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The Swatch Sistem51 Hands-On Review

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It’s not uncommon for there to be great anticipation when a new product is announced, and then we anxiously wait for it to actually hit the market. The watch industry is certainly not immune to this effect, and there’s been one mechanical watch that has been generating a lot of buzz over the past months – the Swatch Sistem51.  The day has finally arrived, and Sistem51 is here on our shores. On July 1 it was unveiled at the flagship store for Swatch in Times Square, and on July 8 a pop-up store hits San Francisco (101 Grant St) for the watch.

REVIEW: Swatch Touch

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The last time we looked at a model from Swatch, we focused in on a more subdued three-hander.  Today, we’ll have one that’s rather a different piece altogther.

Swatch to release $8,000 Turn to Him and Turn to Her tourbillons

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A little bird sent us these images Swatch’s upcoming Tourbillon collection, the Turn to Her and Turn to Him. I don’t have much information but I do know that Swatch used to make automatic mechanical movements but stopped some time in this decade. This new movement appears to use a rotating cage to move the balance wheel in a full rotation around the central stalk, a design decision which differs from the standard stationary tourbillon cage.

Swatch Concept

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No word on what this does or where it will be available or anything, but it’s really pretty, right? Expect it to never arrive ever.
Infinity Watch Concept : MP3, Video, Curves-A-Plenty [Gizmodo]

Swatch Paparazzi for $59

P10355842.jpgJust in from Overstock.com, a Swatch Paparazzi SPOT watch for $59. The kit comes with a one-year subscription to the MSN Direct service, so it might just make some sense.

* News, weather, stock quotes, sports, diversions, lottery, horoscope, daily diversions, glance, traffic
* Swatch city
* 5 different watch faces and animations

Product Page [Overstock]

Blue Man Group Jelly in Jelly Swatch Watch

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You saw them in Vegas, now see them on your wrist.

This watch is considered the first artist watch of Swatch’s brand new collection “Jelly in Jelly” which they launched with a very special Blue Man Group event in Lugano, Switzerland in June, 2006. Swatch’s long history of working with great artists like Keith Haring, Kiki Picasso, Pedro Almodavar, Robert Altman, Vivienne Westwood, Alfred Hofkunst, Jean-Michel Jarre and others now includes a very honored Blue Man Group who have designed this fun and casual light weight plastic watch with three Blue Men and splattered paint on the band.

Product Page [Blue Man Group]

Oof! Waiting is the Hardest Part Part Deux

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Ok, so I guess I’m OK. I just hope I don’t get my Seamaster back in the same shape !

When the watch first came back (about a month late against the estimate) it had been gouged by the tooling and was sent back for polishing but after rework it came back with a new gouge! This, to save time, was polished out in a couple of days by a local watch repairer kindly arranged by my dealer to alleviate my frustration at this stage. I received my watch back on 10 Oct 2003 (2 months later than the original estimate). This was short lived however, as within about 2 days the lower chrono button was loose and hanging off. It was returned once again for rework.

I picked up my Speedmaster on 5 November 2003, nearly 6 months after originally dropping it off for service. Ironically, I also picked up my (perfectly) repaired Seamaster on the same date. The Speedmaster was apparently working fine gaining ~6 secs/day. However, in February 2004, I noticed that not only was the watch apparently letting water in (splashed from hand washing) the chronograph second sweep hand now resets around +2secs.

I’d say that we actually need more watchmakers. I’ve been considering going to watch repair school at some point, and this might be the time.

Omega Speedmaster Service Screwed up by Swatch! [Velociphile]

Waiting is the Hardest Part

So I put a Seamaster Chrono in for some repair with the Swatch Group. Called once in April… “Oh, it’ll be ready in a week. Call back.” Ok. Cool. Call again: June 29th, baby, but don’t worry, we’ve got the parts! Then I call today and they tell me July 19. Seriously. I’m all for taking time and doing things right, but this is just ridiculous. If Apple, Lexus, or Bose, or any of those high-end folks tried this, they’d be shut down in a week.

Review: Swatch Automatc

A hilarious review of a Swatch automatic compared to a JLC manual wind – which one do you think wins?

More importantly, there are a few refinements in the 21-jewel Swatch movement (an ETA 2842, a famous movement also used by Omega, Oris, and Raymond Weil, among other adult watches that you can find in your local mall) that the 19-jewel (two less!) JLC calibre 849 shamefully lacks. And what is this “calibre” business? It sounds like a canadian hip-hop reference. “Yo, yo, I’m Calibre 849 and Imma gonna bustacap in yoazz, and then go wolf down some poutine wi’ yo ol’ lady, cuz I gots all the Canadian Tire Money in the worl’, yo!”

Watch Upgrade [AstroGoth]