The design of The Basilisk Collection by Chronspire was inspired by the famous Basilisk statues found throughout the city of Basel. From the ridged case in bare, or black DLC-clad titanium that’s reminiscent of the creature’s spine, to the articulated silicone strap or titanium bracelet which mimics the Basilisk’s sinuous body, to the green segmented GMT hand on the automatic version that looks like the beast’s tail.
And like the legendary beast, the watch is both tough and powerful, designed to stand the test of time.
We at Chronspire love a challenge, and creating our signature luminous hourglass caseback definitely fits the bill! We wanted to create something that was beautiful as well as functional, and which wouldn’t compromise the watch’s 5 ATM water resistance.
In order to achieve this goal, there were a multitude of elements that needed to be worked out, from coming up with the exact right shape and depth for the hourglass, to calculating the ideal bottleneck and sand grain size, to figuring out how to actually insert the sand, etc.
After countless rounds of R&D and multiple redesigns, we finally got it exactly the way we wanted it. The result is innovative, beautifully engineered, and absolutely unique. We hope you love it as much as we do!
We use RC Tritec as our trusted Swiss Super-LumiNova® pigment supplier. Their products are all environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and absolutely free of radioactivity. You can find more information about the materials they use on their website - http://www.rctritec.com/
Here's what the charged Super LumiNova looks like after dark!
At Chronspire, we are committed to creating legendary timepieces, the kind that honor the past while looking towards the future. We believe that every detail, no matter how small, is vital, and that every facet of a design has to be flawless before we allow it to carry the Chronspire name. The resulting watches are intricate, unique, and, in our opinion, absolutely perfect.
As we all know, time is the underlying foundation of everything in the universe. It weaves its way through every aspect of our lives, dragging us along in its wake, pulling us inexorably into the future, regardless of whether we want to go.
When you stop to think about this, it’s staggering. And, frankly, terrifying.
We get that, totally. We’ve all had moments when we felt crushed under the weight of this realization. Fortunately, we at Chronspire have figured something out – as long as you focus on embracing the next moment ahead, you have nothing to fear. This idea forms the basis of our designs - a Chronspire watch is meant to remind you that no matter how overwhelming time may sometimes feel, it’s actually always right there waiting for you, ready to help you shed the past and reinvent yourself into whoever and whatever you want to be. As long as you keep looking forward, there will always be enough time.
Our biggest inspiration comes from the idea that even time, as vast and far-reaching as it is, has a controller. We named our company after one of them (Chronos, the Greek God of time), and have made it our mission to help put that control in everyone’s hands. Our watches – sleek, thoughtfully engineered, and with completely unique designs and revolutionary features – pay tribute to man’s eternal quest to turn time to his advantage, from the first hourglass to the latest innovations, and beyond.
The idea for the first collection came into being several years ago, when we took a trip to Basel, Switzerland to commune with our watch-obsessed brethren at the annual Baselworld watch fair. While wandering around town, our eyes were constantly drawn to the statues of Basel’s mythical protector, the Basilisk, that are sprinkled throughout the city. These statues were so striking, they captured our imaginations, and Chronspire’s Basilisk Collection was born.
We spent three years on product development, working with manufacturers from Italy, China, Japan, and every corner of Switzerland including Neuchâtel, St. Gallen, Stabio and La Chaux-de-Fonds. We sourced the highest-quality components and materials, incorporating them into the design process, while simultaneously focusing on precision, style, craftsmanship, innovation, and comfort. Every detail was meticulously designed and tested, until the final result was, well, perfect. It took a lot of hard work, but the outcome is more than worth it! And this is the promise of every Chronspire watch – we won’t be satisfied with anything less than perfection!
So, to sum up – meticulously crafted and innovatively designed, Chronspire watches are here to remind you that, no matter what, TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE!
During his years in the industry, Lawrence recognized a need in the market that was going unmet – no matter how many watches and watch companies he encountered, there never seemed to be a quality timepiece that was both genuinely well-made and truly affordable. So in 2012, to address this gap, he founded his first company, House of Horology, and unexpectedly found his calling. Now, he brings that same passion for craftsmanship and cutting-edge watch design to his newest venture, Chronspire.
For the past three years, he has been developing a groundbreaking new collection, The Basilisk, which takes its inspiration from and pays homage to the fabled protector of Basel, Switzerland. This inaugural collection combines a strong, revolutionary design with a heavy focus on quality, precision and durability. The resulting timepiece is a masterpiece of meticulous planning, high-concept design, and cutting-edge materials.
Lawrence is a true believer in the idea that a watch is a deeply personal object, one that allows its wearer to move through the world with confidence while making a bold statement. With this in mind, Lawrence’s goal is to design and release two collections each year, so there is something for everyone. Future collections will include, among others, a reversible watch and a collection for her!
Lawrence has also been busy creating a non-profit organization, Project Good Time, to help others learn the life skills that watchmaking has taught him. Project Good Time’s goal is to create workshops for middle- and high-school students, where they will learn about the science and technology of watchmaking. Students will have the opportunity to create their own timepieces while developing design, entrepreneurship, leadership, and team-building skills. Stay tuned for more information.
Risks and challenges
Chronspire has dedicated the past four years to making the Basilisk a masterpiece. This timepiece has been perfected and tested, and is ready to go! We already have full-scale manufacturing and fulfillment in place and we are ready to launch. We do not anticipate any delays. If anything does occur to take us off-schedule, you can count on us to always be in communication with you. We stand for transparency and connectedness. We will always and constantly keep our backers/supporters up to date with the latest progress and news.
We are committed to ensuring our backers have all their questions answered and all their concerns addresses. We invite you to reach out to us by posting any inquiries you may have in the Comments Section, and we will be more than happy to answer them!
With Chronspire, time is on your side and we hope, soon, the Basilisk will be too!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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