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A unique racing chronograph assembled in Italy with a Swiss designed mechanical heart.  Join the hand-wound revolution! Join Levante! www.viqueriawatches.com
A unique racing chronograph assembled in Italy with a Swiss designed mechanical heart. Join the hand-wound revolution! Join Levante! www.viqueriawatches.com
96 backers pledged €27,482 to help bring this project to life.

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Viqueria Levante: Hand-wound Racing Watch Assembled in Italy

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STRETCH GOALS

- Stretch Goal n°3: Ceramic Bezel Insert for every Backer! - €55.000/$61.700

After the free upgrading with the Swiss C3 Superlume, we would like to do another big step forward with the third stretch goal.
We know it's challenging but, technically, we also think that it's worth!

If we'll reach the third stretch goal target, every Viqueria Levante  will be upgraded with Ceramic Bezel Insert without a penny's charge!

- Stretch Goal n°2: Swiss C3 Superlume for every Backer! - UNLOCKED

Even in the darkest of nights, the dial gleams brilliantly. If you want  to be able to read your mechanical watch in complete darkness, you find  yourself dependent on luminescent hands and indexes. Our superlume, an  applied flourescent material improves the night perceptibility of  watches without using any radioactive energy.  

(the following dial lume photo is a rendering)


- Stretch Goal n°1: free NATO STRAP for every Backer! - UNLOCKED

These NATO STRAPs are comfortable, breathable and splashproof. They are a great alternative to the stainless steel bracelet or leather strap. With a Nato strap fitted, your Viqueria Levante is more secure than any other type of strap. The added security comes from the strap being one piece but secured to the watch in two separate points. Meaning, should one spring bar fail then the second spring bar will keep the watch attached to the strap. This could be really useful when partaking in activities such as sailing, skiing, hunting, golfing, fishing and, obviously, RACING!

The journey started in 2012 when we, Nicolò and Omar, friends as well as watch enthusiasts, founded 2DStraps, an Italian brand that makes leather watches straps for luxury watches with top quality Tuscany leather. 

Our dream to build an authentic Italian timepiece comes true in 2017, when we founded Viqueria and manufactured our first watch: Viqueria Roma.

Viqueria is a start-up based in Voghera, Italy, a city close to Milano and our hometown, with the mission to deliver to Customers affordable but quality and appealing watches, which does not cost an arm and delivers everyday pleasure to wear. 

The name of the Italian-rooted brand takes its origins from the ancient Italian history because we want to give to our products a strong footprint that rise from our origins.

Viquèria is the ancient roman name given during Middle Age to the city of Voghera, located in the north of Italy far approximately 40 km from Milano. Our hometown was founded by Augustus, a Roman politician and general considered the first Roman emperor, controlling the Roman Empire from 27 BC until his death in AD 14.

During World War II, owing to its strategic position on the roads Milan-Genoa and Turin-Bologna, it was heavily bombed by the Allies.


We wanted to create a timepiece with a foot in both the traditional and the contemporary with a unique racing design and a lot of character and offer it on a special Kickstarter “Numbered Edition” of 300 total pieces. The progressive number of each timepiece will be engraved on the caseback. Each piece is individually assembled and fine tuned in Italy.

For Viqueria Levante we kept some elements of our earlier design, like sunray dials, whilst developing a timepiece that stands apart, not just within our own range but also within the microbrand market.

This is a complex mechanical timepiece, offering both accurate timekeeping and time measurement, therefore the design needed to reflect the need for additional information, whilst remaining true to our core belief of essentials and clutter free design.

This mechanical watch is powered by a manual wound ST19, a Swiss designed, old fashioned, traditionally laid out chronograph movement produced now by Seagull in their asian factories and encased in a 42mm 316L stainless steel case with a domed acrylic crystal, the best type of crystal to highlight the wonderful dials.

Viqueria Levante is offered in 2 versions:

BASE PACK - Starting from €230/$259:

· Monza Black – Black sunray dial – Yellow chronograph seconds hand – Black racing strap with yellow stitching made by 2DStraps

· Imola Blue – Blue sunray dial – Orange chronograph seconds hand – Brown racing strap with blue stitching made by 2DStraps.

