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€17,032
pledged of €60,000pledged of €60,000 goal
43
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, September 13 2016 4:01 PM UTC +00:00

About

As a tribute to Irish engineer John P Holland, recognised as “the father of the modern submarine”, the HOLLAND//01 rethinks and re-engineers watch design. Taking influence from monobloc cases, the NEONOS team has designed a unique case to enclose a automatic GMT movement.

The front case, made of forged carbon, retains the movement allowing easy access for servicing and removal. The rear case, made of stainless steel with a DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coating, gives the watch the integral strength needed for an extreme lifestyle.

 

The HOLLAND//01 watch takes inspiration from the original Holland class submarines and military submarines of today. The design has subtle curves with sharp edges giving a stealth look while also incorporating blue highlights and a dial legible in darkness or light. The innovative U-shaped lugs hide the ends of the strap creating a unique design feature.

What makes this watch special? Every element of the HOLLAND//01 was designed from scratch; nothing apart from the movement existed. Other brands are content to pick a crown, hands or a buckle from a catalog, and modify an existing case design. Our designers set out to integrate innovative and high-quality materials and finishes throughout every aspect of the design process.

 

John Philip Holland was born in the small coastal village of Liscannor, County Clare, Ireland in 1841. In 1859 he drafted his first design of the submarine. In 1873 he emigrated to Boston, USA to join his family. This is when he started work on creating the submarine, after a number of versions the submarine was finally commissioned by the US Navy in 1900 and by 1901 the British Royal Navy also had Holland Class Submarines. John Philip Holland is now recognized as “the father of the modern submarine”.

Unique Dual Case

The watch comprises a unique dual case design: the front case made of forged carbon; the rear case made of 316 stainless steel with a DLC coating (Diamond Like Carbon). The forged carbon and DLC stainless steel create an eye-catching contrast and, along with the innovative U-shaped lugs, gives the case its original and distinct look.

Case Engraving

The engraving on the rear of the case is a reference to John P. Holland depicting the rear of a Holland class submarine. It also features a unique serial number.

Watch Movement

The HZ 6460 automatic movement powering the watch is a 24 hour GMT with a power reserve of 40 hours, with an extra hand to indicate a second time zone which also works as an AM/PM indicator. Settable in half hour increments, this watch can cover any possible time zone.

Flat Sapphire Crystal 

The flat sapphire crystal gives a vintage feel to a modern day watch. A small chamfer detail around the crystal allows for a striking highlight at certain angles, with a gasket that has been tooled and molded in electric blue giving a striking and unique look.

Custom Designed Crown

The screw down crown uses the same high quality material and finish as the buckle and case. It has two blue rubber rings which allow for grip around the crown. The rings also brighten this area of the watch, adding another eye-catching feature, along with an engraved NEONOS logo.

Minimalist Dial

The dial has a double layer sandwich which allows for an increased depth of lume. The dial and hands have been designed to be simple and legible at a glance, at any depth.

Custom Designed Buckle

The buckle is made from 316 Stainless Steel with a DLC coating. The buckle features the same sharp lines and edges as the lugs and is engraved with the NEONOS logotype.

High Quality Packaging

The watch comes in a two-part display package. The inner box is a hard blue polymer with a black polished top and bottom printed with the same graphic as the rear case engraving. The outer box is bound with a soft pliable material with stitching details and logo embossing on the side and top. Inside, the case contains a strap removal tool, documentation and warranty booklet.

As a whole the display packaging follows the same design features as the watch, incorporating the blue highlights seen throughout the watch. The display package caps off a fantastic journey of bringing this tribute to John P. Holland out of the depths and into the forefront of dive watches for decades to come.

Holland//01 Specifications

  • Case - Front: Forged Carbon.
  • Case - Back: Marine grade Stainless Steel with DLC coating.
  • Case Size: 44mm, 57mm lug to lug.
  • Case Thickness: 14.5mm
  • Dial: Double layer sandwich dial.
  • Movement: HZ 6460 automatic GMT, 28,800bph, 40 hour power reserve.
  • Lens: 2.4mm flat sapphire crystal.
  • Strap: 24mm wide, 4mm thick rubber divers strap with custom DLC buckle.
  • Water Resistance: 300m/30ATM
General Assembly Drawing
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NEONOS is a group of four product designers who are obsessed with watches of all types, ranging from sleek, thin, minimal watches to bold, larger, divers watches. With over 30 watches between us, including a number of one-off custom watches designed by us, we came to the  realization that our love of watches could be much more.

We started on this long journey in 2014 to create a watch design that we could call our own. Starting from sketches in a notepad to hand crafted foam models it soon became apparent that we wanted a fully custom design. So we went back to the drawing board and with our love of water sports we deconstructed the classic dive watch and re-engineered and refined it.

Over 18 months later, with countless hours and prototypes, we have produced a dive watch made of forged carbon and DLC stainless steel with a 24 hour mechanical GMT movement at its core and with the diving capabilities of 300m. We bring you the HOLLAND//01 dive watch.

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Risks and challenges

We are four industrial designers with over fifty years between us of not just designing products, but finding and auditing suppliers, setting up production and quality control processes, and the logistics of getting products shipped around the world. We have found, audited and agreed terms with a watch manufacturer we are happy with. They have produced a prototype tool for the carbon, hands and gasket, and multiple watch prototypes. Everything is set up and ready for tooling and production, we plan on 100% checking the first batches of watches ourselves in the factory, to ensure our quality control process is being followed. We have done all of this before.
That said, delays can happen, a watch is a complex mechanism, with many parts, if one part is late, it delays the whole watch build. We have contingencies and plans for this, most issues will not even be seen, but if there is a delay, we will be keeping everyone informed with updates.
Duty/VAT charges: If you live outside of the EU, you will be responsible for any applicable duty/VAT charges. Duty/VAT changes of €50 inside the EU.

Shipping and customs: Some countries are known for being very slow with customs, and you probably know if you live in one. Our shipping method is by registered, tracked post, so a tracking number will be available, but our experience is that in some countries the tracking still shows the package as being in transit internationally when it has already been delivered. We can advise on this based on previous experience, if you are worried, contact us. The package will require a signature when delivered, so make sure someone is in.

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