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Everything started thanks to the passion for watches. In 2012, Me and my friend Nicolò, founded 2DStraps, a brand that we used to promote our handmade watch straps made with genuine Italian leather. 

This hobby gave to us the opportunity to know a large number of watch enthusiast and watchmakers so, thanks to them, we have improved our knowledge of this wonderful world.

The desire to make an all-ours timepiece increased and now, thanks to Kickstarter and after 1 year of researches we are proud to present our first dress watch project: Viqueria Roma.

Viqueria brand takes its origins from the ancient Italian history because we want to give our products a strong footprint that rise from our origins. 

Viqueria 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.

Known in ancient times as Iria, it took its name from the river on which it was situated. During Middle Age it was destroyed by the Rugii, a tribe who migrated from southwest Norway. After several lordships, it was acquired by the House of Savoy in 1743 with the Concordat of Worms. Five years later it became provincial capital and received the city status.

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

 

  

Viqueria Roma is a classy automatic watch, made in Italy, inspired from Rome and its Ancient Roman Empire.  

  • We work with an industry-leading manufacturer in Italy with more than 60 years of timepieces manufacturing and assembly experience to ensure the top-notch quality of our watches. Our hometown is only 70km far from our manufacturer and this allow us to personally visit factory before and during production to personally review and oversee the production of your Viqueria Roma watch.
  • Our components are hand-finished to a high standard, we make use of high-tech CNC-machining for the production of the watch case and we use certified materials and components that are free of harmful chemicals that are used in some other factories.

Roma comes in three, stylish colour combinations - the Tirreno Sea Blue comes with a navy bursting blue dial, the Etna Vulcain Black comes with a black dial and the Alpi White comes with a silver pearl dial.  The watch  dials are encased in a wonderful Stainless Steel Case with a double finish: polished and brushed.

  • Furthermore, the dial is realized with the “sunburst” process that allows the metal to absorb and reflect light differently depending on the ambient conditions, thus giving a change in the shades and brightness that makes the watch unique.

The hands are designed to look like a "Gladio", the ancient sword used by the Roman Empire Army.

The subdial at the 9 o'clock position, is an hours repeater complication and is designed to look like the "Colosseo" seen from the sky.

To complete the inspiration, the dial tells time thanks to the stamped roman numerals and the crystal of the caseback is engraved with Viqueria logo.

The result is a versatile mechanical watch that is suitable for all the moments of our life. You could dress it a work but also during a lovely dinner with your soulmate.

  

  

   

 "Leather makes your watch unique" 

Viqueria Roma is proposed with handmade leather straps made by 2DStraps. These handmade leather straps are a luxurious choice in a timeless natural material. For a great wear of your watch, we only use fine Italian leathers, which are renowned for their quality. 

Usually, worldwide, tanneries take care of the whole tanning process. As you might expect, the tanning process consists of many smaller steps that are usually performed in one single facility. A crude cowhide with meat and hair comes in. Out comes a nice vegetable tanned leather piece, ready to be turned into a bag, a shoe or a chair. If the tannery is weak in any of the smaller processes, the end product will suffer.

  • In Tuscany, where we buy leather, tanneries do not work this way. The small town where 2DStraps choose our leather consists of several companies, each specialized in a specific part of the tanning process. Every small company competes to be the one that takes care of its specialization. Skins move from specialist to specialist, receiving the best possible treatment there is for every part of the process.

3 Dial Colors + 12 Straps Colors = 36 color combinations!

 

  

Viqueira Roma will be also available with the "Colosseo" limited edition, that features a special closed caseback with the engraving of the famous Roman Colosseum.  

This special limited edition will be available in 2017 numbered pieces (it's not possible to choose a specific number) and with free engraving of your name on the watch caseback!

  

 

Our aim is not to make a - want to be Swiss watch. Instead of focusing on a watch driven by specs, we have done great effort to create a watch balanced in all the elements .

