Another relatively quiet month for Kickstarter watches, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. Here are some of the highlights
Kickstarter Watches Roundup – April 2020
Luckily, the coronavirus has not stopped a few entrepreneurial microbrands from launching new campaigns on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
The dial of the Stella Felix jumped straight out at us as we browsed Kickstarter. It reminds us of a pair of denim jeans. The watch has some good specs: designed in New York, built in Switzerland and packing an automatic Swiss movement.
Rather than the better known ETA or Sellita, Stella has chosen to install an STP1-11 movement. This comes with some really positive reviews. Prices start at $948 which is a little high for a Kickstarter project but in-line with the watches with similar specifications.
Janus is seeking funding for a new dual time watch. It is powered by a Ronda Swiss quartz – which will immediately turn off most serious watch enthusiasts – and the selection of colours suggests it is aimed squarely at the fashion market.
Rather than a true dual time, it appears to simply have two tiny quartz movements side by side within the case. It’s an unusual look, but at $279 we think it is overpriced for the specifications.
Ferro & Co Distinct 3
Finally we have the motorsport-inspired Distinct 3 from Ferro & Co – We are suckers for watches in Le Mans-inspried Gulf Racing colours and this one certainly looks the part. Its USP is the single hand, which makes it look just like the dial on a racing car. Combined with the deep bowl dial and oversized crown we think this one will attract a lot of attention.
You get a choice of movements from a low starting point of £215. Serious watch collectors will want to go for at least the Japanese Miyota automatic option at £358 – but our pick is the STP1-11-equipped Swiss automatic version at a very reasonable £454.
Buying a Watch on Kickstarter
Remember that Kickstarter is not a shop, it’s a place where you can back new businesses, That means you will have a wait before the watch you preorder arrives, and there is always a risk of losing your money. Don’t let that scare you off – read our guide to buying a watch on Kickstarter to find out more.