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The world’s first high quality wristwatch made from soda cans, handmade by sheltered workshops.

About this project

A Vision

Designers always hope to improve people’s lives. In 2012, we encountered sheltered workshops and found their members are highly skilled, but our society have not given them a chance to practice. Seeing this opportunity, we founded Alchemist Creations, a company that would nurture their potentials and raise their confidence. “Turn Neglect Into Shine” is our motto.

The Design

We think from the basic and design from the basic. We take the readily available materials and we maximize the possibilities and make them design features. We ensure every product designed is a seamless integration of sustainability and innovation.

Why Sheltered Workshops

Members of the workshops delivered fine craftsmanship through the products
Members of the workshops delivered fine craftsmanship through the products

All procedures, especially handcraft productions, are handled by the under-privileged. They are often neglected by the society. They lack confidence and respect. Alchemist is willing to cooperate with them, offering them job opportunities. Through this cooperation, they are able to contribute to our society and realize their strength and abilities.

Friendship

We become close friends with the members
We become close friends with the members

We partnered with “Christian Family Service Centre”, a local sheltered workshop and team up with the members. In the process, we befriended the members who worked with us closely. Their passion and hard work reflect in every product that they made. This relationship has never been found in modern production lines.

Passion with confidence

With years of work experiences, we are glad to see confidence increase through every member’s eyes. Every day we are overwhelmed encouraged by their passions. Their zeal and enthusiasm which keeps us goinggo on with the project. We hope the public will recognize these talents and help them to rejoin integrate into the society.

The CAN WATCH S

CAN WATCH S fits men's wrist
CAN WATCH S fits men's wrist
CAN WATCH S also fits women
CAN WATCH S also fits women

Many people questioned the ability of the disabled and overlooked their potential. In light of this, with the motto “Turn Neglect into Shine”, Alchemist Creations’ brainchild – the “CAN-WATCH” series was created from the bottom of an ordinary soda can and equipped with a genuine leather band made from handbag or sofa factory’s genuine leather remnant.

Members of the workshops making the CAN Watch with the aid of the tools
Members of the workshops making the CAN Watch with the aid of the tools

Moreover, we have led to the set up of a production line, which creates job opportunity for workers at sheltered workshops in Hong Kong. We place importance on the design system. We design and arrange an appropriate manufacturing process with members and tutors from workshops. Through the hand-making CAN-WATCH, we hope customers would appreciate members’ sophisticated workmanship. 

The original CAN WATCH
The original CAN WATCH

The first version of “CAN-WATCH” combined the maxims of sustainability with a social mission, turning waste material into fashion accessories. With the elegant and fashionable “CAN-WATCH” series, we have cut its mark in the international arena by winning “Red Dot Design Award, Best of the Best 2013” in Germany - watch and jewelry category.

Awards and comments from bloggers

Red Dot Design Award 2013:

From the Red Dot jury:

"The Can-Watch fascinates with a clear and purist language of form, as well as the idea of turning a part of an otherwise easily disposable simple soda can into a highly significant design. This watch imparts a very modern look. In addition, it also expresses social awareness and thus is particularly appealing to its youthful target market." 

40 Under 40 by Perspective magazine:

 From Perspective Magazine:

"The CAN-WATCH series combines the maxim of sustainability with a social mission, turning waste material into fashion accessories."

Comments from bloggers:

Who'd Thought: Well, you wouldn’t if you saw it. And that’s what’s so great about learning the story behind any design creation. What you see is not even half of what you get.

Curve: Not just eco-friendly and a re-use of discarded materials, the Can-Watch is part of an upcycled range including a Can-Light and Can-Carry bag series.

Style By Asia: You will find that by using these “pre-manufactured” materials. upcycled materials are not just about making your design eco-friendly , it is also a more efficient way to manufacture.

Imoudrog Fashion: Alchemist evokes the revolution of “Combining Handcraft Production With Social Innovation”. They utilize social resources and created innovative sustainable product designs

CAN WATCH with CAN WATCH S
CAN WATCH with CAN WATCH S

From the experience gained in making the CAN-WATCH, we work intensely for making a new watch that is far more compact and versatile.  After many testing and a detail design process, we are glad that we announce the CAN-WATCH-S, a successor of CAN-WATCH.

Design Features:

We appreciate the beauty of those wasted soda cans and leather.

Soda cans

-Perfectly machine-made shape

-Made by clear aluminum

-No harm to human skin

-Abundant

Discarded leather

-In good condition

-Sufficient to make watch straps in small quantity

You will be amazed by how it feels because:

-Uniqueness: over 50% production process is hand-made.

-Fabricated with passion:

-Eye-catching: Shinely polished can surfaces (You and I are called to shine!)

-Versatile: CAN-WATCH suits both formal and casual outfits

-Light weight: regular CAN-WATCH-S is around 100 gram

You can choose between combinations/Specifications

 CAN-WATCH-S

Case diameter: 54mm

Case thickness:

20 mm lug width (strap)

Scratch resistant crystal

Aluminum soda can case & case back

Movement with CE certificate

30mm cow-genuine leather

High-quality movement with CE certification is selected. It is assembled with a strong structure.

Straps were made by genuine cow-leather with hand stitches.They are connected by high quality stainless steel buckle.

