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Gnomon is the unique watch project that combines the aesthetics of ancient Roman sundials with a modern stylish automatic wristwatch.
In case you missed our project on Kickstarter, please, visit our Indiegogo page!
In case you missed our project on Kickstarter, please, visit our Indiegogo page!
337 backers pledged CA$ 104,964 to help bring this project to life.

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The Gnomon watches campaign was successfully finished! However, there's still a chance to get the watch for a discounted price before the retail sales will start - all you need is to visit our website www.solar-lab.co or the Indiegogo page to learn more.

Welcome to our campaign's page! You're going to witness the birth of Gnomon - the historical timepiece. We call it historical since it's inspired with the history of the time itself. Gnomon's design is based on appearance of ancient sundials and strives to integrate a well-known idea into contemporary style.

The source of inspiration - the sundial in Ancient Rome
The source of inspiration - the sundial in Ancient Rome

The Gnomon timepiece features an authentic outlook recreating Roman classic sundials and a single handed time telling system, referring to an actual gnomon which is reflected in the name of the watch. 

Transparent back lid reveals automatic Japanese movement with 21 jewels
Transparent back lid reveals automatic Japanese movement with 21 jewels

These timepiece and campaign both are the test of our skill and ambitions through which we want to develop a strong brand with individuality in our signature watches. Below you can learn even more interesting things about Gnomon and view spectacular photos of the first prototypes. Hope you'll like it!

Check the universal specifications - suits every wrist perfectly!
Check the universal specifications - suits every wrist perfectly!

 

The idea to create Gnomon was born from a passion of researching craftsmanship of watchmaking and the history of timepieces itself. Our very small but talented team was drown together by this goal and we started to work on the project in 2016.

  

 

We wanted to recreate one of the most vital and interesting ways to tell the time in design of a modern sophisticated wristwatch. We had several crucial points in mind that we wanted to incarnate in the watch - authenticity, uniqueness, high quality, reliability and a reasonable price.

 

 

Gnomon boasts several cool and unique design elements that make it a valuable addition to the wristwatch industry as well as some handicraft parts and an automatic Japanese made movement.

 

 

  

It may seems difficult to tell the time by Gnomon, but it's pretty easy! There are two layers with markings. The inner layer offers several indexes to get a full picture of the current time: full hour indexes have corresponding hour numbers and placed in a conventional way and separated by volumetric half hour indexes and small 10-minute indexes. After some practice you'll be feeling yourself comfortable in telling the time with precision even in 10-minute intervals!

The time on this image is 12:00
The time on this image is 12:00

The outer layer serves both as a supportive tool and as an aesthetic feature. It's divided on twelve areas with Roman numerals. Each area has starting point which indicates the beginning of an hour and numerals are equivalent to half hour markers. This way you can use the outer layer to help you in telling the time by the inner layer or try to read the time like Romans did!

 

The key feature of the first Solar Lab collection is its fresh, stylish outlook inspired with an appearance of sundials from Ancient Rome. It has only one hand which serves to tell both hours and minutes and refers to a gnomon.

Gnomon is a pointer of a sundial which casts a shadow on a dial during sunny parts of a day and telling the actual time. Our hand is the representation of a gnomon's shadow, slowly circling through the dial as it was meant in the ancient times.

We wanted to express this kind of leisure time telling, when a timepiece serves not only as an usual timekeeping tool but also a meditative accessoire which brings you to those ancient days when time hadn't been gradated evenly yet and people used to plan their time subconsciously without any haste.

While looking at Gnomon you won't be running after every second. You'll be enjoying your time and your new watch.

Gnomon bears an authentic dial mapping similar to Roman sundials with hour indexes filling the according stretching area. 

Gnomon has been designed to look not only uniquely interesting and attractive, but also stylish, sophisticated and universal. It fits every wrist perfectly and suits tastes of both antique seekers and modern watch enthusiasts.

 

We're very proud that we've managed to create the timepiece which looks like the best representatives of the artisan watch industry. We've put a lot of effort creating the distinctive details and small things which make Gnomon to stand out among other watches in the same price range.     

