March 19, 2019

Today in Gear: TAG Heuer’s Re-Edition Autavia Chronograph, Expert Opinions on Cast-Iron Skillet Seasoning & More


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Chronographs have a long history of keeping accurate time for auto racing while also being able to help pilots keep a record of elapsed time along a chosen course. And TAG Heuer’s Autavia chronograph played a hand in this when it was born in the 1960s — “AUT” comes from “auto” and “AVIA” comes from “aviation.”

The 1972 Special Re-Edition Autavia is an automatic chronograph that pays homage to the 1972 Heuer Autavia 1163V Viceroy. It’s designed with contemporary elements like a 42mm polished steel case, a sapphire case back, a two-register dial layout and a date window at 6 o’clock while still featuring the black dial, red accents and red chronograph hands of the original. Distinctly an Autavia yet originally modern, the 1972 Special Re-Edition Autavia is a superb branch of the Autavia family tree.


New & Noteworthy Releases

These Rough-Out Boots Will Take a Beating
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A collaboration with Portland-based Ship John.

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Want a Chef’s Knife from One of the Country’s Best Makers? Consider This Instead

Artisan Revere's new chef's knife is a lot like some of the most sought-after knives you can buy, but it's a whole lot cheaper — and maybe even better.

Apple’s New iMacs Are Twice as Powerful as Before. Here’s Everything You Need to Know
Apple’s New iMacs Are Twice as Powerful as Before. Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Apple is shrinking the gap between its entry-level iMacs and super high-end iMac Pros.

Cadillac Unveils the Follow-Up to Its Greatest Modern Sedan
Cadillac Unveils the Follow-Up to Its Greatest Modern Sedan

Cadillac unveiled the 2020 CT5 sedan ahead of this year's New York International Auto Show and it now has the monumental task of replacing both the CTS and ATS sedans and taking on BMW and...

The Popular Nike Free Line is Back — and More Modern than Ever
The Popular Nike Free Line is Back — and More Modern than Ever

The Nike Free line gets a redesign, but they're still minimalist and lightweight, so it feels like you're barefoot.

One of Our Favorite Casemakers Just Did its First Shoe Ever
One of Our Favorite Casemakers Just Did its First Shoe Ever

An office favorite teams up with a top tier shoemaker out of L.A. for a unique collaboration.

Why Now’s a Great Time to Replace Your Motorcycle Helmet
Why Now’s a Great Time to Replace Your Motorcycle Helmet

If you bring your old helmet to any participating AGV retail partner, they'll take it off your hands and give you a coupon for 20% off any new AGV helmet.

Bentley Slows Down the Continental GT But Makes it Better
Bentley Slows Down the Continental GT But Makes it Better

The new Bentley Continental GT V8 may not have the bragging right of the 200 mph crowd, but it’s still no slouch.


Fresh Deals


Tumi 19 Degree Aluminum Suitcases
Save 20%:Aluminum luggage is both incredibly durable and very striking. Unlike suitcases made with poly shells, aluminum carry-ons will protect your belongings from crush-related damage. And due to the nature of the material, they’ll also develop wear-patterns based on your travel, a jet-setter’s patina.

Though many aluminum suitcases are prohibitively expensive, you can currently save 20 percent on a couple solid options from Tumi. Both the International and Continental Carry Ons are now reduced at East Dane. Featuring four rolling wheels, TSA-integrated combination locks, interior zip pockets and a retractable handle, they’re well worth the small investment they command. — John Zientek


Seiko Watches
Save 45%: Seiko consistently offers some of the best value for money in watches, even before the sales start. That being said, we all relish the opportunity to save even more, and right now Macy’s is offering deep discounts on tons of popular models, from the Presage dress watch line to the professional Prospex diver models. With such variety on offer, there’s truly something for everybody. Use the code “VIP” at checkout to nab the extra 25% off. — Oren Hartov


Weston Backcountry Splitboards
Save up to $180: You don’t have to ride chairlifts to snowboard. Actually, the best snow and most interesting terrain are far from resort boundary ropes; you just have to walk to get to it. You’ll want a splitboard, a snowboard that separates into two skis for climbing with skins. Weston Backcountry makes some of the best available, and four of its models are on sale at REI right now for 20 percent off, a savings of nearly $200.
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In many places, winter is already on its way out, and ski resorts will be closing in a matter of weeks (except in California; Mammoth recently announced that it would stay open through the Fourth of July). This is good news for splitboarders — it means that you’ll have resorts to yourself all spring until the last flake melts. — Tanner Bowden


Bellroy Backpacks Sale
Save 20%: Save up to 20 percent off two sleek backpack styles from Bellroy. The Campus Backpack and Shift Backpack come in a handful of neutral colors, and both have plenty of space for your laptop, a change of clothes, keys, watch, a camera and whatever else you like to carry to and from work every day. Both bags are water-resistant meaning they’ll hold up during a rainy or sunny commute. As you start to think about warmer weather and the possibility of biking to work, a sturdy and spacious backpack should be top of mind. These two packs have just the right amount of space, plus look good whether you’re meeting a client for coffee or dinner or are going from the gym directly to the office. — Meg Lappe

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Bose Home Speaker 500
Save $50: Released this past summer, the Bose Home 500 is the company’s first Alexa-enabled smart speaker. You can think of it as being very similar to a Sonos One – you can ask Alexa to change songs, turn up the volume, or control your smart home devices – but the Home 500 can play with other Bose speakers instead of Sonos speakers in a multi-room setup.

If you want an Alexa-enabled smart speaker that sounds great on its own or can be paired with other Bose speakers, the Home 500 is a great and safe bet. Normally $400, you can get it for $50 less on Amazon today. — Andy Frakes


Herman Miller Aeron
Save 51%: By virtually any measure, Herman Miller’s Aeron task chair is one of, if not the, greatest desk chair of all-time. Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick’s design features supreme adjustability: seat height, arm height, lumbar support, reclining tension and forward and rear tilt locks. It was the first successful integration of airy mesh into task chair design. Shoot, it even earned a spot in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. Fair or not, any company that releases a high-end office chair today must bear comparison to the Aeron.

Today, the Aeron is 51 percent off on Ebay. These specific products are open-box models, which means they’re somewhere between new and used — so it’s fair to approach with caution (it may be worth contacting the seller before dropping close to $500). That said, this is about as affordable as an Aeron will go for. —Will Price


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These Are the 18 Best Handmade Bikes of the Year
These Are the 18 Best Handmade Bikes of the Year

Hundreds of bicycle builders just gathered for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Here are the 18 bikes that stood out the most.

Reader Survey: What’s The Best Thing You’ve Ever Bought For $25 or Less?
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Everyone has a story about a dirt cheap pickup they swear by – what's yours?

Now is the Time to Buy a Jeep Wrangler CJ
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The CJ-7 is cheap compared to foreign idols. If you want a vintage off-roader, why not just buy a Jeep CJ-7?

What Globetrotting Suit-Seller Mark Cho Has in His Cart
What Globetrotting Suit-Seller Mark Cho Has in His Cart

A high-end watch, a German pen, a seersucker jacket and more.

The Ever Popular Adidas Ultraboost 19 Gets an Upgrade
The Ever Popular Adidas Ultraboost 19 Gets an Upgrade

After four years of popularity, Adidas transforms the Ultraboost 19 with more Boost foam, an updated upper and an external heel cup.


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