“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
-Leonardo da Vinci
In honor of their 30th anniversary, Swatch has come out with a new “automatic” watch called the Sistem51. Naturally it is self-winding (i.e. no battery). 90 hour power reserve. Completely machine made. Hermetically sealed. And it only has 51 parts.
And the entire movement is held together by one screw.
This is a mere fraction of the number of pieces used in other automatic watches. The Sistem51 watch movement and assembly process was a synergistic effort in re-engineering from multiple teams.
It is a manufacturing feat of simplistic elegance, and I am smitten.
There are currently four versions:
They each have sort of a “space/heavens/star” theme on the face and the backs are clear and have different patterns/colors for the movements.
My favorite is the white one:
I think the white with the hints of color keep the design clean and uncluttered. Sort of “apple-ish” in a way.
Maybe it’s a bit girly– or douchey– to wear a white watch. Like wearing a white belt. And it’ll be damn hard to coordinate with a belt and shoes now that we are past Labor Day. And truth be told, I’ve sort of gotten out of the habit of wearing watches.
But me no carey.
I like it. I covet it. I must have it.