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About

Presenting Austin Sydney: the Blue Collection

(Because Blue is the new Black)

We intend to introduce a great value watch made of excellent components such as Swiss made movement ETA 2824-2, Made in Japan gold plated Automatic movement Miyota 82S0, and Swiss quartz by Ronda,  Miyota quartz movements by Citizen. Anti-reflection coated sapphire crystal, Italian full grain leather, 316L surgical grade stainless steel, interchangeable straps with quick release spring bar.

Austin Sydney Design 

We are a Los Angeles, California based independent design studio with presence in Austin, Texas and Sydney, Australia hence our brand name Austin Sydney. We design our watches in collaboration with top Swiss watch designers. We are dedicated to introduce elegantly designed, durable, affordable luxury goods which would last a lifetime. We are deeply opposed to fast fashion and planned obsolescence. 

Our Inspiration

We derive inspiration from the curvilinear structure of our brand namesake city Sydney's world famous Sydney Opera House. 

Attractive Engraving of Sydney Opera House on Case-back
Attractive Engraving of Sydney Opera House on Case-back

Manufacturing 

We have partnered with suppliers who deliver to the most renowned luxury watch brands in the world. We selected our suppliers after a painstaking selection process over years. Their attention to details and  perfectionism is absolutely commendable. Workmanship, technical know-how, finishing, is unparalleled. They have delivered watches that retail for around 1000's of dollars. They specialise in Tourbillon watches, which retail for way more than $1,000.

Our watch assembler also  hand-stitches leather straps with Italian made full grain leather  in-house, which is very rare for a watchmaker  to make Italian leather straps in house. 

Furthermore, our supplier is a particular specialist in mechanical automatic movements rather than quartz watches. So we can tap our supplier's deep knowledge and sourcing capabilities.

All our Made in Japan automatic movements are gold-plated. Gold plating costs extra. We are willing to bear the costs to give our watch a premium look and feel and long-lasting nature of gold-plating.

Premium Components

Swiss made ETA 2824-2 movement, Made In Japan gold plated automatic Miyota 82S0 and quartz movement by Miyota, Swiss quartz by Ronda, 316L stainless steel, AR (Anti Reflection) coated Sapphire crystal, Italian full grain leather, premium design thought over months rather than off-the-shelf design and components. Most fashion brands and micro-brands don't provide sapphire glass, a full grain leather, and 316L steel. We use 316L stainless steel containing 4% Molybdenum which is the premium steel used in all premium watches . All our movements are workhorses in their own regards. Our automatic movements Swiss made ETA 2824-2 and Made in Japan Miyota 82S0 by Citizen are powerhouses of the respective companies.

Full Grain Leather

In Full grain leather, you get the full depth of a skin, the hide of an animal. The leather bags or watch straps you see in departmental stores are mostly genuine leather and top grain leather which are two deceiving industry terms. Genuine leather is not genuine and top grain leather does not have the top grain of leather.

Best in Class 

 Traditional Way  

In traditional timepiece retail environment, there are multiple parties in between the manufacturer and the consumer such as country distributor, authorised dealers. Each intermediary asks for 100% markup to pass the goods to the next person. So what starts as a 100 dollar watch in the factory becomes a $1,000 watch to the consumer.

​We believe in the power of disintermediation that is removing middle man facilitated by the great medium of Internet. We invest the time and money we would have invested in storefronts. As we manufacture and design our own watches we are not responsible to the whims of the authorised dealer. We only care and cater to the needs of the end consumer.

Our Way: Direct To Consumer

So our watches will cost 1/3 or 1/4 of the typical retail cost, as we sell directly to the customer without any traditional middlemen such as wholesalers, or retailers. We avoid excessive mainstream media, traditional broadcasting advertising, rather relying on social media marketing, word of mouth, and  influencer marketing. Without any expensive storefronts, we are able to pass the savings to the customers. Here you can buy products for few hundreds, which will easily cost you thousands of dollars elsewhere often for inferior quality.   

Materials 

AR (Anti-Reflective) coated Sapphire Crystal 

316L Steel

 Full Grain Italian Leather 

 Swiss Movement Ronda 762: 

PRICE $169


Source: Ronda.ch
Source: Ronda.ch

Made In Japan Movement Miyota 2025

 PRICE $89

Rosa Parks Blue 40mm Dress Watch

 ITEM 1 

 Charles Lindbergh Blue 43mm Pilot Chronograph Watch 

Swiss Movement Ronda 5030.D

PRICE $189

Made In Japan Movement VD53

 PRICE $129

 Inspiration 

Inspired by Breguet Type XX 3800ST commissioned by the French Navy in the 1950s and 1960s. 

Source: touchofmodern.com
Source: touchofmodern.com

 ITEM 2 

Color inspired by Lapis Lazuli Stone: the deepest, most vibrant and breathtakingly beautiful shade of blue 

 Amelia Earhart Blue 40mm Moon-phase Watch 

Swiss Made Movement Ronda 706.B 

PRICE $179

Made In Japan Movement Miyota 6P20

 PRICE $109

 ITEM 3  

 A Vivid Shade of Ultramarine Blue 

Magnificently rich in vividness, calm and soothing in appearance. Historically most expensive and most chemically complex colour usually reserved for royal uses derived by grinding Lapis Lazuli stone. Often used as pigment for divine paintings such as Virgin Mary's robes, sky, and drapery. 

"Assoferrato- The Virgin in Prayer" nationalgallery.org.uk
"Assoferrato- The Virgin in Prayer" nationalgallery.org.uk

Automatic Watches  

 Swiss Made Automatic Movement Standard Grade ETA 2824-2 

Source: ETA.ch
Source: ETA.ch

Emerson Classic 40mm Swiss Automatic Blue Dress Watch

Inspiration

Inspired by the Patek Philippe Calatrava lines of dress watches in particular Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 5227G-001.   

