Giorgio Salvatore Watches Microbrand

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Today I just discovered a new Italian Microbrand called Giorgio Salvatore!

Giorgio Salvatore is a new brand whose project was born 3 years ago in Milan and was developed in a team of professionals in an Italian specialized center recognized internationally.

GS is a project born in Milan in 2019 inspired by the history of Giorgio Salvatore.

Mechanic and designer, Giorgio was born in 1935 in Milan, where as a child he learned the art of mechanics, thanks to his parents former pilots without fear of danger.

He worked in the family workshop and then took a path as a designer in the Alfa Romeo car manufacturer.

Eager to create his own company, he opened a mechanical workshop in the 60’s and later a dealership, devoting himself in his spare time to the maintenance of vintage cars.

His daughter and niece grew up breathing his passion, and later decided to bring to life a design inspired by car shapes.

The first design draft was drawn in January 2019, and then developed and tested until April 2022, thanks to the collaboration of a highly specialized team.

The first collection of Giorgio Salvatore watches is called FirstClassic,

The goal of the fundraising is to start the start-up, devoting particular attention to the research and development of new and more advanced specimens.

Watch features: it’s unisex, wearable at any age and on any occasion.  

The materials have been chosen with care and are of excellent quality.Technical characteristics:

Giorgio Salvatore – Why buy?

1. It’s a made in Italy product that aims to give work to a young segment

2.  Has a patented design, it’s unique.

3. It’s available on the crowfounding platform (Indiegogo) with a 16% discount plus a 20% discount on a purchase of a future new model.

4. It’s covered by a 2 years warranty

5. Free worldwide shipping

You can find link to the campaign here

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Manime Watches Microbrand

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I am finally ready to present you a new watch and new microbrand that is now live for pre order on their site and is called Manime!

Manime watches is a new microbrand created by Édouard, a very nice french guy and of course a true watch lover and like many other inspired by his country, France.

The Founder – Edouard

The logo, also designed by him, was inspired by the yellow rose that symbolises friendship, and by France’s shape, the hexagon.

Manime Watches – La F.

La F. is the first timepiece of the brand and offers a new aesthetic to the classics of horology by adopting different textures and contrasting colors.

Different colors available

The spear like indexes mirror the traditional dauphine hands, and are set in a circular brushed dial available in 4 different colors.

This captivating dial is placed on a cushion case, which combines the ruggedness of a square case with the delicate nature of a round one.

This dichotomy of curves and straight lines gives life to the whole assembly.

Personally I really like the shape of the watch because it reminds to the vintage camaro Tag Heuer Style watch and I have to say that also the dimensions are perfect for every kind of wrist size.

This thank you to the 10.2 mm thickness and 40 mm case.

La F. comes with a 20mm Milanese Mesh strap and a butterfly clasp. Popular in the 70’s, the 1.9mm thick steel strap gives it a polished look.

The strap is caracterizetd by super fast changing buttons.

La F. is powered by the classic and high level Miyota movement 9039 very welll known for affidability and has both sapphire crystal on the top and on the back of the watch.

You can see also the logo on the back.

La F. Specifications

Here you can find the specifications of the watch.

My Impressions

Despite we are talking about a new brand the watch looks cool and the size is perfect for every wrist.

I really like all the colors options and the vintage style of this timepiece and also the minimalism touch used into the dial.

The movement is a premium miyota 9039 and the shape of the case looks very classic but with a modern touch thanks to the dial details.

The logo on the back of the case looks cool instead of showing only the naked movement (like a lot of other brands) I think it is a good idea.

Also the mesh bracelet looks solid and very elegant!

Why Buy?

As you know I always want to talk about new people and watch lovers that are starting their own company, brand, timepiece and this is not easy.

But in Edouard I saw a lot of effort and passion, starting from the good idea and concept of the watch to the organisation of the campaign, with very professional materials and info.

When you are starting to believe into a new project you have to consider of course the quality and concept of the watch but also the professionality of the person, for me one of the first thing which helps the potential customers to have more trust.

So for me is a yes, for the price you get a good watch and helping a new microbrand to start the journey!

I hope also to have Manime in the MIcrobrands Book 2023.

