Cutting a sleek silhouette reminiscent of the familiar Victorinox Officer’s knife, the 2013 Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry is a classic military-inspired timepiece updated with elegant modern features.

Despite introducing elements such as sexy curves to the originally round case, the Infantry retains its retro charm that is synonymous with the collection. Some aspects include the font on the dial which has been inspired by vintage typewriters, as well as the discreet military hours printed above the classic numerals.

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(L-R): Infantry, Infantry Chronograph, and Infantry Mechanical in stainless steel mesh bracelet

The hands have also been slightly elongated compared to its predecessors, and along with the numbers and indexes, are coated with luminescent material to facilitate reading in dim lighting.

The new Infantry watches are available in two bracelet choices — an organic black leather strap or a stainless steel Milanese-style mesh bracelet. We think women are likely to be partial to the steel bracelet version — the first of its kind for Victorinox Swiss Army — for its more feminine yet sturdy presentation.

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(L-R): Infantry, Infantry Chronograph, and Infantry Mechanical in organic black leather strap

Aficionados who prefer fine mechanics will appreciate the Infantry Mechanical with a self-winding movement, while the Infantry Chronograph is available for those seeking a timepiece with a sportier vibe.

All three models are waterproof up to 100 metres and are designed with a 40mm stainless steel case and scratch-resistant sapphire face; so whether you’re on a scuba-diving trip or braving the shopping crowds in Orchard Road, your Infantry timepiece should be hardy enough to accompany you on all your adventures.

The 2013 Victorinox Swiss Army Infantry collection is priced from $609 onwards and will be available from March at All Watches Wisma Atria and Bugis Junction, Aptimos Lucky Plaza, TANGS Orchard, OG Orchard Point and People’s Park. For more information, visit www.fjbenjamin.com/brands-Victorinox.html.