We see Gnomon as the starting point of the journey to eradicate the barrier between expensive timepieces and independent designer project. It also has several hand made parts which makes Gnomon the truly unique companion to your wrist.

Our first collection has three models which are defined by our signature design as well as corresponding leather and coating palettes and a colour of the back lid mineral lens. The single hand is inspired by a shape of an actual sundial's gnomon.

The dial is made of an artificially worn out steel sheet and adds the unique touch to each timepiece. You can be sure that there's no similar pattern to any other Gnomon timepiece. The dial also has engraved minute and applied volumetric hour indexes and is protected by a domed sapphire coated crystal. 

The back side of the watch also has domed shape with a transparent crystal with our logo in the center. The steel part is engraved with zodiac signs matching hour areas of the dial as well month number in Julian calendar system.

    

As we've mentioned before, one of our goals was to create a timepiece which lacks cold manufacturing origin.That's why we've decided to go for handcrafted leather straps for our Gnomon timepieces.

Every strap for our watches is made by hand in Italy. It's hand cut from a thick and reliable high quality calf skin, which is soft and flexible enough for wearing with utmost comfort.

We tried a lot of different materials and sizes trying to find the optimal solution for our straps. Three different leather patterns with a vintage touch have been chosen to deliver the hand made quality without heavily affecting the final price and bearing the original and everlasting feeling of the high leatherwork craftsmanship. We're sure that your wrist will definitely be enjoying it!

 

Every Gnomon watch is the unique artisan object with a lot of distinctive features and small details in design. We put a lot of effort to develop the most appropriate shapes and construction according to our concept and offer the most comfortable format and high quality materials in our price range. 

The cases of all Gnomon watches are made of lightweight 316L stainless steel with polished or matt surface and colored PVD-coating. The back lid is also made of steel, has a transparent glass embedded in it, with different colors depending on the specific model, and offers a great view on the automatic movement. The movement is Japanese automatic with 21 jewels and the watch construction grants 5 ATM water resistance. Another remarkable thing is the unique dial with a scratched texture made by hand, which makes each mode a truly one of a kind!

Case Diameter: 43 mm
Case Thickness: 11 mm
Band Material: 100% genuine leather handmade in Italy
Strap buckle: 316L Stainless steel
Band Max/Min Length: 215 mm / 165 mm
Band Width: 20 mm tapered to 17 mm
Total Weight: 65 gram
Case / Back case Material : 316L Stainless steel
Crystal: Sapphire Coated  
Water Resistant: 5 ATM
Movement: Citizen Miyota 8215 Automatic (21 Jewels)

We've done everything we could to achieve the reasonable and adequate price for our backers on Kicksarter. Solar Lab watches are the high quality product with a decent part of handiwork, so we've come to the ultimate solution for the price, which is only 242 $ and is much more affordable than for similar watches in the market. Thanks to the Kickstarter's directly to customer policy you won't meet any markups and unnecessary costs.

The price is shown in US dollars
The price is shown in US dollars

It's our first experience on Kickstarter but we have faith in our abilities and in our manufacturer, so we don't expect any serious challenges in the production and aim to reach the shipping stage in the shortest terms possible.

Please note that the price on Kickstarter is much lower than the future retail price. So you'll be able to save 40% ordering Gnomon now. Multiple items will result in even higher discounts! 

The prices are shown in US dollars
The prices are shown in US dollars

  

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If you have any further questions regarding our project and campaign or want to get any additional info or HD images for press inquires, please, send us an email on info@solar-lab.co

 

Risks and challenges

Our team is small, but don't underestimate us! We have our share of experience in the watch production and our connections with the manufactory and the strap supplier are well maintained, as well as aftership service, so we don't expect any serious obstacles during the post campaign stages. We're fully prepared for the quality control and have already taken care of all issues which could cause delays. If something unexpected happens, we will always be in touch with our backers! We're going to offer comfortable and reliable ways for you to communicate with us and be aware of all latest news regarding the campaign.

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