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Today in Gear: March 31, 2014

Today in Gear we examine the return of the “Pepsi bezel”, Office’s move to mobile, an off-roading bumper built for Wranglers, a new escapement from Nomos and a modern take on the Super 8.

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Rolex GMT Master II — Pepsi Bezel
Rolex nerds, rejoice! After years of begging and pleading, wishing and hoping, the Pepsi bezel GMT is back. Unfortunately for mere mortals, it’s being released in 18 carat white gold. Ouch. Rolex.com
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Microsoft Office Mobile
New CEO Satya Nadella is already throwing his weight around Redmond. The enterprise giant just made its iPhone and Android versions of Office Mobile completely free, allowing users to read and edit TPS reports at will. Touch-optimized iPad versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel are now also available and are free for viewing files. But you’ll need a $99 annual subscription to Office365 to make any edits.

Android free | iPhone free | Word for iPad $99 | Excel for iPad $99 | PowerPoint for iPad $99

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Pronghorn Overland Gear MFES-JK Modular Front-End System
This aluminum MFES-JK modular front-end system provides serious off-roading chops for Wranglers (made after 2007). Besides reducing weight while maintaining strength, 18 different configurations and accessories can help better light your way or tow your reckless ass out of a jam. $1,600+
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Nomos Swing System Escapement
Roughly 90 percent of the watch world relies on Nivarox — a Swatch Group company — for their escapements. So, what does Nomos do? They develop their own and don’t increase pricing for models utilizing the Swing System. Welcome to the 10 percent, Nomos. nomos-glashuette.com
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Sony Digital Paper
Sony hopes its 13.3-inch (1,200 x 1,600) E Ink display can finally make life easier for tree-shredding professionals — we’re looking at you, lawyers. At 12.6 ounces, it’s nearly four ounces lighter than the iPad Air, compatible with a stylus and can last up to three weeks on a single charge. 4GB of storage is good for a library’s worth of PDFs, but there’s also a MicroSD slot should the appeals process linger. The question is, counselor, how many legal pads could you buy for $1,100?
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Chinon Bellami HD-1 Video Camera
Somebody tell J.J. The Super 8 is coming back. Techies may remember Chinon’s checkered history as a low-end camera maker that was even owned by Kodak at one point. It appears the Japanese brand had been resuscitated in the form of a diminutive 1080p video camera that’s compatible with a variety of 8mm lenses including those on D, C, CS, and M42 mounts via adapters. Who knows if it’ll come to the U.S. ~$830

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