HK$ 221,700
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Glenn LimBy Glenn Lim
First created
Glenn LimBy Glenn Lim
First created
HK$ 221,700
pledged of HK$ 360,000pledged of HK$ 360,000 goal
66
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, April 26 2018 2:00 PM UTC +00:00

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

Our home in Australia is the old Victoria Police Headquarters conversion – Melbourne’s highest freestanding example of the art deco skyscraper style. The design of The Metropolitan is a nod to Melbourne’s many amazing Art Deco buildings. 

Now living in Hong Kong, our night sky is filled with the glow of neon. There’s a buzzing energy here, and the full-face lume of the Metropolitan captures this energy.  

(Check the project updates for a list of links to the Ayers Metropolitan reviews and articles.)

Materials

The Metropolitan was designed to shift from office to outdoors, so versatility and durability were front of mind in the design process. 

Well suited for office, weekend or outdoor wear, each element of The Metropolitan has been painstakingly, personally selected for its quality. 

Backers are receiving a small run, very high quality product with the costs of middlemen or large marketing budgets removed from the equation. (Check the video review below from Watch It All About for a closer look at the build quality)

The watch face and exhibition back are protected with sapphire crystal, the least prone to scratch or shatter. Anti-reflective coating not only reduces reflection, but also improves transmission of light to enhance the watch face’s striking colour and texture. 

Case and bracelet are Grade 316L Surgical Stainless Steel; the steel of choice for biomedical applications as its low carbon content delivers increased corrosion resistance. 

The Metropolitan’s 100M water resistance is suitable for swimming, snorkeling and non hot water showering. 

Swiss Super-LumiNova® 

After maintaining it's refined face in the office during the daytime, the Metropolitan lets loose a little at night. The full face Swiss Super-LumiNova® creates a striking conversation piece inspired by the ever glowing sky of Hong Kong at night. 

The hour marker indices, and hour and minute arms feature hand applied Swiss Super-LumiNova®. When charged by sunlight, LED or UV light, the lume blazes brightly initially then mutes to a light glow that is visible all night. 

Movement 

Miyota 9015 was the only choice. The slimmest of the Japanese options, the 28,800 vibrations per hour allow for greater precision and accuracy in time-keeping and results in a really smooth sweep of the second hand. 

(See the reviews at 28 Days Earlier and Watch It All About for their tests on the accuracy of this movement in one of our Metropolitan prototypes)

Multi Layer Sandwich Dial 

The face of the Metropolitan consists of multiple layers, textures and colours that provide an unexpected level of depth and detail for a relatively minimalist piece, often referred to as resembling stained glass.

Rewards 

Our backers will each receive this limited edition Metropolitan watch at around half retail price, individually numbered according to the purchase queue and colour chosen. 

Each watch will be shipped in its own black piano finish box. International postage via national postal service is included in the reward price.  

If you would like to upgrade to international courier for faster, more reliable tracked postage, simply add HKD$200 to your pledge.

There are three models of The Metropolitan available; you will choose your colour via survey after the campaign is done. 

MT-01 White BGW9 Super-LumiNova® on Dark Blue Super-LumiNova® 

MT-02 Dark Grey Super-LumiNova® on White BGW9 Super-LumiNova® 

MT-03 Dark Orange Super-LumiNova® on White BGW9 Super-LumiNova® 

             

We Need Your Support

Please share with your friends and social networks. If you are not in the market for a watch at this time but have a passion for supporting small, independent businesses, or would simply like to support us in bringing Ayers Watches to fruition, please share our campaign with your social media networks.

Glenn: A Malaysian born Australian currently living in Hong Kong. Although very much a Melbournian, a world of adventure calls, and it will probably be a little while before Glenn returns home. 

With a background in engineering and business start-up and development, Glenn has over 16 years corporate and consulting experience. Currently a Senior Director in a multinational company, he is very comfortable managing budgets, project pipelines, resources and delivery. 

Sally: Melbourne born, Sally moved to Hong Kong with Glenn in 2013. Sharing Glenn’s love of design and creative projects, Sally is excited to be assisting on the launch of the Metropolitan. 

A project manager by profession, experienced in delivering the Asia-Pacific portion of global projects, Sally is skilled in meeting tight deadlines while mitigating risk and managing large-scale budgets. Now taking a career break, she is dedicating her time to managing the launch of The Metropolitan.

Still not sure? Check out this video review from Watch It All About:

Press enquiries 

Please contact us at press@ayerswatches.com

Huge thanks to Ty Alexander Photography for the amazing shots used in our header.  Be sure to check out his pics on instagram if you are a watch fan. Amazing.

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Risks and challenges

We’ve made every effort to ensure our estimates for delivery timelines are accurate, but with individual manufacturers responsible for individual components of the watch, we recognise that there is always potential for unexpected delay. Additionally, in shipping, some countries’ customs may take longer to release packages than others. It is worth checking if your country is prone to such delays to avoid disappointment.

There may be Duty/VAT charges imposed on the receiver, depending on your country. We will not be covering these extra location specific costs.

Upon successful funding, we will share our progress each week, outlining any delays, problems and issues if they should occur.

Glenn is an experienced Programme Director, and Sally a Project Manager both familiar with delivering large scale global and regional projects. We are therefore confident in our ability to mitigate any risks and potential delays in The Metropolitan project and enjoy delivery of rewards as smoothly as possible.

The Metropolitan will undergo two rounds of quality assurance before shipment. First at the factory, and then here in Hong Kong where Glenn will personally inspect each watch for defects and accuracy prior to shipping.
Existing material and manufacturing defects not picked up during the QA process will be covered by warranty for a period of twenty four months from the date of purchase

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  1. Reward no longer available

    Pledge HK$ 3,140 or more About $401

    Super Early Bird

    (Pledge approximately USD$400)
    For being one of our very first supporters, receive one Ayers Metropolitan watch in your choice of colour, and individually numbered for around $580 off the expected USD$980 RRP.
    FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING, Includes two years limited warranty
    (Please note: Your colour choice, shipping information, etc. will be collected after the campaign)

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    Pledge HK$ 3,530 or more About $450

    Early Bird

    (Pledge approximately USD$450)
    For being one of our earliest supporters, receive one Ayers Metropolitan watch in your choice of colour, and individually numbered, for around $530 off the expected USD$980 RRP.
    FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING, Includes two years limited warranty
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    Pledge HK$ 3,925 or more About $501

    Jump on it

    (Pledge approximately USD$500)
    Not yet taken the plunge? It’s not too late to receive one Ayers Metropolitan watch in your choice of colour, and individually numbered, for around $480 off the expected USD$980 RRP.
    FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING, Includes two years limited warranty
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    Pledge HK$ 7,690 or more About $981

    Twice as good

    (Pledge approximately USD$980)
    Can’t decide on a colour? Each backer at this level will receive TWO Ayers Metropolitan watches in their choice of colours, and individually numbered, for around $980 off the expected USD$1960 RRP.

    Each reward level includes FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING, and two years limited warranty

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    Pledge HK$ 9,420 or more About $1,202

    The Trifecta

    (Pledge approximately USD$1200)
    Want the whole set? Want some christmas gifts sorted early? Each backer at this level will receive THREE Ayers Metropolitan watches in their choice of colours, and individually numbered, for around $1740 off the expected USD$2940 RRP.

    Each reward level includes FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING, and two years limited warranty

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Funding period

- (30 days)