Before the advent of GPS watches, i’ve been using ordinary chrono watches with digital readings for my runs and i find them still effective and very useful up to this day. When i’m on an ordinary, easy run and just want to meditate and enjoy the scenery, i don’t concern myself anymore with distance, calories burned, speed, pace or any of the gizmos that come with a performance GPS watch.
Even in races, a sports stop-watch will still give you an accurate finish time whether the distance given by the race organizers is accurate or not. I still see many runners using chronograph watches but don’t see them use it during start of races.
I am sometimes astounded when runners, after a race, complain about having to wait for their official times when they would have easily recorded theirs had they pressed the START button upon gun start and pushing the STOP button when crossing the finish line. If you did, voila! You just have recorded your race time. No need to wait for the results!
Nowadays, you can buy these digital sport watches in many stalls of malls, tiangges or ambulant vendors in busy streets for as low as P150.00-P300 a pop. But these are mostly of the counterfeit variety which may last from 2 months or up to 6 months, if you’re lucky. It’s still a good investment to buy original sports watches of reputable brands.
Recently, at the Intercontinental Manila Hotel, i was invited to the launching of the PUMA collection of sports and casual watches which came in different styles, colors and function. The affair marked the introduction of the PUMA Faas watches which came in 2 models, the Faas 200 and 250.
The Faas, also named after their running shoes and showcased by the fast Jamaican sprinters were introduced by the Global Senior Product Manager of PUMA, Jeremie Pannetier, Asia-Pacific Regional Sales Manager, Bill Young; L-Timestudio VP for Operations Reggie Serrano and the well-loved Sales & Marketing Manager, Judith Staples. Also present was the ever chummy Jeff Paulino, Sales Manager of Timestudio.
Also gracing the affair were four PUMA Watch models, two of them well-known local Kenyan runners, Jemuttai and Elliut.
Here are more details of the PUMA Faas watches as presented to us at the launch:
ABOUT PUMA TIME
PUMA TIME has taken a new approach regarding watches in order to meet the aspirations of its consumers. Our products represent modern designs for the wrist rather than technical devices that merely show the time. Every style perfectly combines the influence of sport, lifestyle and fashion under one creative umbrella. To reach the broad target audience of the PUMA brand, the collection is divided into 2 separate segments: ACTIVE and MOTORSPORT.
Trend WATCH: ACTIVE – Time is really on our minds for 2012. Time trials and time-winnings performances at the London Olympisc…Ancient Mayan calendar calling for all manner of potentialities…the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee…and it’s a leap year too. But where to go, who to be with and what to wear nonetheless remain the big questions of our time!
Puma is pleased to present a range of sleek, sexy and sporty timepieces, each and every one calculated for maximum style and pure pleasure at competitive price points. Our sleek silhouettes offer some of the thinnest, lightest and most easy-to-use timepieces on the market; reflecting our mission to create designs encompassing true style with freedom of use.
FAAS 200 & 250
Faas’ signature design is inspired by the relaxed cool style of the world-class, record setting sprinters and runners from Jamaica. Faas, which means “fast” in Jamaican, is a mere 9.6 mm thin, echoing the record-breaking 9.6 second 100 meter sprint, achieved at the Beijing Olympics. It offers up key lap and sprint timing functions with an easy-to-read display. The wristband design promotes breathability for ultimate comfort during your vigorous workout activities.
The Faas 200 for men & Faas 250 for women each come is a wide range of colorways ranging from nuanced neutrals to bright sportif pops, reflecting the emergence of the active sports look into must have style. Get one and get running!
- 5 Operation modes : Normal Time, Chronograph, Alarm, Dual Time and Timer
- 1/100 Second Chronograph
- 100 Lap memory for split and lap time measurement
- Timer with countdown stop, countdown repeat and countdown up functions
- Normal Time : Hours, Minutes, Date & Weekday
- Dual Daily Alarms
- Dual Time
- 12/24 Hour Display format
- Electrolight (EL) backlight
- Faas 200 – 38mm case size
- Faas 250 – 44mm case size
- SRP P2,850.00
Puma watches are available at the Puma Time Kiosk in SM Megamall, Timegear and L Timestudio boutique.