Inspired by the ancient sponge diving technique of the “kampanelopetra” stone, as well as the legendary Antikythera mechanism, the Ianos Avyssos combines two ancient Greek inspirations in an innovatively designed Swiss made tool watch.
Building on its unique design, the Ianos Avyssos has been crafted to the highest of standards. It has been designed from the ground up in Switzerland and is equipped with an ETA 7001 movement, stainless steel case, bezel and crown, sapphire crystal and has been tested to withstand 30ATM pressure (300m depth).
In its short existence, Ianos Avyssos has proven that there is room for a new brand to bring a fresh outlook to watch design while staying true to its roots, traditions and history. This has not gone unnoticed and the stellar reviews that the Ianos Avyssos has received are a testament to the watch that we have produced. Here is what they had to say:
When we were designing the Ianos Avyssos, we wanted to create a balance in the line-up of references offered. A mix of vintage feel and modern outlook to the Avyssos design. So we created four references, two stainless steel with a more vintage inspired colouration (the IA01 and the IA02) and two PVD with a more modern colouration(the IA03 and the IA04), all of which encapsulate the Ianos essence while offering a different perspective and focus to the wearer.
The degraded brown dial of the Ianos Avyssos IA01 was designed with the purpose of referencing the colour of the Antikythera mechanism as well as the natural sponge colourations before undergoing their cleaning process, while also reminiscent of a more patinated dial.
The degraded blue dial of the Ianos Avyssos IA02 represents the two colours which are the most prevalent in Greek culture and environment. The ever-changing shades of blue of the Greek sea and the radiating white of the Greek sun and island houses, not to mention the colours of the Greek flag itself.
The Ianos Avyssos IA03 is a clear, modern interpretation of a diver watch. A clearly visible dial encompassing the luminous kampanelopetra stone hour markers for a striking opposition against the black dial and the orange minute hand and seconds mechanism.
The Ianos Avyssos IA04 is a modern designed diver with clean lines, easily visible dial and hour markers while also encapsulating the darkness of the abyss from which the watch's name was inspired.
Ianos is the Greek name of the ancient Roman god, Janus.
Ianos was the first among the Roman gods, the god of beginnings, endings and time itself. Being two-faced, Ianos knew both the past and the future and was the symbol of change and transition from the past to the present.
Ianos Watches' purpose is to bring to life untold stories of Greek legend, history and science through the art of watchmaking. To build upon our rich past and heritage in order to produce timeless and utilitarian timepieces with minimal modern design and Swiss made quality.
To pay homage to the accomplishments of our ancestors, revisit them from a modern outlook, redesign archaic technologies and bring them into modernity, always maintaining a balance between the highest quality and affordability.
In essence, Ianos, as did the Roman god, combines a deep appreciation of the past that moulds and defines us, as well as a clear understanding that we always move forward into the future.
Ancient inspiration is an integral part of the Ianos Avyssos' design and we have done our best to represent such inspiration in meaningful ways throughout the watch's design, focusing on its unique dial, the centerpiece of which is the seconds mechanism inspired by the legendary Antikythera Mechanism.
In 1900, a party of Greek sponge divers from the small island of Symi returning from North Africa took refuge from a storm near Antikythera, a small island between Crete and the Peloponnese.
During a dive, one of the sponge divers resurfaced visibly shaken at the sight of a human hand rising out from an ancient wreck!
After months of bringing up numerous statues, both marble and bronze, during what was the first ever large scale underwater excavation, Greek archeologists found article 15087. What was thought to be a bunch of random metal pieces revealed itself to be a collection of gears and cogs, precisely arranged in a compact wooden structure capable of predicting the celestial paths of the sun, the moon, and the five planets visible from Earth without a telescope, i.e. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.
From a civilization that discovered geometry, trigonometry, the use of the lever, and steam powered devices, came a device so intricate, with extremely precise gears placed into complex combinations of gear trains which could turn each other, and could thus calculate simultaneously and with extreme accuracy, the movements of stars and planets and the precise dates of eclipses and ancient games.