Miyota Movement 

"One of the most solid automatic movement of the market"

The Citizen Miyota 8217 is a robust and accurate automatic movement manufactured by Citizen Miyota in Japan for a few decades now, having had its debut in 1977. The 8217 is one of the strongest, most solid automatic movements on the market. Miyota is the right alternative to an automatic Swiss watch.

It is a 21 jewels movement beating at 21,600 bph or 3Hz (6 half-cycles per second). Jewels, typically synthetic rubis are used in watch movements, not to add to their value, but to reduce friction and wear on moving parts. Lower end watches may have only 7 to 15 jewels. The standard for quality watches is 17 jewels or more. Tipically, anything over 25 jewels for these types of automatic movements are just for decoration.

Sapphire Crystal

"Scratch me if you can"

Our mechanical watch is fitted with sapphire crystal, the most resistant crystal there is. Sapphire is a naturally growing crystal and the second hardest substance on the planet, so hard that only a diamond can scratch it. This is constructed of crystalised aluminum oxide and has the same physical attributes as the natural sapphire but without the colouring. The end result is beautiful, but more importantly hardly unbreakable. Sapphire rates 9 around the Moh scale (that’s the measures of relative hardness of materials) and it is just behind diamond which measures 10. The best quality swiss watches uses only Sapphire Crystal.

316L Stainless Steel Case

"Don't crack under pressure"

Stainless steel is among the most protective shields around. Viqueria Roma watch is manufactured in 316L stainless steel, the same steel used to make surgical equipment that’s ultra-resistant and never oxidizes. 316L steel is a grade of stainless 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. 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 content makes it particularly resistant to corrosion from acids typically found in the ocean and in perspiration.

  

 

Standard Watch Straps paired with Dial Color

 

  

  

2 year international warranty: VIQUERIA offers a limited international warranty against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of TWO (2) year after original purchase from VIQUERIA Italian Watch Co. 

This means that if the components or materials in your watch aren’t right, or if the watch isn’t functioning correctly, we’ll repair or replace it at our discretion. We don't cover normal wear and tear or, crystal, watch case, strap, bracelet, water damages, loss or theft. You will void your warranty if you open the caseback, or forget to screw down or push in the crown and expose the internal components of your watch to moisture. 

Proof of purchase is required for all warranty claims and service requests, so hold onto your warranty card. VIQUERIA will not accept a warranty claim or repair request if a watch has evidence of excessive wear or misuse.

The warranty book will be published on Viqueria website.

 

 

To ensure the maximum level of quality we will ship our watches with insured express courier. Some shipping limitations could be applied by the parcel service.

Furthermore, we want to underline that our watches are personally shipped by us from Italy.

The responsibility for taxes and duties are buyer side.

  

  

     

  

  

  

  

 

             

 

             

We would like to thank our family, friends, Kickstarter FB community, watches enthusiasts and everyone who helped us throughout this journey.

A special thanks to Carmine, Dan, Antonio, Dennis (Giuseppe), Alessandro, Philipp, Raffaele, as well as Alessandra, Sara and Nicole - for all the love, support and help throughout the campaign. 

You have all been incredibly inspiring, and absolutely instrumental at making this odyssey possible. Thank you.  

 

  

  

  

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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. 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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    Pledge €239 or more About $284

    Super Early Bird: 1 Watch + 1 Strap

    (approx. £213/$284)

    You get 1 Viqueria Roma watch of your choice with:
    - 1 leather strap paired with the dial color
    - 1 presentation box
    - 1 warranty card
    - 1 letter from founders

    Includes 2-year warranty, survey sent after the campaign to choose the dial color that you prefer.

    You save 47% off the future retail price (€449).

    You could add extra straps after campaign end at 30€ (£26/$34). MSRP is starting from €50.

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    Pledge €267 or more About $317

    Super Early Bird: 1 Watch + 2 Strap

    (approx. £237/$316)

    You get 1 Viqueria Roma watch of your choice with:
    - 1 leather strap paired with the dial color
    - 1 extra leather strap (MSRP is starting from €50)
    - 1 presentation box
    - 1 warranty card
    - 1 letter from founders

    Includes 2-year warranty, survey sent after the campaign to choose the dial color and the extra strap that you you prefer.

