HIKARO - Modern Industrial Take on Wooden Watches
HIKARO - Modern Industrial Take on Wooden Watches
One of the thinnest wooden watches. Designed in Switzerland using Swiss movement, stainless steel, sapphire crystal, wood, and leather.
One of the thinnest wooden watches. Designed in Switzerland using Swiss movement, stainless steel, sapphire crystal, wood, and leather. Read more
About this project
HIKARO was designed with the principles of quality, style and affordability in mind. Drawing inspiration from industrial and modern landscapes, these hand-crafted wooden watches are unique, stylish, and versatile, with custom features like the wooden case and dial.
As passionate watch collectors ourselves, our intention and desire with HIKARO was to bring our customers the same quality that a custom Swiss Movement watch offers, without the heavy price-tag.
A distinctive fashion accessory is a form of expression that allows each person to shine in their own personal way. To match each person's uniqueness with top-notch, stylish fashion accessories, we created HIKARO.
We had the chance to work with top-notch, Swiss watch-designers to create a watch that competes with the current standards of quality without compromising our commitment to style, affordability, and quality. What originally started out as an idea has now turned into a full-fledged venture.
The passion is in the details.
When designing the watches we had several prerequisites: The first is to design something bespoke - building something from scratch with limited standard parts. The second is to design a watch that is stylish and unique that you haven't seen on the market. The third is to make the design versatile by creating a watch that is wearable in both casual and formal settings.
Case Diameter: 42mm
Case Thickness: 8.5 mm
Lug Width: 22mm (strap)
In order to ensure that the density level meets our standard of quality, our designers are meticulous when it comes to choosing the wood that we use for our watches. After choosing the wood, it is then hand crafted and milled into a beautiful time-piece.
Engineering these watches has been no quick or simple feat. After multiple prototypes, tests, and trials we finally bring to light an affordable, stylish wooden watch that is thin and sleek but also durable enough to endure environments beyond the office and/or business event. The wood casing is as thin as possible (8.5 mm thin). The angles of the lugs were tailored in order to maintain the wood's integrity and durability.
Swiss quartz movement is known for its reliability, accuracy, ease to replace, and virtually no maintenance. Therefore, we have decided to equip our watches with Swiss quartz movements from Ronda (Ronda 715), one of the world’s largest and trusted watch manufacturers.
Our watches are made to be 5 ATM water resistant. Each watch has a inner stainless steel casing that protects it from water penetration. Due to the nature of the wood, we recommend that the watch is not submerged in water for a long period of time.
Choose between Black or Brown Straps.
As a special gift to our early supporters, the first 250 units of each variation will be individually numbered. The numbering will take place on a first come first serve basis (i.e., the first backer will receive a watch with a #1). Therefore, the earlier you support, the lower the number your watch will receive.
It is important to note that after 250 units, the watches will not be numbered individually.
Our passion did not stop at just the watch. We wanted to create a box that is elegant and luxurious which matches the watch itself. Each box is 5 inches x 3 inches covered with genuine leather with wooden accents and is closed with magnetic flaps.
We have the manufacturing facilities and all CAD technical drawings lined up. We have verified the quality and workmanship of the chosen manufacturing facilities as they have built us the prototypes that you see in the pictures.
Once the watches and packaging are ready, we will inspect each of them to ensure the highest level of quality. As soon as these have passed our quality control, each watch will be carefully packaged and prepared for shipment.
Yes, we truly need your support in bringing HIKARO to life!
The HIKARO watches are 100% ready for production. But without your help, production cannot begin. Your support will enable us to pay for the tooling and a portion of the product run. In exchange, you will receive an amazing watch for a fraction of the retail price!
We hope you are as excited as we are for this upcoming launch! We appreciate all of your support and look forward to providing you with progress updates as we march forward!
Thank you to all our friends and backers who have supported and encouraged us during the entire process! We are incredibly grateful for your support and could not have done it without you! We would especially like to thank Andy, Charlie, John, Cindi, Eugene and Jennifer who have encouraged us from the very beginning of this journey.
Risks and challenges
Creating a product has its risks and challenges (e.g., shipment delays and product defects). However, rest assured! We have everything under our control.
We are in constant contact with our manufacturers and have a remediation plan handy just in case something unforeseen occurs.
Going forward, we will continue to update our backers with the progress of their watches as we approach our milestones. During the process, if there are any issues / setbacks during production, we will keep our backers informed.
Please note that the watches pictured in our campaign are based off our final prototype.The actual product that you will receive will be of exceptional quality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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