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Arcadia: The World's First Graphene Coated Field Watch

200X stronger than steel, this exotic Nobel Prize winning material graphene complements Arcadia’s new G1.0 Field Watch

Arcadia: The World's First Graphene Coated Field Watch

200X stronger than steel, this exotic Nobel Prize winning material graphene complements Arcadia’s new G1.0 Field Watch

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About

200X stronger than steel, this exotic Nobel Prize winning material complements Arcadia’s new G1.0 Field Watch.   

Our mission is to design and build watches that offer style, utility and can be read with a glance. From Denali to Manhattan…from the top of a remote peak, all the way to your favorite barista in midtown… Arcadia is a timepiece that stands out among the rest. 

Rugged enough to battle the rigors of the mountain yet sophisticated enough to wear with your best pin stripe suit. So whatever path you choose…we’ll help you get there.  

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No. 200CE - Fly Fishing


Looking for your next great grandchild’s heirloom?  We think you’ve found it.

After numerous iterations we finally arrived at a field watch design without compromises. Then, a colleague suggested we investigate the remarkable properties of graphene and, if technically feasible, super protect the case with this remarkable material.  

After teaming up with coating experts working with DARPA, NASA and others we finally succeeded. Now called “DuraPhene," this proprietary graphene coating is fused to the case (inside and out), offering the ultimate case protection.  Frankly, solving the graphene challenge is the reason this project has taken almost two years.    

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No. 4510k - Camping

In 2010, two researchers from the University of Manchester were awarded the Noble Prize for the graphene discovery.  Basically, it is an allotrope of carbon and two dimensional.  Here are just a few of its remarkable attributes:

  • 200X stronger than steel
  • Harder than diamond
  • Enhanced corrosion resistance
  • Anti-microbial

However, this amazing material is also expensive…around $100/gram. But it provides uber watch protection and, well…it’s just cool. The important thing is that we are now able to offer the Arcadia Field Watch with one of the planet’s strongest materials fused to the watch case. So now, you just might have a watch that is beyond durable and can hold up to Superman!

Inspiration comes from many sources. For us, it is from decades spent outdoors - from walking hundreds of kilometers with geologists; the assent of Mt. Rainier; fly fishing in the Yellowstone Thorofare; hiking the Wind River Mountains; canoeing the Boundary Waters of Canada; cutting wood for the cabin… well, you get the picture… you need a field watch.

To meet our design criteria of “easy to read,"  a special 40mm stainless steel case was designed with timeless curved lugs and thin side walls so that the dial information appears large and is easily read… at a glance.

You’ll probably notice the screw down back which greatly enhances waterproofing. Perfect fit “o” rings on the case back and crown stem assure that this watch is water resistant in excess of 5 meters.

Time and direction are essential in the outdoors. You will find both simply displayed on a dial reminiscent of vintage enamel. Large military style numerals, bold precision crafted hands (lumen filled) and large, round lumen filled indicators are located at 3, 6, 9 with a stylistic delta at 12. 

A compass rose is discretely displayed on the chapter ring. The beauty of an analog watch display is the ability to calculate general direction. Kinda useful if you lost your GPS and topo map.

Selecting the Miyota 2035 quartz movement by Citizen (Japan) was an easy choice.  It is robust, reliable, and accurate.  It is considered to be one of their most reliable movements. Plus, it is accurate to +/- 20 seconds per month and will run for three years on a single, off the shelf battery.

Made of genuine leather, it is carbon fiber pattern embossed which continues the carbon theme as graphene is an allotrope of carbon. Subtle features include: Arcadia embossed on the inside of the band and laser etched on the clasp. Quick release pins of course.

The crown design is slightly oversized and kept in polished stainless steel which is a nice complement to the graphene coated case. 

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No. 12wks - Woman's Best Friend

Since you wouldn't think of storing treasures in a cardboard shoe box, there was no way we were going to skimp on our customer's packaging. We hope you appreciate the handsomely stitched vintage style leather presentation case which is in keeping with the Arcadia treasure inside and insures protection from the perils of shipment.

                                                      Embossed Arcadia Stitched Leather Case
Embossed Arcadia Stitched Leather Case

Fortunately for our customers, all tooling has already been paid for…and testing complete. This includes the graphene (DuraPhene) coating. Thus, you may anticipate receiving your Arcadia Field Watch ahead of schedule. No promises… but a distinct possibility. 

All sales and shipments originate from the United States. We offer worldwide shipping. Please note that any Duty/VAT fees will be the responsibility of the buyer. We recommend you check with your local customs to learn more about the procedure in your country.

Warranty. We offer a one (1) year international warranty from date of purchase. The warranty covers manufacturing defects.

