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Published on November 4th, 2015 | by Celina


Victorinox I.N.O.X. Paracord: Our Holiday Timepiece

We’ve suddenly moved into the holiday season- the first Christmas music is already playing in stores, and shops are quickly pushing their seasonal goods. Which means that we’re starting to see the frantic push to get under your tree and in your stocking. For the next 60 or so days, we’ll be looking at dozens of products that make great gifts, with a focus on items over $100 for the special person in your life (which could be yourself)! And we’re starting off with a bang- a present suitable for an executive who can appreciate Swiss engineering but wants something a little sporty.

You probably know Victorinox from their classic Swiss Army line of knives, but they manufacture many other items. We’ve checked out suitcases and luggage but they offer as diverse products as a really nice cologne and a range of kitchen cutlery. Next week, we’ll be looking at their outdoors and outerwear line, but today we’ve got the Victorinox I.N.O.X. Paracord timepiece, first spotted at a recent event at the company’s SoHo showroom and store. This is a very new release, developed in collaboration with Naimaka, a Swedish outdoor brand with a focus on using genuine American-made parachute cord. This makes the band really unique, and a lighter, friendlier, more modern take on a wristwatch.

The main body of this analog watch is truly classic- Swiss-made precision, sapphire crystal, temperature/shock resistant and also water resistant up to 200 meters or 20 ATM. So it’s capable of going along on your scuba diving trek, and the luminescent hands and hour markers mean you might just be able to read the time too in any dark environment. Watch collectors can appreciate even the case itself- ours came in a heavy-duty Pelican-like case with some major protection that screamed “expedition” even before we had stepped outside.

Available in a explorer’s dark brown color scheme or a classy black, ours was the latter, and to the I.N.O.X. line also includes steel bands (some of the strongest they’ve made). But the paracord is nifty and multi-purpose, ideal for survivalists- in a pinch, you can unwind the band and have an immediate tourniquet, or split strands for fishing, starting fires, or sewing, or even building an emergency trap/snare. Hopefully, the boardroom won’t require those skills! But whether you face an emergency in an upstate storm or you’ve ever worried about ending up lost on an island, the Victorinox I.N.O.X. Paracord watch is ready. Quality never comes cheap, and military ruggedness and a three-year warranty doesn’t either- expect to spend around $625 for one ultimate timepiece.

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About the Author

Celina Kelly is passionate about New York, scarves, and puppies. She also loves writing about herself in the third-person. She graduated from Barnard College having double majored in English & German Literature. While a student, she worked with The New Yorker as part of the editorial department for ‘Goings On About Town’. Since she was not busy enough, she added a concentration of creative writing, completing her thesis project in the form of a yet-unpublished novel under the guidance of a bestselling author. Celina operates a retail store on the Upper West Side, where she spends most of her time. She enjoys being able to design, order and merchandise a new collection twice a year with the help of a talented staff of minions. She is also currently pursuing a certificate in Millinery at the Fashion Institute of Technology. If you ask her nicely, she might make you a hat!

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