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Stretch Goal #3 Reached! You’re Awesome!
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: We hear you loud and clear. You asked for enhanced legibility and more color options, and here they are - 2 NEW VERSIONS!
INTRODUCING AIRSPEED PILOT S/S & VINTAGE SPORT
Pilot S/S AIRSPEED with silver-tone stainless steel frame Vintage Sport AIRSPEED with red and black hands
At the completion of the campaign, you will receive your Reward survey where you will pick your AIRSPEED versions and straps.
Featuring a beautifully curved case and regulator dial, the AIRSPEED speaks to vintage watches, but looks and feels like modern sculptures on the wrist. Inspired by a love of aircrafts, watches and all things mechanical, the AIRSPEED is made to resemble the dials in an airplane dashboard.
From the storm of ideas emerges a shape - an initial freehand sketch which captures the pure lines of the AIRSPEED. While examining the technical specifications of the design, we asked ourselves these questions: How will the watch be powered? How will it transmit stored energy? Which materials guarantee the level of precision, reliability and quality required over the long term? Technical considerations, ergonomic details and dial design are pondered down to the tiniest detail and coordinated with one another.
The sketch is then given volume by 3D rendering, followed by two working prototypes. The curved case design and all other materials are thoroughly tested and improved in durability, water and air pressure resistance, as well as an overall homogeny in appearance and finish.
The regulator complication first appeared in the late 17th century and was used by watchmakers for verifying the rates of their creations. For those unfamiliar, a regulator is a watch in which the second, minute and hour hands are separated into sub-dials. With the AIRSPEED, a traditional vertical layout is swapped for a more asymmetric design, resulting in an unexpectedly modern take on this vintage design.
The curved casing is made from Hesalite crystal, a robust, shatterproof material that has gone into space on many occasions. With Hesalite, smudges are hardly visible on the AIRSPEED. It even gives the dial a warmer look. You’ll notice that the dome-shaped crystal extends to the very edge– making the watch look more crystal than metal. This is more than an elegant design feature, as it slightly magnifies the dial elements for better legibility from all angles and lighting conditions.
For other reasons why we chose hesalite over mineral or sapphire crystal, please refer to our update here.
After carefully evaluating a number of options, we sensibly picked the Miyota 8219, an absolute tank of a ticker with an impeccable reputation since its debut in 1977. Beating to a frequency of 21,600 BPH / 3 Hz, Miyota has proven to be more accurate than most mechanical watches at 18,000 BPH / 2.5 Hz. The movement has 21 jewel to reduce friction and wear on moving parts, maintain temperature stability, and the ability to operate without lubrication, well above the 17 jewel average. Miyota also employs its own shock resistance technology called Parashock, making the watch more durable and perfect for multipurpose wear. With the massive 2-day / 45-hour power reserve, you do not need to constantly wind it. You can take it off on Friday and it will still be ticking on Sunday.
The markings on the dial and the hands are coated in in Super-LumiNova. A luminous dial and hands make it easy for you to check time at a glance, whether you’re in a movie or jetlagged in a dark hotel room. Luminance is only available on the pilot version of the AIRSPEED.
AIRSPEED has a watch for every whim. The black dial makes for a classic piece when worn tastefully beautiful with a white blouse or exquisitely on trend with a blazer and wide-legged pants.
The beige dial is more business-casual than strictly formal. It is a great daily wearer, not looking too out of place with a pair of jeans.
- Case Diameter: 43.0 mm
- Case Thickness: 14.8 mm
- Lug Width: 20.0 mm
- Case Material: Hesalite Crystal
- Movement: Miyota Caliber 8219
- Dial: PVD Coating with Super-LumiNova (Pilot Ver. Only)
- Water Resistance: 3 ATM (30 m)
AIRSPEED offers a number of straps of different styles that are interchangeable, making it easy to navigate between all of your favorite combinations.
Our Italian leather straps are well made and quite comfortable on your wrist with a reassuring stiffness, but pleasantly thin profile.
If you want to add a dash of playful colors, our lightweight Nylon straps bring a pop of color to your look without overshadowing the rest of your outfit.
We are now also offering A Nylon NATO Strap for EVERYONE who pledges at least one AIRSPEED watch at no additional cost. If you pledge for a Pilot AIRSPEED, then you will get a BLACK NYLON NATO STRAP. For those who pledge for a Vintage AIRSPEED, you will get an ARMY GREEN NYLON NATO STRAP.
You will now have the option to pick an AIRSPEED with a Milanese Bracelet that features tiny interlinking pieces of metal which is in many ways similar to a jewellery bracelet. The Pilot AIRSPEED comes with a matching matt black stainless steel mesh strap while the Vintage AIRSPEED is fitted with a pair of silver stainless steel mesh strap.
A huge part of your experience when purchasing a watch is unpacking it from the box in which it arrives. We are always looking for ways to heighten the experience of purchasing a watch, and so we designed a beautiful presentation box. Within the box you'll find a user manual and a piece of polishing cloth.
Risks and challenges
CJR is committed to deliver the best quality timepiece to our supporters on time and as promised.
Our first Kickstarter project VELOCITA was completed on time with all happy supporters. It is also retailing in over 27 stores.
With an experienced and cross-functional team that has been in the industry for 40+ years, we are confident on delivering what is promised on Kickstarter.
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