Occasionally, a brand is very lucky and is able to almost redefine themselves through the success of a single model. Such is the case with Victorinox and the I.N.O.X. watches. Victorinox has always been a staple brand for those looking for a well-priced Swiss-made timepiece, specifically with a military aesthetic. With the I.N.O.X., they’ve brought something unique to the market that is still very Victorinox at heart, which is to say a tool for use in the field. Able to pass a barrage of 130 tests that would destroy your average watch (they ran it over with tank…), the I.N.O.X. is tough as nails and truly meant to be worn in settings that might harm other watches. Additionally, they are simply cool looking. They managed to use a vocabulary of design that speaks to the brand, but made something that still felt fresh.
It’s now a few years after the initial release and they are continuing to push where the I.N.O.X. line can go. For 2017, they announced a fairly surprising addition to the family, Carbon Composite. Once a material that was predominantly used in luxury watches, Carbon has made its way into the more affordable market in the last year or so. It’s a curious material that can withstand high heats, scratches and is hypo-allergenic and lightweight. It’s also interesting looking, with a distinct matte sheen that is unlike metals. It does have a slightly “plastic” quality to it, but also feels a bit like a smooth stone. In terms of color, it’s a dark gray with some light mottling that adds some texture. Needless to say, it adds a certain aggressive edge to the I.N.O.X.’s already substantial 43mm case, but helps keeps the weight down a bit.