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Timex's new watch collection includes contactless payment straps

Barclaycard's bPay contactless chips are hiding under the leather.
Jamie Rigg, @jmerigg
September 29, 2017
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Barclaycard's various bPay accessories give previously inert objects the ability to make contactless payments, regardless of where you bank. Last year saw the introduction of the bPay Loop, a contactless card alternative that clings to watch straps. Understandably, though, you might not want to ruin the aesthetics of your neat dress watch with a brash rubber sidekick, but Barclaycard and Timex have now teamed up for a more elegant solution.

It's called the Fairfield Contactless, and quite simply, it's the watchmaker's minimalist Fairfield Chronograph with a bPay chip tucked away inside the watch strap. It's just the first in a bPay collection too, with more to follow. There are already a million ways to spend money without a note or coin to hand, but it's definitely one of the more style-conscious bPay products thus far. And when the Fairfield Contactless goes on sale in early November for £159, owners of other compatible Timex watches can upgrade theirs on the cheap by buying one of the black or brown bPay straps on its lonesome.

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