Reward

Pledge $1 or more

Thank you for being one of the Alchemists.

Your name will be posted on Alchemist Creations website. 

 Pledge $29 or more

One strap! Receive 1 pair of our leather strap.

Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

 Pledge$ 34 or more

One unique leather strap with marking of your name (Within 10 words/symbols).

Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

 Pledge$ 65 or more

2 pairs unique leather strap with your precious name.

Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

Pledge$ 86 (200 limited)

EARLY BIRD: Get 1 CAN-WATCH-S

Of your choice at a great price ($50 off retail)

Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

Pledge$ 96(100 limited)

KICKSTARTER SPECIAL:Get 1 CAN-WATCH-S

Of your choice at a great price ($40 off retail)

Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

Pledge$ 116 (500 limited)

Get 1 CAN-WATCH-S

of your choice at a great price ($30 off retail)

Free shipping in USA, Canada" and Hong Kong*.

Pledge$ 126

Get 1 CAN-WATCH-S

of your choice at a great price ($20 off retail)

Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

Pledge$ 136

PERSONALIZE YOUR OWN WATCH:

Get 1 CAN-WATCH-S

of your choice with name marked on watch strap at a great price

Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

Pledge $ 159

Get 1 CAN-WATCH-S + extra 1 pair strap

Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

 Pledge $ 199

Deluxe Set with 1 CAN-WATCH + 1 CAN-WATCH-S

with name marked on watch strap at a great price

Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

Fit a standard I PAD Mini
Fit a standard I PAD Mini

 Pledge $ 299

FULL SET:

+ 1 CAN-WATCH

+ 1 CAN-WATCH-S

+ 1 pairs of strap for CAN-WATCH

+ 1 pairs of strap for CAN-WATCH-S

+ 1 CAN CARRY PAD Mini (For I-PAD Mini)

with name marked on watch strap at a great price

Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

* For Canada and Hong Kong backers, you will receive refund of the shipping fee.

Project Schedule

Support Us!

With each purchase of our product, you are supporting our ideas and giving opportunity to the talents to (find) work .A purchase supports this social innovation and helps provide more training to the potential members in other workshops.

Risks and challenges

Being the first watch made from soda cans, we faced unprecedented difficulties:

QUALITY:

Not all the collected soda cans are in good conditions. All eligible soda cans are hand picked in order to go for further processing. To ensure all soda cans we picked are clean, series of sterilizing procedures has to be done.

As a watch made from recyclable material, the greatest challenge is to make it price worthy. To achieve this, we have worked closely with well-famed watch manufacturers and gain lots of experience in making high quality watches. After years of hard working, we are confident in every aspect that our products worth its value.

Nevertheless the watch is made from priceless material, we successfully turning the neglected into shine.

PRODUCTION:

We have to be sure all the production procedures are perfectly safe for the members in sheltered workshops. We have done so much work on designing tools for easy and safe manipulations. We have spent the most effort in managing the production line

We will keep our backers informed about the production process. If we encountered any difficulty, we will let you know as soon as possible, but of course, we will try our best to make it with high quality.

In the end, we want to show the passion and dreams by the ones who work behind. Every watch they make represents detailed handcraftsmanship that is not easy to achieve. We hope our work exceeds your expectations!

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    7 backers

    Thank you for being one of the Alchemists.
    Your name will be posted on Alchemist Creations website.

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    $29 reward

    1 backer

    Get one strap! Receive 1 pair of our leather strap.
    Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

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    $34 reward

    0 backers

    One unique leather strap with marking of your name (Within 10 letters/symbols).
    Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $65 reward

    0 backers

    2 pairs unique leather strap with your precious name. (Within 10 letters/symbols)
    Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

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    $86 reward

    21 backers Limited (179 left of 200)

    EARLY BIRD: Get 1 CAN-WATCH-S
    Of your choice at a great price ($50 off retail)
    Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $96 reward

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    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL: Get 1 CAN-WATCH-S
    Of your choice at a great price ($40 off retail)
    Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

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    $116 reward

    0 backers Limited (500 left of 500)

    Get 1 CAN-WATCH-S
    of your choice at a great price ($30 off retail)
    Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

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  • You selected
    $126 reward

    0 backers

    Get 1 CAN-WATCH-S
    of your choice at a great price ($20 off retail)
    Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

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  • You selected
    $136 reward

    0 backers

    PERSONALIZE YOUR OWN WATCH:
    Get 1 CAN-WATCH-S
    of your choice with name marked on watch strap at a great price (Within 10 letters/symbols).
    Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $159 reward

    0 backers

    Get 1 CAN-WATCH-S + extra 1 pair strap
    Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $199 reward

    0 backers

    Deluxe Set with 1 CAN-WATCH + 1 CAN-WATCH-S
    with name marked on watch strap at a great price (Within 10 letters/symbols).
    Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $299 reward

    0 backers

    FULL SET:
    + 1 CAN-WATCH
    + 1 CAN-WATCH-S
    + 1 pair of strap for CAN-WATCH
    + 1 pair of strap for CAN-WATCH-S
    + 1 CAN CARRY PAD (For I-PAD Mini)
    with name marked on watch strap at a great price (Within 10 letters/symbols).
    Free shipping in USA, Canada* and Hong Kong*.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (45 days)