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$2,892
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10
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, March 26 2018 3:26 PM UTC +00:00

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

Background

One watch. That’s all it took for me to begin a journey that would turn into my own dream.  Straight out of college, I received my first luxury watch from my boss, and after that day, I immediately began collecting nice timepieces. After many years of collecting traditional watches, I became bored with what I was seeing in the industry. I started to sketch my own watch designs, and after much encouragement from my wife, I decided to take the designs and turn them into a reality.

Silver on Black VIRATA Chronograph
Silver on Black VIRATA Chronograph

In 2015, I took my designs to a watch maker in Ohio to start the process of creating the physical product. I also began working with a lawyer to get a patent for my unique designs. After some delay from the watch maker initially thinking my designs were too complex of a case, and not having a name for the product, I finally got the prototypes for the VRT1 Series watches. VRT1 is a variation of the brand’s name, VIRATA. I came up with VIRATA after two or three failed attempts at trademarking other names, and some inspiration from my Italian wife. Virata is an Italian word that means to change direction, which I felt was perfect for this collection because that was what I was finally doing with my life, and I also felt that my watch designs were going in a different direction from traditional watches. 

The VIRATA Chronograph Series
The VIRATA Chronograph Series

Once the word got out to local retailers and watch bloggers about my watch designs, the VRT1 Series watches were already being preordered before I had the watches in hand. Finally, in the summer of 2016, I received and launched the first 500 pieces. The VRT1 Series watches were all designed, assembled and shipped from Ohio. Today, unlike many watch micro brands, VIRATA can be found in select upscale retailers/jewelers, and customers around the world are sharing photos of their watches on social media. VIRATA can be seen on professional athletes and has become very popular with collectors of fine pieces because they can’t find anything else like it. VIRATA continues to expand its footprint across the nation, and because Virata means to change direction, there is always going to be new, unique designs in the works. 

After successfully selling out of the first 500 VRT1 series watch, I’m ready to introduce my 2nd generation series of watches, the VIRATA Chronograph Series.  Thank you for making this vision a reality,  and for supporting me in this journey!

2nd Generation VIRATA Chronograph Series Watches
2nd Generation VIRATA Chronograph Series Watches

Risks and challenges

I have minimized my risks with the VIRATA Chronograph Series by refining the methodology of production from the VRT1 Series. Additionally, I'm using the same supply chain to minimize any supplier-related issues.

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    Early Bird

    Choose from one of the four Meca-quartz Chronograph Series watches. Retail value of $435. (You will choose model later.)

    Specifications: 44mm case, 14mm case thickness, Meca-quartz, Sapphire crystal, rubberized leather band, Water Resistant - 100m, Luminous Hands and Numbers

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