About this project
V O T U M
Swiss Mechanical Watches since 1962.
H E R I T A G E
Heritage is the revamp of an original Votum model build in the 60’s. A rather unconventional model, but yet with a classical twist.
Stainless Steel Case, ETA 2824-2 Swiss Made Movement, Sapphire Crystal, Swiss SuperLuminova on Hands and Dial, Water Resistant - 10 ATM, screwed caseback, 41.5 mm, 48.5 mm lug to lug, Stainless Steel Bracelet / Genuine Leather Strap.
N E W C L A S S I C
New Classic is the revival of the classical watch set to withstand the hardness of time alteration and depict its true colors under new perpetual shells.
Stainless Steel Case, ETA 2824-2 Swiss Made Movement, Sapphire Crystal, SuperLuminova on Hands and Dial, Water Resistant - 10 ATM, 3 dates display, screwed caseback, 41.5 mm, 48.5 mm lug to lug, Stainless Steel Bracelet / Genuine Leather Strap.
E L E G A N C E
Elegance is the classy watch with an everyday usability. It is the perfect combination between a dress watch and a sporty watch that can be used in any occasion regardless the event.
Stainless Steel Case, Sellita SW260 Swiss Made Movement, Sapphire Crystal, Swiss SuperLuminova on Hands and Dial, Water Resistant - 10 ATM, Small second display, screwed caseback, 41.5 mm, 48.5 mm lug to lug, Stainless Steel Bracelet / Genuine Leather Strap.
M E C H A N I C A L D A T E
Mechanical Date is the sheer wonder of imagination. A new intricate feature never imagined and never used before. The Mechanical Date is a true innovation in terms of usability and unicity with its rotating date bezel.
Stainless Steel Case, Sellita SW 221 Swiss Made Movement, Sapphire Crystal, SuperLuminova on Hands and Dial, Water Resistant - 10 ATM, Mechanical Date display, screwed caseback, 42 mm, 48.5 mm lug to lug, Stainless Steel Bracelet / Genuine Leather Strap.
The Mechanical Date bezel allows you to quickly adjust the date without the use of the crown. You can manually rotate the bezel from the 30th day of the month directly to the first day of the new month. The Date hand indicator operates similar to the normal date function. Every midnight it shifts to the next day. However, on certain months with less than 31 days, the date hand still shifts until 31. Here is when the Mechanical Date intervenes and allows you to rotate the bezel from the 30th day of the month directly to the first day of the new month.
L E A T H E R S T R A P S
You will choose your leather strap at the end of the project based upon the strap number.
L E A T H E R P O U C H
The Votum leather pouch is an accessory with multiple usability. It is made entirely from Genuine Italian Leather and the zipper is solely from Stainless Steel.
Genuine Italian leather, stainless steel zipper, Inner enhanced foam to increase stability of the watch, Logo on the zipper and Steel button.
H O W D O I G E T A V O T U M S W I S S W A T C H ?
Easy and straightforward. To get your own Votum Swiss Made Automatic Watch simply select the reward you want. Don't worry about the dial color or the leather strap, you will choose them at the end of the project based upon the strap number and the watch face color.
R E V I V A L S T O R Y
There is the passion for mechanical Swiss watches shared by Rolf Bodmer, born in 1957, designer and graphic artist from Zurich, and François Zahnd, born in 1961, watch manufacturer and watch industry expert in the city of Biel. The two men met at an industry event in the summer of 2015 and decided to revive an old and the dormant watch brand. The watch label Votum was founded in 1962 in Biel and produced impressive watches up to the beginning of the 70s. During that time Biel was growing, the watch industry was prosperous. Then came the massive depression of the 70s, but the know-how and the industrial significance remained in the city and the cosmopolitan and open vibe of this bilingual city is still unique. Here, along the French and German language border, evidence of the watch industry is omnipresent.
Through their interest in watches Rolf Bodmer and François Zahnd fell a little bit in love with Biel and its history. The first new Votum collection expresses this affinity. A striking dial design was reinterpreted by the protagonists in the model "Heritage" and some elements of the small seconds and rotating bezel were incorporated in the first collection. Initially the production of the new Votum watches is limited to men's models, with the makers being well aware that women are fond of men's size watches, too.
H I S T O R Y
The Votum Watch brand was at its peak in the 60’s when the cosmopolitan city of Biel, confirmed its position amongst the most influential cities in the Watchmaking Industry.
The already flourishing Watch Metropolis, paved the way to further expansions in the Watch Manufacturing Industry, granting the essential access to the desired know-how required to produce unique state of the art jewelry watches.
The Revival collection of Votum watches took its inspiration from the brand's most popular products. The 1960's Votum Divimat was the sole inspiration for the Mechanical Date watch while the Elegance was inspired by one of the famous vintage model from the beginning of the 60's.
The unpredictable retreat of the brand into oblivion inspire award winning watchmaker Francois Zahnd to collaborate with graphic designer Rolf Bodmer in pursuance of the renaissance of Votum Watch brand ensuring a new landmark in the brand’s history.
D E T A I L S
L I F E S T Y L E
D E S I G N
It's the inner beauty that counts. This is exactly true for Votum. Just like a beating heart the balance wheel in a mechanical watch is always moving, driving the wheels and hands. But of course a person's most unique feature is the face. Again, true for Votum as well. No bells and whistles needed on these dials. They stand out for their simplicity, balance and classical beauty. Time is our most important treasure. We can't stop it, but we've tried to create it for you as pleasant as possible: consciously, poised and with humbleness. Looking at the dial reading the time will soon feel easy and natural, like a relationship with a good friend. Our watches are companions with a close connection. Their wearers are courteous, have a personality and an eye for beauty.
A S S E M B L I N G
B A C K E R C E R T I F I C A T E
S T R E T C H E D G O A L S
A D D O N M E N U
In order to select any item from the add on menu, you have to add to your actual pledge the exact amount displayed on the menu.
T I M E L I N E
P R E S S K I T
Click HERE for the Press Kit
T H A N K Y O U
Many thanks in supporting our project. Votum watches will be alive again, only with your help!.
Rolf Bodmer and François Zahnd
Risks and challenges
At this point, we are in the final stages of our project and have overcome many of the difficulties related to the manufacturing and assembling process. We have an amazing manufactory partner and we are a professional Swiss team working in order to overcome all possible setbacks.
We don't expect any major problems, but we do understand that there is always the possibility of occurring some small delays in the coming months. We will notify all the backers about our progress so far with updates, photos and videos.
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