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Mark ParaBy Mark Para
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Mark ParaBy Mark Para
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$12,596
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 6 2017

About

Do you own anything that will stand the test of time? An old car can surpass innovation, even more coveted after 50 years. A well made mechanical watch can continue to tick despite being worn for generations. 

Some people say the craftsmanship of years past just isn’t there anymore. Well, we say that they do still make them like they used to. 

At Carpathia Watch Co. we relish the hands-on experience of creating something personal and designing a watch that outlives trends, continuing to be handed down in tradition for years to come. With high quality materials, a Top grade ETA 2824-2 movement and hand assembly in Switzerland, you’ll be investing in a watch worth passing on. 

Introducing Carpathia Ascent; modern design rooted in tradition.

Ascent - Chrome with Rose Gold Dial / Limited Edition of 100
Ascent - Chrome with Rose Gold Dial / Limited Edition of 100
Ascent - Rose Gold with Navy Blue Dial / Limited Edition of 100
Ascent - Rose Gold with Navy Blue Dial / Limited Edition of 100
Ascent - Brushed Gold with Black Dial / Limited Edition of 100
Ascent - Brushed Gold with Black Dial / Limited Edition of 100
Ascent - Matte Black with Ivory Dial / limited edition of 100
Ascent - Matte Black with Ivory Dial / limited edition of 100

Founder Mark Para's affinity for horology began as a child traveling through Europe and ogling watches in shop windows. By the time he was an adult, Mark grew a large collection and made a hobby of repairing old watches. His job as a graphic artist led him to design cases and dials for several other companies. Realizing he had a very distinct admiration for classic watches, he decided he could offer something new to the modern watch world. Together with his wife he decided to build a new brand, Carpathia.

Our name comes from the Carpathian mountain range which crosses our home in southern Poland. We wanted to embody in our product the overwhelming sense of beauty and inspiration we feel when we return home to the Carpathian Mountains. Our logo, the white stork, represents the concept of lifelong migration and is considered a sign of prosperity.      

Though we are inspired by our roots, we are also deeply influenced by the diverse world class city we grew up in; Chicago. 

Amid the modern skyscrapers you can still glimpse ornate art deco style buildings and gothic cathedrals. You can sit in a 1920's high society club and glance out over a space age style park. It is both refined and gritty; attracting people of all walks of life, from all over the globe. 

Like Chicago, our watch unifies the old and new to create something uniquely our own. Carpathia is modern design, rooted in tradition.

With understated elegance, high quality and simplicity, Carpathia watches are true originals. 

At the onset of design, we knew we wanted our watch to feel traditional but to reflect modern trends. We drew influences from those little known European watch brands Mark collected, as well as high-end luxury watches. 

The Carpathia Ascent's classic clean case with a large crown give a vintage appeal. The large face and gently curved case lugs give it a modern look and increased comfort which makes this watch versatile for daily wear yet elegant enough for formal events. The exhibition sapphire crystal case back allows you to show off the powerhouse, a Top grade ETA 2824-2 movement. 

Carpathia is for aficionados , for those with particular tastes. We pay special attention to every detail from the inscription on the dial to the decorated movement. With a love for all things vintage it is not surprise that we are inspired by classic cars and collectibles from a time when everything was made with more care. We decided that high quality and a personal touch are not things of the past; that they do still make things like they used to. 

Many new watch companies focus on just the look. These brands are passing fads, an empty shell with a cheap movement that costs very little to produce; a throwaway watch. Just like an old Mercedes-Benz, Carpathia watches are made to withstand the passing fads and to endure regular wear. We aspire to give you something you'll want to pass on to your family.

The Carpathia lifestyle is about depth of quality, about character and having something real to show behind the facade. That is why our highly reliable ETA 2824-2 Top grade movement is set in a open display back- so you know your watch isn't just for looks. 