FULL PACK - Starting from €262/$297:

· Monza Black – Black sunray dial – Yellow chronograph seconds hand – Black racing strap with yellow stitching made by 2DStraps - Stainless Steel Bracelet;

· Imola Blue – Blue sunray dial – Orange chronograph seconds hand – Brown racing strap with blue stitching made by 2DStraps - Stainless Steel Bracelet.

  • 42mm diameter (13.65mm to crystal zenith)
  • 22mm strap width
  • Steel bezel insert
  • Custom profile high-dome acrylic crystal
  • Exhibition case-back
  • Seagull ST1901 column-wheel manual mechanical movement
  • 21,600 bph with approx. 40 hours power reserve
  • 30-minute Chronoscope function
  • 10 ATM / 100mt water resistance
  • O-ring crown construction
  • Luminescent Markers
  • Weight 130gr.

1960. In Switzerland there were three competing chronograph movement manufacturers: Lemania, Valijoux and Venus. Venus made the popular Calibre 175 column wheel chronograph movement that was used in several high end watches.

In 1961, the Chinese Government assigned the task of developing and producing an air force chronograph for the Army to the asian Tianjin-Seagull Watch Factory. 

Seagull bought everything from Venus company, the machines, blueprints and everything that was used to produce the Calibre 175, and then upgraded the original 17-jewel movement to their own 19-jewel ST19 movement.

By 1965 these watches had met all the requirements and passed all the Ministry’s tests so an order was placed. In 1966 Tianjin-Seagull delivered 1,400 of these watches to the air force.

We choose ST19 because of its elegance, history and smoothness of operation. Our version is an upgrade to the original 19-jewel movement and it host 21 jewels.

Inside a mechanical chronograph, you’ll usually find one of two types of movement; a column wheel movement or a cam-actuated variety. Seagull ST19 is based on a column-wheel system, like Patek Philippe CH-29-535 movement and Zenith El Primero watch.

When you push the “start” button you act on the column wheel operating lever which moves the wheel.  That then moves the clutch rocker away from its detent.  The rocker then engages with the oscillating pinion with the chronograph wheel and the hand starts moving. Click to stop and the column wheel turns the other way.

A cam and lever has – near enough – the same number of parts as a column wheel set-up, but it costs rather less to produce as the tolerance of the parts doesn’t need to be quite so precise. Cam-actuated system is used on ETA/Valijoux 7750 movement. When you push the “start” button you act on a level and an oscillating pinion that moves on the chrono whell.

Every watch enthusiast know how beautiful is a column whell movement. Details matters, so Viqueria Levante is equipped with an exhibition caseback.

Viqueria Levante is fitted with a racing leather strap made by 2DStraps. For a great wear, we only use the best leathers available around. We want to provide affordable timepieces without compromising quality.

Because details matters, Viqueria Levante with Monza Black dial is fitted with a black racing strap with yellow thread that match the chronograph seconds hand, while Imola Blue dial is fitted with a brown racing strap with blue thread that match the watch dial.

As an option, you could pledge also for the "full pack" including the stainless steel bracelet and, if you are undecided, go for the "base pack" and buy the bracelet after the campaign end!

Stainless steel is among the most protective shields around. Viqueria Levante is manufactured with 316L stainless steel, the same steel used to make surgical and diving equipments, that has extra-low carbon content and is extremely resistant to corrosion such as seawater or acidic liquids. We want to provide affordable timepieces without compromising quality.

Our steel is also magnetic resistant, unlike the general-use stainless steel grade of 201or 304L. With Molybdenum added, it gives 316L a better overall corrosion-resistant property than 304L. Plus, our stainless steel’s low carbon low nickel content makes it particularly resistant to corrosion from acids typically found in the ocean and in perspiration.

Corrosion resistance of austenitic Stainless Steels, such as 316L and 904L (used by some swiss brands), are very similar for all practical purposes in a watch. 

For the sake of consistency, we think that a racing watch, due to its use during motorace activities, is more prone to day-to-day bangs, so we decided to fit every Viqueria Levante with a domed acrylic crystal. The advantages of that type of crystal is that it is more resistant to bangs and, if the crystal broke, it did not shatter into pieces. Sapphire Cystal, due to their hardness, are more prone to shattering leaving splinters inside the watch that could damage movement and dial.

