Meccaniche Veneziane is proud to launch the first Swiss Made GMT watch on Kickstarter, a product which combines Nereide’s characteristic design, marked by refined and vigorous features, with a new complication standing for technical innovation, the GMT function, that will allow you to become a true citizen of the world, by being constantly aware of how time runs on the rest of the Planet. The timepiece retains the brand’s most distinctive peculiarities, introducing remarkable additional elements such as the renowned ETA 2893-2 movement.
Venice has always been regarded as the epicenter of the world of explorations: its glorious past is deeply connected to the Mediterranean Sea, an unlimited source of wealth which has allowed the maritime Republic to become one of the mightiest powers of Europe.
Moreover, Venice was an absolute pioneer in the world of horology and gave birth to a tradition started in 1386, with the building of the most ancient clock in the world, that paved the way for further achievements during the Industrial age and allowed the enterprising city to confirm its title of protagonist of this revolutionary process thanks to the contribute of the brothers Herion, who chose Venice to open the first Italian timepieces factory in 1877.
Unfortunately, an irreversible crisis seriously compromised the general economic stability, marking the sunset of a field of production that had brought uncontested glory and innovation for centuries.
With the introduction of the ultimate GMT function, not only does Meccaniche Veneziane aim at the rediscovery of Venice's incredibly enterprising heritage and the perpetuation of such a unique and outstanding tradition, but also at the renovation of its outer features according to the contemporary trends and necessities.
We wanted our new project to represent the brand’s spirit and to evoke an unequivocally eloquent concept: that’s why Meccaniche Veneziane has fully devoted its energies to the creation of Nereide GMT, a watch which peculiarities manage to synthesize both the ancient and modern meaning of travel. In order to achieve the desired result, we deeply focused on the study of colors and lines. The creative process was completely carried out by Meccaniche Veneziane in Venice, Italy. It all started with the development of a drawing that was later digitally recreated.
By carefully analyzing the outcome of the first phase, we gave birth to an actual concept that later underwent ulterior exams, aimed at perfecting each detail and making the necessary fine-tuning. Working thoroughly on this first model really paid off: after successfully checking its effective ability to work, the definitive product finally came to life, complete in all its features.
The label “Swiss Made” stands for skilled and competent craftsmanship and confers a sense of reliability, luster and high durability to any timepiece having the honor to present this writing craved on it.
They are not only the most appreciated in the market but also the most valued and respected ones by watch lovers and collectors. As a matter of fact, “Swiss Made” is universally regarded as a synonym of excellence, technical innovation, and inimitable subtlety.
Our main priority is to make our most demanding customers proud of wearing a Meccaniche Veneziane timepiece. That’s why we only use the finest components and materials available. Here’s an overview:
- CASE: Ø42 mm, 316L Stainless Steel,
- MEASURES: Lug width 22mm, lug to lug 49mm, thickness 13mm
- MOVEMENT: Swiss Made ETA 2893-2 (Cal. MV297)
- CRYSTAL: Antireflective Domed Sapphire Glass
- HANDS/INDEXES: Diamond cut
- LUME: C1 Swiss Superluminova® / Old Radium
- BEZEL: Unidirectional rotatable, Enamelled Aluminium
- WR: 20ATM = 200mt
- STRAP: Real vintage leather Made in Italy
- EXTRA STRAP: Metal mesh band 22mm (Silicone for PVD versions)
- CROWN: Screw Down Crown
Our watches are powered by a decorated ETA 2893-2 movement, which is universally regarded as a remarkable example of technological advancement. As a matter of fact, it’s hugely employed by the most renowned firms in the field of horology. It’s a mechanical luxury movement with automatic winding, hacking seconds, dual time-zones with 24 hours and a power reserve of 42 hours.
Featuring 21 jewels, this caliber amazingly matches our GMT timepiece, allowing us to guarantee an unparalleled level of performance.
Swiss movement manufacturer ETA has been developing extraordinary calibers since the XVIII century, enhancing fundamental values such as precision, reliability, and high quality and boasting matchless technical, human and industrial heritage.
Nereide GMT is made of 316L stainless steel, that is a molybdenum-alloyed steel known for its durability, high resistance and strength at elevated temperatures. Due to its effectiveness in high-stress situations, more specifically in contexts that present remarkable levels of acidity, it is also highly appreciated in marine environments.
Nereide GMT's indexes and hands are exclusively diamond-cut. This peculiarity creates a unique harmony that occurs in all our timepieces.
Nemoto & Co. Ltd. and RC TRITEC Ltd. Set up a joint venture which is the licensed manufacturer and exclusive distributor for Swiss Super-LumiNova® Photoluminescent Pigments. We decided to apply pigment C1 to every single watch, while each timepiece with a white dial presents an Old Radium pigment.
Sapphire glass has extraordinary mechanical properties but it’s also very difficult to process as it requires very high temperatures, extreme pressures and long manufacturing times. It’s created by crystallizing corundum, or aluminium oxide, at temperatures of 4000° F and then by molding mixtures into clear disks. The last stage consists in cutting them to the proper crystal size to make them suitable for the watch case. This crystal is highly employed in high-end watches thanks to its resistance. In fact, it can only be scratched by diamonds.
Nereide GMT provides a unidirectional 120-minute graduate bezel made of anodized aluminium that boasts a great variety of lively, elegant and energic colors for you to be able to find the timepiece that best suits your tastes.
All the types of leather used are from Tuscany, a well-known Italian tannery district that vaunts a long, eminent tradition. Therefore, thanks to the expertise of local skilled artisans we provide straps marked by an exceptional softness and an unquestionable resistance to torsion.
Not only are they extremely comfortable products, but also remarkably durable. As a matter of fact, time doesn’t compromise their quality but determines instead the creation of a superficial patina that enhances their beauty.
Our leathers are exclusively obtained through traditional methods, as no chemicals and artificial products are employed.
For those who love to add a modern twist to their timepieces, Meccaniche Veneziane also provides stainless steel mesh straps, bracelets that claim the virtue of being peerlessly versatile, solid and refined.
We do believe that every detail is important in order to fully satisfy our customers' requests, and in this sense, the packaging certainly plays a fundamental role.
Expert local artisans are charged with the creation of incomparably durable solid boxes made of walnut wood.
Not only do we deliver containers but give birth to objects that unequivocally recall the tradition of skilled manufacturers from Friuli Venezia Giulia, one of the districts associated with the excellence of Made in Italy.
Meccaniche Veneziane is launching a new ambitious project that boasts an extraordinary movement and interesting peculiarities which make these watches exclusive and unique.
In order to bring this project to life, we need your help and ask for your support, as we firmly believe in this timepiece’s potential and in its refined and useful complexities.
We have already produced a limited number of Nereide GMT watches, we are now ready to start a higher scale production. For this reason, we will avoid any delay connected with the sampling stage. Once the campaign will be over we will provide constant updates regarding the status of production. Before shipping, every watch will be carefully tested in our headquarter. All the Nereide watches will be on your wrist by the end of February 2019.
Risks and challenges
Before launching on Kickstarter we produced a non-GMT stock. Feel free to look online for product reviews made by our previous backers who had tested the Nereide for 8-10 months. We proved to have the skills to manufacture high-quality and reliable timepieces.
The prototypes were completed in July 2018. Therefore suppliers/components may change over time. However, we do guarantee the same quality standard shown and advertised during the campaign.
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