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€16,013
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53
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 7 2016
€16,013
pledged of €60,000pledged of €60,000 goal
53
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 7 2016

About

Check out a review of the Power Reserve on TheWatchFace.com!

About us

Hi! We are Leyden Watches: a small, start-up watch company from the city of Leiden, The Netherlands. Our goal is to design beautiful and affordable timepieces. 

With your help, we want to bring life to our first ever line of watches. So, with great pride, we'd like to introduce you to our project: The Power Reserve.

The Power Reserve

When we started working on the Power Reserve, we wanted to create a beautiful and affordable mechanical watch with a cool and useful complication. We wanted it to be a unique watch, so we decided not to use stock designs, but build our own case, own hands, own dial. All from scratch.

We spent a lot of time finetuning the designs and searching for the best manufacturer. We have been in contact with not only Chinese, but also German and Swiss companies. Eventually, we made a final decision and we are working with a Swiss manufacturer to ensure the highest quality and easy communication. We had two prototypes made in two different colour combinations:

Prototype #1: gold case, white dial
Prototype #1: gold case, white dial
Prototype #2: steel case, black dial
Prototype #2: steel case, black dial

With these prototypes in our hands, we were even more sure that we were on the right track: the quality is high and the watches really are as beautiful in person as we had hoped. 

Details

The Power Reserve features a 316L stainless steel case, 40mm in diameter, which houses the quality Japanese Miyota 9100 automatic movement. This means your watch will automatically wind as you move your wrist during the day and you will never have to replace a battery ever again. The 9100 is part of the Miyota 9 series. These movements are considered to be high quality and an affordable alternative to Swiss ETA movements. Therefore, it is the perfect choice for our watches.

As the name might have given away, the beautiful dial features not only a day, date, month and synchronised 24-hour sub-dial, but also a power reserve indicator. Located at the 12 o’clock position, this complication shows you how much of the 40+ hours reserve is left (although we expect you will love the watch so much, it will never leave your wrist and will always stay wound!).

Not only on the wrist, but also after you have unbuckled the 20mm-wide genuine leather strap, the watch stays subject to attention. The see-through case back offers a mesmerising view of the inside of the mechanical movement you will find yourself staring at more often than you would think.

Actual photo of the Miyota 9100 through the case back
Actual photo of the Miyota 9100 through the case back

There are some minor improvements that will be made to the final production version. We want to add some text to the case back and have our logo etched on the crown. Also, we're looking into the option of having a black date window on the black dialed versions (we can't promise it's possible, though). And we look forward to hearing what improvements you might have in mind!

Specification list

  • Movement: Miyota 9100 (hacking/hand-winding)
  • Case diameter: 40mm
  • Case thickness: ≈12mm
  • Case material: 316L stainless steel
  • Strap: 20mm wide, genuine leather
  • Crystal: double domed sapphire glass
  • Water resistance: 5 ATM*
  • Caseback: see-through

Full movement specifications can be found here:

http://www.citizen.co.jp/miyota_mvt/9015/pdf/spec_9100.pdf

*The watch is rated at 5 ATM water resistance. This means you shouldn't worry about your watch getting splashed in the rain or while washing your hands. However, you should take it off during a swim or shower.

We need you!

So far, we've done everything ourselves: designing the watches, making photographs, creating our website, etc. But now, we need your help to make this project become reality. When backing our project, not only do you receive a beautiful watch at an incredible price, you also become part of our little 'family' and will be involved in everything we do. We want to be as transparant as possible to our backers and value your opinion and thoughts.

To join us, back one (or more!) of our watches at the incredible price of €300 (approx. $335 or £230) for super early bird or €325 for standard early bird (approx. $350 or £250).

The Power Reserve on the wrist
The Power Reserve on the wrist

Timeline

Our manufacturer is all set and ready to start production on our watches. It will take two weeks after finishing the campaign before we will receive the funds. Once we received the funds, production can start. In the meantime, you will be able to choose your colour combination in the survey.

Production is planned to take 3 months, however, demand for Miyota movements is currently very high. So, we expect the production to take more time. We'd like to stay on the safe side and be realistic, so we have set the expected delivery date at September 2016 (but we'll keep you up to date along the way!).

Stretch Goal

If the campaign reaches a total amount of €67.500, we will unlock our stretch goal and another two colour combinations will be available to choose after the campaign has ended!

Share!

We can not do this without you! Like the project? Be sure to share it with your friends or on social media. You can also follow us on Instagram, like us on Facebook or subscribe to the newsletter on our website to stay up to date.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge will be getting hold of the movements in time. Unfortunately, the popularity of these movements makes for longer waiting times. We want people to have fair expectations, so we have taken possible delay into account concerning our planning.

We are working with a respectable and renowned manufacturer and we will be in close contact with both the factory and our backers.

In case you have any questions left, please feel free to ask!

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD (limited to the first 50 backers)

    Thank you for stepping in this early and showing your support!

    You receive one Power Reserve watch at the incredible price of €300. Colour can be chosen after the campaign has ended.

    €125 below retail.

    -Miyota 9100 automatic movement
    -40mm 316L stainless steel case
    -Double domed sapphire glass
    -See-trough caseback
    -Genuine leather strap
    -5ATM water resistance

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    Pledge €325 or more About US$ 370

    EARLY BIRD

    You receive one Power Reserve watch at the incredible price of €325. Colour can be chosen after the campaign has ended.

    €100 below retail.

    -Miyota 9100 automatic movement
    -40mm 316L stainless steel case
    -Double domed sapphire glass
    -See-trough caseback
    -Genuine leather strap
    -5ATM water resistance

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    Pledge €600 or more About US$ 683

    DOUBLE SUPER EARLY BIRD

    You receive two Power Reserve watches at the incredible price of €600. Colours can be chosen after the campaign has ended.

    €250 below retail.

    -Miyota 9100 automatic movement
    -40mm 316L stainless steel case
    -Double domed sapphire glass
    -See-trough caseback
    -Genuine leather strap
    -5ATM water resistance

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    Pledge €650 or more About US$ 740

    DOUBLE EARLY BIRD

    You receive two Power Reserve watches at the incredible price of €650. Colours can be chosen after the campaign has ended.

    €200 below retail.

    -Miyota 9100 automatic movement
    -40mm 316L stainless steel case
    -Double domed sapphire glass
    -See-trough caseback
    -Genuine leather strap
    -5ATM water resistance

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