ANISO is inspired by our fascination with time, space and moments in life. The unique time display let us look at the time from a new perspective, and lead us on a beautiful journey of creation. We believe the watch on your wrist is representing your story and feelings about time. So we dedicate UNI to those seeking a unique story when experiencing every single time and moments.
UNI is our first developed watch. It has 4 colors of them: UNI DAY, UNI NIGHT and UNI GOLD, and the latest unveiled UNI DARK.
Unveiled on 1/1/2019! The fourth color of UNI: UNI DARK.
Our unique design of the particular angled minute hand mimics the gnomon, a part of a sundial to cast a shadow. The shadow cast by our minute hand adds a unique touch for you to experience a different time in every minute.
And to highlight this unique designed minute hand, we tell the hour in a slightly subtle way. The hour plate with a 240 degrees opening again replicate the look of the sundial, and the sun and star graphic will be the 'shadow' cast by a gnomon.
With the sun and star graphic, UNI displays time in 24-hours. The sun points to the hour in the daytime while the star tells the time at night.
The sun, sundial, gnomon, the star... all led us to the design of UNI's watch case: the telescope. It is a just a perfect fit for the whole design story, isn't it?
Our idea is to build a watch with a contemporary design that is long lasting. Stainless steel 316L easily becomes our preference due to its durability. More importantly, we can make a very sharp contrast between brushed and shiny finishing. It matches our main design concept -- light/shadow, day/night.
The rose gold on UNI-GOLD is made by PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) plating process. It is popular amongst mid- to high-end watches due to its high temperature and good impact strength, and excellent abrasion resistance.
The cipher on the back cover is a time stamp. We created this to represent the unique moment of the time we launch UNI.
UNI GREY MOMENT is Kickstarter exclusives. In contrast to other models' outstanding red minute hand. UNI GREY MOMENT will be an excellent choice for those who would like to feel the moment in a more low-key fashion.
UNI GREY MOMENT comes with 2 watch straps: grey & white
UNI DAY and UNI NIGHT's watch case is in silver color, while UNI GOLD's watch case is in a gorgeous rose gold color.
All UNI comes with 2 straps. You can choose between 2 options for each UNI:
UNI DAY & UNI GOLD: black + white / brown + grey
UNI NIGHT: black + brown / black + grey
UNI DARK: Black + grey
Or you can have an option to choose 1 stainless steel strap + 1 leather strap
UNI has straps in 4 colors: grey, white, black and brown. All straps are made with leather. Grey and white straps use the sharp edge design. This relatively modern style gives an interesting contrast to what we call the 'classic' look of the black and brown straps.
The strap is made of genuine cowhide leather. Leather has the advantage of being form-fitting, comfortable and stylish. Most leathers evolve over time and develop unique patinas. To make it more durable, we add a water-resistant coating. On black and brown straps, the edges are wrapped and have stitching. On grey and white straps, the edges are protected by paint. Considering the loops that usually are the first parts to deteriorate on the strap, we use a 2-side stainless steel buckle that serves not only as a buckle but also a fixed loop that lasts. We also include 2 straps per watch. These straps are integrated with quick release spring bar for easy interchanging without an extra tool.
Additional strap option! (updated 20/12/2018)
Now we also include an option to to pick the stainless steel strap together with 1 leather strap! If you pledged for a UNI you don't have to decide now. You only have to choose after the campaign.
In every box of UNI you will have: the watch, an extra strap in a different color, a manual with instruction and warranty information and a sheepskin cloth for cleaning.
The sheepskin cloth is excellent for removing dust and fingerprints on your watch. We don't want anything stands between you and UNI when you want to feel the moment and time.
We love graphics and illustration, and you can feel as you know how we have designed UNI. We have so much to tell about time so we also made 2 illustrations as key visual to showcase our concepts.
UNI needs your support to bring it to production. If you are also fascinated with all the stories of time, please help us on UNI.
All standard UNI rewards now included UNI DARK!
Sapphire crystals are 2-3 times harder than mineral glass and virtually scratch-proof. It has a hardness of 9 -- the only harder substance is diamond.
The hour marks of sundial usually do not come in full circle, and it has a portion of empty space. When the dial design tries to mimic this interesting shape, we first need to find a watch movement that tells the time this way. Unfortunately, in the market, most movements only come with hour hand that runs a complete circle. A significant movement modification is not our option as it will make the watch too costly. Eventually, we get away from it by using Ronda Swiss 505.24 -- a GMT dual time movement. This movement can fit 4 hands, from top to bottom, second hand, minute hand, hour hand, and second time zone 24-hour hand. We only use the minute and 24-hour hand functions from this movement.
We want to make an outstanding gnomon-looking hand as ANISO’s design symbol. It is decorated by hollow pattern, which is produced by etching. It allows us to create detailed finishing in such limited space. The tilted angle of the hand and the extra tall tube with cap took repeated testings and special moulds to achieve.
(Hand design patent pending)
The hour hand is displayed as a disc underneath the dial. The design idea is to make this hour disc a bit subtle and blended to the dial. The hour indicator and decorations are made in 2 steps by etching. We made testing samples in both aluminium and brass materials. Aluminium disc shows more distinct sharpness and contrast. The reflection and shade responding to the light are better than expected.
The dial comprises of 3 layers with space in the middle to fit in the hour disc. The dial is made by hydro-stamping. Such precise moulds can press very refined edges around the cut-out window (for showing the hour disc).
Raymond is a watch manufacturer, and me, Ivan, is a graphic designer. We were schoolmates, but the most interesting commonality between us for this project is that our fathers worked in the watch industry in the 1970s. Indeed ANISO's UNI would be the greatest gift we can present to them!
Raymond works for his father's watch company as early as he was still in school. As a manufacturer whose clients spread all over the world, he is undoubtedly experienced in watch manufacturing. As a designer, this gives me a valuable opportunity to explore the possibility to bring every design ideas to work. I am a graphic designer for almost 20 years, but this is the first time I design a watch. It was fun to try to bring all the idea to such a small piece of metal. I really wish we can continue this journey of time with your generous support.
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Risks and challenges
Our factory has over 30 years of experience in watch manufacturing. We believe the above delivery lead time is reasonable and realistic. However, to make sure our supporters get the right product, we would not sacrifice the quality of our watches when additional work is required. We will keep our backers posted for any updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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