Since 1983, Swatch has automated up to 80 percent of their watchmaking process, minimizing costs to keep more wrists Swiss. With the SISTEM51they've taken one step further, shaking up the country's 400-year-old watchmaking tradition — by never giving the watch the touch of a Swiss hand, automating the entire process.
Inside the airtight case, held together by a single screw, the SISTEM51 contains 51 parts divided into five modules creating a 3 Hz movement with a 90 hour power reserve. Though smartwatches seem to be on the rise, the SISTEM51's mechanical simplicity and price might keep a few more wrists analog.
Swatch may have changed their game with the SISTEM51 — 17 patents pending — but the classic Swatch colorful design language hasn't gone anywhere.
Ethan Wolff-Mann is the gear editor for Supercompressor. A Vermont native, he loves biking, running, rock and roll, and words. He never believed a word Lance said. Hear him testify on Twitter @ewolffmann.