Chicago | September 12, 2014 9:00 am

All Sistems Go

By The Editors

Helluva time these past few days.

Last week, Motorola unveiled the Moto 360 from the depths of Merch Mart.

This week, those techie bellwethers in Cupertino announced a little something called the Apple Watch.

It’s the kinda’ hubbub that makes a man yearn for simpler time(s).

Like this: Swatch’s Sistem51, just now available in Chicago.

It may not look it at first glance, but the Sistem51 is covet-worthy for three simple reasons:

1. It’s a self-winding mechanical with only 51 parts anchored by a single screw.

2. Reasonably priced. Low cost, high design.

3. It’s a radical milestone in watchmaking. The watch is assembled by robots. Yes, robots. Untouched by human hands during the entire manufacturing process.

What’s that all mean? Dogged Swiss precision, baby — a 100% Swiss-made marvel that strikes a fine balance between design and engineering.

The result: a one-of-kind ticker even the nerdiest watch heads can get behind.

It’s available in four colorways and has an open back for admiring the movement of the crank.  

Altogether, a very smartly built timepiece.

And that’s enough to please us.