Manime contacts

Site https://www.manime-watches.com/

La F. will be available at a special pre-order price on Manime website.

Early birds: 339 EUR / USD with free shipping – For the preorders
Retail Price: 399 EUR / USD – After launching period

Here you can find also the timeline of the watch production.

Matte Works Watches Microbrand

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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!

Nex Watches: La Mer

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Hello watch lovers, today I want to present you a new microbrand that has just launched a new Kickstarter campaign for their First model, La Mer.

Nex Watches is a Norwegian microbrand based in Oslo and their first model consists in very nice little diver, something that fits everything, and everyone, anytime, and everywhere.

With slick Norwegian design, inspired by the rugged mountains, and the beautiful fjords, Nex watches has used the finest materials and their favorite watch components, to a price everyone can afford.

Their first model is caracterized by a very nice Pop-Up Black Dial.

The dial they chose is inspired by the mountainpeaks, and the way it shimmers in the light will remind you of Norway’s coastline.

The sapphire glass is scratchproof, and the watchcase is made of 316L stainless steel.

I think that the most interesting featureof the watch is absolutely the Super Luminova on the bezel.

La Mer – Why Buy?

The most important point of this watch is for sure the price range, with 250€ you can have an automatic diver with 316L stainless steel, super luminova (hands, indices and bezel), wooden box with rubber strap included.

Of course this is the kickstarte starting price so that is Why the price is really good but if you are looking for a norwegian design without spending so much money, La Mer could be the right choice.

Here you can find the Kickstarter campaign!

La Mer – Technical Specifications

– Size: 40mm

– Thickness: 13mm

– Lug Width: 22mm

– Sapphire glass

– Stainless Steel 316L.

– Water Resistance 10 ATM (100m)

– Super-Luminova

– Screw down crown

– Tapered bracelet

– Seiko NH35A

The Box & Warranty

– Box.

– Warranty card – 1 Year.

– Rubber Strap is included in the box.

Interstellar Watches

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Today I am very proud to present you a new watch that is just funded on Kickstarter and supported by NASA, this timepiece is very special because of the connection with space!

I am talking about Interstellar Watches!

INTERSTELLAR introduces the RED3,721 Collection, approved by NASA.

RED3,721 is an extraordinary timepiece assembled and supported by Col&MacArthur.

This microbrand commemorates NASA’s Mars 2020 mission with the RED3,721.

INTERSTELLAR focuses on the conquest of space, commemorates important spatial events, and preserves knowledge of the physics of the Universe.

This project sheds light on the discoveries of space, the Universe, and the experience it procures.

It makes you part of the history and its exploration by highlighting humanity’s heritage and the preservation of its knowledge.

All in all, INTERSTELLAR gives you the feeling of traveling through space with a celestial object on your wrist while discovering human great achievements.

Interstellar watches – mars powder on the wrist

INTERSTELLAR is in collaboration with The Meteoritical Society, the International Society for Meteorites and Planetary Science.

Thanks to them, you will be able to trace the history, the origin, and the technical specifications of the meteorite you wear on your wrist.

This Martian meteorite was discovered in 2021 in northwest Africa and supplied by the company MSG meteorites.

Most meteorites are named after the place where they were found, in this case his name is “NWA14269”.

A certificate of authenticating the provenance will be delivered with your timepiece. 

Remember that depending on your choice of the watch you can decide to have mars dust or Nasa logo at 3 o clock.

Specifications

Here below all the specifications of the watch

Binary code on the dial

This watch is also caracterized by a binarycode on the dial and an hidden message!

Why buy?

We are not talking about the classic microbrand, this is a very unique and special watch.

In my opinion I would choose the dust version but it is up to you.

For what you will have on the wrist this timepiece is absolutely super cool and the price really good.

Probably the dimension of the case is big but correct for what is inside!

Here you can find the link to their campaign!

Obelus Watches

Let’s take a look to a new microbrand from France called Obelus Watches!

They are now live with a campaign on Kickstarter!

OBELUS has given a facelift to one of the most popular designs from the watchmaking history “Chronograph”, to create its inaugural watch model “OBELUS RETRO CHRONOSCOPE”, designed by an enthusiastic watch lover in Versailles (France).

