Gift Guide: Five Gift Ideas For The Everyday Adventurer
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Gift Guide: Five Gift Ideas For The Everyday Adventurer

Watchonista caught up with the team from Victorinox Swiss Army to compose a medley of gifts with historic roots for the modern, everyday adventurer.

By Watchonista

In 1884, Karl Elsener opened his cutler’s workshop in Ibach-Schwyz. At this time, Switzerland was still one of the poorer countries in Europe. In the early years, Elsener worked to combat poverty and unemployment in the Schwyz basin, creating jobs and helping stem the flow of emigration.

In 1891, he supplied the soldier’s knife to the Swiss Army for the first time. He went on to develop the Swiss Officer’s and Sports Knife – now the iconic Swiss Army Knife – in 1897, creating the foundation for a flourishing company that would be able to hold its own on the world stage. From then on, his spirit of solidarity, deep roots in the region, and a strong commitment to solid values shaped the Victorinox company philosophy. 
 

Today, Victorinox is a global company with five product categories: Swiss Army Knives, household and professional knives, travel gear, fragrances, and of course, watches. The Swiss Army Knife is the core product and has a pioneering role in the development of all the product categories, each full of gifts perfect for the everyday adventurer.

FieldForce Sport Titanium Limited Edition

This is no collector’s item, at least not in the traditional sense. Some watches seem suited for display cases, but not the FieldForce Titanium LE.

The first of the famed FieldForce lineage to harness titanium’s featherweight strength, this faultless fusion of elegance and sportiness is meant to collect dirt, not dust. Admittedly, the Titanium LE shares a couple of telltale similarities with archetypal collector’s items: it’s available exclusively in North America this holiday season and for a limited run of 1,400 individually numbered pieces at that. But like all military-inspired FieldForce watches, this special edition is built to endure the rigors of sport and society alike.
 

Bold numerals, enhanced with Super-LumiNova, are easy to read in the heat of battle or business, and a practical day/date window pays tribute to Victorinox’s multifunctionality roots. A sleek, burnished red bezel pops against the warm, smooth grey of sandblasted titanium. The high-grade, black rubber strap is silky against the skin and impervious to aging. Not only does the metal make this watch the lightest FieldForce Sport available, but titanium is also resilient to saltwater corrosion – a boon for sailors and surfers.
 

The Titanium LE doesn’t lose sight of its Victorinox heritage: the reasonably priced timepiece is made in Switzerland and comes with a 5-year warranty. Just like the Swiss Army Knife has always been more than a multi-tool, the Titanium LE is more than a watch. It’s a conversation starter, a faithful friend, and a thoughtful gift. And while it’s rare enough to be considered a collector’s item, it’s destined for bigger things than a box.
 

Altmont Active Lightweight Expandable Backpack

Meet the everyday adventurer’s go-to travel partner with serious storage space.

Housing up to 32L in capacity, the Altmont Active Lightweight Expandable Backpack is the kit to invest in for true outdoor enthusiasts. Inside, a zippered expansion system delivers 7L of additional packing room, so you can store all your activewear, no sweat.
 

An elastic loop system makes for easy storage of hiking poles. Plus, the integrated accessory cord works with exterior gear loops to effortlessly attach helmets, sneakers, climbing gear, or yoga mats.

Swiss Army Knife Climber 

The legend of the Swiss Army Knife began with the classic Officer's knife, and it continues today with the Climber pocketknife.
 

Its 14 functions are as sharp, strong, and intuitive as you need them to be. So, whether you're climbing up the corporate ladder or a class 5 crag, the Climber is with you all the way to the top.

Altmont Original Vertical-Zip Laptop Backpack

Intelligent design and cutting-edge materials take this backpack to the next level. Engineered to keep your laptop and other essentials safe while you jump on trains, cycle across town, or take off into the hills, the Altmont Original Vertical-Zip Laptop Backpack seamlessly blends function and comfort. The spacious interior contains a padded laptop pocket and organizational compartments to separate gadgets, pens, and keys.
 

Swiss Army Knife Huntsman

When you’re ready to up your multi-use game from the Climber pocketknife, consider the Huntsman. With the addition of scissors and a wood saw, you're ready to cut through just about anything. When it's time to go offline and off the beaten path, you'll want the Huntsman in your pocket.
 

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Joseph Saltzman started Providence Watch Hospital in 1940 with $500 and started his family's legacy. Changing its name to Saltzman's Watches in 2004, it is now a third-generation, locally owned and operated watch retail and repair company, featuring some of the best watch brands on the market.
 

Saltzman's Watches’ service center fixes over 25,000 watches per year from all over the world. Additionally, Saltzman’s is the only authorized repair facility for several international brands, including Luminox, Mondaine, Fendi, and Obaku. Plus, Saltzman's Watches is an authorized repair center for dozens more including Cartier, Baume et Mercier, and of course, Victorinox Swiss Army.

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