The device was called the ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM.
Focusing on its basic purpose of measurement of time, we have incorporated the structure of the Antikythera mechanism’s most famous piece into the Avyssos as a rotating seconds counter simulating the movement of the great mechanism showing the wearer the most important information - that his watch is working underwater.
The Greek myth of Glaucus, otherwise called “The Green Mariner” tells of a freediver who ate a magical herb which gave him fins and a fish’s tale. In the wars with the Persians it is said that a Greek fisherman and his daughter swam underwater at night cutting the ropes of the Persian fleet's anchors, while it is also said that Athenians used freedivers to destroy underwater barriers while Aristotle first documented scientifically the freediving techniques of his times as well as the medical complications divers faced.
While the exact origins of Greek freediving history may be lost in the ages and Greek mythology, it is known that the Greek practice of freediving spans millenia and its final form is found in the simple yet effective technique of the Symian sponge divers of antiquity, still used until today.
This technique prescribed that the diver would dive into the sea, being dragged down by a heavy rock, called "KAMPANELOPETRA" or "petra" (stone in Greek), attached to a rope, thus descending quickly to the bottom of the ocean, and using the stone to step on, in order to be equally quickly be pulled up to the surface, thereby minimizing descent and ascent times and maximizing the usable time on the bottom of the ocean.
The masters of this technique, the Symians (from the small, remote island of Symi in the Dodecanese) were recognized and admired as far back as antiquity, the legend being that they were descendants of a sea god who taught them how to freedive.
For us it is important to express the human side of every technological feat, myths, stories and legends included. The kampanelopetra to us, signifies a simple yet challenging way of life that many Greek sponge divers lived by. It was not just a technique, it was a way of life, being passed down from generation to generation until this day and it lives in the Avyssos as the shape of the hour markers, serving as a constant reminder of the hardship Greek sponge divers endured on a daily basis, all for the securing of their families’ subsistence.
In Greek, Avyssos (Abyss) is used to describe the deepest and darkest parts of the soul, the sea and, in some cases, the sea itself. Dark, frightening, mysterious but also inviting, endless and alive.
To us, Avyssos means the depth which divers have been drawn to for generations, heeding the call of their most basic instincts of discovery and exploration, constantly pushing the limits of human ability and touching the impossible.
The Avyssos is a rethought and redesigned tool watch, made to be worn and beaten relentlessly, all in a timeless, elegant, utilitarian package while combining our two major inspirations on its unique dial. The Antikythera Mechanism and the legendary kampanelopetra technique of Greek sponge divers.
The stainless steel body, scratch proof sapphire crystal, the 30ATM/300m depth, the ETA 7001 movement and the re-designed hollow see-through case back make this a formidable companion for every modern diver offering Swiss quality at an affordable pricepoint.
Taking inspiration from classic era diver watches, we wanted our dial to make a bold statement, while providing easy legibility of the basic information required from a diver watch.
We have therefore rethought the entire purpose of the diver watch and have focused on the most important information needed to a diver during a dive - that his watch is working.
In order to provide such information in a clear and concise way, we have replaced the inefficient and often illegible seconds hands with an Antikythera Mechanism-inspired small seconds mechanism, replicating the shape of the main gear of the more than 2000 year old mechanism.
We have thus reduced a very complicated ancient mechanism which was once used to count Olympiads, eclipses and star movements, to its most basic function of counting seconds and working condition; information available to the diver with a single glance.
While the world learned about the Symian sponge divers and the "kampanelopetra" technique through the legendary dive of Stathis Hatzis, Greek freediving history spans millenia, a fact that we wanted to be clearly represented on the dial of the watch, as a constant reminder of the historical continuity of our freediving history and heritage.
Paying homage to the sponge divers who found the Antikythera wreck and their ancient heritage, we have incorporated the iconic "kampanelopetra" design into the dial as hour markers, as a symbol of the divers' unbreakable spirit in the face of daily danger and adversity.
