INDEPENDENT Swiss watchmaker, Edox, which has been producing fine, precision timepieces since 1884 for international sporting champions of the sea, ice and tarmac, is the Official Timekeeper for some of the world’s most exciting endurance sports events, namely the Extreme Sailing Series, the Class-1 Powerboat Races (the “F1” of the seas”), the Dakar Rally, the world’s greatest rally raid, and the World Curling Federation.
If time is a river, then Edox (which means “hour” in ancient Greek) is a master sailor on this constantly flowing dimension. Since its founding in 1884, Edox has notched up notable achievements in the Swiss sports watch industry, such as the revolutionary Edox Delfin in 1961, which was the first 200 metres water resistant watch at that time built with double caseback and double-crown gasket, and the remarkable Edox Hydro-Sub in 1965, which was 500 metres water resistant, the most water resistant watch in its time. Edox was also the industry pioneer in incorporating materials derived from aerospace research, such as titanium, carbon and ceramic, in its Edox Class-1 Series of maritime-themed watches for Class-1 competitive skippers.
In keeping with its spirit of championing the heights of human endurance on the world’s most difficult terrains, Edox re-issued its iconic Edox Hydro-Sub collectible watch in a Limited Edition of 350 pieces worldwide, which has been selected as the Official Timepiece for record-breaking freediver, Christian “The Iceman” Redl’s upcoming daring expedition to the North Pole in March 2015 where he will attempt to be the first human to freedive under the polar ice cap. Compared to the original, the new Edox Hydro-Sub North Pole Limited Edition spots a unique and distinctive orange crown protector designed by Christian Redl himself, to protect the watch’s inner mechanisms from freezing in the severe Arctic cold air when he emerges from under the polar ice cap.
In view of the worldwide anticipation of Christian Redl’s completion of his remarkable freediving feat in the North Pole, Edox has found it apt to release a new commemorative edition of its most famous collectible, which is also recognised as amongst the world’s most influential historical timepieces – the Edox Geoscope in a new Limited Edition of 300 pieces worldwide.
Introduced in 1970, the Edox Geoscope was the world’s first genuine “worldtimer” wristwatch. It was a big (42mm), bold and beautiful creation of its time, and immediately became a collectors’ favourite, and remains sought after to this date over 40 years later.
The original Geoscope’s unique colourful planisphere dial showed the world map as viewed from the South Pole, where the Southern hemisphere is at the centre of the dial, and the map extends towards the Northern hemisphere. The cities of the world are represented by red dots on the world map.
An inner bezel, displaying 24 divisions (for the 24 main time zones on earth) made one complete revolution every 24 hours. The watch also featured a GMT indicator and International Date Line. Powered by the Calibre 2774 automatic movement, the original Edox Geoscope featured two crowns at two and four o’clock and the Edox “hourglass” logo at 12 o’clock.
The new EDOX Geoscope North Pole Limited Edition (just 300 available worldwide, individually numbered 001 to 300) is an updated version of the original classic, which is still a highly sought-after collector’s piece. Coming in a large 46mm diameter stainless steel case (the original was in a 42mm case), the new Edox Geoscope North Pole Limited Edition retains its colourful planisphere dial showing the world map, but this time as viewed from the North Pole, as a tribute to Christian Redl’s upcoming expedition to the North Pole in March 2015 to freedive under the polar ice cap.
The “worldtimer” is dropped from the name of the new Edox Geoscope North Pole Limited Edition as it no longer indicates the time in multiple time zones. The blue and white 24-hour inner scale instead serves to reference the hours for the second time zone, namely the home time as indicated by the slim arrange hand. Local time is told by regular hour and minute hands.
Compared to the original, the new Edox Geoscope North Pole Limited Edition comes with a date indicator at six o’clock, set by the pusher at eight o’clock, which did not feature in the original. The pusher at three o’clock sets local time, while the pushers at two and four o’clock set the second time zone clockwise and anti-clockwise respectively.