Meet Johanna Nordblad.
Then come and meet the Goutte d'Eau Nordblad.
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New Isotope Goutte d’Eau Automatic – The perfect Diving Machine
The new Goutte d’Eau is classic. But dive deeper into its design ethic, and you’ll see that looks aren’t everything.
Designed to endure the hardest Finnish winter and to dive under the ice with the Ice Freediving World Champion, Johanna Nordblad, the Goutte d’Eau endures the toughest challenges either above or under water.
Stainless Steel, sapphire crystal, screw-down crowns... the perfect combination for a tool watch with the looks of a classic, fluid design.
Pre-order now at the pre-retail low price tag and reserve an icon for a true iconic champion. You.
New diver Goutte d"Eau. Sporty and classy above and under water.
It took more than a year and numerous concepts to achieve the best result and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful watches in the market.
Mechanical, self-winding Japanese or Swiss made movements, the Goutte d'Eau has a ridiculously low price tag because we produce and sell directly to our customers avoiding the retail markup.
A brief presentation of the Goutte d'Eau by the brand co-founder:
The Goutte d'Eau Inspiration
The creation of all Isotope watches is driven by two criteria:
To be beautiful, and to be beautifully engineered. And it was this mantra that led to the creation of our latest diving timepiece, The Goutte d’Eau.
Inspiration was also drawn from by the flowing teardrop lines of the 1937 Talbot-Lago Goutte d'Eau T150-C SS Coupé, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cars ever built: Because its beauty flowed effortlessly from its engineering.
The Isotope Goutte d’Eau was designed to live both under and above water and comes with two design options: Nordblad "Special edition"and Orange.
In a world where most diver watches are mere derivatives of the Submariner, we began with the one feature that would truly distinguish our watch from all others: the inner bezel and Super Compressor style with two screw-down crowns for superior security and water resistance.
The watch head design has a classic and timeless approach and incorporates our famous teardrop dial, a design concept initiated with our Rider Jumping-Hour and now extended to all our watch models.
The Isotope Goutte d’Eau features a bespoke and exclusive stainless steel bracelet with a discreet extension clasp mechanism that allows you to quickly change the bracelet size to wear over a diving suit.
The Nordblad and the Orange are animated by the Japan made Miyota 9015 or Swiss made ETA 2824 offering the reliability that every Isotope watch demands. Both movements are seen as the best in the class, are shockproof and have a power reserve of 38 to 42 hours. These watches do not require battery.
Every Goutte d’Eau has an etched serial number and comes with two years of Limited Warranty.
The Isotope Goutte d’Eau Orange has an exhibition case back whereas the Nordblad, finished in Ice Blue, has an exclusive etched case back.
The Nordblad Special Edition is an homage to Johanna Nordblad, World Champion of Ice Diving whose incredible story of resilience and braveness inspires us all and we proudly welcome a true Champion to the Isotope team.
Johanna Nordblad's biography
It was year 1997 when I did my first scuba diving lessons. I really liked diving, first as a divemaster for some years, and then I took the teacher’s course.
I tried freediving for the first time in my life in 2000, when the first freediving club in Finland opened, and right there and then I knew I would only be focusing on freediving. That same year I went to the World Championships in France.
In the year 2004, I made a world record in Dynamic Apnea. I just fell in love with freediving.
In the year 2010, I broke my leg very badly while downhill biking. They had to do a procedure called “fasciotomy” and keep the whole thing exposed for about a week.
The bone was shattered into little pieces, so I had to walk with sticks for almost a year. And it was painful. I was waking up almost every night like 3 years because of the pain. It was nerve pain, very strong. Of course it also made me happy to feel it, because it reminded me I still had my leg. That was also the moment, when I really started this cold water thing.
First I got the cold treatment for the leg and I didn't like it. The cold was also very painful. But when I got used to the feeling of cold I found it was the only place where I could get over the pain. And it was very relaxing. It was very similar to freediving.
As a freediver, of course, I wanted to mix these two things. Freediving in cold water. Freediving needs total relaxation. Diving in cold water needs it a little bit more. And freediving in cold water under the ice is such a big challenge to me that I had to put all my effort to make it. It’s very fascinating and interesting to see, that I can do it in the most extreme conditions as I can imagine.
In 2015, I broke the Women’s World Record of diving under ice wearing only a swimming suit. It was fifty meters. From one hole in the ice to another hole fifty meters away.
I love freediving. After 19 years I can still find new unexpected aspects of freediving – and of my own feelings. And learn a bit more about myself. It’s amazing.
