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Exchangeable Strap - Fits any 22mm Strap/Band. Ease Of Use - No longer need a Screwdriver. Touch Of Fashion - Mix & Match. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on April 27, 2014.

Exchangeable Strap - Fits any 22mm Strap/Band. Ease Of Use - No longer need a Screwdriver. Touch Of Fashion - Mix & Match.

About this project

--------------------------------------- Connecting your Pebble Steel ---------------------------------------
--------------------------------------- Connecting your Pebble Steel ---------------------------------------

****SteelConnect 2.0 Official Launched****

THANK YOU FOR BRINGING US HERE! YOU ARE AWESOME!
The Brotherhood! < SteelConnect 1.0 VS SteelConnect 2.0 >
The Brotherhood! < SteelConnect 1.0 VS SteelConnect 2.0 >
SteelConnect 2.0
SteelConnect 2.0

We have achieved our funding goal of £5,000 and we've decided to move forward our Stretch Goal as an appreciation. Thank you Backers! ;)

Stretch Goal Unveiled

Stretch goal #1: £6,000 - Unlock new colours for SteelConnect 1.0

Besides Black and brushed silver, we figured that SteelConnect has better potential to be more fashionable with new colours. Introducing the Steel Orange, Steel Green and Steel White. This 3 colours will be added into selection for all backers who had pledge for SteelConnect 1.0. Don't worry, a survey form will be send to you after the campaign for selection.

Stretch goal #2: £7,500 - Unlock SteelConnect 2.0

We know many are excited with the introduction of SteelConnect 2.0 as in the forum. We are still refining the look, discussing with our manufacturer. We want it to be the best adapter for our supporter. As mentioned we are unable to meet manufacturer requirement if we do not reach a certain volume. However, we believe that our backers will love 2.0 as we do and we don't want our backers to wait too long. Perhaps unlocking SteelConnect 2.0 at a closer goal is the best way to show our sincere appreciation and confidence. More details will be updated when we achieved our stretch goal #2.

Stretch goal #3: £10,000 - Unlock PVD Titanium Champagne Gold SteelConnect 2.0 + Free a pair of 22mm Spring bar for every SteelConnect you've pledged

Its time for Appreciation! We are giving out a FREE pair of "22mm Screw Bar " for every backers once we surpass the £10,000 stretch goal. This is our little gift as a return to your warmest support. Along with the free gift we will be unlocking a new pledge for PVD Titanium Champagne Gold SteelConnect 2.0 for selection (LIMITED).

Thanks for all of you out there that shares and review SteelConnect!

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Idea Sparks!

YES! We have received our Black Matte Pebble Steel! Don't Envy XD (We know many of you out there can’t wait to receive yours. We truly believe that your Pebble is on its way to you and shall reach you real soon. AND Believe Us, It’s Worth The WAIT!)

We are the hardcore fans of smart-watch, and particularly Pebble, which dresses technology with fabulous fashion. Pebble is the one which never leave our wrists. We were so excited when we found out that Pebble is releasing a brand new watch - Pebble Steel. Without second thought, we ordered it (Black Matte : ) the minute it is available for order on 6th Jan 2014.

However, soon after we’ve read the reviews from the main tech review sites, we realized that those who own Pebble are having the same concern as us -- lack of freedom in sharing the strap at the moment, in which occur to us that how about those straps that we’ve purchased for our previous Pebble? We had searched high and low for similar 3rd-parties straps but nothing came along. Just like all the other Pebble fans out there, we have this question – do we have any alternative? Light bulb! < How about creating a connector in between our beloved Pebble Steel and the strap/band! >

 -Thanks Pebble for releasing the CAD file -

Some photos for you to enjoy! 

(Please note that all photo shoots are done with Black Matte Pebble Steel only. We are still waiting for the Brushed Stainless Steel to be shipped. We will keep you guys updated once it arrives. Can’t wait! XD)

Pebble Steel + SteelConnect Origin Brushed Aluminium Vs Prada?
Pebble Steel + SteelConnect Origin Brushed Aluminium Vs Prada?
Pebble with Black Thick Leather Strap Vs Pebble Steel with Dark Brown Aligator Strap Vs Braven 570
Pebble with Black Thick Leather Strap Vs Pebble Steel with Dark Brown Aligator Strap Vs Braven 570
A taste of natural sea salt! Feels Good!
A taste of natural sea salt! Feels Good!
SteelConnect approaching Pebble Steel! In coming ......
SteelConnect approaching Pebble Steel! In coming ......
Who is the bos?
Who is the bos?
Tissot T-Race Vs Pebble Steel with Striking Yellow Sport Band Vs Casio Protek
Tissot T-Race Vs Pebble Steel with Striking Yellow Sport Band Vs Casio Protek

Some initial drawings and ideas of SteelConnect!

Design & Prototype

3D Printed Prototypes
3D Printed Prototypes
How does it works as a unibody?
How does it works as a unibody?

The SteelConnect is designed to complement your Pebble Steel. The shaping flows smoothly with the little slope that originates from the Pebble Steel itself. You will never feel awkward or bored with SteelConnect, as it connects perfectly like it’s genuinely belonged with your Pebble Steel.

SteelConnect Pin Hole for easy removal!
SteelConnect Pin Hole for easy removal!

The pin hole is CNC directly from one end to another. The purpose is to make sure that the strap/band is easily replaced and removed, especially for the metal band. As we all know, the removal of the soft leather or silicon band is easy whereby all we need to do is to put a little force on its pin and it could then be removed with a watch tool but this is not the normal case for steel band. However, SteelConnect’s outer pin hole simply does the job for you!

