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£2,600
pledged of £35,000pledged of £35,000 goal
13
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, April 12 2018 11:57 AM UTC +00:00

About

We have the pleasure of introducing ONYKX’s first watch, a stylish timepiece born from a passion for vintage style and modern form. The brand has been developed by automotive designer Ross Compton and is built to bring unique design and exclusivity to the market. So far this project has been entirely self-funded, but now we need your help in the final push to production. Each timepiece will be part of a limited series of just 150 units. Each watch will be unique, accompanied by a numbered certificate. 

The goal was to create something that could be accessible to the many, but owned by the few. This meant creating a well-priced, high end watch and then limiting its availability.

The watch came about whilst the designer was creating accessories for high end supercar projects. Applying his passion for watches and using his multi-disciplined background in automotive design gave him a unique perspective. Using techniques on symmetry, proportion and balance the watch concept grew and over time, evolved into what is now the Monarch.

We understand a watch is a very personal object - often reflecting someones personality or taste in style, so by limiting the numbers in production we feel it makes it even more special to any potential owner.

MZR Roadsports are recognised worldwide as bespoke automotive builders of the iconic Datsun 240z. They are experts at infusing classic design with todays technology creating a brand that transcends era's.

ONYKX was contacted by the company and asked to create a unique timepiece for the interior to their latest 'Sport-Design' edition 240z. 

The design of the face was created to be much more simple as it was important for it to be easily read with just a quick glance away from the road. The design philosophy of ONYKX is adaptable and by creating this interior clock, we diversified our design language and further developed the brand.

This demonstrates how although we are a small developing brand, we have made a big impact in a short space of time.

 The crown logo has been designed to be instantly recognisable. The crown was developed because it symbolises luxury and exclusivity, as well as paying tribute to Suffolk and the UK with their regal ties. 

The lower portion of the crown logo has been comprised of elements from the Union Jack, the national flag of the UK. This is to pay homage to ONYKX's British heritage. As you can see from below, the flag reference is very clear once the logo is mirrored. 

The design of the Monarch 1st Edition has been created with great attention to detail. The chronograph dials sit within a delicately decorated face, with markings running up and around the chapter ring. The date window sits boldly at the '6' position, balancing out the symmetry with the ONYKX branding placed above it under the '12' index.

This shows a very brief example of how the inspiration for the dial came from car speed gauges.
This shows a very brief example of how the inspiration for the dial came from car speed gauges.

Our crown logo literally ‘crowns’ the date, sitting above the window and adding extra detail. The unique dial design reflects Ross Compton's automotive roots, with the numerals going around the top, then ending at the midway point - immitating a tachometer in a car.

While sharing the same design, the Charcoal Black version has a black coating to the dial with white markers and high polished applied indices. The Powdered Steel version on the other hand, has black markers and high polished applied indices on a sun-ray finished silver face.

The back of the case is engraved with "ONYKX Monarch 1st Edition" to separate it from all future models and designs. It is a reminder to the owner that this is the very first watch and is therefore significant in the company's history. 

For an increased personal touch, the owner and designer Ross Compton has had his signature engraved onto the back too. This 'seal of approval' highlights the watches individuality. It will also be the only watch by ONYKX to have this detailing.

Engraved around the outside is information such as the movement model and water resistance rating.

The case is made out of 316l stainless steel and is polished to a very high standard. The mirror-like finished body catches the eye in any light, being sure to grab attention wherever you are. The tight seal also ensures we can offer a water resistance of 5ATM, meaning you can take this everywhere without worrying about rain, or washing your hands.

The Monarch also showcases a domed sapphire crystal covering the face. We chose to use sapphire because of its superior quality over mineral glass and other cheaper alternatives.

The chrome like finish. Mirrored to grab maximum attention
The chrome like finish. Mirrored to grab maximum attention

This will not be our only watch. This will be the first of many. By limiting the production numbers we ensure that we are able to meet high standards, provide excellent customer care and ensure our products remain unique.

Having a smaller production scale also means that we are able to produce new models more frequently and produce a range of collections, with different designs for everybody’s tastes and needs.

