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Proof of Concept
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Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
A Gentlemen Driver's watchmaking company
EVERYDAY DRIVING WATCH
Black Goose presents its first model -- Roadmaster: The Pioneer edition. Limited to 500 timepieces, all individually numbered at the back and hand assembled in France.
The elegant 40mm diameter case is all in premium stainless steel 316L. The style is a tribute to the 60's sport-cars, pioneers and ancestors of the modern supercars.
Cars are everywhere in the Black Goose world. But here we prefer the classics and what they represent. The scent of oil and petrol,the feel of leather and sheet metal -- everything was sculpted to stir emotions in the driver. These details make each classic unique and special.
Of course we have favorite cars and some symbolize this particular era more than others, but the passion is the same for every car, every choice. FOR GENTLEMAN DRIVERS LIKE YOU, THE CHOICE COMES DOWN TO CHARACTER.
DISCOVER THE WATCH IN DETAILS
The Roadmaster dial design is unique and patented. Discover what makes it special
RPM ON A WRIST
The Roadmaster shows its automotive genes in details. The small second hand roars in the red zone as a V8 engine. It is elegantly circled by a fine UP metal part. Little RPM for the Gentleman Driver's wrist.
Every Black Goose is individually engraved on the back with a unique serial number and certificate of authenticity
ENGRAVED BLACK CROWN
Every Black Goose model will be recognizable by its black crown engraved with the watch gear logo..
HIGH END LEATHER
Our straps are manufactured by a renowned Swiss company working with the most luxurious brands.
Likewise with the watch our straps have premium details: engraved buckle, embossed leather and easy to use quick release spring bars.
To ensure maximum comfort and hypoallergenic touch on your wrist, the underside of the black strap is in rubber coated leather.
Three NATO straps are available with the watch: The "Bleu Blanc Rouge" with french flag colors, and two inspired by legendary racing teams.
All the watches are hand assembled in France, specifically in BESANCON. Located in Franche Comté, Besançon is the historical french earth of the watchmaking industry. We chose besançon to ensure you the best quality and luxurious French touch.
The movement used in the Roadmaster is from the renowned Citizen Miyota company-- a robust and accurate "engine".
Founded in 2016 on the French Riviera by automotive designer Marc-Olivier Rinaldi, Black Goose has a compelling concept: Watches made by Gentlemen Drivers for Gentlemen Drivers .
Based on passion and craftsmanship values, the company shares a common DNA with the classic automotive world.
MODERN GENTLEMEN DRIVERS
Modern Gentlemen Drivers exist, though you won’t find them fitting in with modern ‘trends’. They don't show off on high streets to get fans on Instagram or boost their self-confidence.
They’d rather work on the (sometimes) capricious engine of their classic or take it for a drive on the countryside roads.
Many Gentlemen experienced a 30 year old engine on a cold morning, but that is part of the Game. They chose vehicles with charisma instead of modern versatility and they own that choice.
Whatever the car is: a Ferrari or a classic Mini, it has something that most modern cars are missing: CHARACTER.
At Black Goose we are Gentlemen drivers creating everyday driving watches.
We use our automotive design experience as inspiration and design watches for Gentlemen who prefer roads less traveled.
A watch made for who doesn’t want a mainstream watch, but made with values.
Therefore, we decided to use our automotive design experience and passion in the watchmaking process.
SAME PASSION, SAME DNA
The Black Goose team designed 2 prototypes inspired by the 60’s spirit and atmosphere: a concept-car and a watch. Both share timeless values with a modern shape.
The watch design evolved through classic automotive design techniques: sketches and a clay model (size 10:1) of the watch case.
WHY A KICKSTARTER?
Some companies use Kickstarter as a commercial platform to sell and broadcast products. We’re not asking you to back a single watch.but a project: the adventure of passionate people, sharing the story behind the product and the passion behind their project.
We invested most of our budget in the development phase, to propose a unique timepiece based on our values. Research & Development is very important for us; having a small workshop to craft prototypes is our strength, but it requires funds and materials for design evolution.