Dark Brown Aligator Leather Strap with Black Matte & Brushed Aluminium SteelConnect Origin!
Dark Brown Aligator Leather Strap with Black Matte & Brushed Aluminium SteelConnect Origin!
Striking Yellow Silicon Sport Band with Black Matte & Brushed Aluminium SteelConnect Origin
Striking Yellow Silicon Sport Band with Black Matte & Brushed Aluminium SteelConnect Origin

How does it works? 

We remain a tiny hole to fit in the flathead screw bar nicely. Only TWO simple steps are required - Get a 1.5mm flathead screwdriver to remove the flathead screw bar and park in your new SteelConnect. Once it is placed accordingly, screw it back and that’s all! What makes it better, the 22mm gap of the SteelConnect watch lug allows you to replace your desired strap or band anytime at your call.

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The video shows how it can be easily assembled. Its a bit clumsy i knew! 

The design of SteelConnect is exquisite and precise. You won’t have to worry about having to force it in or accidentally scratching your Pebble Steel, however you are advise to be gentle! It does the job perfectly with the 0.05mm gap. The hole fits the screw accurately and all you have to do is to align the screw with the hole before entering the screw pin.

Where we are at?

We have gone all out with every single resources we have into designing SteelConnect and developing the prototype. We started off with materializing the prototype we have in mind into 3D rapid prototyping and finally the CNC Machining. We are now at the stage of final prototype and we are ready to go. Your supports would help us to kickstart the manufacturing and attaining the distribution.

Creation & Production Schedule

Its affordable!

It’s one off! You won’t have to pay each time you intend to replace your Pebble Steel with a new strap cause we’ve cracked the code of “getting a new strap” for all the Pebble Steel owners and supporters, as it is now available to share your strap between pebbles. We ensure that the material of SteelConnect comes with the best quality and the most stunning design. Most importantly, we have sourced for the most qualified manufacturer who is as perfectionist as we are. We promise to bring you the distinctive SteelConnect at an affordable price which would put a smile on everyone’s faces. After all, we have only one mission and the mission is to create the affordable yet beautiful product that could complement everything that comes around it.

Rewards

All rewards come in a pair, with a 22mm spring bar intact. Please make your pledge as early as possible! The Limited pledge doesn't wait! We will start the production the minute the target goal is surpassed!

Choose from either of the SteelConnect Origin as Below!

Stretch Goal 

£5000 - SteelConnect Origin. Brushed Aluminium & Black Matte

£7500 - SteelConnect Fusion Green & Orange. Kickstarter Green Anodized and SteelConnect favourite Orange. 

£10000 - SteelConnect Fusion Colours. Poll for 2 colours you wish!

£15000 - SteelConnect Fusion Premium. The choices available for stainless steel series include Brushed Stainless Steel, Black Matte PVD coated and Gold PVD Coated with high scratch resistance. 

More surprises when £15,000 goal achieved!  

Risks and challenges

The risk in this project is minimal. We have our full concentration and effort in this project - from scratching out the ideas, 3D prototyping to CNC. We have nailed the deal with our supplier in providing CNC service, surface preparation, anodizing, PVD coating as well as shipping. The suppliers will begin the production once we’ve surpassed the goal!
Kickstarter is a wonderful place for ideas creation and dream fulfilling. It gives people like us a chance to share our ideas and materialize them into the marketplace for people we love and for those who love our ideas.
We have done our best, and we leave the rest to you. Please support SteelConnect if you like it. We would really appreciate if you could share this with your loved ones too.

Founder
Jason Lim

THANK YOU!

PEBBLE IS NOT A PARTICIPANT OR SPONSOR OF THIS PRODUCT AND PROMOTIONS. PEBBLE STEEL AND STRAPS/BAND ARE NOT INCLUDED.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge £10 or more

    100 backers All gone!

    Batch One Early Bird Sensation! A pair of Steel Connect Origin - Brushed Aluminium or Black Matte adapter. Grab it before it sold out!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge £15 or more

    7 backers

    Batch Two - A pair of SteelConnect Origin : Black Matte adapter.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £15 or more

    132 backers Limited (868 left of 1000)

    Batch One Early Bird Special! A pair of Steel Connect Origin - Brushed Aluminium or Black Matte adapter.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge £15 or more

    11 backers

    Batch Two - A pair of SteelConnect Origin : Brushed Aluminium adapter.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge £18 or more

    100 backers All gone!

    SteelConnect 2.0 Sensation - One pair of SteelConnect 2.0 of your choice, either Brushed Stainless Steel or PVD Black Matte. ( limited to 100 pairs only ) Grab it quick before it runs out!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge £23 or more

    64 backers

    SteelConnect 2.0 - One pair of SteelConnect 2.0 of your choice, either Brushed Stainless Steel or PVD Black Matte.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £30 or more

    18 backers Limited (482 left of 500)

    Batch One - Unleash your fashion : Mix&Match!
    A pairs of SteelConnect Origin - Brushed Aluminium and Black Matte adapter.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
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    3 backers Limited (47 left of 50)

    Premium PVD Titanium Champagne Gold SteelConnect 2.0 X 1. This is only Limited to 50 pieces in the campaign.

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    35 backers Limited (65 left of 100)

    The Cross Mix : One pair of SteelConnect 1.0 and One pair of SteelConnect 2.0 of your choice, either Brushed Stainless Steel or PVD Black Matte. SteelConnect 1.0 will ship mid of May, while SteelConnect 2.0 will ship end of May.

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    19 backers

    Unleash your fashion: Mix & Match 2.0 - Two SteelConnect 2.0 of your choice, either Brushed Stainless Steel or PVD Black Matte.

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Funding period

- (30 days)