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The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 1 2016 3:07 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 1, 2016

The Hourglass Watch

Glass box timepiece, unique rotating dial-hand with markers on the side. Comes in 6 colors. Swiss parts meet German craftsmanship.

The Hourglass Watch

Glass box timepiece, unique rotating dial-hand with markers on the side. Comes in 6 colors. Swiss parts meet German craftsmanship.

pledged of 50.000 €pledged of 50.000 € goal
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 1 2016 3:07 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 1, 2016

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Hi there, I am back on Kickstarter with a new project. This new project is about sharing my second watch design with you.

As you might know from last time (The Porthole), my drive is to create beautiful quality watches with a twist. Watches that are unlike the usual suspects. Because that is what I want to offer you, a watch that will attract attention and admiration just by itself. A watch that will make you feel standing out from the crowd.

And here is my second design: The Hourglass by Pheidippides Watches.

Now it is again time for you to take me up on my presumption that I made that beautiful quality watch with a twist. I have given my best to create a remarkable watch for you to see and feel, something you will not find often. The result is a bold watch for those who want to make a difference.

"To say I was impressed is an understatement. The design speaks for itself and the execution was fantastic." - Brad, watchuseek member

Win the fifth prototype for free

When we reach the campaign’s goal of € 50,000, I will pick one lucky winner among all backers to receive the fifth of 15 prototypes of The Hourglass ever made. This watch will be fitted with your favourite color dial from the 5 ones shown below. This watch will be issued with a Certificate of Authenticity as proof.

All backers? Yep, all backers, also those who pledged € 1. All support is appreciated and deserves a chance to be rewarded unexpectedly.

Why the fifth? It has nothing to do with Beethoven… The prototypes are made in 2 series:
A first 5 to start the show on Kickstarter fitted with the 5 colours planned for originally.
And another 10 currently on their way that I will leave for show in shops in the coming months.

So the first out is the last of the first to defy the saying that the first will be the last. Still with me..?

New straps available

3 new types of straps are available to create a more dressier look. Please check the "Rewards" section for more information.

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So I wanted to create a watch looking a bit different a second time around, right?

Well, The Hourglass is actually my third design (and The Porthole my second). My first design, The Inkpot, is also a single-hand watch and I wanted to take that concept a few steps further.

Inspired by watches with lots of glass, an idea crystalized in my mind to simplify time indication to its minimum: using a single rotating dial-hand with just a single mark to show the hours of the day. Much alike a sundial. Nothing else to distract the eye, not even my logo. And no part of the case to obscure line of sight.

That would be a watch for people who are really not in a hurry, no hard timeline to obey in any way. I guess not many have that luxury. To make it interesting for a larger crowd, I decided to add a more accurate way of reading time. But how to without loosing that absolute minimalistic look of the dial-hand?

Nice, huh? As far as I know this is a first: having a single completely visible rotating dial-hand with hour markers on its side. This is a really unique feature of this watch. The glass is sapphire, of course.

For a quick glance at the pacing of the day you just take a look at the top. And when you need to know, you just twist your wrist to take a look at the side at 6 o’clock. You can estimate time down to about two minutes accurate using the quarter-hour markers and the little index on the case. A matter of practice you will master in no time.

It is 8 past 1
It is 8 past 1

The watch is another step forward towards my motto: time is essential but should not rule us to the second.

I kept the case to an acceptable height to have it slide easily under the cuff of your shirt. The case is made of nickel free stainless steel. It measures 41m in diameter and is 12mm thick. Glass, case and bottom form a perfectly symmetrical shape.

The case is hardened to a degree that it is sheer unscratchable. Added up to the 2 sapphire glasses, your watch will keep looking great for years to come. The patented hardening process used is rather new to the watchmaking world.

A mechanical watch should have a see-through back to admire the movement and The Hourglass is no exception. The automatic movement is a Swiss made STP5-15 with custom rotor and is visible through a large sapphire glass.

The Hourglass comes in 5 trendy pastel colors and white to choose from. For an impression of the white dial, see "Rewards".

