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Gift Guide: 10 Under $500

$1,000 or less

Black Friday "10 Under $500" Gift Guide

This is a short gift guide that we put together for Black Friday to give you some ideas for the upcoming holiday season. There are ten really cool products that are all reasonably priced, including two wristwatches.

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Jason Pitsch

Hands-On with the Swatch SISTEM 51 Black

Jason Pitsch

Launched at Baselworld 2013, the Sistem 51 has been the most talked about sub $1000 watch I can remember. What is so special about it? As the name suggests, it has only 51 parts. A single screw holds the movement together. The movement is made of a synthetic, anti-magnetic material called ARCAP. There are 19 jewels and the power reserve is 90-hours. The automatic winding rotor is the peripheral type, so you barely even notice it. Uniquely, everything is made and assembled by machine. There are 17 patents pending for the process.

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The Bomberg Bolt-68 Chronograph collection

Neuchâtel, Switzerland based Bomberg, is a new watch brand that makes a line of audaciously styled watches that come with a unique bayonet system that allows the watch body to removed from the case and used as a pocket watch.

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The Elevenplus World Clock

Korean company 11+ has come out with an ingenious, and good looking, World Clock. It lets you adjust the time zone by simply rolling its cylindrical body to the correct time zone. The body has 24 different cities listed, and when you roll the clock so that your preferred city is at the top (12 o’clock), the rolling mechanism instantly adjusts the hour hand to the selected city. Watch the video. According to the brand’s website, “Independently working hands allow the clock to be quickly rolled back to any of its 24 time zones, while immediately transitioning back to the local time.” The 11+ World Clock measures 85 x 59.8 mm, weighs 144 grams and takes AA batteries. It is made in Korea and comes in 3 color variations; Modern Gray, Midnight Blue and Orange passion.

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Victorinox Adds To Maverick Sport Collection

In 2014, Victorinox added 8 new references to the Maverick Sport collection: four chronographs and four three-hand watches. The dial of each watch is accented in the same red, blue and yellow shades used in the flag of Ibach, Switzerland — the town where Victorinox is headquartered. The same color scheme is also used on the complementary strap in NATO fabric that supplements the original black one. All models are presented in 43 mm diameter stainless steel cases, brushed on the top and side of the case body, and polished on the edges, crown, and pushers. A stainless steel guard protects the crown. The unidirectional rotating bezel is made of black nylon injected fiber and is marked with white luminous numbers indices. The dial for the three-hand and chronograph models comes in either black or white, with hours marked by

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Introducing the Tissot Visodate Milanais

Tissot just launched a new version of their popular Visodate timepiece. The retro style Tissot Visodate Milanais is presented in 40 mm steel case, with a black dial, applied indices, and a signature day/date aperture at 3 o’clock. The dial is protected by a domed sapphire crystal and is marked with the historical “Tissot” logo. The hour and minute hands are dauphine-shaped, polished and facetted. The Visodate is powered by an ETA 2836-2 automatic movement with 25 jewels and a 42-hour power reserve, which is visible through the see-through caseback. Water-resistance is 30 meters. It is essentially the same as previous Visodate models, but with a cool new “Milanais” stainless steel mesh bracelet. The price is $695.

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Introducing the Seiko Prospex Air Dive "Monster"

At Baselworld 2014, Seiko unveiled their redesigned Prospex line, which will now be sold globally. Of the models we saw — the Prospex Air Dive “Monster” in a black PVD treated stainless steel case — was the most interesting.

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Introducing the Victorinox Alliance Automatic

Last month at Baselworld, Victorinox introduced a new first-ever automatic version of their popular Alliance timepiece. The Alliance Automatic comes in the same 40 mm fully polished stainless steel case and fixed bezel as previous models. The dial is black with and facetted, luminous lance hour and minute hands. The hour markers are applied, with numerals at 3, 6 and 9 — and the Victorinox cross at 12. The flange has a printed minute track and luminous dots marking the hours. A military scale is embossed on the inner part of the dial. The date is displayed via an aperture at 6 o’clock. The dial is protected by a flat sapphire crystal with a triple interior anti-reflective treatment. The caseback is screwed-in with a crystal that offers a view of the 25-jewel ETA 2824 movement. Water-resistance is 100 meters. It

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Casio Launches Newest Bluetooth G-Shock Watch at Baselworld

Last year, Casio introduced G-Shocks equipped with v4.0 Bluetooth, the first to feature two-way communication. Using the buttons on the G-Shock, you could control the volume level on an iPhone 5, for example. Now, for 2014, the G’mix Rotary Switch (shown), controls your volume with the crown instead. Pretty cool.

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Victorinox's Most Rugged Watch Ever, The Inox

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To celebrate Victorinox’s 130th anniversary, Victorinox Swiss Army has created an ultra-rugged timepiece that symbolizes the robustness and reliability of the Swiss Army knife. To ensure that the Inox performs under the most strenuous conditions, it has been run through a battery of 130 rigorous strength tests. The Inox can withstand a 10-meter drop onto concrete, a 64-ton tank driving over the top of it, a two-hour cycle in a washing machine. It can resist -60 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. And 12Gs of acceleration and deceleration. Moreover, it has been subjected to attack by gasoline, solvents, oils, cleaning products and insecticides. To achieve this extremely high level of durability, Victorinox made a number of critical design decisions to ensure such high resistance to virtually anything you can throw out it. For example, the dial is a single sealed piece. The

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