Furthermore, in order to accentuate this ancient diving technique and the age of the Antikythera mechanism, inspiration we have given the dial a "sandpaper texture" to give the watch a more used and vintage feel in line with classic vintage divers, the numbers and minute indicators are cut-out, resulting in a beautifully designed and constructed sandwich dial.
The Avyssos is not another diver watch. Every detail of the dial and the case has been designed with a specific purpose in mind.
The bezel features a screw-like design to define the watch's functional utility and provide better grip in and out of water while the case itself has been thoroughly thought out and designed from the ground up. The slightly curved shape hugs the wrist while its slanted sides provide a more slim profile for a 44mm watch that looks and feels much smaller.
Aiming to enable functionality, utility and comfort, the case back features a deep channel in which a NATO strap can be passed through and concealed. This way, the need for springbar tools is eliminated and the watch embraces the strap, leading to unparalleled comfort and wear.
In continuation of our commitment to our inspiration, the Avyssos features an open caseback with a circular window mirroring the design of the Antikythera small seconds mechanism through which the balance wheel of the ETA 7001 can be seen.
The Avyssos is equipped with an ETA 7001 movement which we believe encapsulates the soul of the Avyssos in its simplicity and functionality.
Inspired by the men who dove for millennia into the abyss using only a rope and rock, we too wanted a movement which was simple, efficient, tested and dependable, to correspond with the simple, crude, yet effective diving technique utilized by Greek sponge divers, unchanged through the ages.
We also wanted the wearer to appreciate the Avyssos on a more personal level as a piece of inspirational utility and to give him every opportunity to touch and renew his appreciation of the watch.
The ETA 7001 fits perfectly into this vision, building a strong personal connection between the watch itself and the person who brings it to life through its manual winding.
For us Ianos Avyssos is meant to be a combination of historical inspiration as well as top quality, therefore we cut no corners regarding the components, materials and craftmanship used to produce it.
The Ianos Avyssos was designed and developed in Switzerland where the watches will also be assembled, using the ETA 7001 Swiss made mechanical manual movement and will proudly exhibit the "Swiss made" badge.
More specifically, the Technical Specifications of the Ianos Avyssos are the following:
The design process of the Ianos Avyssos is fully completed as are our agreements with the manufacturers of the components we will be using.
Despite our preparation, in order to make sure we are within our schedule, we have calculated some leeway in the above timetable in order to minimise any delays in shipping the watches.
We will do our best to ship the watches as soon as possible, but please be aware that there may be unforeseen circumstances which may cause a slight delay. In any case, including such an event, we will keep you constantly updated as to the manufacturing, assembly and quality control process.
- What is included in the package?
Although our leather straps love the water, we understand that you may not want to subject them to it! For this reason, each Ianos Avyssos will be shipped with a single piece strap made from Italian leather and an Italian made rubber NATO strap allowing you to change the look and usability of your watch in seconds. There is also the option of adding our two-watch roll made from high quality fabric and internal protective padding.
- Where do the watches ship from?
The watches are assembled and they will ship from Switzerland. All shipping costs will be calculated in addition to your pledge, however please note that you may be responsible for VAT, custom duties and other applicable taxes in your region.
- Where do the watches ship to?
Ianos Avyssos watches will be shipped globally except the following countries: Saudi Arabia, Kosovo, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Crimea, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, North Korea, and Yemen.
- How are the watches shipped?
All the Ianos Avyssos watches will be shipped via trusted courier services and we have secured a flat fee of 25CHF for all deliveries.
- What is the warranty?
We offer a 2 year warranty covering manufacturing defects. If it is found that your watch is faulty we will fix or replace it. This does not include any damage sustained from dropping, damaging, breaking through misuse or any other reason for which we are not responsible.
Risks and challenges
Ianos Avyssos has set up numerous cooperations with various manufacturers, thereby creating backup plans for all components involved in the manufacturing process, therefore we do not anticipate having any issues in manufacturing and assemblying the watches. Any such secondary plan may have an adverse impact on the delivery time of the watches but we will try our best to minimise such delay, if any.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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