Golf enthusiasts take note – now that Tag Heuer’s Golf watch has fallen into disrepute (thanks to the meteoric demise of a certain superstar’s reputation), we have a new and improved option for you that we think is far more stylish. And useful! You see not only will this new piece from Swiss watch maker Reconvilier inform you of the time with one look at its simplistically attractive dial, it will also tell you the distance to the front edge or center of the green.
All you have to do is flip it over!
How Does It Work?
The technology used in the Hercules Golf Master is not really that new and is really quite simple, relatively speaking. A base station that is kept in your bag communicates with this stylish timepiece, allowing it to obtain golf course data before the start of the game. Once you’re on the course, the data is relayed automatically from this base station to the watch through the magic of GPS and calculates your position. It then displays the distance from the green in meters or yards.
As you can see in the above image the digital readout also shows the regular time as well as distance to the green, so you don’t need to be constantly flipping the dial over to see what time it is. However, when you finish the game and its time to show off down at the Club lounge, the “Rotax” mechanism allows the watch face to be removed and flipped 180° to showcase what is a very good-looking analogue dial.
Although the practice of using pocket-sized rangfinders and so forth has been going on for some time now, to date we have not seen this technology combined into such a classic looking and at the same time, functional, piece.
Being true Swiss watch makers though, Reconvilier hasn’t overlooked the finer details required in a good quality timepiece. The Hercules Golf Master is powered by an automatic ETA 2892A movement which has been certified by the COSC as a chronometer and is available in either a stainless steel or titanium 45mm case. There a three dial colors to choose from, white, black or grey, and the analogue display shows hours, minutes, seconds and the date.
The watch is finished off on a black or white rubber strap, with either a steel or titanium folding clasp (depending on the type of case material you choose.)
Reconvilier will be presenting this watch at Basel World this year and so there is availability on pricing at this stage. We think it would probably be reasonable to expect somewhere between $2,500 – $5,000.
The Final Word
This really promises to be an excellent watch that delivers even doses of functionality and classic style. Many other practical watches like this incorporate the digital display and the analogue display into the one dial (like the Tissot Touch Series for example), which is fine when you’re out diving or on the green but can really detract from a piece’s overall appeal when it comes time to come in for champagne and canapés. The Hercules Golf Master overcomes this issue beautifully offering the wearer the best of both worlds without the need to compromise.
It’s a shame Tiger Woods didn’t have one of these, surely it would have satisfied his insatiable appetite for having it all!
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