The name "Ascent" is meant to signify whatever type of climb you find yourself facing in life. Perhaps you plan to travel to the Carpathian mountains, and literally climb it's peaks. Perhaps you've set out on a new business endeavor, or you've chosen to build a life in a new country- we hope this watch can accompany you on your journey and help you rise.

Our quest to realize Carpathia began as all others do; with just a dream and a few sketches. Mark Para had a lifelong passion for horology and a talent in design but no idea where to begin in building Carpathia. 

Sourcing manufacturers and obtaining prototypes was an arduous process. To ensure the highest quality materials were being used, we traveled to Switzerland to meet our manufacturers and movement suppliers. Countless samples of cases, dials and hands were produced until the exact vision and quality were acheived. 

While prototypes were hand assembled by Mark Para in his personal workshop in Chicago, final production Carpathia Watches will be assembled by a highly qualified team in Switzerland. The watches will then be personally inspected in Chicago by Mark before being sent to you. 

Since Carpathia is just two regular people on a mission to build a brand, we have done everything ourselves. All designing, sourcing, advertising and copy has been created by us. We have been lucky enough to have the help of very talented friends in our photography and video. We are by no means just wealthy people pouring money into advertising, we poured our lives into this project for nearly two years. 

Case sampling & prototype assembly
Case sampling & prototype assembly
ETA - 2824-2 Top grade fitting
ETA - 2824-2 Top grade fitting
Mark Para, Carpathia Founder
Mark Para, Carpathia Founder
Sunburst rose gold dial
Sunburst rose gold dial
Initial dial and hand samples
Initial dial and hand samples
Vintage inspired onion crown
Vintage inspired onion crown
Genuine leather
Genuine leather
Logo engraved clasp
Logo engraved clasp
Burl wood case
Burl wood case
Our assembly facility in La Chaux – de – Fonds / Switzerland
Our assembly facility in La Chaux – de – Fonds / Switzerland

The Ascent is Carpathia's flagship model.  This is an Art Deco inspired look, with large  316L stainless steel cases plated in their respective finishes. The 42mm case is designed with a gentle curve meant to sit comfortably on the wrist. The sunburst dial is simple yet striking. Our name and the Chicago inscription represent our sources of inspiration. Our delicate custom designed minute markers and hands are complete with luminescence. 

The case back engraving will note the production number. Each variation will be made in a limited number of 100. Sapphire crystals are found on the front and the back of the watch which also sports a 5 atm water resistance. 

We use an ETA 2824-2 Top grade movement, which is fully decorated with blued screws and can be seen through the exhibition case back. The top grade movement is the best of the three variations offered giving you the most accurate time reading.  Finally, we opted for a genuine 22mm tapered finish leather strap embossed with our logo. 

Subtle sunburst dial
Subtle sunburst dial
ETA - 2824-2 Top grade execution
ETA - 2824-2 Top grade execution
Curved lines
Curved lines
Top grade blued screws through heat treatment
Top grade blued screws through heat treatment
Designed in Chicago
Designed in Chicago
Adjusted in 5 positions for accuracy +/-4 seconds/day
Adjusted in 5 positions for accuracy +/-4 seconds/day
Lume hands and second markers
Lume hands and second markers
Art Deco touches shown through the sapphire crystal
Art Deco touches shown through the sapphire crystal

Carpathia watches offer a two year warranty which covers faulty workmanship under normal use of the product. In case of defects covered by the warranty, all components will be repaired or the watch will be replaced. Warranty pertains to watch function and components and does not extend to strap or buckle. 

Carpathia watches can be shipped to all participating countries outlined in the selection options through kickstarter. Shipping price is added onto your purchase at the time of checkout and is dependent on location. 

Please note that you are responsible for potential customs duties or other applicable taxes for your region, we will include an invoice with your item.

We hope to deliver all watches by March 2017. Be aware that this is an estimated delivery period which will depend on speed of manufacturing and potential setbacks. Actual delivery may be expedited or delayed depending on how manufacturing progresses. 

