Introducing the Timex x Todd Snyder Blackjack

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Timex needs little introduction. Chances are you’ve owned at least one watch from this storied, American-born brand in your days as a watch enthusiast, and it’s even likely you have one ticking away in your watch box at this moment. Timex watches are inexpensive and always fun, and it’s often easy to find an appealing one–perhaps while browsing Amazon–that you end up buying just for the hell of it (that’s how I’ve found several, at least).

In the last year Timex has worked with menswear designer Todd Snyder to create some particularly stylish designs. No stranger to watches and having a collection of his own of “50 to 60 watches . . . some work, some don’t,” Mr. Snyder sees watches as “the one accessory that we can express ourselves with.” Based on Timex’s own archives, he takes the original concept and puts his own spin on it making it more modern, but keeping the vintage sensibility intact. Past models, such as the simply titled Military Watch, took a mil-spec design and added some unexpected color, while the Mod Watch was a more subtly updated classic Timex design.

On the wrist of Mr. Snyder.

As part of his Spring 2018 show, which happened during New York Fashion Week this past Monday (July 10th, 2017), Timex and Todd Snyder released their most recent collaboration–the Blackjack. Inspired by a Timex from the ’70s, F1, and Monaco, the Blackjack is a striking watch that contrasts a bold use of color against a black PVD case. When asked about the inspiration for the Blackjack, Mr. Snyder explained, “we came across this one from the ’70s. . . . I was trying to figure out how to make it more contemporary, more modern . . . and I came up with doing the blackened case, which really made it appear more masculine, more edgy. I always like blending those things . . . having things that are classic, but then still having that edginess.”

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On the dial, you’ll find indexes in concentric rings, starting with a minute/second index in red on a quartered track and split between cyan and white. Next, you’ll find two inner rings of black with vivid white numerals–first 1-12, then 13-24. The use of cyan is particularly eye-catching, playing off of the ruby-red numerals and markers around it. The overall pattern creates a bullseye, or roulette wheel effect, that jumps off the wrist. The PVD case acts as a third black ring when looking at the watch from above, really setting off the cyan and red index within.

Measuring 40.25mm x 48.78mm x 10.5mm with 20mm lugs, the Blackjack is a modern, but not too large sport size, and it fits well on the wrist. It features a two-piece case: the bezel and mid-case are one piece, and then there’s a snap-on case back. The case is simple, but rugged with long tapering lugs and a thick bezel, all brushed underneath the black PVD coating. It’s rated to 50 meters. Inside is a Timex Quartz movement, though no specifics are available.

On the wrist, the Blackjack has a lot of presence. It’s a bit flashy due to the high contrast colors, but within tolerable levels. Overall, it has a masculine look. The F1 inspiration is subtle and non-literal, but you definitely get the feel of a gauge when looking at the watch. It’s fun and edgy, as intended, and it would look great paired with a leather jacket, jeans and some boots.

The Timex x Todd Snyder Blackjack is available now for $138 exclusively through toddsnyder.com and in the Todd Snyder flagship store. The Blackjack is just the first of some very exciting things that Timex has in store for 2017, so stay tuned for that in the coming months.

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Zach is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Worn & Wound. Before diving headfirst into the world of watches, he spent his days as a product and graphic designer. Zach views watches as the perfect synergy of 2D and 3D design: the place where form, function, fashion and mechanical wonderment come together.
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