The new Astron caliber 8X82 shares all the core characteristics of the hugely successful caliber 7X52. Using just the power of light, it connects to the GPS network and tells time with atomic clock precision, adjusting at the touch of a button to every time zone on earth. In addition, the new caliber offers four new features that have been developed in response to ideas suggested by retail partners and customers worldwide. The new caliber does not replace the current one. It is an addition, designed to attract new consumers to the fast-growing world of Astron.
Its case size is 30% smaller, and the watches’ dimensions ( 44.6mm × 13.3mm) are now the same as most mainstream multi-function watches. This new size has been achieved by a new advance in Astron’s energy-saving technology which allows the watch to connect to the GPS network with a smaller antenna. The simple ‘one-touch’ operation of the GPS function has not changed; just press one button for six seconds and Astron’s GPS function is activated. However, the secondary functions (manual time zone selection etc) have been made more accessible and more intuitive thanks to the new electronic setting function of the crown. The classic Astron black dial is available in the new design, but new color dials are now possible, thanks to a new dial with extremely high light penetration capacity. For 2014, blue and white dial versions are available. The new caliber offers a 6 hour chronograph whose operation could not be
The new caliber is offered in eight new variations, four in steel and four in titanium with super-hard coating. In addition, a flagship Limited Edition Astron is presented at Baselworld 2014. Featuring a titanium case with super-hard coating, white dial and faceted ceramic bezel, it is both recognisably Astron and yet distinctively new. It is offered with both a titanium with super-hard coating and black ceramic bracelet and black crocodile strap, making Astron as versatile as it is unique. Just 7,000 pieces will be made in this Limited Edition, each with its own serial number engraved on the case back.
It is possible to consult the 8 different versions in the photo gallery.