The trend at the brand has been "mechanical mechanical!" for a good set of years now. I don't mind more mechanical offerings from Swiss Army, but I sure hope that doesn't mean they are fully abandoning their quartz watch base. Good news comes from pieces like the "new" Swiss Army Original watch that offer a strong look and Swiss quartz movement for an entry level price of around 0. Swiss Army is really popular in the US and I just don't want them to price themselves out of their own market by going full mechanical with watches from ,000 - ,000. The same people who are brand loyalists and want to go from a cheap digital watch to a nicely design steel Swiss watch aren't gonna stomach a ,500 piece like they are one at a quarter of that price.
Casio has been developing it's Edifice collection of watches for the last few years, and I like where they are going. Some people are going to take one look at this dial and sigh at how complex it is. This is the opposite of a simple watch dial. In fact, Casio designers did just about everything they could do to give it a rich, three-dimensional appearance with as many textures and levels as possible. There is also the fact that the hands and dials each have at least more than one function depending on the mode the watch is in. I will however say that legibility is better than one expects. There are large easy to see yellowish hour markers and white hands. These have been lume coated and are pretty easy to see in the dark. There is also the date window. It looks hidden, but once you know where to look it isn't hard to spot. The watch has full calendar date to the year 2099, but you'll need to use the manual to adjust the calendar properly.
Here the winner will receive two watches, a men's solar powered Casio Edifice Reference EFA340-1A1V as well as a women's Casio Baby-G BLX-1001E. The Edifice model retails for 0 and the Baby-G model retails for . These are sporty, functional, and fun.