Suunto Core

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 March, 2008, 12:00am

What is it? Suunto's new ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) 'wrist-top computer': a hi-tech watch bristling with outdoor features. The Suunto Core comes in six styles.

Tell me more: the watch is large (5cm diameter face) but surprisingly light (from 63 grams). The time is shown in easy-to-read, digital numbers. An altimeter shows the wearer's current elevation and records sessions in a log for later review. A novel feature is the weather forecaster, which is activated by changes in air pressure. A storm alarm sounds to warn of approaching bad weather. It also has a digital compass and a depth meter and can display sunrise and sunset times. The menu can be set to English, German, French or Spanish.

How does it work? An intuitive design makes the Core's basic functions easy to operate; more complicated features require reference to the user manual. An interactive demonstration video is available online.

What's so good about it? Its winning combination of good looks packed with useful information. The display is customisable and although the watch is light it is reassuringly robust. It is suitable for a range of outdoor activities, from hiking to swimming, and has water-friendly features, including buttons that can be used underwater. There is a stopwatch for competitive types.

Any downside? Setting the altimeter takes practice.

Who needs one? Adventure and active travellers, although the Core looks just as good in the city.

I'd like to buy one: the Suunto Core costs from HK$2,390. Go to for a list of Hong Kong distributors.