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Watches from another world. The dial is original rocket material - from Soyuz MS-02 & MS-04. Powered by a swiss mechanical movement.
Watches from another world. The dial is original rocket material - from Soyuz MS-02 & MS-04. Powered by a swiss mechanical movement.
1,231 backers pledged CHF 768,039 to help bring this project to life.

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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.  

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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.

Kazakhstan 19th October 2016, Soyuz MS-02 some minutes after launch. Marco & Patrick (very happy)
Kazakhstan 19th October 2016, Soyuz MS-02 some minutes after launch. Marco & Patrick (very happy)

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.

Material used
Material used

Model 1 

Made from the inner surface of the booster. Black-anodised. Fine scratches.
Made from the inner surface of the booster. Black-anodised. Fine scratches.

Model 2 - Launch Sequencer scale

This dial was cut from the inner surface of the rocket booster. The surface has been left in its original condition.
This dial was cut from the inner surface of the rocket booster. The surface has been left in its original condition.

Model 3

Made from the outer surface of the booster. Original. Fine scratches.

Made from the outer surface of the booster. Original. Fine scratches.
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)  

Made from the fairing. Original. Color shades. This material reached an altitude of approx. 85 km
Made from the fairing. Original. Color shades. This material reached an altitude of approx. 85 km

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.

Made from the exterior cladding of the rocket engine. Original. Fine scratches.
Made from the exterior cladding of the rocket engine. Original. Fine scratches.

 

 

 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?

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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.

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Mechanical movement

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.

STP 1-11 Swiss Made
STP 1-11 Swiss Made

 

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.

The adventure novel (only in German) and a piece of space rocket.
The adventure novel (only in German) and a piece of space rocket.

Taxes (no taxes for US residents), worldwide free shipping

Due 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!

Warranty

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.

Christoph & Patrick in the atelier in Zurich.
Christoph & Patrick in the atelier in Zurich.

Roadmap

Werenbach Funding Roadmap
Werenbach Funding Roadmap

Timeline

Press

Here you can download pictures and text: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8ohqu91lipehtof/AACx3r3Q8bA8KHlH5W383zTca?dl=0

 Copyright:

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. info@werenbach.ch.

Prototypes:

Modell 1 on Space suit. Prototype.
Modell 1 on Space suit. Prototype.

 

Modell 2. Scratches on the dial. Prototype.
Modell 2. Scratches on the dial. Prototype.

 

Modell 3. Prototype test on my arm. Feels great!
Modell 3. Prototype test on my arm. Feels great!

 

Modell 4. On original rocket material. Prototype.
Modell 4. On original rocket material. Prototype.

 

Strap with stainless steel buckle with Werenbach engraving.
Strap with stainless steel buckle with Werenbach engraving.

Stretch goal 1 reached: Choose a strap

Graph on the inside of the watch is inspired by the graphs on the voyager golden record.
Graph on the inside of the watch is inspired by the graphs on the voyager golden record.

 

Strap 1: Textile; Strap 2: Calf leather; Strap 3: Rubberized leather
Strap 1: Textile; Strap 2: Calf leather; Strap 3: Rubberized leather

 

Lining of the watch: Rubberized leather with graph
Lining of the watch: Rubberized leather with graph

 

Stretch goal 2 reached: Get the original piece from where the dial was cut out.

The original piece from where the dial was cut out.
The original piece from where the dial was cut out.

 

The original piece. Front and backside.
The original piece. Front and backside.

 

 

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.

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