Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Hirwill is a Swedish micro watch brand that is dedicated to deliver high quality watches with inspiration from nature.
Hirwill is a Swedish micro watch brand that is dedicated to deliver high quality watches with inspiration from nature.
96 backers pledged SEK 160,200 to help bring this project to life.
Last updated

About

Hirwill Watches - Watches inspired by nature project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Hirwill Watches - Watches inspired by nature

SEK 160,200

96

 

UPDATE On request by our backers we are adding color options on the leather strap. Your are now able to choose between black, brown, red and green. Or pick the mesh strap in stainless steel.

Want more than one strap? Just add 200 SEK (~€21, ~$25) extra to your pledge for every strap, and we will make sure it is added on delivery! Send us a message or email at info@hirwill.com if you want help.

One strap is included with every watch. You make your color choices in a survey after the campaign is closed.

 

Hirwill is a recently started micro watch brand, dedicated to deliver high quality watches with great attention to detail. Although located in the cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg, we take a large amount of inspiration from the nature surrounding the place where we grew up. A place with forests, lakes and mountains right in our own backyard.

The first Hirwill collection, Hirwill 01, is inspired by vintage weather measuring tools. These were made to understand nature phenomena, and were often intriguing in their shape and form. 

 

Read about the Hirwill 01 collection in the press.

Links Watch Bandit, A Blog To Watch, The Coolector, The Wrist Watch ReviewBernadotte LifestyleTjock, Gentlemannaguiden, Tid till förfogande

 

Components

The components of our first collection is summarized below.

Case

A uniquely designed 38 mm case with straight forward design, clear shapes and sharp edges. The material is 316 stainless steel, often referred to as surgical steel or marine grade steel due to it’s durable and corrosion resistant characteristics.

A uniquely designed 38 mm case in 316 stainless steel
A uniquely designed 38 mm case in 316 stainless steel

Caseback

A convex screw-in caseback seals the back of watch. This is a robust solution. 

Screw-in caseback with engraved logo
Screw-in caseback with engraved logo

Lugs

The lugs are designed with distinct edges and angles to harmonize with the case.

Side view of the lugs
Side view of the lugs

Gold coating

The gold coated watch has a PVD gold plating which consists of gold and titanium nitride to ensure durability.

Crown

A three part construction with embossed logo in shape of the Hirwill bird.

Embossed logo on the crown
Embossed logo on the crown

Sapphire crystal

Sapphire crystal or mineral glass? Sapphire crystal is one of the most scratch resistant materials there is, only beaten by diamond. The choice to use sapphire was easy. In fact this is where most larger watch brands in this price range choose to cut cost and go with mineral glass. The sapphire crystal has an anti reflective coating.

Movement

We are of very fond of mechanical movements, both handwound and automatic. To us, they can be pure art. Although for this collection we chose to use a well known quartz movement, the Miyota 2305. This gives a better price, much more precise time keeping and no need for extra maintenance. With the history of Japanese watch making in mind, we are certain we have made a good choice.

Dial

Black print on white enamel dial. The print is inspired by old measurement tools. A specific inspiration source is vintage barometers and opisometers. An opisometer is used to measure curved lines on maps and their dials are often full of characteristics.

The dial design takes inspiration from vintage measurement tools
The dial design takes inspiration from vintage measurement tools

Straps

The Hirwill 01 watch is delivered with a strap either of stainless steel mesh or of leather from Tärnsjö Garveri in Sweden. Tärnsjö Garveri is one of the few remaining tannery houses that still use the traditional method of organically vegetable tanning instead of the more cost effective chrome excel method. Instead of using harmful chemicals, the needed acidity is retrieved from tree bark. The leather ages over time, making a unique patina.

  • Swedish leather from Tärnsjö Garveri
  • Update Added colors choices on leather strap. Choose between black, brown, red and green. See info on top of campaign page
  • Stainless steel mesh
Vegetable tanned leather or stainless steel mesh strap
Vegetable tanned leather or stainless steel mesh strap

 

Straps viewed from the watches back
Straps viewed from the watches back

 

 The watch is shown from various angles in the video below.

 

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

 

 

We like to keep it simple. The watches are delivered in a clean black hard paper box, uniquely designed to fit the Hirwill 01 watch. The box is filled with cut out foam to keep the watch in place and provide a safe travel home to you backers.

 

A customized black box ensures the watch a safe ride home to you backers
A customized black box ensures the watch a safe ride home to you backers

 

We wanted to create a watch that had a vintage look but with a modern feel. Our main inspirational source comes from barometers and opisometers, both used frequently by fishermen and other seafarers back in the day. We sought out to do something that we had not seen before, and wanted to create a watch with a unique case and dial design.

Sketch of case and crystal
Sketch of case and crystal

The design process started shortly after Hirwill was born in the summer of 2016. After having invested in CAD and illustration software, CAD drawings was to be used throughout the design phase. The design concept was presented and tested in different forums and focus groups for evaluation and further development.

Inspirational artifacts
Inspirational artifacts

The design of the case have been evaluated several times through 3D prints. The 3D printings enabled us to adjust and finalize the design before ordering our first prototypes.

By the end of 2016 we found our final supplier through some serious digging and research. We feel confident in the choice of our supplier, and have had a continuously contact with them from start. We have already invested in the tools to produce our first batch. Our first prototypes arrived in June 2017.

