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October 8, 2018 Briefings By

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Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Blue
The Zenith El Primero Chronograph is a classic model that helped define the standard by which all other automatic chronographs have been judged for decades. The recent Defy El Primero 21 Blue builds upon that history with a brand new modern movement, inspired by the legendary El Primero, consisting of double escapements that elevate it to a new level.

The first escapement is dedicated to regular timekeeping and maintains the watch’s 36,000 vph operating frequency, while the second escapement is dedicated solely to the chronograph function and runs at an astonishing 360,000 vph, rendering the watch capable of recording times to the nearest hundredth of a second. These dual escapements, combined with a skeletonized dial and a blue rubber strap with a titanium double folding buckle, give the Defy El Primero 21 Blue all the makings of a solid 21st-century timepiece while demonstrating Zenith’s technological edge and design for the most discerning watch lovers.


New & Noteworthy Releases

An Iconic American Knife Just Got Better
An Iconic American Knife Just Got Better

Buck Knives created the original 112 Ranger in 1972, and now the iconic pocket knife has been remade with updated materials.

This Is What Technical Outdoor Gear Should Look Like
This Is What Technical Outdoor Gear Should Look Like

The North Face just launched its 2019 Summit Series collection, proving that it still knows what technical outdoor gear should be.

Why Doesn’t Ford Make Cars Like This 1992 Escort RS Anymore?
Why Doesn’t Ford Make Cars Like This 1992 Escort RS Anymore?

Whenever a classic Ford pops up -- like this 1992 Escort RS -- it's now more than just a hard hit of nostalgia.

This Durable Backpack Is Perfect for Commuters
This Durable Backpack Is Perfect for Commuters

Made from weather-resistant Bionic Canvas.

This Collaboration Offers Wardrobe Basics with a Twist
This Collaboration Offers Wardrobe Basics with a Twist

Not your average tees and sweatpants.

Can Facebook Kill FaceTime? Its First Smart Speakers Want To
Can Facebook Kill FaceTime? Its First Smart Speakers Want To

Facebook's first hardware products, Portal and Portal+, are smart speakers with screens that aim to change the way we video chat. Will they?

Fresh Deals


Mid-Century Modern Furniture
Save 15%: Design Within Reach is essentially a museum for the furniture that all other furniture rips off. This is to say the products it purveys are items you’re likely familiar with in shape (like the Tolix chair’s ubiquity in faux-industrial restaurants), but less so in regards to origin. What this means is the furniture and lighting options are original and premium and demand prices as such.

It also means they don’t go on sale all that often, hence the urgency of DWR’s Semiannual Sale, which offers a large swath of DWR’s stock for 15 percent off retail (Note: the sale page on the site is only a selection of what’s actually on sale, you’ll have to browse through the categories you’re interested in to spot more items).
— Will Price


Houseplants
Save Up to 30%: Costa Farms is the largest seller of houseplants in the US by a country mile. Today, almost 20 of its simplest, best-selling houseplants are on sale up to 30 percent off on Amazon of all places.

The lot includes all the hardy, beginner houseplants for those new to the game that is keeping another thing alive. Jade plants ($15), which are virtually immortal, do just fine in indirect light and with very little water (if the leaves start to turn red, move it further from direct light). Snake plants ($17), also unwilling to die despite your best efforts, require watering only when the soil is bone dry and don’t care much for sunlight (but generally aren’t hindered by it). Air plants ($15) don’t even need soil to live (just soak in water once a week).

On top of showing your friends and family you have your life somewhat together, plants in the home act as air recycling and purification centers (according to an old NASA report on the matter, Snake plants are pretty great in this regard).

The Amazon sale lasts until tomorrow afternoon. — Will Price


Insulated Jackets Sale
Save 50%: The beauty of an insulated down jacket is that it’s incredibly warm, yet stuffs up into a pocket and weighs practically nothing. This past week, our Outdoors and Fitness team hiked near Lake Placid in the Adirondacks in New York, and we were reminded of just how cozy a down jacket is. One of our team members wore his down jacket all week long, while I found it extremely beneficial to hike with since the weather was misty and dreary. If I got too hot, off came the puffer and into my hiking pack it went. While it certainly doesn’t feel like fall or winter in the city, the temperatures are changing rapidly. Stocking up on a down jacket — especially one on sale — is a good idea this Columbus Day.— Meg Lappe



Tom Ford: Shade Master
Save up to 70% on these sunglasses: Tom Ford’s sunglasses are something of a cult favorite. Right now at Nordstrom Rack, you can save up to 70 percent on a few different Italian-made styles.— John Zientek



Denim Deals
Take an extra 30% off: Thanks to Levi’s Columbus Day Sale, you can get a lot of value for less than full price. The American denim giant is offering an extra 30 percent off all orders. Just make sure to add the code EXTRA30 when you check out to take advantage of the great deal.— Justin Fenner

Today on Gear Patrol

The Two Best Scramblers on the Market Take On One of the Greatest Riding Roads in America
The Two Best Scramblers on the Market Take On One of the Greatest Riding Roads in America

To really put a motorcycle through the wringer, it has to be pushed to the limits of its purpose in the harshest way.

The Next Evolution of Hands-Free Filming
The Next Evolution of Hands-Free Filming

The new GoPro HERO7 Black is a game-changer with HyperSmooth stabilization and expanded hands-free abilities for the most advanced GoPro ever.

Are Electrolyte Beers the New Recovery Drink?
Are Electrolyte Beers the New Recovery Drink?

Breweries keep dropping electrolyte-filled beers, and we tested a handful of them to see what they really taste like.

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