The Apollo Carbon Fiber Lume Watch by Rune Refinery
A customizable carbon fiber lume watch with an affordable price tag. Hand crafted Bezels so you can customize and mix and match your watch the way you want it! Back our project to help us make this new design become a reality.
The Apollo Watch By Rune Refinery
We've seen a million watches with glow in the dark hands and dials, but we've never seen one like this before. We designed this watch to be similar to our Apollo Carbon Fiber Ring. It's simple, unique and yet, it breaks all the rules. We use our incredible carbon fiber and our super lume to allow you to customize the face and the bezel the way you want it to be. We are composite specialists. Scroll down to read more about our Super lume and the materials used in this design.
Glow - Super Lume
We make the glow that we use on the bezels in house. We named it super lume because it glows in the dark brighter than any other glow we've come across. It is extremely bright and lasts for a very long time. We oversaturate our resins and use special resins that won't yellow over time. It's important that the glow lasts a long time and is extremely pronounced.
We use carbon fiber for 2 reasons. Carbon fiber is cool as hell. It's also a space aged material. It's super lightweight and durable. We specialize in carbon fiber work and we believe carbon fiber is the material of the future. It is used in the aerospace industry, structural engineering, high end cars. Why not a watch too?
When we say you get to customize your watch, we mean it. We have 2 movement options. 3 Watch Dial Color Options and 6 Watch Bezel Options. That's 36 different ways you can choose from.
Movements - We have two movements to choose from, a Quartz movement, the Miyota Super 2035 and an Automatic movement, the Miyota Automatic 9039.
Dial Color Options - We have 3 Dial Color Options. Cobalt, Emerald and Ice. The glow is Swiss Super-Luminova Glow. The Cobalt is blue during the day and glows blue in the dark, the Emerald is green during the day and glows green in the dark and the Ice is white during the day and glows a cool blue/green in the dark.
Bezel Color Options - We have 6 Bezel options that you can mix and match with your dial colors. Cobalt, Emerald, Ice, Lavender, Aqua, and Fire. This gives you the ability to match your dial and bezel or do a color scheme to match a favorite sports team, school colors, car scheme or whatever you'd like. Personally we're huge fans of the Joker color scheme.
Dimensions - The case is 11.5mm in thickness with carbon fiber. The thickness to the crystal is 10.9mm. The overall diameter of the case is 43.4mm in diameter with carbon and lume bezel. The lug to lug measurement is 22mm. The watch is water resistant up to 5 ATM. The carbon fiber and lume we add to the watch is also water resistant.
Designed to be custom
It was extremely important to us that we designed the watch to be customizable for you. We made a modular system where we can hand craft and add a bezel with the color you select.
Bezel Options Illuminated
The bezels glow in the dark just like the watch faces themselves.
Stretch Goal #1 = 40K in pledges and we upgrade everyone's glass to a highly scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
Stretch Goal #2 = $50K. Pending Announcement.
Production and Prototyping
Vacuum Infusing Carbon Fiber.
We love composites. We believe carbon fiber is the material of the future and we want to be on the front end of its rise! Here is a picture of us cutting a 12K twill weave carbon fiber fabric that we will infuse with epoxy to be used on the watch bezels.
Making Super Lume Glow
This mould is our small mould, but you get the point. We make our own super lume material with a unique resin that has UV protective properties to keep it from yellowing. We over saturate it through a unique process we have developed that allows us to get a higher concentration of glow into our resin. More glow, means it glows brighter and longer. We put so much into it that the resin almost becomes putty. It's the consistency of a very thick paste.
Cutting Glow Is Beautiful
This is easily the prettiest part of the messy manufacturing process. When we cut the glow, it illuminates. It's quite beautiful!
A little elbow grease
This is the most tedious part but I find the most enjoyable. This is where it really starts to look nice. We hand rub the carbon through several grits of sandpaper before a final hand polish. Rather than shooting it with a clear coat and cheating, we find taking the additional time and steps to hand sand and polish the bezel makes all the difference.
Final fit before locking it down
We will epoxy this down and fully bond it to the watch permanently.
About The Creators
Tyler Wright of Carbon Fi and Rune Refinery joined forces with Dan Poulsen of Mica Move to form the first Customizable Apollo Carbon Fiber Lume Watch. We both brought our expertise together to make this happen. Dan has 10 years of watch design experience under his belt. I have 9 years of composite experience and 6 years in the hand crafted jewelry space. Combined we were able to produce a watch that utilizes both of our skill sets. Without Dan this would not have been possible and with Tyler, they would not be as customizable and unique as they are.
To see what went into the creation of this project, check out the interview below talking about the process.
Risks and challenges
This is our first watch. We've been prototyping this for years so there's always the minor chance of an issue. We've extensively tested the design for durability and we haven't had a single issue. The challenge will be making sure each bezel is absolutely perfect. We're doing them by hand to make sure that's the case. The potential risks we could face are delays in production if the project gets too big.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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