Posts Tagged ‘Adventure Watches’

An ActiveWatchers’ Thumbs up for 127 Hours

November 16, 2010

The ActiveWatches blog isn’t usually the place for movie reviews.  But after seeing “127 Hours” this past Saturday night, the ActiveWatcher couldn’t help himself.  The movie is based on the true story about mountain climber Aaron Ralston (played by James Franco) and his personal journey of being trapped under a boulder for five days in Robbers Roost, Utah.  The movie is sure to delight ActiveWatches‘ customer base.  With the theme of the movie focused on personal triumph and unimaginable sacrifice, it’s sure to make you feel guilty for complaining about your everyday life.

But on a note more relevant to the ActiveWatches blog, the movie also co-stars another famous actor besides James France: the Suunto Vector.  You see the watch so darn much in the movie — for obvious reasons  — that the watch should be identified in the opening and closing credits.  But I digress.  The movie only proves the awesome functionality and power of this watch.  From withstanding the force of a boulder to giving you the altitude and temperature, it’s no wonder why it got some face time in the movie (for the record, I don’t know if it the Vector was actually worn by Ralston).

So go watch the movie and then go to to get a much more in-depth view of the Vector and other Suunto watches.


Swiss Army vs. Wenger…Let the Games Begin

April 15, 2010

The ActiveWatcher has finally decided to weigh-in on the age-old battle between two Swiss companies: Victorinox and Wenger.  For the record, both originally supplied knives to the Swiss Army.  And both long ago decided to parlay their expertise and brand strength into watches.  Not a bad move.  Each now have one of the most recognized watch brands in the world.

Victorinox is perhaps the company that most people identify as the “Swiss Army” brand.  Heck, even the ActiveWatches website refers to the Victorinox brand as “Swiss Army.”  But for the record, Wenger is also a manufacturer of authentic swiss knives and watches.  And another fact for the record: Victorinox now owns Wenger, although the two operate as separate companies.  So the debate may still rage on.  Especially because clear, yet subtle, distinctions exist between the two brands.

Victorinox watches have a reputation for durability and reliability.  And the company no doubt continues to manufacture watches that will last an eternity.  Are you hiking Everest this summer?  Then a Victorinox is your go-to watch.  And the icing on the cake: they’ve got great functions and look sophisticated.  But for those with an affinity for technology and fashion, Swiss Army may leave you hanging.  Another downside: Victorinox watches are all solely analog.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Hey, if you’re a traditionalist like The ActiveWatcher, all of the characteristics that make Victorinox watches one of the best in world are a perfect recipe for a favorite timepiece.

Cue the Wenger watches.  They fill the void left open by Victorinox.  Take a look at any Wenger watch an you can see that Wenger dedicates a lot of resources to the appearance of its watches.  Many are colorful, sharp, and simply fashionable.  And they’ve also taken a leap towards the new millennium by incorporating digital technology into their analog watches.  Case in point: Wenger’s new Nomad, an analog-digital hybrid watch with a compass feature.

Of course, there’s no right answer here; it comes down to personal preference.  So see for yourslf which watch brand you prefer by visiting

The ActiveWatcher