Matte Works Watches are now live on Kickstarter!
I am very happy to let you know about this very new and super cool microbrand called Matte Works this is also the very first microbrand I know which makes watches powered by full solar energy!
The first solar watch collection is called Solution-01 and features solar-powered watches with unique dial designs, innovative hardware designs and interchangeable straps for different occasions.
Inspired from the sci-fi-like landscape of the solar power plants, the collection encapsulates the beauty of solar energy into the design.
The Solution-01 Collection includes 2 different color dial versions (Black & White), 2 colors of leather straps (Black & Chestnut) and 2 colors of nylon straps (Black & Pine).
Matte Works – Solution 01 and Solar energy
How does a solar energy watch works?
A solar watch is a watch driven by converting natural or artificial light into electrical energy.
Light energy received by the solar cell, a solar panel unit under the dial, is converted into electrical energy.
The energy is stored in the rechargeable secondary battery and is used to drive the watch.
Unlike disposable batteries that are used in traditional quartz watches, the rechargeable battery can be recharged thousands of times before replacement is required.
In an era when there is a greater emphasis on environmental change, solar watches are more environmentally friendly than their quartz counterparts, as they have significantly longer battery change intervals than quartz watches.
Solution 01 Design
Of course the design of this very cool timepiece is based on the solar panel (dial).
The solar panel features a patterned translucent dial (black version), which is inspired by the arrangement of the heliostat mirror of a Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) energy plant.
The heliostat mirror is a critical component of a concentrated solar power system. It is responsible for tracking the sun and redirecting the beam of sunlight onto the target receiver.
The beauty happens from the accurately calculated heliostat pattern, resulting in a futuristic, sci-fi like landscape.
Over the solar panel, all hour positions are marked with minutes and hours markers for legibility. Brushed pencil hands filled with luminous ensure a clear display of time in a low-light environment.
This watch has very good size thanks to the 40 mm case and 9.7 mm thick, the watch is made by 316L Stainless Steel with a brushed finish.
Very minimalistic look (which i really like) and very good durability thanks to the scratch resistant sapphire-coated crystal.
There are aviailable also 2 kind of straps, leather and nato straps, both with very high quality.
Matte Works Solution 01 – Why buy?
As you can see this timepiece and new microbrand has a strong connection with enviroment and I think that today this is a very important topic and also a negative point for quartz watches.
The watch looks cool, innovative, minimalistic and you never need a battery change on your watch.
The concept of the watch and innovative idea to use the solar system for a microbrand watch is a good starting point for this company and I hope to see them into the Microbrands Book 2023.
Click here to join their kickstarter campaign!