WristReview: "The feel is an immediate classic but you will like it as there is harmony between the lugs and the crown with the subtle branding at the crown’s head.
ABlogToWatch: Introduction to Stranger Company
WatchPaper: The dial features a horizontal pattern, the thin applied indexes and the slandered down dauphine hands further the dressy style of the collection..
The idea of creating a watch collection dedicated to Thoroughbreds goes back as far as early 80’s to the city of Taraz – the city with 2000 year old history which was one of the main stops on The Great Silk Way, the city where I grew up. Inspiration comes from the horse ranch that my uncle owned. Domesticating wild horses was what he did and did very well. He would turn wild horses into these beautiful galloping horses and most of them were later participated in Equestrian and Polo. Growing up, I visited his ranch every summer and was truly amazed by these elegant yet powerful creatures. The most amazing part was seeing the transformation from the wild stallions into these gracious horses. It is a lengthy process as it takes time to introduce the horse from the wild surroundings into domestic conditions where it is being treated as a family member. Seeing the full power and beauty of these animals was a true inspiration. This experience is something that will always be true to me and I really wanted to pay tribute to that in some shape or form, and this collection was a perfect opportunity. With that, I am proud to present you with the Thoroughbred Collection (Akhal Teke, Andalusian, Mangalarga, Oldenburg). These were the actual breeds that I’ve got a chance to meet in person at my uncle’s ranch. We hope that you enjoy following our story and appreciate any support which would help us make this great collection a success and many more to come.
One of our Flagship models, this timepiece features a Stainless Steel case with white enamel dial. Named after a Pure Spanish Horse, Andalusian, this model features a strong built with a touch of elegance. It derives its name from the place of origin – the Spanish region of Andalusia. One seeking an elegant and classy piece with a strong feel to it, cannot go wrong with the Andalusian.
Black enamel dial on Stainless Steel case creates a powerful design on this exquisite timepiece. Oldenburg is a Warmblood horse from the northwestern region of Lower Saxony. Characterized by its solid frame and with powerful dark features, Oldenburg is synonymous with Confidence, and it is for those seeking control without attracting too much attention.
Rose gold case with white enamel dial – sophisticated timepiece named after a Brazilian breed, Mangalarga Marchador. This horse breed is known for its smooth and expressive features which are clearly depicted in this watch. Mangalarga is an ideal watch for those who value originality and grace and it is a sure piece to be the starting topic of every conversation.
The best kept secret of the Thoroughbred collection, Akhal-Teke is an intelligent choice for anyone seeking a stylish yet powerful timepiece. This watch features a rose gold case with black enamel dial and it is named after a breed dating back 3000 years. Also known as the “Golden Horse,” Akhal-Teke is known by its shiny coat of palomino with graceful muscle frame, which makes it’s a prized possession.
The objective was to create a subtle case that would make your wrist “pop” yet not draw too much attention. We picked the 316L grade steel for few reasons:
- It is durable and higher resistance to corrosion than other grades of steel
- It is non-magnetic, which is an important factor when considering the movements
The sides of the case showcase beautiful grain design which adds a character to it by contrasting the matte and gloss finishing.
It is 42mm in diameter which makes it perfect for the wrists of all sizes. At approximately 11mm in height, our watches still fit under the dress shirt and not too thin to make it look too fragile.
Lug to lug, the overall length of the watch is 51mm, which is proportionate against the diameter. Curved and rather short lugs, wrap your wrist and add a comfortable feeling.
Full attention to detail comes to life on the dial. Etched dial with horizontal patterns highlight its grace. The absence of the ‘seconds’ hand particularly compliments the simplicity, combined with the 3 sub-dials: the week, the month, the 24 hour and the Date window between 4 and 5 hour marks.
The hands are sleek, not too thick and not too thin. Pointy edges contribute to the entire elegance feel of this dial. Applied markers are baton style, with shorter indexes at 12, 3, 6 and 9.
Orange logo in a cursive typeface is an exquisite touch which heavily contributes to the “classiness” rating of this watch.
Worth pointing out are the 2 hidden design patters on the dial: the 7 index and the “upside down” model name.
First, the 7 index: 7 is a ‘magical’ number. The number of the occultist and the esoteric. 7’s are secretive, mysterious, stand-offish, intuitive and introspective, which were heavily used in ancient alchemy, mythology and religion. One of the key traits of the number 7 is a non-conformist which also contributes to the ‘Stranger’ name.
Second, the “upside down” model name draws its influence from the Middle English origin upsedoun, to create a sense of inverted fashion, chaotic manner and add distortion, which was the design objective in order to refresh the attention of the watch owner.
The glass on both sides is Sapphire Crystal with Anti-Reflective coating which is a pleasant contribution, in lieu of a more affordable mineral glass. Sapphire Crystal is more scratch resistant and it is actually harder than the Gorilla Glass (used on a lot of smartphones but a lot of Tech companies are now reverting or considering the use of Sapphire Crystal on their smartphones/tablets due to its higher scratch and impact resistance capacity).
