The number of watches on Kickstarter is creeping back up. The quality, however, seems to be taking a dip – with brilliant watches like the Newmark 71 only just getting funded and the Isotope Goutte d’Eau being cancelled and funded in a different way. What are the crowdfunded highlights (and lowlights) this month?
The Instrmnt D Series is a Swiss Automatic Dive Watch designed in Glasgow and built in Germany. That’s quite the cosmopolitan mix, but it looks to have taken the best part from each nation that is involved.
We love the minimalist design, with a choice of either a black or steel bezel for two very different looks. The choice of straps is comprehensive too:
- Italian-made rubber (black)
- German-made stitched leather (black)
- German-made stitched leather (tan)
- NATO-style Nylon (colour tbc)
- Steel Oyster bracelet (sandblasted steel)
We’re not so sure about the name: the similar look to MVMT might make the watch seem liek a cheap fashion piece which it certainly does nota appear to be! The asking price of £295 is good value for a watch equipped with a Sellita SW-200 and it’s already reached its funding goal with 20 days to go.
IGEMON draws inspiration from Greece with their new timepiece. The watch world is a conservative place and hour markers tend to be shown as Arabic numbers, dots or dashes. In this case, they are shown as Greek letters which certainly looks different and gives this timepiece its unique selling point.
The watch mechanism itself is not so unique – a reliable but unremarkable Ronda Swiss Quartz. We don’t think this one will find much traction in the watch collecting community but for those with Mediterranean roots, it might make a nice collectable.
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.