About this project
Earth Collection – The first collection made of original rocket material that is accessible for everyone.
The Earth Collection - spaceborne watches for everyone, top quality
With this collection we bring a real piece of space travel history to your wrist. At affordable prices thanks to a new production concept.
Soyuz MS-02 - manned mission to ISS
The material comes from Soyuz MS-02, which was launched on 19 October 2016 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. On board were astronauts Shane Kimbrough (USA), Andrei Borissenko (RU) and Sergei Ryschikow (RU). We used the material from the first rocket stage (booster & fairing). After the rocket reached an altitude of almost 50km, the booster was jettisoned, then the fairing at an altitude of 85km. They fell back to Earth in a military restricted area on the steppes of Kazakhstan.
The rocket determines the design
Since we are using original materials, you can tell by the colour which part of the rocket the material comes from. Thanks to this approach, each watch has a distinct and authentic look. The different signs of wear in the material, such as scratches, make each model in the collection unique. The exception is Model 1. In this model, the dial is black-anodised. Here, too, you can see original scratch marks.
Model 2 - Launch Sequencer scale
Made from the outer surface of the booster. Original. Fine scratches.
Model 4 - Launch Sequencer scale
(Currently availability 300 pieces due to limited usable material)
Model 5 - Launch Sequencer scale
Model 5: Current availability 100 due to limited usable material.
This material will always be short: the rocket engine is the heaviest part of the rocket, this is why the booster strikes ground with the orange material.
We might rise the quantity in March. But before we can rise the amount we must first check the material. Then we can determine how many additional watches can be produced. Sign up to our newsletter on our website www.werenbach.com to get information first.
Pictures of functioning prototypes below.
Launch Sequencer scale
The Launch Sequencer is an adjustable ring on the dial incorporated in the Models 2, 4 & 5: by using the second crown, the rocket’s “time of lift-off” can be set. The minute hand then shows what phase the rocket is in and its altitude. Did you know that the Soyuz rocket reaches orbit in less than nine minutes?
Cutting a high precision dial out of the rocket shell.
Dials are normally made of brass and have a thickness of 0.4mm. Our material is of aluminium, furthermore the walls of the rocket are 5mm thick and are curved. The removal and workmanship of the material requires special machines and knowledge of the material. The most difficult thing is attaching the connecting elements to the movement. We know of only one single specialist who can do that.
We may be Swiss, but we do not want price to get in the way of things. The Earth Collection Edition is meant to be affordable, which is why we have looked not only in Switzerland but worldwide for components that meet our quality standards.
In Japan we found a movement that is comparable to a Swiss quality movement, both technically and optically. See for yourself: we purposely left the back of the watch transparent.
And by the way, the movement is automatic – it winds itself! If you wear the watch regularly, you will never have to wind it. It does not have to be recharged like a Smartwatch, nor does the battery ever need to be replaced.
Movement specifications: Cal. STP 1-11 (Swiss Made) This movement is made by Swiss Technology Production in Switzerland. It is identical with the legendary ETA 2824 and known for its high quality and beautiful finish.
Power reserve: 44h, Frequency: 28'000 A/h, Stones: 26, Precision: -1/+16sec/day
During the campaign we have switched from a Japanese movement to a swiss movement. We didn't change the price of the pledges. At the end of the campaign we will ask for a voluntary donation to help us cover the additional cost for the movement upgrade.
Watch Specifications: Dimensions: diameter 40mm, height 13mm, Weight: 87gr., Water resistance: 50 meters / 5ATM, Function: date, hour, minute, second, Glass: scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, Scale: Launch Sequencer in Models 2, 4 & 5, Numbering: each watch has a serial number Strap: fabric
Are you a collector? Be sure to get the first models ever made.
The watches of each model are numbered consecutively starting with number one. If you’d like to have one of the first ten, you can order them in a separate box. The numbers will be assigned according to the placement of orders. First come, first served.
A real piece of Soyuz MS-02
A piece of the Soyuz MS-02 is also available to put on a key ring. Unique and exclusively on Kickstarter.
The story behind it and a real piece of space rocket.
This is a bit unusual. So was the begin of our project. Because it was such a great adventure and because we hat to suffer so much. Patrick had to write a novel. Unfortunately it is only in German. This novel is the first novel ever that has been written about a watch. You will get it stamped and signed by Patrick. And of course also a piece or space rocket which you can put on your key ring.
Taxes (no taxes for US residents), worldwide free shippingDue to the US minimis regulations (value up to 800 USD) customers from the United States do not have to pay any taxes on the watches offered on Kickstarter.
Some countries charge an import duty for purchasing an item from overseas; we wish we had the power to eliminate that tax or charge, but unfortunately, we don’t :(. That’s why we offer free shipping to international customers, to offset the cost of duties that they may be charged. International fans should be aware that prices billed by Werenbach ltd. for goods shipped outside Switzerland do not include any taxes, duties, VAT or other charges due to the recipient’s local or national government authority. All fees, duties, and taxes, including VAT, are the sole responsibility of the recipient and must be paid upon arrival in the destination country. Usually, these fees are demanded before delivery and are collected by the shipping courier or local customs authority. For more details, please contact your local customs office. You may also use a dutycalculator.com to calculate what your local government may charge you. In the event that you refuse the delivery, you would be responsible for any duties and shipping costs that are incurred to return the product to Werenbach Ltd. Thank you for your understanding!
We stand firmly behind our products and are committed to fantastic service. Each Werenbach watch comes with a limited warranty on flaws in workmanship and materials for a period of two (2) years after original purchase.
How can we offer this price?
The Kickstarter prices are a one-time offer and are only possible because this is a pre-sale campaign. You are getting the watches practically at factory price. We, on the other hand, are able to finance production thanks to your pre-payment and make our new watch collection known on the international crowdfunding platform. A true win-win situation, don’t you think?
If you have studied our website, you will have noticed the price difference to the Atelier Collection. The main reason for this difference lies in the watch case. The cases in the Atelier Collection are made from the rocket engine. The metallurgic processes and subsequent precision machining are extremely complex and time-intensive. Moreover, these watches are made by hand in Zurich in very limited numbers and with top-quality components.
The Earth Collection is effectively a reinvention of the rocket watch. The aim here was to create a collection that everyone could afford: the dials are made of rocket material, we have teamed up with two renowned watchmakers and we have made price and quality top priority when choosing the components.
The combination of the Kickstarter offer and the new concept have led to a price that is almost revolutionary. Never has there been a watch made of such unique material at such a comparable price.
Here you can download pictures and text: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8ohqu91lipehtof/AACx3r3Q8bA8KHlH5W383zTca?dl=0
Product images above are mock-ups and subject to change as design evolves. Photos and video from space rockets and from space are from NASA or ROSCOSMOS. Werenbach is not sponsored or endorsed by any of these institutions.
Every effort has been made to trace and contact copyright holders and to obtain their permission for the use of copyrighted material. If you believe you hold the copyright on material that was included in our marketing documentation and have not heard from us, please do get in touch with us. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stretch goal 1 reached: Choose a strap
Stretch goal 2 reached: Get the original piece from where the dial was cut out.
Risks and challenges
Before launching this Kickstarter campaign, our working prototypes have been rigorously tested by both ourselves and selected watch experts. In fact, we have spent the past year advancing our designs and working prototypes to meet the qualifications we ourselves would expect from a watch.
We are confident that we will meet or beat our projected delivery dates. We have built in extra time for any potential delays in the manufacturing process and expect to ship by the projected dates. Our backers will be in the loop as we communicate updates at every stage of the process.
Our manufacturers stand ready to activate production as soon as we meet our Kickstarter funding goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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