Coming to Kickstarter – the Vario Empire Art Deco Watch

Vario Empire watch preview

We love art deco here at WRUK, with the Arcturus LC-1 being one of our picks of last year. Now, another Singaporean brand has come up with a 1930s-style timepiece: the Vario Empire.

Introducing the Vario Empire Art Deco Watch

Each watch in the Vario Empire collection has a custom-made case, dial, crown, and hands. Inside, the watch is powered by a 6T33 Hand Wound Movement with an option to upgrade to a Seiko NH38A Automatic Movement.

Vario Empire – Specifications

Diameter: 38mm
Lug to Lug: 46mm
Thickness: 11mm (6T33) , 12mm (NH38A)
Strap Width: 20mm
Movement: Miyota 6T33 Handwound or Seiko NH38A Automatic
Crystal: Sapphire on front and exhibition caseback with inner AR coating
Water Resistance: 5 ATM
Warranty: 1 Year Global warranty

Strap: Choice of vintage style Italian leather with slight bi-colour effect (20mm taper to 16mm) or Harris Tweed strap (20mm taper to 18mm)

Vario Empire – First Impressions

Our first impressions are good. The watch has a smart-looking dial with a lot of depth and the model with the blued hands is our favourite, giving a nice little boost of colour.  Hand-wound watches are a little less convenient than automatic self-winders – but not by much – so we like the option of a Seiko movement. The straps look the part, but it will be interesting to see how thick and supple they are, strap quality being notoriously hard to judge from images alone. The clear caseback is particularly nice with hand-wound watches as there is not a rotor blocking the view of half the movement. This one looks as good from the back as it does from the font!

Buy a Vario Empire Watch

There are just 40 of each style of the Vario Empire, and two weeks left on the Kickstarter campaign. Prices are about £179 if you grab one at the early-bird discount price – which is a really good price for the specifications on offer.

Click here to visit the Vario Empire watch Kickstarter campaign.

Vario have kindly offered to lend us a review sample of the Empire, so we will do our very best to get a review and video up before the end of the Kickstarter Campaign.

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.

3 Replies to “Coming to Kickstarter – the Vario Empire Art Deco Watch

  1. interesting watch. A bit similar in looks to the Breguet Marine 5817 I own. Not a bad price for what the watch is. Kickstarter is the breeding place for micro brands which is not always a bad thing.

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