The design and concept evolution
The Goutte d'Eau design took more than a year to materialise. We spent many long days and nights perfecting a functional design.
The Goutte d'Eau is full of rich details and some of them, like the water drops on the sandwich dial, requires time, a conversation and some reading to understand why we chose that option. Drop us a line, we love talking about watches. Even more about our watches.
The watch case has a universally accepted diameter of 40mm and the bracelet has 22mm between lugs. The look and feel is impressive as most watches with this dimensions have narrower bracelets. We broke some rules to be even more unique. And the result is superb.
The case head and the solid bracelet end links are brushed and smooth. The screw-down crowns are being redesigned for better grip and improved water tightness.
In such a competitive industry, there are no time or space for errors. Sketches and 3D visualisation are essential to save time. But having used the prototypes for over 2 months, we now know we are offering the perfect Diving Machine.
Design update - Date window available now.
Initially planned as a stretch goal, we are now offering the date window option as soon as we hit our goal. This means that your existing pledge is still valid and you don't need to do nothing at the moment.
To simplify the process, we will make a survey asking who prefers a date window dial when the campaign finishes.
- Brushed case, 316L stainless steel
- Case diameter 40mm
- Height 11.80mm (Nordblad), 11.97mm (Orange)
- Exhibition screw-down case back (Orange)
- Stainless steel screw-down case back (Nordblad)
- Security inner bezel
- Sandwich dial with or without date window
- Anti-reflective crystal sapphire
- Two screw-down crowns: 2 o’clock for the inner bezel and 4 o’clock to adjust time
- Hands, bezel and sandwich dial with Super-LumiNova® BGW9
- 22 mm brushed bracelet and extension clasp in 316L stainless steel
- Water resistance 200m / 20 atm / 656 ft
Mechanical Movements (2 options)
- Japanese made caliber Miyota 9015
- Automatic, self-winding
- Power reserve 42 hours
- Accuracy -10/+30 s/day
- Swiss made caliber ETA 2824
- Automatic, self-winding
- Power reserve 38 hours
- Accuracy -12/+30 s/day
What the press say
We are regularly contacted by members of the press, watch enthusiasts and bloggers who are keen to write about the very unique designs that come out from the Isotope family of watches.
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Isotope Watches is an independent, enthusiastic and driven brand based in England offering 1:1 service, combining original designs with traditional solutions and a boutique approach and was founded in 2016 by José and Joana Miranda.
The Isotope brand name is derived from science: isotopes are different forms of a single element and in horology, and the Isotope brand represents the individuality and originality that defines us as a company – ‘Always determined to explore new paths and become first among equals.’
We have aligned the “i” in our logo with the seventh hour, considered by Numerology experts to be the world’s favourite number and a universal symbol of good fortune and unification and significant across almost all cultures and religions worldwide.
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José Miranda co-founded Isotope Watches in 2016 with the sole objective of offering a new, limited edition Jumping Hour, the Rider. All Isotope timepieces have original and innovative designs based on the traditional watch engineering methods.
José's career in the world of film production, visual effects and design has allowed him to follow his passion as a watch enthusiast. His vast experience in high quality productions and his 'not so secret' passion for Streamline Moderne design, cinema and watches has led him to creating and delivering one of the most unique designed watches of the modern generation.
A team that shares the same vision and passion surrounds him.
This positions Isotope as a company capable of offering watches made to last in time via design and technical solutions.
For any question, please email me, José Miranda, using firstname.lastname@example.org and I will answer your query as soon as possible.
Our watches have a manufacturer’s warranty against material and workmanship defects for a period of 24 months. Please read our terms and conditions on www.isotopewatches.com for detailed information.
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Risks and challenges
This is the third watch we are producing and we are proud to have achieved such a sporty and classy design.
We have produced the Goutte d’Eau prototypes with highly skilled suppliers and we tested the watches for over 2 months, above and under water.
We used these same prototypes to produce the photos and videos you are seeing in this Kickstarter project and we will use the same factory for the production run.
Nevertheless, if some major problem arises we have alternative factories to work with.
As you can see in our website, we have made other prototypes with other factories that we are testing at the moment. These alternative factories are capable of producing the Goutte d’Eau if any issue arises with the production run.
We are asking our supporters a few extra weeks to deliver the watch in November so we will have plenty of time to mitigate any unforeseen issue that might arise.
For any question, please email José Miranda using email@example.com and I will answer your query as soon as possible.
Thanks for supporting ISOTOPE.
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