MONBREY is a watch brand founded by two Hong Kong-based industrial designers Henry and Austin, they embarked on the watch industry pilgrimage for the past two decades.
With their past 20+ years of watch design and development experience they decided to implement their conceived idea and precipitate this project from their accumulated knowledge.
While they were hesitant about making another “new” vintage watch, they were caught by the angular aesthetic of Cybertruck.
They notice the wedge theme can be traced to the 70s wedge era design.
Taking inspiration from the past is not something new, but the intriguing design similarity came across the past and the future.
The Wedge Era in car design was characterized by angular aesthetics, aggressiveness and devoid of curves.
They started to imagine a new design dimension created by those greatest watchmakers of the past, and how it will precipitate the contemporary watch design.
A different design dimension constitutes by the same old past.
Monbrey MB1 Series
MONBREY will offer the first series MB1: A 38.5mm Antimagnetic Automatic Mechanical Watch.
The watch case is made of 316L stainless steel with a distinct finish, featuring angular lugs and a side profile.
The construction can withstand up to 50 meters of water resistance and 4800 A/m magnetic resistance. Both are tested and certificated in ISO standards (ISO 22810:2010 and ISO764:2020).
The MB1 is driven by a Miyota Calibre 9039. Miyota has founded in the town of Miyota, Nagano Prefecture, Japan in 1918 and is still one of the world’s largest manufacturers of watch calibre.
This calibre is a member of Miyota’s premium series.
A made-in-Japan high-frequency and shock-resistant calibre that allows for smooth spinning with great accuracy. It offers an accuracy of -10 to +30 seconds per day and a power reserve of 42+ hours.
The watch can be used and withstand daily life usage, also no worry of exposed to a common level of magnetic field.
MONBREY pays particular attention to the dial. Watch hands and indexes are multi-faceted and carry an abundance of thickness.
The multi-faceted surface of hands and indexes are designed to reflect natural light and the sharpness of excellent craftsmanship.
MB1 will be available in 5 variations. L04 is the Kickstarter exclusive edition of their first Kickstarter launch, Monbrey will produce it once for this first and memorial Kickstarter campaign, and never be produced again.
Each variant is signed with an individual serial number and comes with an extra brown strap as an exclusive gift for the Kickstarter campaign.
L01 is a three-hand automatic mechanical watch with a nature steel round brushed dial.
The machined brushing radiates mechanical beauty. The brand philosophy and principles are well defined in this iconic reference.
L02 is a three-hand automatic mechanical watch with a black ceramic coated dial. It has a stealthier, more subtle look. Those striking indices and hands set off this dial, giving it a strong presence despite its tranquillity.
L03 is a three-hand automatic mechanical watch with a white ceramic coated dial. The bright reflection results in a dynamic white dial that shifts in a different light. Though based on the same design layout, the white dial is more aggressive and retro futuristic.
L04 is a three-hand automatic mechanical watch with a satin finish grainy blue dial. The dial is shimmering vividly under direct light. Depending on the light, it also turns almost dark navy blue or shifts towards a teal tone.
L05 is a three-hand automatic mechanical watch with a gold PVD case. It is equipped with a black ceramic coated dial. There is no other colourway like yellow gold can trigger such a flood of polarising emotions that range from searing envy to sanctimonious disdain.
You can find their Kickstarter Campaign by clicking HERE!
RETAIL price $499
Kickstarter campaign price
- $299 (Super early brids)
- $339 (Early Brids)
- $369 (Kickstarters)
4800 A/m ANTIMAGNETIC (ISO 764:2020)
5 ATM WATER RESISTANT (ISO 22810:2010)
316L STAINLESS STEEL
BLACK PVD COATED CASE BACK
SOFT IRON FARADAY CAGE
47mm lug to lug
10MM thickness(12.2MM INCL. LENS)
20-16mm(Lug-buckle) STRAP WIDTH
DOUBLE DOME SAPPHIRE plus
(1) 5 layers INTERNAL AR COATING
(2) ANTI-FINGERPRINT COATING ON TOP
(1) TOP LAYER COMES WITH DECENT DIAL
FINISHING AND MULTI-FACETED INDEXES;
(2) SECOND LAYER IS A SOFT IRON ANTI-
MIYOTA CAL.9039 [AUTOMATIC]+[MADE IN JAPAN]+[24JEWELS]+[28800BPH VIBRATIONS]+[ANTI-SHOCK SYSTEM] – 42H Power Reserve