October 19, 2022
As the makers of both quality timepieces and the iconic Swiss Army Knife, Victorinox is synonymous with quality, reliability, and outdoor adventure. For its latest adventure, the brand pays tribute to the beauty and the exploring spirit of the hiking trails of the Swiss Prealps, bringing together rugged construction and intricate finishing for the new Journey 1884 collection of sports watches. Available with either Swiss Made quartz movements or automatic movements (pictured here), the new Victorinox Journey 1884 collection captures the adventuring spirit of the brand in a truly refined new silhouette.
The 43mm-wide brushed recycled 316L stainless steel case of the Victorinox Journey 1884 series combines classic dive watch elements with adventurous touches that could only come from Victorinox. Produced in Victorinox’s own factory in Delémont, Switzerland, the broad, sharply faceted lugs, muscular squared-off crown guards, and strong coin edge unidirectional bezel all work to give the Journey 1884 a bold, athletic look on the wrist. Victorinox truly sets this design apart in the fine details, however. The engraved bezel insert is perhaps the best example of these unique touches. Available in either aluminum (for quartz models) or glossy polished ceramic (for automatic models), this insert blends minimalism with utilitarian detail, offering a full scale up to the 20-minute mark before opting for clear, compact markings at 10-minute intervals. Whether optioned in classic black or midnight blue, however, the bezel’s boldest addition lies at 6 o’clock. Here, Victorinox cuts a broad polished chamfer across the bezel surface to highlight the line’s cleanly engraved “1884” emblem. This bright highlight immediately sets the Journey 1884 apart from the competition on the wrist, and should make for an ideal conversation piece. Thanks to its durable construction and signed screwdown crown, the Victorinox Journey 1884 offers a dive-ready 200 meters of water resistance, alongside ISO certified shock resistance. For automatic models, Victorinox completes the case with a striking sapphire display caseback.
Victorinox renders the dials of the Journey 1884 line with a variety of touches inspired by the brand’s adventurous Alpine heritage. The unique “Swiss Hiking” handset inspired by trail signs on Swiss hiking paths is the most eye-catching of these, with unique chevron tips and generous fills of Super-LumiNova for easy low-light visibility. The multi-level matte dial construction may be subtler, but injects several clever outdoor cues into the overall design. For the central dial section, Victorinox uses a rough, heavily grained texture meant to evoke the surface of a trail, while the surrounding 24-hour ring brings purposeful functionality to the layout. Automatic models add a stylish horizontal ridged ring surrounding the blend of applied Arabic numerals and diver indices, further solidifying the Journey 1884’s premium feel on the wrist. Victorinox highlights both the black and midnight blue dial variants with pops of highly visible color, opting for hazard yellow on automatic models and classic red for quartz variants. A unique oval counterweight for the central seconds hand subtly references the classic Swiss Army Knife, while a dial-matching date display at 6 o’clock keeps the overall look cohesive and functional.
The Victorinox Journey 1884 line is available with either a Ronda 715 Swiss quartz movement or a Swiss Made Sellita SW 200-1 automatic movement. The SW 200-1 is a staple of the luxury watch industry, and here Victorinox handsomely tops this powerplant with a signed and brushed rotor, along with a stylized rendering of the traditional Swiss Army Knife across the display caseback. The SW 200-1 offers solid performance, including a reliable 38 hour power reserve at a smooth 28,800 bph beat rate.
Victorinox offers the Journey 1884 collection with a wide array of strap options. Blue dial models are paired with a unique crosshatch-textured strap made from distressed wood, which brings a natural ruggedness to the design while offering surprising comfort and light weight. These models also include a hard-wearing rubber strap in dial-matching midnight blue for heavier-duty applications. For the black dial model, Victorinox offers a sharply faceted bracelet in brushed stainless steel, complete with a locking butterfly deployant clasp for added security.
With a wide variety of options, a bold, distinctive style, and a spirit that honors the brand’s Alpine heritage, the new Victorinox Journey 1884 series offers a truly versatile and capable sports watch experience for nearly any adventure. The Victorinox Journey 1884 line is available now through authorized dealers. MSRP for quartz variants of the Victorinox Journey 1884 ranges from $525 USD to $695 USD, while automatic models are priced between $995 USD and $1,050 USD. To learn more, please visit the Victorinox website.
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