Furthermore, if you scratch your acrylic crystal, you could polish out and “restore” its original appearance. For that reasons, Omega’s Speedmaster that went to the moon was selected for the Apollo missions partially because of the Hesalite (acrylic) crystal such that if it shattered in space, there would not be crystal splinters floating around the Apollo cabin. For years, most of the Rolex sports line possessed acrylic crystals because of these properties.

We stand firmly behind our products. Every Viqueria Levante comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and a 2 - year limited international warranty against manufacturing or movement defects. For more information, please see www.viqueriawatches.com

The full retail price for Viqueria Levante with leather strap will be €440/$499, otherwise the "Full Pack" including also the stainless steel bracelet will have  retail price of €484/$548.

Upon the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign we will be sending out a survey where you will indicate which dial color you would like to receive and confirm your shipping address and other relevant details.

BASE PACK - Starting from €230/$259:

· Monza Black – Black sunray dial – Yellow chronograph seconds hand – Black racing strap with yellow stitching made by 2DStraps

· Imola Blue – Blue sunray dial – Orange chronograph seconds hand – Brown racing strap with blue stitching made by 2DStraps.

FULL PACK - Starting from €262/$297:

· Monza Black – Black sunray dial – Yellow chronograph seconds hand – Black racing strap with yellow stitching made by 2DStraps - Stainless Steel Bracelet;

· Imola Blue – Blue sunray dial – Orange chronograph seconds hand – Brown racing strap with blue stitching made by 2DStraps - Stainless Steel Bracelet.

If you haven't pledge for the "Full Pack" including the leather strap and the bracelet you could buy the stainless steel band after the campaign at €43/$49.

If we are successful in raising our funding target we will announce the first of our stretch goals at the top of our campaign page.

Every Viqueria Levante will be shipped with DHL express courier with delivery in approx 3/5 days worlwide! We have choosen DHL for the best service that they provide and to ensure the best safety for your watch!

We will ship Viqueria worldwide, with the exception of Argentina, Belarus, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar/Burma, North Korea, Russia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Please note that you may be responsible for duties, fees and taxes applicable to your region.

We expect to be fulfilling orders in September. While we do not expect this deadline to move, it is possible that the estimated shipment month may shift. If at anytime you would like an update, please either check the ‘Updates’ section of our Kickstarter campaign, or feel free to email us – info (at) viqueriawatches.com or write us on Facebook.



If you have questions at any time, during or after the campaign has concluded, you can always reach us at info (at) viqueriawatches.com or write us on our Facebook page.




"They are passionate about watches, they are doing most of the work themselves to keep the costs down and they are working on their dream, nothing is airbrushed here"

"This is an affordable but quality and appealing watch, which doesn't cost an arm and delivers everyday pleasure to wear"

"Tra gli appassionati è già un piccolo oggetto di culto"

"Amongst amateurs is a cult object"

Risks and challenges

Backers are responsible for any Duty/VAT/GST charges for their own country, which may vary according to each country’s legal and taxation structure. VIQUERIA legally cannot pay for or compensate customers for their own country’s Duties or VAT or GST. Upon purchasing a VIQUERIA Italian Watch Co., you are acknowledging that you are aware of and intend to pay for your own Duties or VAT or GST on your purchase. For more information or to calculate your Duty/VAT/GST please visit this website: http://www.thevatcalculator.com/international-vat-and-gst-calculator/

Some countries or postal services are known for being slow with customs or shipping - but we do our best to make sure our products are shipped out on time (or often, early). We always endeavor to keep you up to date on shipping information, but we hope you understand that once the product leaves our hands - there’s often little we can do to speed things up with our shipping partners or your country’s customs department. If you do run into any trouble - please contact us directly at: info@viqueriawatches.com

When manufacturing physical goods, production delays are a very real problem. While we’ve never experienced that before with our manufacturers, we would like to assure you that if we do experience any delays, it would be due to us ensuring that we’re delivering the best product with the best quality possible. Just take in consideration that is not a watch "on the shelf". However, once our campaign closes, we promise to deliver what you’ve bought - and will keep everyone abreast of any and all changes in timeline (if any).

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