About eight years ago, we started out creating designs for independent watch brands. Originality was important to set these brands apart. Over the years, we got good at pushing boundaries and creating original designs.
With the experience gained, we're launching BADGER Watches – A modern watch brand with a vision to create high quality watches from original ideas. The Islander Automatic - our first ever watch – is a tonneau watch with a Swiss-made Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement.
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On The Wrist
We designed the Islander to suit a range of wrist sizes. The following wrist shots are taken off a slightly smaller-than-average male wrist at 6.75 inches.
A tonneau watch is one with a rectangular structure tapered at its ends. We designed the Islander as a tonneau for the incredible amount of wrist presence it gives. This comes from its uninterrupted form and generous dial display.
Between the wrist presence of a tonneau case and the satisfaction of reading time from a round dial - We designed the Islander to have both. We took an architectural approach to our two-layered dial design to give you the best of both worlds.
Every detail matters
We worked a lot on the case design, and spent even more time on the details. These include a sunburst Guilloché dial, sectored teardrop hands, and outlined hours. We designed every detail thinking about the detail next to it. This all came together into a watch unlike any other.
Materials and construction
We gave the Islander Automatic as much substance as its form by making sure we didn't cut corners on the build. The watch features a three-part case construction, eight-screw caseback, brushed and polished surface finishings, Superluminova hands and hours, and sapphire crystal, which is only second to diamond in hardness.
If you've come across many mechanical movements by now, you'll know they are not all created equal. The SW200-1 movements we are using are crafted by skilled watchmakers in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, and are amongst the best in its class in quality and accuracy.
The 26-jewel movement has a hacking-second function and power reserve of 38 hours. You can choose to wind it manually or let it self-wind from your wrist's kinetic motion. It has a frequency of 28,800 vph. This means you get a very smooth sweeping second hand that ticks eight times in a second.
Stetch Goal #1 [unlocked] - Movement upgrade from 'Standard' to 'Elabore'
UPDATE: This upgrade has been unlocked! All Islander Automatic watches will come with the upgraded to the 'Elaboré' grade.
More hours are needed to make ‘elaboré’ grade movements. They are adjusted to a higher accuracy (from 12 sec/day variance to 7 sec/day), and the rotor will be decorated with Côtes de Genève stripes. Watches with 'Elaboré' grade movements are typically offered by established brands above USD$1,000.
We have unlocked the stretch goal, your movement will be upgraded from the ‘Standard’ to ‘Elaboré’ grade at no extra cost.
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The Collection Overview
Our Islander collection comes in four variations:
- Onyx black
- Azure blue
- Sage green
- Origin edition (limited to 99 pieces)
And you get to choose from the following quick-release Italian leather straps:
- Fine grain black
- Fine grain brown
- Suede grey
- Suede blue
The origin edition comes in a satin silver dial with its accents all done in navy blue. They come numbered and we will only be making 99 of these, of which 50 are available on Kickstarter in a Super Earlybird tier. (You get to pick your number, earlier backers pick first)
While the rest of the designs aren’t numbered, we will produce them in limited quantities. That way, we put ourselves on our toes to keep on creating from new and original ideas.
We truly believe in creating original designs. We have invested in the tooling to make the final production prototypes you see in our campaign. All we need now is your support to bring the Islander into production.
For being the first to support us, we offer up to 35% discount on our retail price. The discounted prices will run for only a month on Kickstarter, some tiers come with limited slots.
FREE DHL EXPRESS SHIPPING
All backers will receive free DHL Express shipping, worldwide. Customs duties and taxes are the buyer's responsibility upon delivery.
We will provide a one year international warranty from the date you'll receive the watch. The warranty covers manufacturing defects.
Here are the full list of specifications and dimensions.
- 316L Stainless steel case
- 5ATM Water resistance
- Sellita SW200-1 movement
- Sunburst guilloche dial
- Sapphire top crystal with AR coating
- Superluminova BGW9 hands & indexes
- Italian suede & leather strap options
- Case width without crown - 38mm
- Thickness - 10.9mm
- Lug to lug - 48mm (strap ends are 44mm apart)
- Strap width - 22mm
Who Are We
Leroy Xavier Zhong is the designer/founder of BADGER Watches. He started designing timepieces professionally in 2012, and for the past few years have had the pleasure of creating more than 50 designs for a couple of brands.
He also holds the chief designer position for the timepiece division in a successful commercial brand, Hypergrand. He designed and oversaw production for more than 20,000 watches in the past few years. His work has been featured in GQ, Hypebeast, Watchpro, Esquire, Cool Material etc.
BADGER is his vision of a limited-production watch company. The opposite of a mass production brand, watch collections will be made in limited runs and never repeated.
Each Badger watch collection will tell its own story. One chapter to the next, a story is kept alive in the brand’s creative journey.
Risks and challenges
We may be new to Kickstarter, but where experience matters, we have completed more than 20 production cycles for various brands. Our production capabilities and supply chain are well established. From the backend to the DHL integrated front, we do not foresee any issues with production nor shipping. We are very close to the ground with our suppliers and shippers. Our communication channels are set up to solve problems quickly if they arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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