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No. ∞ - All In A Day 

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No. 1903 - Let's Ride

Arcadia Field Bandana

 Graphene Oxide Sample*

*Size of standard business card 

Field Test Results

"Ok now that I've realized that I've got superman coated to my right wrist, yes I'm left-handed. Can I leap tall buildings in a single bound? No. What I do have is a classy, attractive, precise, timepiece wrapped in a highly technical coating and supple leather band. The tan watch face and large numbered dial instantly make this watch recognizable as a classic field watch. This watch could have as easily been on any officer’s wrist from the 1940s onto today.  It's bold, clearly legible face make the watch very legible both during the day and the night. The slick-looking delta orients the watch beautifully for nighttime reading. A subtle fixed compass rose on the chapter ring is a nice addition harking back to a time when real men knew how to land navigate using their watch and the sun.

I've had the Arcadia since the beginning of December. So about 2 months. I admittedly am hard on watches. Scratches, dings, and chipped crystals are common deaths to watches in my past. And this is a preproduction pre Kickstarter watch, so to say I was skeptical would be generous. I have expected this watch to show up wrapped in bubble wrap without any added pleasantries. But I was wrong! I opened the non-descript shipping box and put my hands on a luxurious brown leather watch box. Upon opening it I saw this beautiful field watch wrapped around a matching tan pillow. The watch was immediately placed on my wrist. I set it to my atomic clock app on my phone.

Now we're 2 months down the road and this watch has become more than a weekend fling. It is my EDC watch. Corporate office life, weekend hiking trips, and a flight across the country to Vegas for the annual SHOT Show. This watch has been wrapped around my wrist the entire time. In the 2 months, the Miyota movement I've lost 1 second of accuracy according to the atomic clock. The casing has not chipped, nor have I given it any nicks or scratches. The watch is so comfortable that I've honestly forgotten that it's been on my wrist in some situations.

  • It's precise I cannot stress how important it is for a watch to be precise. It literally is the only purpose.
  • It's a classy look in a world where every watch is large clunky blocks of metal this is a nice subtle change.
  • You can't understate how amazing it is to have 
  • something that won a Nobel Prize on your arm.
  • It's something that I can geek out about."

Projects like Arcadia don’t just happen. It starts with a need, then an inspiration, followed by overcoming challenges. And it won't occur in a vacuum. It takes a team. 

Having run a few companies (public and private) in the instrument and sporting goods manufacturing space; natural resources; and serving the past three decades as the chairman for a non-profit serving developmentally disabled clients… I have built and worked with a few teams. 

Frankly, the Arcadia Team is The “A” Team. From dear friend and colleague, watchmaker Dale, to the rocket science graphene coating group…to Craig with his crisp, imaginative photography… to the award winning videographers who captured the essence of the Arcadia message (Joss and Talia)… to Jenn, Team Lead for social gurus SmarterChaos… I am in debt and, indeed, privileged to have their counsel. Their coordinates are provided below should you want an “A” Team member in your corner.

Photography

Craig Okraska | web: thechromatic.co | IG: @crotography

Videographers

Joss TM & Just Talia, Drone Operator: Coy Stolpe | web: www.josstm.com | IG: @JTvisions.LLC @atzix @joss.tm

Digital Marketing

SmarterChaos | web: smarterchaos.com | IG: @smarterchaos

A little philosophy here. If you watch any of the Arcadia videos, you will notice that they begin with a number, e.g., No. 346. This is a reference to a memory… some random, pleasant event that you experienced. Memories define us, they shape our likes and dislikes and manifest in our unique personalities. In essence, we are the sum of our memories…from cradle to grave. 

We simply numbered some of them. And there will be more fun, candid, videos in the future that we will share with you. 

Our goal is simple. To provide watches that are functional, attractive, robust and cool. And yes, Arcadia will be with you when you make those fantastic memories. 

 Uncle Hal

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges
We look forward to delivering our new Field Watch to our KS friends. All main technical issues were resolved during the development and prototyping.

The only question is how many we need to produce. Given this unknown, that is the main reason for the production – delivery window expressed above. Be assured that we will do everything within our power to ship early.

We'll make sure to stay transparent along the way and keep you updated

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    Arcadia Field Bandana

    27’ X 27” white polyester blend bandana. With cool graphics to boot. Useful for the hot days in the field, covering your head in the scorching sun, wrapping your favorite dog’s neck…well, you see the utility.

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    The real thing. Display on your desk or to show your friends graphene in processed form. Remember, this exotic material is about $100/gram and 200X stronger than steel. Display card (size of business card) with graphene in a clear acrylic case.

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