Suunto – Modern Watches for the Modern world
Who are Suunto?
Suunto was born in Finland in 1936, when championship-level orienteer and keen outdoor enthusiast Tuomas Vohlonen invented the mass production method for the liquid filled compass.
Since then, Suunto has been at the forefront of innovation, hand crafting premium sports watches, instruments and dive computers that have been tested in the world’s harshest conditions. From the beginning of time, man has explored. All that has changed are the tools.
The word “Suunto” comes from the Finnish word meaning “direction”. Suunto is pronounced “Soon-toh”. (http://www.suunto.com/en-GB/About-Suunto/History-Timeline/)
Did they always make watches?
Short answer: No. It wasn’t until 1997 that they diversified into the world of watches, with a bang! They came out with the world’s first watch-sized dive computer the “Suunto Spyder.” It combined the performance of a top-of-the-line multi-level dive computer, with a high-quality dive watch that also functions as an everyday watch.
Where they are today and what do they stand for?
Suunto is still based in Finland where the majority of their products are designed and hand crafted with pride in their flagship factory outside Helsinki.
Suunto’s aim is “to provide adventurers and sports enthusiasts with the best tools to explore and conquer new territory from the highest mountains to the deepest oceans – and anywhere in between.”
That’s no mean feat to aim for.
Have they achieved that aim or at least on the way to achieving it?
In our humble opinion . . . definitely! You just have to look at the design and the intricacies on the watches themselves to know time and attention has been paid to them. Then going beyond the mere vanity of the watches aesthetics you look at the capabilities each watch has. Things like GPS navigation, altimeters, barometers, compasses and heart rate monitors.
The other thing we really like them is that they aren’t a ‘one trick pony’, their watches aren’t carbon copies of its predecessors, they are new and innovative, each adding something a bit different to the party.
Who would wear one?
These watches probably aren’t for everyone. That being said they are for anyone who is active. Not simply just mainstream sports, but things off the beaten track so to speak. What’s great about these watches is not only are they very good looking and in keeping with the times, but also they have watches with the specifications that you need and want.
Let’s take a look at some of the watches
Starting with the Suunto Elementum Terra. This is one of their top of the range products, and boy it’s something special! Upon opening everything from the box it comes in, to the watch inside is stunning. Then you put it on and that image is enhanced. It’s extremely comfortable, and although the watch face is raised off the wrist a fair way, you don’t actually notice it. In terms of its usability; It’s clean, simple and straightforward (it just makes sense). This is a fantastic timepiece and one that you shouldn’t avoid!
Moving onto the Ambit3 Sport. This is the ultimate sports watch. Well we say watch, we actually mean sporting super computer or words to that effect. It does everything you need from a sports watch and more. It comes in either black or blue and which ever you choose, you will love it.
This YouTube video says it all:
Last but by no means least is the Core Crush 2015. A watch designed for being used. This is not a watch to keep inside; you need to set it free. After all it is jam packed full of cool features like an altimeter, barometer and compass. That’s not even including the additional features such as water resistance to 30m and backlight for night use. If you want a watch you can actually use, that will also add something to your outdoor activities then this is a perfect fit.