About this project
Marchand Watch Company was founded by Daniel Brigham, an ex racer who has had the desire to design and produce his own motor racing inspired watches for some years. In his teens he was racing cars in England, after backpacking in Australia in his early 20's that come to an end.
Now living in New Zealand with a passion that remains strong for racing we present to you the Marchand Watch Company; a UK registered, New Zealand based watch brand. We have a long term vision to offer premium, modern, retro inspired watches accompanied with a Motorsport lifestyle.
THE INSPIRATION OF ADAMIR MARCHAND
Our inspiration can be traced back to Adamir Marchand, who was born in Bienne, Switzerland on the 26th April 1885. A Swiss watch and clock inventor who joined Benrus Watch Company in the 1930s. Adamir is the Great grandfather of Daniel Brigham, founder of Marchand Watch Company.
Adamir created many inventions whilst still developing existing products from inventing calendar timepieces to dash clocks for Chrysler automobiles. The life of Adamir Marchand has inspired us to bring our brand into existence to carry on the name of a true professional in the field of watch and clock making.
Having competed and worked in Motorsport for several years in his late teens to early 20’s, Daniel was naturally surrounded by exotic cars, which brought desirable watches to the scene. It was here that the passion for watches was established. We aim to bring an insight into the motor racing world from how we experience it, through the "Eye of the Driver".
Our 'day one' vision has been to establish ourselves as a premium modern, retro watch brand that offers a unique twist of modern and retro design which we will provide through direct selling to keep customers costs minimal.
DESIGNING THE DEBONAIR
For a number of years we've seen a consistency with Motorsport watches having too many functions on the dials, so we wanted to tone it down a level. We designed the Debonair Collection to offer uniquely tasteful timepieces that appeal to young petrol heads, as well as the gentlemen drivers. The 1960/70's was the era for simplistic beauty in the automobile industry, which has been our influence to work with.
We gained inspiration for the Debonair's dial from the view that the driver has when sitting in the driving seat. From the driving seat you firstly have in sight the steering wheel followed by the speedometer. Following the retro flair we ensured the steering wheel was of the 1960's era with the 3 spoke big hole style, which we raised from the dial surface to boost dimension. We have added the feature of the colour change to the tachometer at 10 O'Clock to continue the authenticity of the speedometer design.
THE EDITIONS OF THE DEBONAIR COLLECTION
We have 7 models to offer of which 3 have caseback engraving 'Classic Edition' because of their retro colours and 3 have 'Driver Edition' for their more vibrant Motorsport appeal. Now we have met the pledge goal we have the carbon fibre Debonair available to all backers! The caseback shall have 'Carbon Edition' engraving.
The 7 colour schemes are listed below for your convenience, when filling out the end of campaign survey please use the references below to select your model/s.
- Blue and ivory with orange case ring
- Lotus racing green with green case ring
- White and black with silver case ring
- Black and orange with orange case ring
- Blue with blue case ring
- 'DLC' black and red with red case ring
- Carbon fibre effect with grey case ring (proposed if meet pledge goal)
We have a selection of genuine leather straps to choose from, the images above show the small and big holes leather rally straps that we have on offer. Numbered below are the strap choices that you choose when filling out the end of campaign survey.
- Blue Strap, Orange Stitch - Small or Big Hole
- Orange Strap, Orange Stitch - Small or Big Hole
- Black Strap, Silver Stitch - Small or Big Hole
- Black Strap, Green Stitch - Small or Big Hole
- Black Strap, Red Stitch With DLC Buckle - Small or Big Hole
- Black Strap, Orange Stitch - Small or Big Hole
- Black Strap, Grey Stitch - Small or Big Hole (New addition now campaign is funded!)
THE MESH EFFECT
The mesh straps complement the Debonair Collection perfectly bringing out real retro beauty. You can order these additionally when making your watch pledge. If you add the mesh strap to your watch order then you will receive a free strap changing tool.
As you can see the Debonair collection with scratch resistant flat sapphire crystal, the Debonair is water resistant up to 100M (10ATM) and C3 super-luminova coating is applied to the hands and numerals of each watch, this is the highest grade of illumination available.
