Over the last few weeks, I have written a few reviews about sustainable products. It’s taken us a long time but we’re finally appreciating the need to be kind to our planet. In Australia we have committed to certain emission targets and solar power has become very popular. Literally, everyone I know has installed panels on their homes and many are now considering investing in batteries. Recently billionaire tech entrepreneur Mike Cannon-Brookes has made a bid to buy Australia’s biggest energy provider AGL. His primary objective is to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. On a much smaller scale, Technik 4X have created a fantastic timepiece called the ASD-44 Skeletor. Impressively this unique dual-time hybrid watch generates its power with clean energy.
Generally, I receive a lot of press releases from watch brands and many are generic. In contrast, the ASD-44 Skeletor is a really stylish timepiece that has been very well considered. This model is the vision of veteran designer Hanspeter Grädel who has worked in the watch industry for several decades. This has given me the expertise to think outside the box and create extraordinary products. It’s also refreshing from a writer’s perspective to see an affordable watch that uses cutting edge technology. In fact, the retail price for this innovative timepiece is a competitive CHF 539 (approximately $581).
The ASD-44 Skeletor has a diameter measuring 44.50mm, which is well proportioned without being too overbearing. Due to the use of durable steel and the ergonomic design this piece would be suitable for everyday usage. What makes the ASD-44 Skeletor so appealing is the multi-layered partially transparent sapphire dial. Ultimately, this gives the watch an expensive Avant-Garde appearance normally found in more expensive models. Other refined features include Swiss Super-LumiNova treated hands and hour markers. There are also two symmetrically positioned crowns for ease of adjustment.
At the heart of the watch is a self-winding skeletonized Seiko/SII NH05B movement and an Epson Caliber VS17A. The latter is a solar-powered movement with a secondary titanium-lithium-ion battery charged by sunlight with a power reserve of 6 months. This state of the art hybrid technology gives the recipient two individually operated time zones in one neatly packaged watch. What designer Hanspeter Grädel and Technik 4X have accomplished is highly impressive. Certainly, if you are looking for a great-looking timepiece that won’t break the bank this model is definitely worth serious consideration.
As a perfect finale, the ASD-44 Skeletor is presented on a cool Nylon strap or more dressy mesh bracelet.
To purchase the ASD-44 Skeletor follow this link