Source: Patek Philippe
Source: Patek Philippe

 ITEM 4 

PRICE $299 

Colour Inspiration : Yves Klein

Featured on the work of French Artist Yves Klein. According to Yves Klein, this sublime shade of blue is the colour of space, the sky that exudes power and strength.  An immortal value that cannot be touched. He Invented a colour named International Klein Blue. For him colour itself was an art form. He exclusively painted with blue for the last years of his life.

Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany © Photo : Pierre Boulat
Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany © Photo : Pierre Boulat

 Sapphire Crystal Exhibition Case-back 

Voltaire Cosmopolitan 40mm Swiss Automatic Blue Dress Watch

 ITEM 5 

PRICE $299

 Sapphire Crystal Exhibition Case-back 

 Made In Japan Gold Plated Automatic Movement  Miyota 82S0 

Source: Miyotamovement.com
Source: Miyotamovement.com

Opera Aria 40mm Japan Automatic Dress Watch

 ITEM 6 

PRICE $199

Design Inspiration 

Gold Plated Movement: a joy to watch through exhibition case-back

Gold Plating on the exterior of watches such as on the bezel is considered detrimental to long term value of the watch because the gold plating will wear off in patches. But gold plating inside the movement is good for the overall longevity. because it will protect the watch from corrosion and also look good. 

Hemingway Solitude 40mm Japan Automatic Blue Dress Watch

 Inspiration 

Inspired by Jaeger Le-Coultre’s Master Memovox line of alarm watches. 

Source: Hodinkee
Source: Hodinkee

 ITEM 7 

PRICE $199

 Sapphire Crystal Exhibition Case-back 

 Inspiration 

This watch was inspired by IWC Mark XI, the inspiration for most of the Pilot watches by IWC. IWC Mark XI was introduced in 1948 for RAF (Royal Air Force).  

Source Analogshift.com
Source Analogshift.com

Aviator Orion Japan Automatic Rose Gold 43mm Pilot Watch

 ITEM 8 

PRICE $199

 Sapphire Crystal Exhibition Case-back 

Card Holder, Bi-fold Wallet, and Tri-fold Wallet 

Leather Watch Roll 


Leather Watch Roll 

 Collector's Box 

 Piano Finish Wooden Luxury watch collector’s box 

Once you pledge for more than one watches, you will be entitled to a free premium quality wooden piano finish collector's box as special thanks from us for supporting our campaign, made of piano finish wooden body, and velvet underlining. With this premium collector's case you can embark on an exciting adventurous journey as an esteemed  collector of premium timepieces that belong to a rarefied community of sophisticated connoisseurs. 

This long lasting premium collector's box will retail for around 200 dollars. We will gift it to you as a free earned gesture of gratitude for your support.

Piano Finish Wooden Luxury watch collector’s box

Piano Finish Wooden Watch Winder 



 Timeline 

 Specifications: Automatic Watches 

 Our Preparation 

 Designed with Passion

 LIMITED EDITIONS (Limited to 1795 watches) 

All our watches will be produced in limited editions. As we believe that as luxury goods, timepieces should not be mass-produced, rather hand-made in small batches with attention to each device. (models that are no longer available will be marked as sold out)

The significance of the number 1795 is the year around Abraham Loius Breguet, one of the greatest master watch makers,  invented the tourbillon.  A tourbillon is a mechanism that counteracts the pull of gravity by mounting the escapements and balance wheel in a rotating cage.

Industry Leading 10 year Warranty

We will be responsible for any manufacturing defects for up to 10 years. Manufacturers warranty does not cover accidental damage in the hands of customers, wear and tear due to daily use, and unexpected use of products, such as taking it to deep underwater while water resistance does not support such levels.

Risks and challenges

Our watches are functional prototype manufactured in a ready to delivered condition with due laboratory testing and quality assurance undertaken.
We have built a strategic team of watch designers, movement suppliers, assembly partner, logistic partners, that can deliver a smooth seamless and integrated delivery model that reduces any friction in the transaction, and delivery process.
We have anticipated all roadblocks in production and delivery. We are confident that we have rock solid contingency plan. We spent over 2 years designing, developing, and fine-tuning final samples.We are confident that we shall be able to deliver on time to our backers.
Backers are responsible for any Duty/VAT/GST charges incurred for their own country, which may vary according to each country’s legal and taxation rules and regulations. We are not liable to pay for or compensate customers for their own country’s Duties, VAT, or GST.

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Long-lasting design

Automatic movement designed to last more than a lifetime can be given a family heirloom. Long lasting vegetable tanned leather without use of environmentally harmful chrome. 10-year battery life of Swiss quartz movement. minimum impact on environment. Gold plated metal body, modular construction. easily replaceable and serviceable.
Sapphire crystal is more scratch resistant than mineral or acrylic glass hence more long lasting.

Sustainable materials

Surgical grade 316L steel corrosion proof to saline condition such as sweat.
Lifetime use. We are deeply opposed to planned obsolescence. Low Carbon Steel with 4% molybdenum will ensure long lasting lifetime use due to corrosion resistant properties.

Environmentally friendly factories

ISO 9001 certified companies. CE,RoHS, SGS certified manufacturing processes. 16+other quality certifications. Switzerland Registered manufacturer.
How will sustainability factor into your delivery plan?
Long lasting piano finish MDF Wood Boxes for packaging. Boxes will be treasured rather than thrown away.

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