Coming to Kickstarter – Valpico Watches

Valpico watches is the brainchild of two Swedish brothers in their 20s, who have created an ultra-thin chronograph inspired by the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.

Coming to Kickstarter – Valpico Watches

Kickstarter is awash with brands claiming to be disrupting the luxury watch industry by cutting out the middleman and bringing low-cost watches to the masses. Some succeed, many fail, so what’s different about Valpico watches?

Brothers Kevin and Billy Crammer rented a villa in Mallorca and were impressed by the owner’s thin chronograph – a watch, it turned out, that had a five-figure price tag. After researching the industry they felt there was a gap in the market for an affordable chronograph not already filled by fashion brands like Fossil, Michael Kors and the like.

Valpico Ultra Thin Chronograph

What they came up with was a 9.2mm thick quartz chronograph, powered by a quartz movement. Each of the different variants of the watch is named after a part of Mallorca. The designers say that rose gold and “silver” (we think they mean steel) cases are available together with a choice of five dial colours.

Valpico Watches Specifications

• 40 mm Case

• 9.2 mm Case Thickness

• Rose Gold or Silver finish

• 316L Stainless Steel

• Sunray Dial

• Quartz Movement

• Sapphire Crystal Glass

• Suede Leather Strap with Quick Release

• 5 ATM Water Resistant

• Weight with Strap: 52g

Buy a Valpico Watch

We aren’t sure that Valpico watches offer enough of a differentiation to attract serious watch collectors, and it is unclear how an unknown quartz brand is going to compete with the array of catalogue watches on eBay and Amazon – but we wish them the best of luck with the project. The Valpico watches preorder is currently live on Kickstarter, and they have 30 days to try to hit their $20,000 target. Watches are initially priced at €134 against a claimed RRP of €249.

Author: Mike Richmond

Usually found skulking around eBay or the International Watch League forum, Mike writes for a living and spends what little money he makes building up his collection of timepieces.

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