Each watch comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Each watch comes with a certificate of authenticity.

We want to be as transparent as possible, especially when it comes down to how we are going to spend your money. We have set the goal at £35,000. This is because once we achieve our goal, it will cover all production costs and allow us to reinvest in our brand. Apart from allowing us to produce the 300 pieces, we can also put into production our next prototype, allowing us to constantly grow.

My name is Ross Compton and I am the founder of ONYKX. Firstly thank you for making it this far down the page!

I thought I would just take a quick moment to explain why I have created ONYKX.

I initially started this brand in 2017 as a side project but after a time the watch grew into something much more special. I had various designs but a few really stood out. So, using all of my savings, I took the plunge and developed what would become the Monarch 1st Edition.

I feel that watches represent the people who wear them. It's actually one of the factors as to why I wanted to produce such reduced quantities - Why have something that represents you, that 1000+ other people also have too? The other reason is that being a designer, I love to experiment with many different concepts, so this means I can produce a range for you all to hopefully love.

I am always available for a chat so if anyone has any questions about the watches, myself or just general queries, please feel free to get in touch. I will always reply and will do my best to get back to you ASAP.

Thanks Kickstarter, heres to the beginning of something special.

Ross

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If we sell all 300 watches we will upgrade the box that your watch comes in. From a standard fitting box to a luxury faux leather lined wooden box with a matte finish. It comes in its own logo signed card box. 

Risks and challenges

We at ONYKX have dedicated much time to plan, research and perform testing towards this project to reduce the risk of any setbacks.

However, we are well aware that every project, no matter how well conceived, brings along its own risks and challenges. This is why we've teamed up with manufacturers that are very experienced and well respected in the industry.

Since one of the key elements of any Kickstarter project is communication, we will be maintaining constant contact with our factories during the entire process of production. Therefore, we will ensure that every watch is created to the same high standard and delivered in time. No matter what, we will update our backers during the production process and highlight any issues or delays if they occur.

Duty/VAT charges: Onykx Watches does not add duty/VAT charges to any order. If you live outside of the EU, you may be responsible for any applicable duty/VAT charges that your country may impose.

We and our suppliers are poised to activate production as soon as we meet our Kickstarter funding goal. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us to get any information you need, at any time. We will always reply.

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    EARLY-BIRD DEAL - POWDERED STEEL

    SAVE £200 ($277) OFF THE RRP. This is a one time price exclusively for our Kickstarter backers! This also includes free shipping.

    You will receive a Monarch watch in the Powdered Steel finish.

    The watch comes with a genuine brown Italian leather strap and is finished in a high chrome style polish. All of this comes nestled in a custom designed box.

    ONLY 150 WILL EVER BE AVAILABLE.

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    EARLY-BIRD DEAL - CHARCOAL BLACK

    SAVE £200 ($277) OFF THE RRP. This is a one time price exclusively for our Kickstarter backers! This also includes free shipping.

    You will receive a Monarch watch in the Charcoal Black finish.

    The watch comes with a genuine black Italian leather strap and is finished in a high chrome style polish. All of this comes nestled in a custom designed box.

    ONLY 150 WILL EVER BE AVAILABLE.

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    POWDERED STEEL

    SAVE £150 ($209) OFF THE RRP. This is a one time price exclusively for our Kickstarter backers! This also includes free shipping.

    You will receive a Monarch watch in the Powdered Steel finish.

    The watch comes with a genuine brown Italian leather strap and is finished in a high chrome style polish. All of this comes nestled in a custom designed box.

    ONLY 150 WILL EVER BE AVAILABLE.

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    CHARCOAL BLACK

    SAVE £150 ($209) OFF THE RRP. This is a one time price exclusively for our Kickstarter backers! This also includes free shipping.

    You will receive a Monarch watch in the Charcoal Black finish.

    The watch comes with a genuine black Italian leather strap and is finished in a high chrome style polish. All of this comes nestled in a custom designed box.

    ONLY 150 WILL EVER BE AVAILABLE.

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