It took Apple, and their eponymous watch, to really hammer home the point that the traditional fine watch industry was stuck in the past. No, not with regards to the watch itself —*I’m still plenty fine with gears and wheels — no, the real revelation was that it doesn’t have to be so hard to change a strap.* As someone who’s sworn at more flying spring bars than I’d care to admit, that first, buttery-smooth Apple was a revelation. And clearly not just for me. In the following years, the number of tool-free strap-changing methods has increased significantly, heralding a new wave of user-friendliness (and more proprietary straps, which doesn’t hurt the bottom line). So without any further ado, here’s our pick of the systems that might usurp the spring bar.* Cartier Santos de Cartier The renaissance of the Santos is real, and one of the major features, along with the new case, was the elegant and sturdy QuickSwitch. It’s excellent, and will be familiar in functionality to Apple Watch owners.* Hublot One Click Hublot’s widely used One Click strap system lives up to the name – a distinctive button on the outside of the case is used to activate…

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