In comparison with Swiss design, the Finnish have made quite a competitive watch. The case of the Suunto Elementum Ventus is world class with a “carved not stamped” experience to it. I value the sapphire crystal, but I am let down that it’s nor glare-proofed neither domed. Consequently in a pinch, you can use it as a mirror to fix your hair.
The pushers function very well, even though much lauded “revolving A pusher” looks a little less than “swiss rugged” if you ask me.
The display…. okay, after years of Swiss timepieces which wonderfully pulled off legible negative displays, I do not “get it” with this particular watch. Why can’t Suunto produce a negative display with enough clarity and contrast to compete with the likes of a Breitling, TAG or RADO? Coming from my own limited knowledge of LCD technology, the main difference between a positive and a negative display will be the polarizing filter. There’s not much else to it. So I am puzzled why this is so difficult to read. I’m satisfied with the function of the watch. Suunto seems to have sought to make this particular watch as simple as possible! You will find essentially 4 modes.The particular main time display that may show either barometric pressure numerically or, within the same area, display the dat. The barometric record, which is utilized by rotating the A pusher counter clockwise and scrolls the baro chart by hour increment. The compass, available via the C pusher in all modes with the exception of when the “race timer” is going; and also the race timer itself.
The count down chronograph is quite… difficult. It resets to zero by holding the C pusher after it has been ended by pressing the A pusher. As soon as zeroed, it assumes 5 mins as the start time, even though it is possible to rotate the A pusher to regulate this by minute steps. If set to zero, it functions like a modest chronograph. Why modest? It counts 10ths of seconds until 1 minute, and then switches to minutes and seconds, and to minutes only. As for the last mode, it’s impossible to detect it is still going without catching a digit change. Unlike the “regular” convention of flashing the “:” to indicate a going chronograph, the “:” is static. Furthermore unlucky is that, whenever halted, the watch won’t show the greater precise readings. Compare this to an Aerospace Watch, where when the chronograph is ceased, the timepiece alternates in between showing the minutes and the seconds, to enable you to at least gain access to the level of accuracy kept in the watch.
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