Gavox is a brand we’ve talked about a few times here on worn&wound. Whether making Type XX inspired chronographs for the Belgian Air Force, or riffing on Marine Chronometers, Gavox has a tendency to surprise with their watches. Despite their young age as a brand, each model has achieved something new and different, and frankly been very attractive both aesthetically and financially. Well, their newest watch, the Aurora, is a game changer for the brand and an industry first.
On the surface, the Aurora might look like another twist on an aviator watch, but lurking inside is a movement unlike any other we’ve come across. It’s a Soprod Mecatronic movement that was developed with Gavox to their specs and desires. So what does it do? Well on top of telling time it has seven different modes, including a chronograph and perpetual calendar to name just two. It’s basically like having the functionality of a digital watch, but with an analogue layout and controls. When you switch between modes, the hands themselves move around to work in different ways as per the function. It’s not only fun to use, it’s fun to watch. In a day and age where mechanical watches are gaining in popularity, it’s watches like this that bring relevance back to quartz and other methods of timekeeping. Simply put, you couldn’t make a mechanical equivalent to this watch.
The Aurora is Swiss-made and features a sapphire crystal with AR and a battery life of 4 – 7 years. Without VAT, the Aurora goes for $838, making it pricey for what one would typically expect for a quartz watch, but as you’ll see in the video (I recommend watching to see the watch in action) and read below, this is not like any quartz you’ve seen before.