All Watches come with a 1 year international warranty.
Please note that whilst the prototypes are monocoque one piece cases as displayed in our images, for the production of the watches they will be a 3 piece case with 4 small screws on the caseback. This means the water resistance will be 10ATM/100M as opposed to our prototypes of 20 ATM.
The flexifit caps really are the highest of quality caps, they have enclosed backs, so no opening. We have the silver Marchand logo embroidered centrally on the front with our website marchandwatches.com embroidered on the bottom back of the cap again in silver to match. We have 2 sizes available being; small-medium and large-xlarge. They're a great addition to a driver's racewear apparel too!
Each watch comes with 1 travel case that can hold 1 watch and a strap as illustrated in image below. Delivery is free of charge worldwide as a thank you from us! We're a UK registered business however we live and run our operation from New Zealand after recently relocating. All deliveries shall be made from New Zealand, therefore UK and EU duty charges will apply at backer's expense.
Stretch Goal 1 - Carbon Fibre Style Debonair
If we reach the stretch goal of £30,000 we will offer a special edition carbon fibre styled Debonair that all backers can choose, this will have the caseback engraving 'Carbon Edition'. This will be available to any watch pledge. You can choose the carbon fibre style Debonair when we send you the end of campaign survey.
Stretch Goal 2 - Free Additional Rally Strap
If we reach the pledge amount of £50,000 EVERY single order will come with an additional leather strap of your choice. This is to thank you for the support and enthusiasm that you have shown towards our project!
This is an over estimation of the time from our Kickstarter campaign launch to having the watches being delivered to your door. We don't want to mislead our backers by underestimating the production time, we hope to get your watches delivered before October. Once our campaign has ended we will send out the surveys, and once we have collected your surveys with your orders the production will begin. We will keep all of our backers up to date with the production progress.
RACING WITH MARCHAND WATCH CO.
We want to be truly active in the motor racing world and establish a genuine presence, for that reason we have established our driver supporting platform that we've named the Marchand Racing Scheme. This consists of four talented, upcoming racing drivers from around the globe.
This scheme offers our drivers extra exposure that helps boost opportunities to showcase their skills to a new audience while building on the loyalty of their current sponsors. We currently have drivers competing in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and Australia!
‘Sponsorship in Motorsport is incredibly difficult to gain, which is why we at Marchand Watch Company want to support talented, upcoming drivers to give them a greater foundation to keep the pedal to the metal with pursuing their racing dreams.’ - Daniel Brigham
The four drivers that make up the Marchand Racing Scheme:
Thomas Krebs, Danish
Most recent races:
2016 - Competition102 European GT4 Series and Reiter Rising Star program (KTM X-Bow)
2017 - VLN Nurburgring Nordschleife (Porsche Cayman)
James Runacres, BritishDOB: 17.06.94
Most recent races:
2016 - Asian Formula Renault Championship and Thailand Super Series (Mazda RX7)
2017 - Thailand Super Series (Mazda RX7)
Chris Gidney, AustralianDOB: 17.11.86
Most recent races:
2016 - MG Championship, Australia
2017 - MG Championship, Australia
Matt Dorling, British
Most recent races:
2016 - PFI Pro Kart Championship, UK
2017 - PFI Pro Kart Championship, UK
MARCHAND X TORQ RACEWEAR
We're delighted to be working in partnership with Torq Racewear. We have been working with Torq to bring the release of the Marchand Debonair racing gloves, which consists of our Debonair watch printed on the left wrist.
We have the following partners in place for the 2017 season:
- CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motorsport)
- Australian Formula 4 - Championship Partner
VISUALS OF MARCHAND
Thank you for all of your interest in our debuting model, the Debonair. You can continue your support through our social media pages and website below!
Get to know our partners and drivers here:
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges
The time, effort and passion that we at Marchand Watch Company have put into bringing you our debuting Debonair model is second to none, we work closely with our teams in a number of countries to bring you premium watches worth your money.
With this being said from creation to delivery it's a complicated task, which can at times be out of our control regarding delays. If for any unforeseen reasons this should be held back, we shall keep our buyers up to date every step of the way with all aspects of developments right up to delivery to your front door.
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