    You save 46% off the future retail price (€494).

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    Pledge €269 or more About $319

    Early Bird: 1 Watch

    (approx. £239/$319)

    You get 1 Viqueria Roma watch of your choice with:
    - 1 leather strap paired with the dial color
    - 1 presentation box
    - 1 warranty card
    - 1 letter from founders

    Includes 2-year warranty, survey sent after the campaign to choose the dial color that you prefer.

    You save 40% off the future retail price (€449).

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    Pledge €297 or more About $353

    Early Bird: 1 Watch + 2 Straps

    (approx. £239/$319)

    You get 1 Viqueria Roma watch of your choice with:
    - 1 leather strap paired with the dial color
    - 1 extra leather strap (MSRP is starting from €50)
    - 1 presentation box
    - 1 warranty card
    - 1 letter from founders

    Includes 2-year warranty, survey sent after the campaign to choose the dial and straps color that you prefer.

    You save 40% off the future retail price (€494).

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    Pledge €299 or more About $355

    Kickstarter Special: 1 Watch

    (approx. £267/$355)

    You get 1 Viqueria Roma watch of your choice with:
    - 1 leather strap paired with the dial color
    - 1 presentation box
    - 1 warranty card
    - 1 letter from founders

    Includes 2-year warranty, survey sent after the campaign to choose the dial color that you prefer.

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    Pledge €327 or more About $388

    Kickstarter Special: 1 Watch + 2 Straps

    (approx. £292/$388)

    You get 1 Viqueria Roma watch of your choice with:
    - 1 leather strap paired with the dial color
    - 1 extra leather strap (MSRP is starting from €50)
    - 1 presentation box
    - 1 warranty card
    - 1 letter from founders

    Includes 2-year warranty, survey sent after the campaign to choose the dial and straps color that you prefer.

    You save 34% off the future retail price (€494).

    You could add extra straps after campaign end at 30€ (£26/$34) each. MSRP is starting from €50.

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    Pledge €349 or more About $414

    Limited "Colosseo" Edition

    (approx. £313/$414)

    You get 1 Limited Edition Viqueria Roma "Colosseo" watch of your choice with:
    - 1 leather strap paired with the dial color
    - 1 presentation box
    - 1 warranty card
    - 1 letter from founders
    - Limited Edition from 1 to 2017 engraved on caseback
    - Free engraving of your name

    Includes 2-year warranty, survey sent after the campaign to choose the dial. Free Engraving on the Caseback!

    You save 40% off the future retail price (€589).

    You could add extra straps after campaign end at 30€ (£26/$34) each. MSRP is starting from €50..

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    Pledge €522 or more About $620

    Viqueria Supporter: 2 Watches + 4 Straps

    (approx. £467/$620)

    You get 2 Viqueria Roma watches:
    - 2 leather straps paired with the dials color
    - 2 extra leather strap (MSRP is starting from €50)
    - 2 presentation box
    - 2 warranty card
    - 1 letter from founders

    Includes 2-year warranty. Survey sent after the campaign to choose the dials color and the extra straps that you you prefer.

    You save 48% off the future retail price (€988).

    You could add extra straps after campaign end at 30€ (£26/$34) each. MSRP is starting from €50.

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    Pledge €783 or more About $929

    Viqueria Supporter: 3 Watches + 6 Straps

    (approx. £699/$929)

    You get 3 Viqueria Roma watches:
    - 3 leather straps paired with the dials color
    - 3 extra leather strap (MSRP is starting from €50)
    - 3 presentation box
    - 3 warranty card
    - 1 letter from founders

    Includes 2-year warranty. 1 Blue, 1 Black and 1 Silver Dial. Survey sent after the campaign to choose the extra straps that you you prefer.

    You save 48% off the future retail price (€1482).

    You could add extra straps after campaign end at 30€ (£26/$34) each. MSRP is starting from €50..

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