Timex gets outdoorsy with Expedition WS4

A wristwatch from Timex designed for extreme outdoor activities can tell a lot more than just time.

By now, you've probably gotten used to expecting a lot more from a smartphone than just the ability to place calls. Do you know that watches can now do a lot more than just tell time?

To wit, watch maker Timex announced on Monday its latest evolution in outdoor time-keeping instruments, the Timex Expedition WS4.

About the size of a normal wristwatch, with a wide-screen dashboard, the WS4 includes an altimeter, barometer, thermometer, and compass. It can also serve as, of course, a versatile timepiece, chronograph, alarm, and timer.

The WS4 is designed to perform under extreme conditions and help navigate any terrain with a long list of features:

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  • Target altitude setting and altitude alarm helps set goals and warn of exceeded limits
  • Four altitude-reference settings for one-touch calibration and improved accuracy
  • Graphic altitude and barometer displays for at-a-glance review of trends
  • Weather-condition forecast with real-time temperature and future alerts
  • Digital compass headings and digital needle
  • 100-hour chronograph; 100-hour timer with repeat function and 99-lap count with display of lap or split time
  • Daily, weekday, weekend, or weekly alarms
  • Water-resistant to 165 feet
  • Night light for easy viewing in low-light conditions
  • Highest, lowest altitude; total ascent, descent
  • Time spent at or above target altitude
  • Altitude, barometric pressure, temperature graph
  • Highest, lowest, average barometric pressure and temperature

The WS4 is sealed in a lightweight composite casing, and is fortified with a stainless steel bezel. You can can choose between a rubber strap for traditional usage or an expandable XL elastic strap to wear over performance gear.

The new timepiece will be available in May for $199 in six colors, including black, orange, yellow, blue, and white.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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