The forefront of aerospace materials. An unequaled match for a pilot's timepiece.
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TheTimeBum - "I love the grain and the contrast between the matte surface and the glossy crystal. It has a delightfully sinister, industrial quality that drew me right in."
Worn&Wound - " The stacking of the carbon fiber gives the case a more uniform look rather than a mottled marble style pattern were the fibers to be chopped and mixed."
All watches will now come with a carbon fiber buckle!
Following the huge success of the Caspian, we aimed to produce a timepiece that broke the boundaries of material technology. Normally used in watches or components costing thousands of dollars, we have made it accessible to most.
After months of prototyping, the Black Kite was produced in a unique "Darkwood" carbon fiber. This carbon fiber is layered much like the patterns in wood and has an appearance unlike any other material. For more pictures about the production process, do scroll further down to the appendix.
Beyond appearances, carbon fiber (or CFRP to be exact) is highly valued for the construction of modern aircraft. Lighter and stronger than even titanium, it exemplifies the technological advances of material engineering.
The Pilot's Watch
The dial was based on the classic pilot's timepiece. The pilot watch (or Observation watch) was developed by the RLM (Reichs-Luftfahrtministerium, or Reich’s Ministry of Air Transport) in WW2 for use by navigators in conjunction with charts and other tools. The B-01 and B-02 are commonly known as the 'Type A' dial and the B-03 is known as the 'Type B' dial.
While keeping the design of the dial clean and true to the original pilot’s watch, a sandwich effect was used. This involves the use of 2 dial layers to create a slight layered effect which could be appreciated up close.
The crystal is also made from sapphire, the most scratch resistant material available. Its slight domed shape pays tribute to the crystals used in vintage watches.
The Black Kite is powered by the Seiko NH35, a reliable and robust automatic movement. It will never need a battery change unlike quartz watches, with just a quick shake to power up.
Luminous paint is also painted on the lower dial piece. The B-01 uses the BGW9 paint while both the B-02 and B-03 use C1 for the vintage effect.
(Left to Right)
B-01, B-02, B-03
42mm case, 50mm lug to lug length and 22mm lug width
13.5mm thick Darkwood Carbon Fiber case with inner steel structure
63 Grams without straps
Seiko NH35 Automatic Movement : 24 jewels, 21600bph, hacking and winding
Domed Sapphire Crystal with inner Anti-Reflective Coating. Hardest available glass to let you wear the watch without worry of scratches.
Water Resistance of 100m with screwdown crown
Engraved logo on crown and caseback
BGW9 Superluminova or C1 (Vintage style)
1 Year International Warranty
Ventus came up as an idea to offer affordable and classic timepieces with small but unique twists. It was founded by two close friends, Elshan, who has been involved with five successful KS watch projects, and Shane, a passionate collector of mechanical wristwatches.
Materials and Production : Behind the scenes
Every one of these watch cases start out from these rolls of carbon fiber.
These carbon fibers are placed into many layers and mixed with resin to give its unparalleled strength. These materials are subject to high pressure via the machine shown above.
These are the molds used for the main case of the Black Kite.
As part of our prototyping process, a forged carbon case was produced. It has a rugged marbled effect due to the highly random nature of the chopped carbon strands. Eventually, we chose the layered carbon look over forged carbon due to its more uniform appearance.
Once the general shapes are compressed from the mold, a CNC places the finishing touches to the case to get the high tolerances needed for a timepiece.
Risks and challenges
Having delivered over a thousand watches on our previous campaign, we have learnt a lot and have plans to prevent any problems that we can foresee.
Production delays have been prevented as we have the final prototypes for production, with all specifications and details locked down with the manufacturer.
Quality issues have also been solved. An issue with the Caspian was its very dim luminous paint which we offered exchanges to the BGW9 version for those who needed something brighter. In the Black Kite, we used a different type of luminous paint which has a much improved glow. Another issue was with the strap material fraying easily, we have changed this material and also improved the strap construction to prevent this.
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