On a vibrant Friday evening, Victorinox introduced its latest collection, Journey 1884, to watch collectors and enthusiasts in Mumbai, in partnership with WatchTime India. The new collection, the first of the seven to be released by the brand over the next three years, comprises nine timepieces, all of which were available for guests to take a closer look at.
Featuring both quartz and automatic timepieces, Journey 1884 epitomises the story of the brand since it was established in 1884 in the town of Ibach, in the Canton of Schwyz in Switzerland. The watches exhibit a strong connection with Victorinox’s legacy of Swiss Army Knives - their 43mm case is made with 316L steel (having 50-90% recycled steel), the same material that Victorinox has been using to make its knives. The hours and minute hands are inspired by hiking signs, as are the hours markers at 3 and 9 o’clock; the textured dial centre takes after hiking trails. Confirming that a knife is an essential tool for hiking, the counterbalance of the seconds hand is designed like the Swiss Army Knife. The watches can be worn with interchangeable straps with options of steel bracelets, and rubber, leather, and wood straps. You can read more about the watches here.
The watches are all designed, developed, tested, and manufactured by Victorinox in its own factory, the Watch Competence Center in Delémont, Switzerland. They are priced between Rs 45,500 (approx.) and Rs 91,500 (approx).
Former hockey player and captain of the Indian national team, and CEO of Olympic Gold Quest, Viren Rasquinha was the guest of honour. The MD of Victorinox India, Colonel Chandhoke, took the opportunity to present a timepiece from the collection to the Olympian. Watch collectors and enthusiasts from around the city made their way to the brand flagship store at Palladium Mall, Mumbai, and enjoyed getting up close and personal with the timepieces. The event concluded with drinks at The St. Regis Mumbai.
Here are a few glimpses from the evening..
Rizwan Bachav Viren Rasquinha with Sarvesh Kedia Viren Rasquinha Vikram Narula, Pattabhiraman, and Amol Nayak Viren Rasquinha with Priyanka Sippy and Sanjeev Saran Mehra Victorinox India MD, Colonel Chandhoke Sudip Das with Anil Lobo Radhika Marathe Preetika Mathew, Editor-in-Charge, WatchTime India Sanjeev Saran Mehra with Radhakrishnan Nair Members of RedBar Bombay with Viren Rasquinha Punit Mehta Dr Sammir Shah Debraj Sengupta and Colonel Chandhoke with Viren Rasquinha Aditya Marathe Abhishek Jain
Images: Courtesy Victorinox