Over time, Todd Snyder has confirmed himself notably adept on the artwork of the collaboration. Whether or not it is his immaculate Champion sweats or his L.L. Bean moccasins, the man has a knack for digging up dusty archival gems and sprucing them into trendy perfection. That’s the story of Snyder’s long-running collaboration with Timex, which has yielded a variety of inexpensive remixes from the American watchmaker’s again catalog, from fashionable subject watches to modern tributes to the Mad Males period. This week, Snyder is again at it with one thing utterly new: his first-ever Timex chronograph. And with particulars impressed by classic pilot’s watches, a strap made out of recycled clothes, and a $178 sticker value, it was definitely worth the wait.
This may be Snyder’s first foray into the world of chronographs (watch-speak for timepieces with a built-in stopwatch operate), however the Timex x Todd Snyder MK1 Sky King spotlights his curatorial eye in high type. In step with the MK1’s roots as a navy subject watch, the Sky King is filled with particulars usually discovered on military-issue aviation watches from the late Nineteen Sixties (in addition to luxurious timepieces from the likes of IWC and Breitling), like a triangular marker at 12 o’clock, a slip-through NATO-style canvas strap, and a domed acrylic crystal. Its dial, with separate chronograph subdials for hours, minutes, and seconds, is out there in basic black and life-preserver orange.
Beneath all of those classic particulars, nonetheless, is a totally trendy quartz Timex, with all the advantages you’d anticipate from a twenty first century timepiece. Which means a sturdy 42mm chrome steel case, a date window at three o’clock, and a water-resistance score of fifty meters—to not point out that eco-friendly recycled strap. It additionally means, like all the basic Americana in Snyder’s in depth lineup, it’ll look equally stellar accented by your favourite uncooked denims, garment-dyed tees, military-inspired liner jackets, and heavy-duty fisherman sweaters. That versatility, together with a value properly below $200, is precisely the type of finesse that has earned Snyder his repute as a king of the collaboration. Lengthy could he reign.