The case comes with a polished or brushed finish. The bottom comes in a polished or brushed finish too. The curved side of the bottom is always polished.


And for those of you who are wondering whether they missed The Inkpot somehow: you have not. It is still in its test phase due to a nice technical twist to operate the watch which might be sensitive to wear. I want to be sure it will serve you for a long time before launching it.

"What really wins me over though is the sculptural aspects of the design." - Zach Weiss, Worn&Wound


Again I am working together with that German workshop familiar with making jewelry to do the technical development and production of the custom made cases. And again I prefer Swiss suppliers for the watch’s intestines.

The design of The Hourglass has been made shortly after the design of The Porthole. That was about a year ago while we were working on The Inkpot. As you noticed I chose to launch The Porthole first, so most efforts went into prototyping that one. That was March/April this year.

However, in the same time I have been working on getting the parts of The Hourglass on my desk. So we were prepared when we started on the CNC machine in August right after the holidays. Most assignments for proto parts were given to the same Swiss companies who made the parts for The Porthole. Companies I learned to trust.

What was relevant to The Porthole is also relevant to The Hourglass: tolerances are nice but some of the design features require accuracy to the one hundredth of a millimeter. We finished fine-tuning the case to the actual prototype parts I received to meet those requirements. We have learned a lot from last time, so it took less effort to bring it all together this time.

The result is a watch just as I imagined it and that has been around in my computer all that time. A beautifully executed quality watch for you to enjoy. Holding that first prototype is again a great feeling. A feeling I could convey to you when you decide to pledge for The Hourglass.

Main features:

  • Polished or brushed stainless steel case, 41mm in diameter, 12.0mm thick, 50mm lug-to-lug
  • Polished or brushed stainless steel back, screw-in, see-through and engraved
  • Nickel free stainless steel hardened to a sheer scratch resistant surface
  • Matte lacquered (pastel) colored dial in blue, rosé, green, yellow, sand or white
  • Sapphire glasses, box and bottom, anti-reflective coating on inside
  • Swiss mechanical automatic movement: STP5-15 by Swiss Technology Production
  • French genuine goat leather strap, 22/20mm tapered, in several colors
  • Polished stainless steel folding buckle, 20mm
  • 5 bar water resistance

"If you’re looking for a very modern take on that minimalism, then I think you would be hard-pressed to find something more unique than the Pheidippides Hourglass Watch." - Patrick Kansa, WristWatchReview


The goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to release the watch into the world of watch aficionados such as yourself. Your contribution is one step closer to raising enough funds to produce at least a limited series of 200 watches. And hopefully more… The campaign’s target is set for a minimum production run of about 40 pieces.

Glasses, dial-hands and movements are supplied from Switzerland. Again I found a good quality-to-price ratio for each of them. The case is custom build in a German workshop for the best control over quality and surface treatment. They make the case for a fair price.

A watchmaker colleague and myself will assemble the watches in the German workshop. That allows for an important benefit: I will be on top of the assembly process all the time, so there is continuous in-line Quality Assurance and speedy response to aberrations.

In the end I think I made it happen again: a beautiful European built quality watch with a fair price tag. By backing my project you will help me to fulfill my dream of creating and sharing my watches. For that gesture I will be very grateful. And you will help yourself to a unique and remarkable watch that marks your taste for the good life.


The limited series of The Hourglass comes in two executions: polished or brushed stainless steel with a polished buckle. The dial comes in 6 different (pastel) colors: blue, rosé, green, yellow, sand and white. For the strap you will have a choice of 9 colors: yellow, green, brown, pink, dark blue, ocean blue, warm orange, white and black (not all colors are shown).

The dials in the picture are from the first sample series. Due to the way we planned to make them, they turned out too dull. That plan didn't work anyway and the new dials will be much livelier. As soon as possible, I will update the picture to show the final colors. Sorry for this inconvenience.

You can tell me your selection during a post-campaign survey when the project is successfully funded.

 A multitude of straps combined with a multitude of dial colours.

