Friday, October 2, 2015

WATKINS “Curriculum No8” Series

Car racing and wrist watches are inextricably related. You can always find that most of the iconic watch makers have their names associated with the world’s major racetracks and racing events. The timepieces created keeping in mind with racing circuit are always accessible to elite group of customers as these products are highly expensive and produced in limited editions.

Today, flaunting a sports chronograph featuring the names of prestigious racetracks or inspired by the racing cars, needs huge amount of hard earned money. The young watch brand WATKINS has decided to race against this trend and extends the fascinating world of motor sports inspired timepieces to the customers by offering its watch collection in an affordable price range below $ 200.

Based in Vienna, Austria, WATKINS watch brand is promoted by P.Beer GmbH, a family-run business group traditionally associated with watch making industry. The first timepiece collection under WATKINS label takes its inspiration from the iconic race circuit 'The Glen', located in New York.
Along with sportive looks, a motor sports wristwatch must possess qualities such as ruggedness, functionality and reliability for delivering precision timing during harsh and extreme conditions of the race.
The brand has chosen surgical stainless steel, renowned for its superior properties, for the construction of case which measure 43 mm diameter. Case back of the timepiece features GMT time zone indication.
The ceramic bezel, available in Scuba or Tachymeter layout, is a major highlight of the timepiece. It was created by superheating to 1500C hardening and purifying to a Ceramic mix, the most durable material. The bezel is virtually indestructible and scratch resistant. It takes more than 48h to create each of these bezels. The superheated ceramic bezel, the top ring which encompasses and fastens the sapphire crystal, ensures water tightness of the watch up to 100 meters.
The Citizen Miyota (Japan) 6S50 Quartz movement that beats inside the watch powers basic timekeeping display with date indication and chronograph functions.

Another highlight is the fascinating three counter dial design featuring an innovative way to display date. The dual tone date window at 12’o clock is inspired by the colours of last America's Cup or last racing season: blue & red. The glare free dial features lumonva hands and indexes illuminate at night and are easily readable in completed darkness.
The first line of WATKINS watches consists of 3 different dials- Black, White or Silver- in various matching watchbands. This Chronograph watch is available with a choice of stainless steel watch bands, premium vegetable-tanned or suede leather or Nato Nylon strap in numerous colors.
The brand has recently launched a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter for promoting the WATKINS “Curriculum No8” Series and the supporters can pre-order the timepieces that are available in different packages. Price starts from 109 Euros. Please visit the following KS page to pre-order your favourite timepiece.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/watkins/watkins-ceramic-the-ambition-to-meet-the-higher-de

Technical details
Case
Case Diameter: 43 mm
Case Thickness: 13mm
Face Diameter: 32.5 mm
Case Material: Surgical grade 316L stainless steel
Total Weight: 93g
Case Back: Stainless steel featuring GMT Time zone engraving
Bezel: Superheated scratch-resistant high-tech ceramic mix; unidirectional – counter-wise 60 clicks
Water Resistant: 10bar / 10atm / 100m
Crowns: Screwable
Glass: Sapphire crystal

Movement
Finely-tuned CITIZEN MIYOTA (Japan) 6S50 Quartz

Functions
Big Date
Chronograph

Straps 
Nylon strap Nato style
Band width: 20mm width
Band max/min length: 20.5cm/15.5cm
Color: different colors available
Logo: Stainless steel

Leather strap
Length: 20mm
Width: 1.5mm
Material: leather with ivory white contrast stitching
Band Max/Min Length: 20.5cm/15.5cm
Clasp: Massive steel buckle with logo

Steel bracelet
Clasp: Fold over clasp

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