OBELUS, as a micro watch brand, proposes a unique “Dressy / Sports / Coloured” style distinct from those available in the market.

The purpose is clear to share a passion in amplifying the heritage of the tool watch, while paying tribute to the timeless designs originated in the past.

Obelus Watches – a deep look

The first time a saw this watch I remember that I really like the concept of a really elegant chronograph but at the same time with a lot of color options and a good versatility.

This starting from the case to the dials.

You can see immediatly the attention for the details, with red and withe hands and numbers of the dial.

There are 2 type of case finish:

  • 316L stainless steel polished and hand finished brushed
  • 316L stainless steel with black DLC treatment,shot blasted

Abouy the dials there are 5 different color options for every mood/occasion.

Another interesting feature of this watch is the microseconds withe/red hands with also the 24h display with lunar/sun indicator at 3 o’ clock.

This is not a common feature on watches that are in this price range, so really good point!

The date at 6 o’ clock is really easy to find and read.

Obelus Watches – Specifications and prices

Here are all the specifications of these timepieces and kickstarter options:

Obelus Watches – Why Buy?

Despite there are a lot of Microbrands that are making chronos I have to say that Obelus is probably one of the most interesting I ever write about on my site.

The ratio quality/price is really good for a mecaquartz chrono with Seiko Movement and with also a very fine leather straps, display with lunar/sun indicator and all these color options starting from the case with DLC treatment.

A really elegant timepiece that you can use everywhere.

Obelus Watches – site and Kickstarter

If you really like this watches you can find here all the info to purchase and contact the owner!

Kickstarter campaign

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obelus-watches/retro-chronoscope-collection

Site

http://obelus-watches.com/

MT&W Microbrand

I just found on Instagram a really cool microbrand called MT&W that live on Kickstarter with their first campaign!

MT&W is a new microbrand founded in 2021 and inspired by the vintage style of the Seventies.

Some of their favourite designs came during this decade, including the Omega Chronostop, the Zenith El Primero, and the Fortis Marinemaster.

By the Seventies, the chronograph watch had come to resemble the designs we know and love; curved lugs, three subdials, and a tachymeter bezel were all key characteristics that you will find in this microbrand MT&W!

Eclipse is their first model and this watch combines a vintage shape with a slimmer, contemporary case.

One of the most noticeable ways the brand balances vintage style with modern detailing is through carefully selected colors.

MT&W – the Patina dial.

Patina is a scientific process that occurs naturally over the years through oxidation and can be quickened with the help of chemicals.

It gives certain materials like metal and wood a tarnished finish with subtle fading and changes in the surface texture.

Simply put, patina is an effect that gives items a more aged appearance.

These days, the technique is frequently used by luxury fashion brands to give jewellery and accessories an antique finish.

MT&W Microbrand – the color choice

All the Chrono watches are characterized by a range of distinctive color schemes as you can see.

Unlike more traditional colourways such as the familiar black and white Panda, the Eclipse aims to do something a little unexpected.

This name comes from the contrast created when the dark backdrop and subdials meet the lighter tones of the golden dial – an effect which resembles three moons eclipsing a sun.

The most unique aspect of the Eclipse watch is in the finer details.

Designed in a classic Tachymetre style, the bezel is finished in a matte black tone along with the dial background and three subdials.

While it’s common practice to combine opposing colors and tones like whites and blacks, MT&W wanted to do things in their way and break with this tradition.

All of the numbers and markers are also finished in matte black, complementing rather than contrasting the other elements of the design.

MT&W

The result is a unique combination of dark tones that keeps things low profile, while the deep red minute and second markers on the main dial catch the eye nicely.

As always with MT&W’s timepieces, the dial is finished with their signature patina effect, which lends an antique touch to the design and ensures every watch is truly one of a kind.

The case of the Eclipse is crafted from hand-polished 316 stainless steel with a double curved lug.

They assemble the golden patina dial with Seiko VK63 movement, which allows the watch to retain its slim shape once it’s all put together.

