Have you ever thought that the problem with watches is that they are too… opaque? Then you’re going to love the S.Craft Transparency No 1!

Introducing the S.Craft Transparency No 1

We’ve all seen watches with skeleton dials and display case backs. What if you were to take that idea to its logical conclusion? Well that is what S.Craft has done with the new Transparency No 1 model. It is a Swiss watch made out of a single block of sapphire!

The “Transparency No 1” is a Swiss made watch with an automatic movement that the brand has skeletonized, housed in a completely transparent sapphire case so you can see every aspect of the Swiss mechanical movement at work.

Specifications

Case

  • Diameter: 40 mm
  • Material: scratch-resistant polished sapphire crystal
  • Middle part case: scratch-resistant polished sapphire crystal
  • Bezel: scratch-resistant polished sapphire crystal
  • Back cover: scratch-resistant polished sapphire crystal
  • Waterproofness: 30 meters (100 feet), 3ATM

Movement

  • Calibre ETA 2892-A2 Skeletonized mechanical movement with self-winding bidirectional rotor
  • Time setting with hacking-seconds
  • Frequency 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), 21 jewels, Incabloc shock absorber
  • Regulator system ETACHRON
  • Functions: hours, minutes and central second.
  • Typical power reserve of approximately 50 hours

Dial

  • Skeletonised silver colour with brushed finishing
  • Blue hour indexes with blue minute markers
  • Blue Hands

Band

  • Top grain cowhide leather with crocodile pattern embossing
  • Tool-free “quick-click” spring bars
  • Stainless steel prong buckle

S.Craft Transparency No 1 – First Impressions

We’re normally rather nonplussed by skeletonised watches but we applaud S.Craft for trying something a little different. There is sure to be a market for such a bold watch, and the choice of Kickstarter as a launch platform is a good way of finding a critical mass of interested buyers.

On the plus side, the specifications are high and the brand is actually based in Switzerland. On the negative side, the brand is very cagey about the asking price – but without the sapphire case, we’d expect to pay no more than £400 for an unknown brand with these specs.

Buy an S.Craft Transparency No 1 watch.

The S.Craft Transparency No 1 is coming to Kickstarter on September 8th: in the meantime, you can sign  up for more news at www.s-craft.ch

Author: Mike Richmond

Mike spends what little spare time he is writing from WRUK and what little money he makes building up his collection of timepieces.

4 Replies to “Introducing the S.Craft Transparency No 1

  1. Missed a trick there with “the company is being opaque with the price” 😀 – it would blow my socks off if they manage to keep the price below £400… a single block sapphire case from China runs into around 1000 usd – if it’s a Swiss produced mono-block sapphire case I can’t see it being any less than the Chinese equivalent 😉

    1. Good point, I’ve clarified what I was trying to say: I meant that the specs (not including sapphire) would normally attract a £400-ish price point so that would show how much you are paying for the sapphire part.

      1. Understood now – this is almost definitely going to be in the thousand plus range I’m sure. Will you be getting to review it in hand too?

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