Drawings that were used during the prototype phase
Drawings that were used during the prototype phase

 

The GIF animation displays the final watch design and parts in various views from our CAD drawings.

 

We are working with a successful watch supplier with lots of experience with micro brand watches. The watches will be shipped from Sweden. We offer worldwide shipping. Please note that custom duties and taxes may be added upon delivery.

Warranty We offer a two (2) year international warranty from date of purchase. The warranty covers manufacturing defects.

 

A watch is something everyone can relate to, and we are really glad to receive such great interest from people we meet when talking about this project. Let's answer some of the questions we usually get.

Henrik Pers and Sandra Pers, siblings and founders of Hirwill
Henrik Pers and Sandra Pers, siblings and founders of Hirwill

What is Hirwills place in the watch industry? And aren’t there enough watches available by now? 

Well, we like to think ourselves as a micro beer brewery that’s located in the watch industry. We provide our brew to a limited group of people. Our goal is not to produce the next best seller watch. Instead we are driven by passion and joy, and as most micro breweries we are not afraid to be different and experiment with flavors and styles.

Tell me about your past working experiences?

Henrik: I’m an engineer and the last couple of years I’ve been working as a technical project leader in the heavy vehicle industry. First a couple of years with production and then with development. I think me and my sister Sandra makes a great mix of engineering and marketing skills.
Sandra: The past years I have been working as a marketing manager at a company in the industrial sector. I am a graduate of economics and before then I have studied art and design. I love that with Hirwill I get to work in a whole different industry, where one of the key elements is design.

What do you enjoy the most of this project?

Henrik: I think creativity and learning is the main reason I dove into this project. For me it was important that we did as much as possible ourselves. Everything from design, 3D, photography and even video. The last years, becoming a father and with many hobbies, I’ve found a heavy need to prioritize my time. Ironically I’ve chose to spend a huge amount of time on a time measurement tool.
Sandra: When Henrik asked me to join in on this project I said yes without a wink. I think it's a fun challenge to create our own brand from scratch and develop it into something we would want to wear our selves. I love the design process, not only for the product but for the brand as whole, taking it to a conceptual level.

What will you do with the funded money? 

The money will be used for placing our first serial production batch. We’ve already invested in the tools. When the target is reached we will also start up a web shop. From there we plan to use the revenue to fund future collections.

Anything else you want to say to the backers?

We want to thank all backers for your trust in us and for spreading the word about Hirwill!

 

We owe our sincere gratitude to a couple people important to us. Our partners, Victoria and Johannes, your valuable input and work to this project is what will make Hirwill fly. Friends, family, and others who have helped us both with procuring prototypes, giving uplifting, motivating, innovative and sometimes cruel-but-oh-so-honest critique. We did even find a mentor to support us all the way from concept to watch delivery to our customers.

Wherever this campaign may take us, you've all helped us learn a lot, thank you!

 

  For more inspiration, follow us on instagram

 

We would be happy if you follow us and help us spread the word about Hirwill. Feel free to contact us at info@hirwill.com if you have any questions or just to say hello!

Instagram      |       hirwill.com      |       Facebook 

 

  

Risks and challenges

Commonly mentioned risks in these kinds of projects are the ability to receive correct parts in the right time. We are working with a successful supplier with lots of experience with micro brand watches. That makes us feel confident. But as we all know, life is full of unplanned events. We will be present all along the process sharing updates. If there are any kind of delays we will inform our backers right away and do our very best to make sure the project runs smoothly.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge SEK 200 or more About US$ 21

    Strap in leather or steel mesh

    200 SEK,  ~€21, ~$25
    1 strap in leather or steel mesh. Width 20 mm.

    Color is chosen after campaign is closed through a backer survey.

    Want more than one? Pledge 200 SEK extra for each additional strap.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    SEK

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge SEK 1,300 or more About US$ 135

    2. The EarlyBird - Hirwill 01 Watch

    1300 SEK ~136 €
    46% off retail price (2450 SEK)
    Watch and strap of your choice

    Color of watch and strap are chosen after campaign is closed through a backer survey.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 37 backers
    SEK

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge SEK 1,400 or more About US$ 145

    3. The Bird - Hirwill 01 Watch

    1400 SEK, ~€147 , ~$172
    42% off retail price (2450 SEK)
    Watch and strap of your choice

    Color of watch and strap are chosen after campaign is closed through a backer survey.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 13 backers
    SEK

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge SEK 1,500 or more About US$ 155

    4. The Backer - Hirwill 01 Watch

    1500 SEK, ~ €157, ~$184
    38% off retail price (2450 SEK)
    Watch and strap of your choice

    Color of watch and strap are chosen after campaign is closed through a backer survey.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    SEK

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge SEK 2,400 or more About US$ 248

    5. The Combo - Two Hirwill 01 Watches

    2400 SEK ~252 €
    51% off retail price (2450 SEK/watch)
    2 x Watch and strap of your choice

    Color of watch and strap are chosen after campaign is closed through a backer survey.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 12 backers
    SEK

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Reward no longer available

    Pledge SEK 1,100 or more About US$ 114

    1. The SuperEarlyBird - Hirwill 01 Watch

    1100 SEK ~115 €
    54% off retail price (2450 SEK)
    Watch and strap of your choice

    Color of watch and strap are chosen after campaign is closed through a backer survey.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 30 backers
    SEK

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)