MT&W
Patina dial

MT&W’s skilled watchmakers assemble each piece by hand, combining the black bezel with thick dome crystal.

When it’s finished, the whole watch measures just 12.7mm in thickness, while the 40mm case allows it to maintain a classic appearance on the wrist.

MT&W Microbrand – Specifications and contacts

Their site here www.mtw.watch

Their Kickstarter campaign here https://bit.ly/3OVbDpP

MOVEMENT

Japanese Seiko VK63 Mechanical-Quartz Chronograph

DIMENSIONS

Bezel Width – 40mm excluding crown

Case Thickness – 13.5 mm including crystal

Lug to Lug – 48mm

MATERIALS

Case – 316L Stainless Steel

CRYSTAL

High Clarity Domed K1 Mineral Crystal

DIAL

Metallica dial with our Signature Aged Patina

STRAP

Premium Leather / Nato Strap with pin buckle

WATER RESISTANCE

3 ATM / 30 Meters

WEIGHT

58g

MT&W Why buy?

Many brands make watches inspired by vintage times, especially chronograph brands.

In this case, this microbrand has really made something original and I think that if you are a fan of microbrands watches, you absolutely must have this watch in your collection.

Definitely good value for money, choice of materials and especially originality of the dial!

Fledderman von Rieste Microbrand Watches

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It’s time to discover new watches on Kickstarter and today I want to present you the microbrand Fledderman von Rieste and their first timepiece!

This campaign will feature The Muncher, a Swiss Made small seconds dial watch and is now available on Kickstarter from today (May 1) for 60 days.

The May start of their campaign positions for delivery of production watches to backers by December of 2022.

The Muncher is a watch inspired by the Bavarian capital with an independent streak as strong as its economic might.

The residents of Munich have long enjoyed a harmonious existence with their surroundings, and take every opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty in and around their city.

The Münchner – discovering the watch

This watch has a 44mm polished medical grade stainless steel case.

Both case sides feature parallel lines representing the twin spires of the Frauenkirche, a defining feature of the old city’s skyline, and a foundation of the city for centuries.

The dial is where The Münchner stands apart from other watches.

The small seconds’ complication at the six o’clock position harkens to Munich’s independent streak.

The framed small seconds sub dial serves as a tribute to the famous city squares where Münchners come together. Like Munich and its residents, this watch does things its own way and on its terms.

This watch is super comfortable and three dial options are available:

Victory BlueCharcoal or Antique Map

The centerpiece small seconds dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal featuring water resistance to 300 feet.

The heart of the Münchner is a Sellita SW260 series automatic self-winding movement, the SW260, born in the heart of Switzerland, features 31 jewels and an impressive 38-hour power reserve making sure you are always the master of your time.

Also the clasp of the watch is very elegant and Fledderman choose a very nice deployant option.

Fledderman von Rieste – Why Buy?

This watch has many features and I have to say that for the price and the movement that this microbrand is offering I totally suggest this timepiece, especially if you like Munich and you like this style of watch.

Despite we re talking about a dress watch, The Muncher is very versatile for different occasions!

Check out their Kickstarter campaign here !

Check out their site here!

https://vonrieste.com/

Specifications:

Movement: Sellita SW260 Series

Bracelet: Cognac Italian Leather (22mm) (Cognac, Black, or Mahogany)

Case: 316 Stainless Steel

Case diameter: 44 mm

Case Thickness: 11 mm

Lug to Lug: 52 mm

Dial color: Victory Blue, Charcoal, or Antique Map

Crystal: Scratch‑resistant sapphire crystal

Water resistance: 10bar (100 metres / 300feet)

The Project:

Pledge Levels:

Stage One – Early Birds: $550, limit to 50

Stage Two – Almost Early: $650, limit to 100

Stage Three – Not so Early: $750, limit to 150

Stage Four – Everyone Else: $900, no limit

MSRP $999

Timeline:

December 2020 – June 2021 – Product Development

September 2021 – Prototyping

October – December 2021 Testing

December 2021 – Refinements

January 2022 – Design Freeze

May 2022 – Kickstarter Launch

June 2022 – Campaign Closes

July 2022 – Production Begins

November 2022 – Qulaity Control

December 2022 – Packing and Shipping

The Ugly Watch Co

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It is time to discover new watches on Kickstarter and today I just discovered The Ugly Watch Co!