 Check us out on social media and send us some feedback! Let us know what you think of our project, if you're planning to order, and send us your pictures once you have received your Carpathia Ascent!

https://www.facebook.com/carpathiawatches/

https://www.instagram.com/carpathiawatches/

https://twitter.com/carpathiawatch

https://carpathiawatches.com

carpathiawatchco@gmail.com  

Risks and challenges

Sourcing elements from many manufacturers from abroad is alway a challenge, as is meeting minimum order requirements. Since this is a high quality watch with a reputable top grade movement, it is quite expensive to produce. Being a regular working class couple, we do not have the funds necessary to purchase a large quantity of materials in order to launch our brand. Funding through a campaign such as kickstarter allows us to share our journey, involve you in the process of building Carpathia and to to provide funds that will allow us to make it all happen.

Finally, we are not immune to production setbacks and can not promise our manufacturers will adhere to our timeline. We can, however, assure you that we will be open and communicative about the development process so that you know where in production your watch is. Please always feel free to contact us directly. We deeply value your support!

carpathiawatchco@gmail.com

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    Mini Investor / Carpathia Strap Set

    All 4 Available Carpathia Embossed genuine leather watch straps. Navy, Whiskey, Black, Olive. Retail $50 per strap.

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    Super Early Bird / Ascent ROSE GOLD

    Carpathia Ascent with ROSE GOLD case and navy blue dial with a black genuine leather strap. This is a 50% discount from full retail of $1,200. Limited to only 100 units.

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    Carpathia Ascent with BRUSHED GOLD case and black dial with a whiskey genuine leather strap. This is a 50% discount from full retail of $1,200. Limited to only 100 units.

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    Early Bird / Ascent ROSE GOLD

    Carpathia Ascent with ROSE GOLD case and navy blue dial with a black genuine leather strap. This is a 40% discount from full retail of $1,200. Limited to only 100 units.

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    Early Bird / Ascent CHROME

    Carpathia Ascent with CHROME case and rose gold dial with a navy blue genuine leather strap. This is a 40% discount from full retail of $1,200. Limited to only 100 units.

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    Early Bird / Ascent MATTE BLACK

    Carpathia Ascent with MATTE BLACK case and ivory dial with a black genuine leather strap. This is a 40% discount from full retail of $1,200. Limited to only 100 units.

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    Early Bird / Ascent BRUSHED GOLD

    Carpathia Ascent with BRUSHED GOLD case and black dial with a whiskey genuine leather strap. This is a 40% discount from full retail of $1,200. Limited to only 100 units.

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    Kickstarter Deal / Ascent ROSE GOLD

    Carpathia Ascent with ROSE GOLD case and navy blue dial with a black genuine leather strap. This is a 30% discount from full retail of $1,200. Limited to only 100 units.

    +Bonus gift, Olive green Carpathia leather strap.
    +Bonus gift, Carpathia Travel Pouch

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    Kickstarter Deal / Ascent CHROME

    Carpathia Ascent with CHROME case and rose gold dial with a navy blue genuine leather strap. This is a 30% discount from full retail of $1,200. Limited to only 100 units.

    +Bonus gift, Olive green Carpathia leather strap.
    +Bonus gift, Carpathia Travel Pouch

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    Carpathia Ascent with MATTE BLACK case and ivory dial with a black genuine leather strap. This is a 30% discount from full retail of $1,200. Limited to only 100 units.

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    Kickstarter Deal / Ascent BRUSHED GOLD

    Carpathia Ascent with BRUSHED GOLD case and black dial with a whiskey genuine leather strap. This is a 30% discount from full retail of $1,200. Limited to only 100 units.

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    Carpathia Collector

    ALL FOUR of the Carpathia Ascent Variations.
    1x rose gold case, navy dial, black strap
    1x chrome case, rose gold dial, navy strap
    1x matte black case, ivory dial, black strap
    1x brushed gold case, black dial, whiskey strap

    +Bonus Gift, Carpathia commemorative watch display case, only 10 made!

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