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The Roundup: Enamel Dials, Invaluable Tools, and Timeless Classics
Words by Windup Watch Shop

The Roundup is the Windup Watch Shop's weekly rundown of the latest and greatest watches, accessories, EDC, and more. Top billing belongs to the Treat Yourself category, which spotlights special watches worth their price tag, while the Value-Packed Pick celebrates a timepiece that provides great bang for buck. Upgrade Your Kit highlights indispensable everyday carry gadgets. When You Have Too Many Watches is all about accessories and peripherals for your watch collection. Last but not least, the Deal of the Week is a limited time bargain that you will not want to miss.

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Treat Yourself: Louis Erard Le Régulateur Grand Feu Enamel

The Grand Feu Enamel Régulateur is a milestone for the nearly-hundred year old brand. It marks Louis Erard’s first endeavor with grand feu (“Big Fire”) enameling, and the results are nothing short of stunning. Long considered a pinnacle of high horology and painstaking craftsmanship, grand feu enamel dials are created by blasting thin layers of enamel powder at extremely high temperatures. Each layer is applied by hand and must be individually checked after heating. Louis Erard combines this old technique with a contemporary design language through the watch’s typeface, dial layout, and proportions. At 39mm wide by 45mm long, the Régulateur is a daily-wearable watch that simply provides an unprecedented level of hand craftsmanship for the price.

Value-Packed Pick: Tissot PRX Quartz 40mm

The Tissot PRX needs no introduction at this point as it has captured the attention of both hardcore and casual enthusiasts alike. Sharp vintage styling, colorful dial choices, movement options, and even bracelet and strap variations, make for a watch that can be configured exactly how you want it. We love the white-dial 40mm PRX with a quartz movement and rubber strap: it’s refreshing, fuss-free, and represents perhaps the best value across the entire PRX line. Tissot’s ability to capture a 1970s aesthetic and bring it into the modern age with accessible pricing has paid dividends. For our value-packed pick, look no further than this.

Upgrade Your Kit: Gerber Armbar Drive

Gerber is a relative newcomer to the Windup Watch Shop, but they have been making high quality gear for a long time. The Armbar Drive is a shining example of what Gerber does best: build undeniable functionality into elegant and rugged form factors. In a package that measures only 3.6 inches long and .7 inches wide, Gerber has managed to shoehorn a plain edge, Philips driver, bottle opener, hammer, scissors, and more. And with a lifetime warranty, you can be sure the Armbar will go the distance when you need to. It’s the perfect candidate for upgrading your kit, and it’s our choice for this Roundup.

When You Have Too Many Watches: Leather Valet Tray

Watch cases and rolls make excellent accessories for the collector, yet a valet tray can offer even greater functionality, particularly around the house. Convoy Co’s Leather Valet Tray is made of full-grain Italian nappa leather and paired with a waterproof suede lining for durability. It serves as a one-stop shop to hold and store watches, keys, and other small items around the house. Depending on your stylistic preferences and home decor, you can choose between a navy or green. A quality leather tray is a perfect practical gift that works for any home or office.

Deal of the Week: Timex Marlin Sub-Dial Automatic

Timex has been on a tear as of late, releasing watches that are both stylistically and mechanically interesting. The Marlin is a classic Timex collection that has returned in recent years, and the Sub-Dial Automatic is an interesting and refreshing take on the old-school line. With clean dial text printing, Arabic numerals, and a railroad minutes track on the edge of the dial, this Marlin is certainly a retro callback. But the vertically-brushed slate dial and bright red second hand on the sub-dial add touches of modernity that bring this watch into perfect “everyday watch” territory. Paired with a rugged black leather strap and workhorse Miyota inside, it’s this week’s highlight for Deal of the Week.