January 17, 2019

Today in Gear: A Truly Affordable Tourbillon Watch, the Best Facial Cleansers for Oily Skin & More


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Tourbillons are arguably some of the most challenging watch complications to build by hand. The tourbillon mechanism is tiny and usually crafted with many, many parts, requiring a unique set of tools and a lot of time to produce. This is why they have for so long been expensive and rare, typically costing six figures. ERA Timepieces raised over $1 million on Indiegogo to change that by setting out to make this unique movement attainable for anyone through the ERA Prometheus.

Offering a lower-half exposed mechanism, the ERA Prometheus is a single-axis tourbillon movement that has both a GMT hand and sun/moon-style time-of-day indicator. A 44mm stainless steel case and a sapphire crystal safeguard this intricate movement that is mesmerizing to view. A demonstration of watchmaking virtuosity, it’s an opportunity for anyone to own something that was unattainable for an incredibly long time.


New & Noteworthy Releases

What the Hell Is Going on With This Pocket Knife?
What the Hell Is Going on With This Pocket Knife?

Krudo Knives' newest folding pocket knife has many of the features of a typical blade, but doesn't look like one.

These Are the Most Valuable Sneakers Released Since October
These Are the Most Valuable Sneakers Released Since October

Limited-edition kicks from Nike, Adidas and Puma make up the list, with prices topping out at $4,393.

Greubel Forsey Fit an Incredible Amount of Engineering Into This 39.6mm Watch
Greubel Forsey Fit an Incredible Amount of Engineering Into This 39.6mm Watch

If you know Greubel Forsey, you know the brand makes pretty big watches. The new Balancier Contemporain is its first piece under 40mm.

The Best Headlight Design of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show
The Best Headlight Design of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

Lexus's radical lighting paired with the crowd-favorite coupe design language bodes very well for the drop top halo car hitting roads soon.

Bourbon Experts Will Be Hunting for This $23 Rye Whiskey — Here’s Why
Bourbon Experts Will Be Hunting for This $23 Rye Whiskey — Here’s Why

Good news: Old Forester is releasing a rye that's going to be affordable and available.

This Is What the Next Generation of Binoculars Looks Like
This Is What the Next Generation of Binoculars Looks Like

Artificial intelligence, live streaming and 4K video are pretty standard features in smartphone cameras nowadays — and now they're coming to binoculars.

Why You Have Too Much Fishing Gear, According to the Founder of Patagonia
Why You Have Too Much Fishing Gear, According to the Founder of Patagonia

In the newly revised second edition of Simple Fly Fishing, Patagonia's founder argues that fishing with less is better.

No Kitchen Is Complete Without a Heavy-Duty Blowtorch — Buy This One ASAP
No Kitchen Is Complete Without a Heavy-Duty Blowtorch — Buy This One ASAP

The puny dessert blow torches of yesteryear are unfit for a home kitchen. Here's why a heavy-duty blowtorch should be your next Amazon pickup.


Fresh Deals


Oliver Peoples Sunglasses
Save up to 77%:Founded in 1987, Los Angeles-based eyewear brand Oliver Peoples made a name for itself producing tasteful and refined sunglasses. For three decades, the brand’s focus on quality Italian manufacturing and timeless designs have set it apart from the competition. And though its prices are normally quite expensive, you can you can save 77 percent on a few pairs of sunglasses today at Nordstrom Rack. Choose from fashion-forward colors or reliable classics — they don’t cost more than $120. — John Zientek


Chef’sChoice Knife Sharpener
Save $40 In the world of electric knife sharpeners, Chef’sChoice (no space) is the only name you need to know. Unlike companies with hundreds of products in dozens of product categories, since its 1985 founding Chef’sChoice has been almost exclusively focused on the knife sharpener. Its products are heralded by the gear testing savants at Cook’s Illustrated and Wirecutter, but typically come with a large caveat — price.

Today on Amazon, the Chef’sChoice 120 is marked down 31 percent — good for $40 off and its lowest price ever. Happy sharpening. —Will Price


TRX Original
Save $40 When arranged thoughtfully and outfitted appropriately, a home gym can be an entirely capable alternative to a pricey gym membership. It doesn’t have to call for heavy and bulky (not to mention expensive) equipment, either. TRX’s original suspension trainer was created with this type of functional minimalism in mind — it was invented by a Navy SEAL squadron commander named Randy Hetrick who was searching for a way to stay fit during deployment.
Hetrick’s original version was made of a jiu-jitsu belt and parachute webbing, but the design has since been refined. The system sets up virtually anywhere, and one size is suitable for upper body, lower body and core workouts. It comes with a mesh bag for storage and travel and includes workout primers developed by professional trainers.
Like an as-seen-on-TV contraption, it can be adapted to various workouts and targeted exercises. Unlike that hulking machine, it can be bought in fewer than 12 installments, especially now that it’s over 26 percent off — a savings of $40 — at Huckberry. — Tanner Bowden


Furniture from Target
Save Up to 60%Target’s unlikely blend of frugality, surprising quality and clean looks have earned its home section plenty of praise over the last few years. And today, a host of its already-cheap furniture is discounted even further. We’re talking couch-for-just-over-$100 cheap. Find some of our favorite items below. — Will Price


Today on Gear Patrol

We Had to Look Hard, but Here Are Some of The Best Value Watches We Found at SIHH 2019
We Had to Look Hard, but Here Are Some of The Best Value Watches We Found at SIHH 2019

Value takes on a new meaning in the world of high luxury watches — especially at SIHH, one of the world’s premier watch events.

This Crazy-Looking Wireless Speaker Sounds Like Nothing Else
This Crazy-Looking Wireless Speaker Sounds Like Nothing Else

It's small and not unrealistically expensive, either.

This IWC Chronograph Fuses Military Cool and Serious Watchmaking
This IWC Chronograph Fuses Military Cool and Serious Watchmaking

We've seen ceramic watches before, but this new sand-colored special from IWC takes the cake for its killer, mil-spec looks.

The 6 Best Cleansers for Oily Skin
The 6 Best Cleansers for Oily Skin

The first step in managing oily skin is finding a cleanser that can remove dirt and oil without over-drying the skin. These six do it best.

Opinion: The Detroit Auto Show Is a Source of Hope
Opinion: The Detroit Auto Show Is a Source of Hope

New sports cars from unexpected brands and the many adventure-ready overlanders coming down the pipeline are enough to plaster a smile on anyone's face.

How to Get the Best Hiking Boots for You
How to Get the Best Hiking Boots for You

Buying hiking boots isn't as straightforward as it used to be. Here's how to get a pair that fits right and will last for miles.

All Of Our Coverage From SIHH 2019
All Of Our Coverage From SIHH 2019

The place to follow all of our coverage from the world's most exclusive luxury watch show, Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie.

The 5 Best New Watches We Saw at SIHH 2019: Day Three
The 5 Best New Watches We Saw at SIHH 2019: Day Three

We saw a great mix of watches on Day Three of SIHH, though it was mostly the complicated pieces that tended to stand out.


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