Trekking through the Belizean Jungle, free diving off Torii Beach, or setting up a camera crew at 6,000 meters on the Tibetan plateau, we are never lost, but occasionally out of position!
To re-establish our coordinates I break out the map and compass and begin a re-section. Not because I’m railing against modern technology, but because it’s reliable. What my team expects of me, and of my VS-3 and the altimeter data I use to secure my new position.
When GPS and smart watches began to populate critical survival equipment I stayed with my simple Suunto S-lander for 17 years, scrapping my trial of the GPS rechargeable X-lander. I waited for someone to realize we needed simplicity and reliability in this watch space. Quite simply because there are no outlets in trees yet, and when I’m three days into a 10 day expedition, I need to minimise the gear that requires recharging (it’s the same reason I opt for a manual Glidecam for my camera rig, as opposed to the battery powered Movi FreeFly systems).
The moment I saw the VS-3, it’s perfection of the necessary and the abandonment of the extraneous, I was pretty sure I had arrived at a point I could set down my scratched, taped and beaten S-lander. Only one more hurdle lay between the VS-3 and it becoming my go to watch for the adventure filmmaking world, bringing it into my world: Survive and remain functional.
[ Pictured above: The Crew wearing their Momentum VS3 Altimeter watch while taking a Royal Enfields motorcycle tour of the Indian Himalayas - click here for more on that adventure ]
It’s all we ask of ourselves, our crew and our equipment. Wanting a watch we could disregard in the most perilous environments, we have smashed the VS-3 on Himalayan granite, submerged it in the salt of the Persian Gulf, scratched it’s face along Okinawan coral, all in the course of a year at work. All this and I wanted more, to simply access the watches information at anytime, for weeks at a time, without worry about signal or a re-charging point. I found it in the VS-3. If you see us step into our office you’ll see the Momentum VS-3, and it looks like you may see it for the next 20 years.
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