Sometimes life does not proceed in the order you expected. For example, the Boston & Stewill Tourer. In 2015, British microbrand Boston & Stewill launched their first watch, the Tourer II. They had planned the Tourer before its sequel, but they deemed it too expensive for their debut product and went with the more affordable watch instead. The Tourer II was a great success, so now they are back on Kickstarter with their more ambitious model.
Like the Tourer II, the Tourer takes its cues from vintage sports cars, most evidently in the instrument style dial and the small seconds dial shaped like a Bugatti’s radiator grille. Unlike the first watch, this one will be Swiss Made and house a 27-jewel ETA 2895-2 automatic with a 28,800 bph sweep and a custom engraved rotor.
Two models are offered: a black dial with white hands and red accents, and a white dial with cobalt blue hands and accents. They are 42mm wide and 11.7mm thick with 22mm lugs. Both watches are feature domed sapphire crystals, mineral display case backs, and 22mm perforated leather rally straps with contrasting stitching in the accent color and push-button deployment clasps. Water resistance is 50m.
Early bird pricing starts at $390 USD, which is not too shabby for a watch with this movement, and even better when you consider the anticipated full list price will be about $789. They expect to be ready to ship by July 2017.
For more information or to place your order, see the Boston & Stewill Tourer Kickstarter page. ◆