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Timepiece Tuesday: Swatch Relaunches Sistem51

Timepiece Tuesday: Swatch Relaunches Sistem51

It seems like Swatch has been around forever, making bare-bones Swiss watches favored by kids, minimalists, ’80s enthusiasts and, more recently,  high-powered CEOs.

But they’d gone largely unheralded by horology buffs, until they unveiled the Sistem51 line of watches at Basel World a few years ago. The fully automatic watches (named for the 51 parts hermetically sealed into the case) were made entirely by machine and boasted some impressive stats for a watch that costs less than it would to service most high-end timepieces.

And since Swatch just relaunched the Sistem51 in five new models, let’s take a closer look at what’s new:

Timepiece Tuesday: The Pebble Time

Timepiece Tuesday: The Pebble Time

You may remember  back when we covered the Pebble Steel—the first smartwatch attempting to look like a real watch—but it looks like Pebble has gone back to their techie roots with their latest watch.

Today they unveiled the Pebble Time, a totally revamped smartwatch with a color screen, slimmer profile and new interface. All aimed, presumably, to compete with  the Apple Watch.

With over a million in funding raised in less than its first hour on Kickstarter today, it’s worth taking a closer look at what all the fuss is about.

Timepiece Tuesday: Five Watches for Her, from $50 to $1,500

Timepiece Tuesday: Five Watches for Her, from $50 to $1,500

As you’ve probably surmised, there’s a certain romantic holiday happening this weekend.

And if you’re still searching for the right token of your affection, let us suggest giving the gift of time. Of course, depending on a number of different factors—length of relationship, her tastes, your wallet—gifting a watch can mean different things. And different price points.

So this Tuesday, we’ve laid out the five watches that she’ll love, which will set you back as little as 50 bucks or as much as $1,500.

Timepiece Tuesday: Filson Gets into the Watch Game

Timepiece Tuesday: Filson Gets into the Watch Game

Filson has prided itself on making “unfailing goods” since the day they began making blankets for Klondike explorers in 1897. But not until now have any of those goods included watches. So they teamed up with the new torchbearers of American watchmaking, Shinola, to launch their very first watch collection—consisting of field watches, GMTs and chronographs strapped in their legendarily rugged bridle leathers and tin cloth.

They aren’t shipping until March, but we’ve got your preview here:

Timepiece Tuesday: The Best New Watches at NY Market Week

Timepiece Tuesday: The Best New Watches at NY Market Week

It’s market week here in New York—a time for buyers to stock their shops, a time for editors to take the pulse of the upcoming season and a time for general menswear camaraderie. We saw plenty of good stuff on the showroom floors (stay tuned for more on that tomorrow) but since it’s Tuesday, we begin by focusing on all the handsome new watches.

A look at the best new wrist candy coming down the pipeline:

Timepiece Tuesday: The Montblanc e-Strap


There’s no denying the elegance of a traditional timepiece—which is why most die-hard watch enthusiasts have sworn off even the mere thought of switching to a smartwatch, regardless of the technological advantages.

But the impasse might be over thanks to Montblanc’s newly unveiled e-Strap, a NATO-strap-esque watch band that allows you to wear a mechanical watch while hiding away all of the touchscreen gadgetry under your wrist.

Let’s take a closer look, shall we.»

Timepiece Tuesday: Own Burt Reynolds’s Watches


It would seem that Burt Reynolds has decided to clear out his garage, possibly in order to pay for it—and the rest of his defaulted $15 million home in Florida—resulting in a real treasure trove of Hollywood memorabilia hitting the auction block next week.

An Emmy, a couple Golden Globes, a helmet from The Longest Yard and a few good-looking watches...

Yep, we sifted through Burt’s art, trophies and assorted ephemera to find five great timepieces that you could snag at auction prices.

Let’s take a look, shall we...»