Swiss Army Goes Big

Jan 29, 2008
Outside Magazine
Victorinox Swiss Army Legacy Réserve de Marche Platine

Cartier, Patek Philippe... Swiss Army? We were surprised, too. But the limited-edition VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY LEGACY RÉSERVE DE MARCHE PLATINE is an instant family heirloom. Encased in platinum, the watch has a unique design; it's open on both sides, showcasing its remarkable engineering—a Valgranges self-winding movement, with a mechanical power-reserve indicator and tiny balance wheel oscillating 28,800 times an hour. And unlike with most watches this refined, you needn't be afraid to wear it outside the boardroom: It's watertight down to 330 feet and has a scratch-resistant coating and rubber reinforcements to protect the sapphire crystal—meaning it can handle a few generations of abuse. As for the price, just think of it as an investment: Due to its rarity (only 60 were made) and Swiss pedigree, it's a safer bet than Wall Street. Just don't go looking for the corkscrew. $19,500;

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