For their fifth Kickstarter campaign, Ferro watches wanted to offer something new. The Traditum is a classically-styled dress watch with the mechanical ETA 6498 Hand-wound movement.
Ferro Traditum – Mechanical Hand-wound watch
The watch comes in two variants: the Arabica and Roman series.
Ferro Traditum – Arabica Series
In a choice of three dial colours: white, black or blue, the arabica series features a partially-textured dial with Arabic numbers at the 12, 3 and 9 position – with a running second hand subdial at the 6 O’Clock position. Matching calf-leather straps are supplied, fitted with a signed deployant clasp.
Ferro Traditum – Roman Series
The Ferro Traditum Roman series has applied silver Roman numeral indices at all but the 6 position. The same choice of dial and strap colours are available. Both models have scratch-resistant sapphire crystals.
Unusually for a microbrand, there is also an option to add a solid 18k gold (not plated) bezel to the watches. This adds a classy touch if you can afford the $3500 CAD (£2000) price tag. Ferro watches are actually made in Switzerland, not just the movements, which is another unique selling point for the brand.
The ETA 6498 Movement
The Ferro Traditum uses the hand-wound calibre ETA 6498 movement. The ETA (Unitas) Cal. 6498 is large, measuring 36.6mm in diameter but is just 4.5mm thick thanks to its compact design. Modern 6498s have 17 jewels operate at 18,000bpm. The power reserve is an impressive 50 hours. Although originally developed for pocket watches, Cal. 6498 has become popular on the wrist. thanks to the trend for larger watches since the 1950s.
Buy a Ferro Traditum Watch
If all this has whetted your appetite, then head over the Ferro watches Kickstarter page to learn more about the brand and the watches, and to register your interest by preordering a watch. Prices start at $729 CAD (£418). The company hopes to start shipping the watches in September 2018.