Stranger watches Thoroughbred Collection are powered by the Miyota 9120. We've worked with Japanese movements on the majority of our collections and they have proven to be very reliable and quality mechanisms.
The presentation case displays the movement of the watch and exhibits the self-winding semicircular rotor which winds the mainspring. The caseback includes the unique model number as well as such markings as Automatic, Sapphire Crystal, 5ATM to illustrate some of the watch features.
- Surgical Steel 316L; Crown with double O-ring & Logo;
- Scratch resistant Sapphire Crystal 9 moh hardness with Anti-Reflective coating;
- Waterproof – 5ATM;
- Self-Winding Automatic Movement Miyota 9120;
- 3 sub-dials featuring Weekdays, Months and 24 Hour;
- Date window between 4 & 5 hour marks;
- Sapphire Crystal to showcase the Self-winding mechanism; Unique Model number;
Summary Dimensions & Specs:
- Case Diameter: 42mm
- Case height: ~11mm
- Case Length: 51mm (incl. lugs)
- Sub-dials: Week, Month, 24 Hour, Date Window
- Glass: Sapphire Crystal
- Water resistance: 5ATM (50 meters)
- Movement: Miyota 9120
- Hands: Hour and Minute
Each model of the Thoroughbred Collection comes in a package paired with a set of Cufflinks with engraved signature logo:
The 1st 20 Backers of our Campaign (Perk 3 or greater) will receive a high quality Free T-Shirt as a gift:
We wanted to create a pleasurable experience of unwrapping the Stranger Box full of moments of surprise and delight. We wanted you to feel all of the love that we have put in to creating every small detail of the entire package of the Stranger Watch.
- 1 Stranger Watch
- 1 Pair of Cufflinks
- 1 USB Card with uploaded:
- Certificate of Authenticity
- Catalog and Warranty
- 1 Hand written note
- 1 Eternal Love and Appreciation from the Stranger Team
Stranger Box – the idea was to create an authentic and untouched feel. The wooden box with the burnt in logo on the top is a pleasure to hold in your hands and it can later be used to house some of your jewelry or as an office accessory.
Stranger Cufflinks – simplicity and elegance were the 2 main attributes that we aimed after as we designed the matching cufflinks. The idea was to create something that would complement graciously the watch and not take the attention away.
Stranger USB Card – we tend to consider ourselves as “Green” and did not want to waste any unnecessary paper for printing thick catalogs and certificates which are neither useful nor necessary. As a result, we decided to create this catchy USB card (with pre-uploaded digital Catalog and Certificate of Authenticity with Owners name on it). These are 1GB and have plenty of space in them to be later used as a portable hard drive.
Oldenburg and Andalusian (stainless steel models) are equipped with Black Genuine Leather Strap, standard buckle (logo is featured on the inside of the strap & top of buckle)
Akhal Teke and Mangalarga (rosegold models) are equipped with Brown Genuine Leather Strap, standard buckle (logo is featured on the inside of the strap & top of buckle)
One would only wonder "What's with the name, Stranger!?" Very good question, and, not to be strangers, here is a brief story behind it. This is a story of how passion for watches can break the barriers of culture, age and status. It goes back to 2003, when Jahn started his corporate career at one of the biggest banks in South Florida - ABN AMRO, where Steven was one of the executives at the time. Status gap does not get any wider, and very seldom that the two extreme ends can connect unless there is an unprecedented factor that brings them together. As you may have guessed, such factor was their passion for watches. Every time the 2 crossed paths, Steve would always greet Jahn with "Hey Stranger!" Fast forward 5 years, the 2 met again when Steve became one of the investors into the software company (Moomkin) in which Jahn was one of the founders, and yet still he would greet him with the ever-famous "Hey Stranger!" The two made a joke back then that if they were to ever start another company together, they would call it Stranger. That came true when they decided to make their hobby and passion for watches into a real company.
Stranger Team has been involved with manufacturing complete collections or specific components for many watch brands. The Company provides complete solutions to corporate clients & smaller brands to create their unique, custom watch collections to expand product portfolio. The Company is led by:
Steven Demarest is a seasoned banking executive with ultimate passion for fine watches. As an avid watch collector, he has backed many projects and very excited about being able to fulfill his lifelong dream of creating his own unique watch Collection. Steven's grail watch is a Rolex Ref 6062.
Jahn Karsybaev is a serial entrepreneur in software development & watch manufacturing. Moomkin.com, Amir watches and Sana.moda are amongst a few of the most successful companies that he has started. Jahn's grail watch is AP Royal Oak A Series.
Michael Litvak is the newest addition to the Stranger team, having joined 2 years ago in charge of Operations. As a professional photographer, he constantly raises the creativity level of the entire company. Michael's grail watch is IWC Portuguese IW3714-82.
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All watches purchased from the Stranger Company come with a 24 month manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty covers material production defects concerning the watch, strap and movement. It does not cover damage caused through misuse or physical force. Your warranty will be valid from the date of purchase and need to be registered in our database. Thank you very much for taking time to read about us and our work. If you decide to support us, we are offering substantial discount on our timepieces and an opportunity to be one of the very few to own our watches!
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