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.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
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.
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Arcturus Watches was founded in the sunny little island of Singapore (also known as the Little Red Dot and the Lion City) by Alexander Ian Loh. It was founded on the belief that great designs with no compromise on quality should be accessible to everybody. Alexander designs with a strong, fiery passion and does not hold back on his ideas. He sees the dial and case of a watch as a blank canvas waiting to be exploited with rich, bold, loud and aesthetically balanced design – and the result of this – the Arcturus LC-1.
Arcturus is the name of a star in the constellation of Bootes and also the brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere. Like the Arcturus star, Alexander hopes to one day elevate Arcturus Watches to the level of its namesake – the brightest star in the industry, and place his home country of Singapore on the horological map.
During his time in the army, Alexander was a weapons specialist, dealing with the servicing and maintenance of weapons on a daily basis. He was intimate with the inner workings of the weapons and was also fascinated by the fact that a gun operated independent of battery power, and how every single component functioned in unison.
Naturally, after his 2 year stint in the army, his fascination with all things mechanical was translated to watches when he one day found himself entranced with an oscillating balance wheel of a Unitas 6497 movement. After tinkering around with online sourced parts for more than 2 years and gaining a deeper and more profound understanding of the inner-workings of mechanical calibres, he felt that he was ready to try his hand at producing a design that he could call his own.
Through his foray into the wonders of the horological world, Alexander fell in love with the simplicity of classic, well sculpted timepieces. However, the charm of louder, more pronounced time pieces spoke to him as well. The only solution in his mind was – balance both conflicting aspects. In designing the LC-1, the liveliness and opulence of the Roaring 20s served as a guiding principle.
The LC-1, an abbreviation for “Lion City 1”, pays homage to Alexander’s home – Singapore – the country that raised him and shaped him. Singapore, though a young nation, is home to a multitude of vibrant cultures with rich histories. Just like the many different cultures and people that make up Singapore, the Arcturus LC-1 draws inspiration from some of the greatest and most iconic watchmakers that ever lived.
The case of the LC-1 is constructed from 316L stainless steel and has a high polished finishing coupled with selective fine bead-blasting textures in the grooves of the case. The strong usage of lines and patterns during the height of the art deco period was incorporated into the design of the case to give it an architectural feel.
The overall aesthetics of the case is further complemented by our crown which is signed with the Arcturus initials and the octagonal shape is finished with a mix of high polish and bead-blasted finishing.
The LC-1 Bronze collection, similarly, is constructed from 316L stainless steel, but comes with several layers of brilliant PVD coating before it is given the same alternating high polish and bead-blasted finishing as seen in the silver cases.
We chose the Japanese Miyota 9132 Calibre - a reliable workhorse movement from the venerable 9-series Miyota - to be the heart that powers the LC-1. The Miyota 9132 packs a 40 hour power reserve with a silky smooth sweeping seconds hand beating at 28,800bph. The movement has a hacking seconds hand and is capable of manual winding, allowing you to give it a little top up of power whenever necessary.
In addition, the Miyota 9132 features a power reserve meter together with a date window at the 12 o’clock position and a 24-hour sub dial at the 6 o’clock position.
The date wheel on the movement was further customised to allow for the opening of a date window to be located at the 12 o’clock position, compared to the default 3 o’clock position. This was done in accordance with ensuring that visual balance of the dial was maintained. Finally, each individual rotor is signed with the Arcturus brand name.
The dial of the LC-1 is the most technical design and aspect of the entire watch. In designing the dial, Alexander wanted to portray the illusion of different levels and depth of the dial. In addition to a multi-faceted and opulent dial, his guiding design ethos was “symmetry” - to ensure that there was always visual balance.
Depending on the user, one may see it as structures rising from the base of the dial, whilst others may see it as different levels cut out from the stacked dials to give it depth. The entire dial is crafted from 12 individual components – from the minute track, down to the hour markings and the hands – each component specifically designed and engineered to ensure structural integrity.
