TECH SPOT: Hole in one

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Marvel at the analogue watch that can flip into a GPS golf gadget.

At first glance the Reconvillier Hercules Golf Master looks like a simple analogue timepiece, but flip the bezel and you’ll discover a golfer’s digital dream that uses GPS to accurately measure the distance to the green, as Rachael Taylor discovers.

There are watches named after golf courses and watches promoted by golfers, but the Hercules Golf Master is a true golfers’ watch. Off the green the timepiece is a slick, sporty mechanical timepiece but on the course it offers golfers an added advantage over competitors through GPS technology.

By flipping the watch face over, the timepiece is transformed into a digital rangefinder. The gadget is powered by GPS technology to accurately measure the distance from the wearer to the middle or beginning of the green, allowing for smart play on the course.

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The watch uses a base station that can be kept on the golf bag to obtain golf course data before the start of the game. On course, the data is relayed automatically from the base station to the watch.

The distance can be read in either meters or yards and displayed digitally on an LCD screen. This techo-savvy rangefinder side of the watch face also tells time digitally, activated by the touch of a button.

To realise this mix of analogue and digital in a single timepiece Reconvilier had to develop a new housing alternative with an innovative rotar mechanism.

Far from being a cheap thrill of a gizmo, the analogue aspect of the watch face has been executed to the highest Reconvillier standards. It is a mechanical, water-resistant, shock-absorbing watch displaying minutes, hours and seconds, plus date window. Made in Switzerland, the timepiece has been fitted with an ETA movement.

This double act of a watch face is presented in titanium on a rubber or leather strap and is available with either black or white strap options.

The combination of traditional Swiss watchmaking and ultra-modern technology is a joy to behold, making the Hercules Golf Master a technical triumph in terms of both mechanical and digital engineering.

It may not be the first watch to take advantage of GPS technology, but it certainly is the most stylish and luxurious, making the Reconvilier Hercules Golf Master a golfer’s dream both on and off the course.

 

THE STATS

  • Automatic ETA 2892A movement
  • COSC-certified chronometer
  • Integrated digital module for LCD display
  • Rotar mechanism
  • Analogue movement with hours, minutes, seconds and date
  • Digital module with hours, minutes, seconds, and distance to green measured with GPS technology
  • Titanium 44mm case
  • Water-resistant to 50m
  • White, black or grey dial
  • Black or white rubber or black leather strap with titanium folding clasp

 

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