 and is the fourth major variation on the original Victorinox Swiss Army INOX in steel that the brand released in 2014 (reviewed here). If you aren’t familiar with the INOX watch family, its purpose is pretty simple – to be a highly durable Swiss quartz sports watch with a look that is refined enough to be handsome and sophisticated. Victorinox Swiss Army developed a harsh battery of over 100 durability tests that the INOX watch would need to withstand. They made a marketing gimmick out of it, but it’s based on the reality that these watches are in fact designed to be durable (shock, pressure, vibration, scratches, etc.), and put up with the elements (heat, cold, water, dust, UV rays, etc.).
The original Victorinox Swiss Army watches are stainless steel professional divers in steel and follow-up, stainless steel, titanium and stainless steel. Just as I said in the past, because stainless steel means in France (inoxydable), stainless steel, stainless steel watch is not a bit strange in the steel word-meaning-obsessed people like me. Although I can forgive, I really feel good to collect the need to dial is not just the appearance of change.