The dial was an ambitious attempt to create a hybrid between applied indices and a sandwich dial, 2 styles of dials that appealed to us. As seen from the exploded diagram above, the hour markings are separate from the dial, which can be likened to applied indices. However, there are cut outs in each hour segment for the C1 Superluminova lume to shine through, thereby creating the effect of a sandwich dial. The metal caging around it further reinforces each individual hour marking to prevent any chances of misalignment.
The dials comes in 2 variants – a textured sand-blasted dial or a Mother of Pearl dial. Specific shades of Mother of Pearl was chosen specially for the Arcturus LC-1 and the patterns on each Mother of Pearl dial are unique with no two alike. Our promise to our Kickstarter backers is that this will be the only time the Mother of Pearl will be used for the LC-1. Once all Mother of Pearl models are sold out, it will not be made again in the LC-1.
The inherent nature of Mother of Pearl is that no two are alike. No two colours are alike. No two patterns are alike. As such, the colour tones of the Mother of Pearl may vary. The strong green hue appears when direct sunlight is shone on the BLACK Mother of Pearl Dial.
One thing that can be assured is - your Mother of Pearl watch will be one of a kind.
For the Mother of Pearl / Sun & Moon Collection, new moulds had to be used to craft the subtle ring indicator that draws the eyes in to where the Sun and Moon should be pointing at. Furthermore, the Sun & Moon disc had to be customised and individually finished with a mix of polish and bead blasting to give it a contrasting look.
A detailed breakdown of the planning and different components of the dial alone is set out in the image below.
Each of the hour markings has a roman numeral cut out which is then filled with C1 superluminova to ensure legibility.
The power reserve meter markings are designed to give visual balance to the dial as well, with discreet markings contained within the meter to indicate whether it is empty or full. A design issue that arose when the date window was shifted to the 12 o'clock position was that the date window would be obstructed by the power reserve hand. A novel solution around that, one we dare claim that has not been done before in any other watch, was to make the power reserve hand out of transparent polycarbonate, thereby creating the illusion of an unobstructed date window.
The glass of the watch is made of a double domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on the inside of the glass. The anti-reflective coating helps minimize glare under the sun and also increases dial readability. The construction of the glass dome allows for the magnification of the dial, showcasing the details and construction of it.
The caseback design is a deliberate attempt to show a contrast in design. Again, homage is paid to Singapore in the form of the iconic award winning Helix Bridge that adorns the exhibition caseback. Its unique form is modelled after the double helix DNA, symbolising “life and continuity, renewal and growth”.
The criss-crossing patterns of the bridge on the caseback serve as a form of “ordered chaos” contrast in comparison to the strict symmetry of the dial on the front of the watch.
Aside from the caseback being customised, the buckles of our straps are also designed to be in aesthetic harmony with the rest of the watch. The buckles are individually signed with our Arcturus logo.
There are a total of 8 different models in different permutations, that we are offering at our launch and they are as follows:-
By case colours
A more detailed look at each individual model from the above list can be found below, categorised by the dial options.
The Sandblasted Collection
The Mother of Pearl Collection
The Mother Of Pearl / Sun & Moon Collection
Frequently Asked Questions
Do check out our FAQ section for comprehensive answers to some burning questions you might have!
We provide a one year warranty with all our watches. If and when you find a defect with our product, do reach out to us and we will have it sorted out for you.
The biggest challenge that microbrands face are unexpected delays by their manufacturers and this would naturally result in the backers receiving the watch at a later date.
Steps have been taken to avoid this as much as possible by running the campaign over the Chinese New Year period, which is usually a one month holiday. By doing so, this reduces the amount of delay caused to the project.
We are working close with our manufacturers to ensure that timelines are adhered to as closely as possible and the risk of delays has been factored into the production and delivery date estimate.
An additional factor that overseas backers will have to consider is VAT/GST costs upon import of the watches into their countries.