The UGLY Watch Co, has given a facelift to one of the most iconic designs in watchmaking history, the “Sport Watch”.

Not redefined but re-imagined, with four Mother of Pearl Dials to choose from: Classic Black, Pink, Purple and Blue.

The UGLY Watch Co. is paying homage to the golden age of Sport Watch history by re-imagining the well-known classic style and adding a new take on the affordable luxury Sport Watch.

It has a little larger 41mm case than the 36-38mm cases from the 70s and 80s, to satisfy modern tastes that gravitate toward styles with a larger case design while preserving the shapely silhouette inherited from the vintage sport watch style, staying loyal to the original essence.

As a Microbrand watch company, The UGLY Watch Co. promotes the spirit of defying the current status quo and distinguishing their unique Sport Watch look from others on the market today.

These guys share their passion for preserving the history of classic dress, yet casual sport watch while paying homage to classic styles from the past.

At 41mm and 48mm lug to lug with a total thickness of 11.1mm, this case is crafted with meticulous attention to detail. The highly polished fitted Stainless Steel bezel, the brushed finish on the center case body extends to the contoured lugs, ensuring an exceptional fit and finish for the bracelets solid end links.

Finally, the case is finished with high polishing on top and bottom.

First and for most, Mother of Pearl! We love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Mother-of-pearl is the iridescent inside lining of a mollusk shell.  Its an organic substance that gives mother-of-pearl its iridescent effect and distinct beauty.

This multicolored iridescence is caused by the way light reflects on the layers of nacre on the shell.

While continuing to pay attention to detail, we have applied three dimensional highly polished rectangular hour markers at all 12 positions, with a strip of BGW9 SuperLuminova applied to the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock markers as well as a small strip of lume at the end of each hour marker. There is also a simple bordered date window at the 3 o’clock position.

Three dimensional polished logo at 12 and the word AUTOMATIC at the 6 position.  Keeping a minimalist approach allows the iridescence of the Mother of Pearl to take center stage

Super-J Louis bracelet is more than an upgraded version of vintage J  Louis watch bracelet.

All links are composed of solid 316L stainless steel.  

Screw-in adjustable construction instead of pressure pins to keep it solid and stable.  With its 22mm width tapered down to 18mm at the clasp.

This Super-J Louis Jubilee watch bracelet is designing  for diver or sport watches. 

 

The UGLY Watch Co. 100m Sport is sealed with a stainless steel exhibition screw down case back that shows off the ST2130 High Beat Automatic movement with perlage polish on all bridges and Geneva stripes on rotor.

Why Buy?

Despite the name of the company these watches are ubsolutely not ugly and I really like the remind to the vintage old time but with a modern view.

The materials are really good and I think this brand has made an intelligent use of both lume and mother of pearl, creating a very interesting watch to add in your collection!

Where to buy?

Available from today april 22 on Kickstarter for only 289$!

The link is here below!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/laune/100m-sport-mother-of-pearl-dial-sport-watch-automatic/

Here you can find also their site!

https://uglywatchco.com/

Quick Specifications:
    Function : Date, hour, minute, second
    Winding : Automatic
    Frequency : 28,800bph
    Diameter : 26.0mm
    Thickness : 4.6mm

SPECIFICATIONS :

  • Case – 41mm, 316L Stainless Steel 
  • Lug To Lug – 48mm
  • Thickness – 11.1mm
  • Bezel – Stainless Steel
  • Crown – Gasket Screw-In and signed
  • Crystal – Sapphire Crystal
  • Water Resistance – 100 meters (333 feet)
  • Movement – ST2130 High-Beat Automatic Movement (28,000 bph) with perlage Hacking Second, Quick Set Date, Power Reserve approx 48 hours
  • DIAL – Mother of Pearl, 3D Markers with Swiss Super-LumiNova BGW9
  • Bracelet & Clasp – 316L Stainless Steel, Solid screw constructed Links with Folding Clasp and three fine adjustment
  • Warranty – 12 Months