If it is Tuesday, then it must be Kickstarter launch day! Today, four more timepieces are vying for your hard earned dollars. So without further ado...
Lew & Huey Legends
Lew & Huey Watches has announced the Legends, a bold and colorful new addition to their line of automatics. The name comes from U.S. Legends International, a budget-friendly, oval track, spec racing series. The watch carries the racing theme throughout its design, from the Monaco style square case, to the windshield arched sapphire crystal, to the racing livery dial. The engine is a 21 jewel Miyota 8217 with a 24 hour complication for all you endurance racing fans. It measures 39mm wide, 12.5mm thick, and wears a 22mm rally strap with deployant clasp. Three wild color combinations are planned - maybe four if stretch goals are met. Retail price will be $475, but Kickstarter early bird pledges start at $350.
Mercer Watches has released its first offering, the Brigadier Automatic dress watch. I reviewed a prototype for you folks last Sunday. It has a 42mm case with an athletic build, sapphire crystal, SuperLuminova, and a classic dial with applied markers and a textured, cut-away center. A high beat Miyota 9015 handles the timekeeping duty. MSRP is $400, Kickstarter pre-orders start at $329.
Vortic American Artisan Series
Want to kick it old school? I mean really old school? Then have a look at Vortic. They are refurbishing antique American pocket watches from Elgin, Waltham, and Hamilton, and placing them in a case of their own invention. The two-piece unit is composed of 3D printed powdered stainless steel that is then infiltrated with bronze. Buyers can choose from three sizes (42mm, 47mm, or 52mm) and three finishes, including a raw option that will allow the bronze to oxidize. The campaign is only two days old and already fully funded. Prices start at $475 on Kickstarter.
Azula Fabric Watch
Nathan Resnick of Yes Man Watches has partnered with three other young entrepreneurs to form Azula Watches, a novel watch with a philanthropic mission. This 40mm quartz features a brightly colored fabric faced dial that is hand cut and carefully applied, creating a unique look. Azula has pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds to Kids Alive International, a charitable organization that provides aid to impoverished children around the world. It looks like a fun fashion watch and is priced just right at $80 on Kickstarter.