The limited edition watches will be numbered "Kxxx of K200" to show their Kickstarter origin. If we don't reach 200, then the actual number of pledges will determine the limited series length. After that the watches will be numbered sequentially.

When there is more demand than 200 timepieces, a second production run will be planned. You can reserve a watch from this run on my website with a nice discount.
Once the campaign is finished, The Hourglass will be sold at a regular on-line price. Once it hits the shops, the on-line price will be equal to the retail price, of course.
So be on time with your order.

To give The Hourglass a more dressier look, I have 3 types of straps in several different colors to offer in addition to the colorful pop-artish standard ones.

The left 2 are real alligator leather in Olive and Châtaigne. If you want one of these you will have to increase your pledge by € 110 to cover for its cost.

The middle 2 are calf leather with a semi-gloss finish in marine and gold. If you want one of these you will have to increase your pledge by € 15 to cover for its cost.

The right 3 are croco printed calf leather in redish brown, beige and white. If you want one of these, you are lucky: no additional cost for these ones.

As you can see, all these new colours match well with the pastel colours of the dial-hand. They will all look great on the white dial-hand as well. Black is always an option for any type of strap and I guess you can imagine how that would look.

On my calibrated monitor the colours are pretty accurate, but beware when yours is not. Then colours may look (a bit) different than the real ones...

Stretch target #1:
You get a second strap (not an alligator one) with every watch when we reach € 75,000.

Stretch target #2
You get black as additional dial-hand color when we reach € 150,000.

Samples of the white and the black dial have not been made yet, so you will have to do with computer images instead to get an impression of how they will look like.


Your pledge goes a long way on Kickstarter. Like any entrepreneur I would like to see my watches on the shelves of shops one day. By then the price will have more than doubled. Distribution channels and shops will take their share in revenue. So this is your chance to be among the first owners of this great quality watch for an affordable price.

"I have read on social media that some people find the price of 1.195 euros’s for the early bird special and 1.295 euro’s for the tier after that too much. A ridiculous statement if you ask me. Take that money to a local jeweler, or even check online and you will be surprised how little watch you will be able to get in comparison to The Hourglass." - Jonathan Kopp, WatchIsThis?

N.B. for EU residents only: I have to pay for your VAT instead of you. Your VAT is included in the shipping cost as a single amount when you pledge. So don't be startled when you see the shipping cost: it is € 12 shipping + 21% VAT.


Right after the campaign I will order all parts. It will take 3 to 4 months for these orders to fulfill. Most parts will take not much longer than 3 months, but the movements will take 4. And we need to account for Christmas closure of factories. As soon as parts arrive, we will check their quality, so we can act as soon as possible when necessary.

We will start by producing the cases and mounting the glasses, which can be done before the movements arrive, gaining some time. We will also start shipping out the first watches made as soon as possible. We don’t have to wait to send you your reward until all watches are assembled.

We will explore the possibility of having the parts shipped to us in a series of smaller batches. This will enable us to start assembling the watches earlier. There is room for a bit of slack and we should all be realistic about unforeseen delays. You should have received your reward well before the summer season to show it off during your well deserved holidays.

Follow us

You can find a press kit here.

Risks and challenges

The greatest risk is for me to die during production ;-). I will see to proper contingency, so the project will generate and ship your rewards with or without me.

We tried before and learned from our experience.

To build the prototypes we had to make all of the parts, of course. In the end the devil has been driven out of every detail, so their is no longer any risk to encounter unforeseen construction challenges or unexpected production technique side effects.

The limited series will be made first and the production schedule is based on the maximum lead-time of all suppliers and a bit to produce a total of 200 watches. Apart from acts of God, there is limited risk for delay.

When the campaign is really successful, the overflow demand will be satisfied by an unlimited second production run. The delivery of the second batch of watches is based on available production capacity. No use to speculate before the end of the campaign.

Everyone is ready and committed. Recently I checked lead-times and prices with my suppliers again to be sure. The production schedule is up-to-date and the pledge amounts optimized to the latest information.

And then there are the Updates to keep you informed about any developments, good and bad. No risk that I will not inform you in time.

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