With your backing, we’ll be able to complete Roadmaster production, and upscale production for next models. If the crowdfunding goes well, we will also be able to develop a second watch by the end of the year, and automatic models.
Your backing will enable us to hit the tipping point, make sure we get visibility and ensure a sustainable and expanding project in the long run.
We are excited to start designing new collections inspired by our values and offer a wider product range inspired by classic motorcycles, watercraft and aircraft.
Time flies, from the first sketches and the idea in November 2016.
Black Goose has been passion driven since Day one.
Therefore, we consider quality as our number one priority.
DID I READ CHRONOGRAPH?
We have a Chronograph collection on the roadmap, composed of 5 models; we will share details with you shortly after the Kickstarter.
THEY TRUST US!
Our timepieces are produced in small numbers which means we cannot afford to produce more prototypes for magazine demos than watches themselves
On that note, Black Goose is proud to participate in the 4th Vintage Watch & Cars International fair in Lille on October 22nd.
The Black Goose project and values seduced the team of "Montres et Mécaniques". They invited us to showcase our vision of the Gentleman Driver’s.
Last year, they invited Akrone, a successful French watchmaking start-up who did an amazing Kickstarter campaign!
So if you are nearby the North of France, Benelux, England: come and see us!
Salon du Vintage
As soon as the Kickstarter is finished, we’ll send you the first rewards.
If you are around Nice and the Cote d'Azur, come by for a drink ! It will be a pleasure to share our passion with you!
Because you are inspired by technology and design, we thought you might like rewards inspired by our vintage watch and brand.
Your pledge will help us grow and develop new models. If you like the brand and our values, then you can still help us without buying a watch -- please select from rewards below.
Each design has been crafted for you, and is numbered.
This can be the perfect gift for a gearhead and watch lover, just like you ;)
WITHOUT A WATCH
REWARDS WITH A WATCH
THE STORY BEHIND THE PROJECT
From carmaker to watchmaker
Marc-Olivier RINALDI is a French-Italian designer, living on the Cote d'Azur. He worked for design & automotive companies in France, Italy and Monaco.
PASSION FOR CRAFTSMANSHIP
He designed and built concept cars exhibited in Geneva and also the Paris International Motorshow. In 2014 the Sbarro Sparta participated in the Monte-Carlo Rally hybrid category.
Marco’s skills and know-how come from his mentor, the Italian design master Franco Sbarro.
Authenticity is important in every step of our project. Therefore we asked a video artist and friend, Remi Lesterle to record the video with a classic Soviet lens on his modern camera, the result is stunning - a modern naturally vintage video.
WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT SEE
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Risks and challenges
Being an entrepreneur is a challenge, starting a company is a risk, but after all -- isn't life about taking risks and conquering challenges?! We cannot control our future, but we can avoid many mistakes by getting support and advice from experts and preparing contingencies for expected risks.
That was a great marketing line, but the truth is: if you are not willing to do everything possible, it won't work.
In our case, the passion is the key factor, probably like you, the Gentleman Driver staying in your garage for hours to solve that engine problem.
What about you, the Gentleman Driver scrolling forum's pages to find that one answer for your car? Nothing can stop you!
If the Kickstarter fails, Black Goose won't stop. When nothing goes right, go left! We will change & adapt to become the Gentlemen Driver's watchmaking company we are dreaming of!
Realistically, this means we need support and advice: we worked with the EDHEC Business School Incubator "EYE" to structure the project.
We also continually consult with IT, finance, fashion and risk management experts to achieve our goal.
For the next year, Black Goose will create an R&D department to test and craft prototypes in a shorter period of time.
We started our intense commercial and marketing phase. We have
contacts with concept stores and Gentlemen Driver’s “shops” around the world interested in our brand and values.
Backing the project will also give us the wings to open doors, to show that GENTLEMEN ARE NOT SIDE PLAYERS!
Thank you for reading and if you feel like a Gentleman Driver yourself, you share our passion for cars or simply believe that timeless elegance is more important than trends, please support this project and spread the word!