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The Revival of Votum Mechanical Watches. Swiss Made since 1962.
The Revival of Votum Mechanical Watches. Swiss Made since 1962.
The Revival of Votum Mechanical Watches. Swiss Made since 1962.
36 backers pledged CHF 32,243 to help bring this project to life.

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The Revival of Votum Swiss Mechanical Watches

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V O T U M 

Swiss Mechanical Watches since 1962.

www.votumwatches.ch

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

www.votumwatches.ch

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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    Pledge CHF 1 or more About $1.03

    Be a part of the Revival

    Be a part of the revival process. You will receive a hand written and signed postcard.

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    EARLY BIRD - HERITAGE - Leather Strap

    One (1) Votum HERITAGE
    Swiss Made Automatic Watch
    SAVE 50% off the retail price - 990 Fr.
    *You will choose the DIAL color and the LEATHER strap later*
    Swiss Fr 1.00 = 1.02 U$

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    EARLY BIRD - HERITAGE - Steel Bracelet

    One (1) Votum HERITAGE
    Swiss Made Automatic Watch
    SAVE 50% off the retail price - 1085 Fr.
    *You will choose the DIAL color later*
    Swiss Fr 1.00 = 1.02 U$

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    Pledge CHF 687 or more About $707

    EARLY BIRD - NEW CLASSIC - Leather Strap

    One (1) Votum NEW CLASSIC
    Swiss Made Automatic Watch
    Save 40% off the retail price - 1145 Fr
    *You will choose the DIAL color and the LEATHER strap later*
    Swiss Fr 1.00 = 1.02 U$

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    HERITAGE - Leather Strap

    One (1) Votum HERITAGE
    Swiss Made Automatic Watch
    Save 25% off the retail price - 990 Fr
    *You will choose the DIAL color and the LEATHER strap later*
    Swiss Fr 1.00 = 1.02 U$

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    EARLY BIRD -NEW CLASSIC- Steel Bracelet

    One (1) Votum NEW CLASSIC
    Swiss Made Automatic Watch
    Save 40% off the retail price - 1240 Fr
    *You will choose the DIAL color later*
    Swiss Fr 1.00 = 1.02 U$

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    Pledge CHF 813 or more About $837

    HERITAGE - Steel Bracelet

    One (1) Votum HERITAGE
    Swiss Made Automatic Watch
    Save 25% off the retail price - 1085 Fr
    *You will choose the DIAL color later*
    Swiss Fr 1.00 = 1.02 U$

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    Pledge CHF 825 or more About $849

    EARLY BIRD - MECH. DATE - Leather Strap

    One (1) Votum MECHANICAL DATE
    Swiss Made Automatic Watch
    Save 40% off the retail price - 1375 Fr
    *You will choose the DIAL color and the LEATHER strap later*
    Swiss Fr 1.00 = 1.02 U$

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    Pledge CHF 858 or more About $883

    NEW CLASSIC - Leather Strap

    One (1) Votum NEW CLASSIC
    Swiss Made Automatic Watch
    Save 25% off the retail price - 1145 Fr
    *You will choose the DIAL color and the LEATHER strap later*
    Swiss Fr 1.00 = 1.02 U$

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    Pledge CHF 882 or more About $908

    EARLY BIRD - MECH. DATE - Steel Bracelet

    One (1) Votum MECHANICAL DATE
    Swiss Made Automatic Watch
    Save 40% off the retail price - 1470 Fr
    *You will choose the DIAL color later*
    Swiss Fr 1.00 = 1.02 U$

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    Pledge CHF 885 or more About $911

    EARLY BIRD - ELEGANCE - Leather Strap

    One (1) Votum ELEGANCE
    Swiss Made Automatic Watch
    Save 40% off the retail price - 1475 Fr
    *You will choose the DIAL color and the LEATHER strap later*
    Swiss Fr 1.00 = 1.02 U$

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    • VOTUM ELEGANCE WATCH WITH LEATHER STRAP
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    Pledge CHF 930 or more About $958

    NEW CLASSIC - Steel Bracelet

    One (1) Votum NEW CLASSIC
    Swiss Made Automatic Watch
    Save 25% off the retail price - 1240 Fr
    *You will choose the DIAL color later*
    Swiss Fr 1.00 = 1.02 U$

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    EARLY BIRD - ELEGANCE - Steel Bracelet

    One (1) Votum ELEGANCE
    Swiss Made Automatic Watch
    Save 40% off the retail price - 1570 Fr
    *You will choose the DIAL color later*
    Swiss Fr 1.00 = 1.02 U$

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    Pledge CHF 1,000 or more About $1,030

    Bundle - HERITAGE & NEW CLASSIC

    Two (2) Votum Swiss Automatic Watches - HERITAGE and NEW CLASSIC.
    *You will choose the DIAL color and LEATHER strap later*

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    • VOTUM HERITAGE WATCH WITH LEATHER STRAP
    • VOTUM NEW CLASSIC WATCH WITH LEATHER STRAP
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    Pledge CHF 1,031 or more About $1,062

    MECH. DATE - Leather Strap

    One (1) Votum MECHANICAL DATE
    Swiss Made Automatic Watch
    Save 25% off the retail price - 1375 Fr
    *You will choose the DIAL color and the LEATHER strap later*
    Swiss Fr 1.00 = 1.02 U$

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    Pledge CHF 1,102 or more About $1,135

    MECH. DATE - Steel Bracelet

    One (1) Votum MECHANICAL DATE
    Swiss Made Automatic Watch
    Save 25% off the retail price - 1470 Fr
    *You will choose the DIAL color later*
    Swiss Fr 1.00 = 1.02 U$

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    • VOTUM MECHANICAL DATE WATCH WITH STAINLESS STEEL BRACELET
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    Pledge CHF 1,106 or more About $1,139

    ELEGANCE - Leather Strap

    One (1) Votum ELEGANCE
    Swiss Made Automatic Watch
    Save 25% off the retail price - 1475 Fr
    *You will choose the DIAL color and the LEATHER strap later*
    Swiss Fr 1.00 = 1.02 U$

    Includes:
    • VOTUM ELEGANCE WATCH WITH LEATHER STRAP
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    Pledge CHF 1,177 or more About $1,212

    ELEGANCE - Steel Bracelet

    One (1) Votum ELEGANCE
    Swiss Made Automatic Watch
    Save 25% off the retail price - 1570 Fr
    *You will choose the DIAL color later*
    Swiss Fr 1.00 = 1.02 U$

    Includes:
    • VOTUM ELEGANCE WATCH WITH STAINLESS STEEL BRACELET
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    Pledge CHF 3,000 or more About $3,089

    Revival Collection

    Four (4) Votum Swiss Automatic Watches with Steel bracelet and Leather strap - HERITAGE, NEW CLASSIC, ELEGANCE, MECH. DATE
    *You will choose the DIAL color and LEATHER strap later*

    Includes:
    • VOTUM HERITAGE WATCH WITH STAINLESS STEEL BRACELET
    • VOTUM NEW CLASSIC WATCH WITH STAINLESS STEEL BRACELET
    • VOTUM ELEGANCE WATCH WITH STAINLESS STEEL BRACELET
    • VOTUM MECHANICAL DATE WATCH WITH STAINLESS STEEL BRACELET
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Funding period

- (30 days)