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The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, February 28 2017 10:01 PM UTC +00:00
AU$ 32,785
pledged of AU$ 35,000pledged of AU$ 35,000 goal
77
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, February 28 2017 10:01 PM UTC +00:00

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

Verde is now a pledge tier. See details here.

It's on!
It's on!

Stretch goals unlocked

  • 42k - Quick release straps
  • 45k - ??
  • 50k - ??

Introducing Hyperion, the Ardent Explorer

It's an explorer's watch. But that's just a loose term associated with many historic watches. For our version, we based it on the B-type pilot watch, over-emphasized the markers and reinforced the case to 20ATM.

The Hyperion Explorer Piezoelectric. The word 'piezoelectric' is a word that is used to describe quartz
The Hyperion Explorer Piezoelectric. The word 'piezoelectric' is a word that is used to describe quartz
The Hyperion Explorer Automatic by Jim of Wristwatch Review. See his review by clicking on this image
The Hyperion Explorer Automatic by Jim of Wristwatch Review. See his review by clicking on this image
The limited edition Hyperion Azure Automatic
The limited edition Hyperion Azure Automatic

Pledging for a Hyperion. You can get one or more of the three variations, two of which uses an automatic movement and one with quartz. 

Straps. All Hyperions come with the standard leather strap, either brown or black.  You can choose which one after the campaign.

Depending on the progress of the campaign, new strap types may become available
Depending on the progress of the campaign, new strap types may become available

Wearing an Explorer. The Hyperion is a mid-sized watch but wears small for its size. See measurements below in millimetres.

The Hyperion uses a fully customized case design
The Hyperion uses a fully customized case design

Pledging. The pledges can be confusing to look at so we made a chart illustrating the different tiers.  

Some pledge tiers have a limit on the number of backers. These are indicated in red numbers. 'x30' means a maximum of 30 backers can pledge for that tier.

Check out the new pledge tiers!
Check out the new pledge tiers!

#make/100. A total of only 100 Hyperion Azure is available in all pledge tiers. No numbering of watches are considered at this point so we can prioritize on quality first.

When will I get my Hyperion? July 2017 is our target month when we begin shipping. So it will be about 4 to 5 months after the campaign succeeds. For single pledges, shipping costs $25 AUD for destinations in Australia and $45 AUD for the rest of the world.

We can settle things like pledge details and address changes beforehand.

Features

The dial. Perhaps the first thing you'll notice is the distinctive face of the watch that resembles a supernova. What we wanted to accomplish was an instantly recognizable watch which we think we were able to accomplish with the Hyperion.

Design involves lots of visualizations and thought
Design involves lots of visualizations and thought

Sunburst. In addition to the intricate design of the dial, the surface has a sunburst finish, giving a play of light whenever you look at it.

The Hyperion Azure best displays the sunburst finish
The Hyperion Azure best displays the sunburst finish

Superluminescence. The Hyperion uses two grades of Superluminova C3.  The higher grade is used on the hands, and the common grade on the dial. Performance-wise, the watch face glows distinctively for several minutes after a full charge from an external light source.

After that, the hands will still be faintly visible in complete darkness even after six hours.

Call it the lamprey or Sarlacc dial
Call it the lamprey or Sarlacc dial

Hands. The Hyperion uses sword hands for the hour and minutes and uses a spear-shaped hand for the seconds.

The hands use polished steel enhanced with Superluminova
The hands use polished steel enhanced with Superluminova

Retracted lugs. Unusual? Yes indeed! The short lug to lug length makes it very compact and unobtrusive, very comfortable to wear.

Modern size but wears like vintage
Modern size but wears like vintage

200m/650ft water resistance. Over-engineered to be tough, you may not go diving that deep but you are assured it can take punishment as if you were.

Crown. The crown of the Hyperion is screw-down and goes well with the high resistance rating and is etched with the seven-pointed star of Tangramatic.

Snag-proof, extra protection underwater
Snag-proof, extra protection underwater

Automatic / Quartz movement.  If you are passionate about traditional craftsmanship, we offer the high-beat Miyota 90 series. But if you prefer worry-free operation instead, we offer no less than a Ronda movement that can make use of a batter�y up to five years.

Miyota 90xx series: One of the best automatic movements to date, price vs features
Miyota 90xx series: One of the best automatic movements to date, price vs features
Ronda cal.713: Uses a battery up to five years. A feature smart watches will never have
Ronda cal.713: Uses a battery up to five years. A feature smart watches will never have
Since the Hyperion uses both quartz and automatic movements, the case needs to adapt to this specification
Since the Hyperion uses both quartz and automatic movements, the case needs to adapt to this specification


Summary of features. Below are all the attributes that make up a Hyperion:

  • Miyota cal.9015 or Ronda 713 
  • 40mm case diameter without crown
  • 12mm case height
  • 20mm lug width
  • 316L stainless steel
  • Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • 20ATM / 200m / 650ft water resistance
  • Superluminova C3/C1
  • Two-layered dial with sunburst finish
  • Screw-down crown, engraved
  • Screw-down caseback, engraved

Under Different Lights - A Picture Gallery

This section is dedicated to wrist shots, some using different straps. Lume shots (where the watch is glowing) are generally overexposed shots of about 1/2 to 5 second shutter speed to capture more of the glow.

Renders of Hyperion Verde

 Wrist shots

Automatic Explorer on extra thick leather strap
Automatic Explorer on extra thick leather strap
Azure on heavy milanese bracelet
Azure on heavy milanese bracelet
Getting ready to go exploring
Getting ready to go exploring
Automatic Explorer on thick leather strap
Automatic Explorer on thick leather strap
See The Time Bum's review of the Hyperion by clicking on this image
See The Time Bum's review of the Hyperion by clicking on this image
Explorer amidst the fireflies
Explorer amidst the fireflies
Azure looking majestic under the bright lights
Azure looking majestic under the bright lights
Go Bond - Explorer on NATO strap
Go Bond - Explorer on NATO strap
Go casual with this watch
Go casual with this watch
All Hyperion types on leather straps
All Hyperion types on leather straps

What is Tangramatic?

Tangramatic is a conceptual watch brand based in Sydney that revolves around the idea of self-transformation. Each of our models is a progression of the model before it, different yet alike. An ever-evolving language of design if you will.

Tangramatic is a brand started by me, Francis, back in 2014 and my trustworthy watchmakers in Shenzhen, China. You and other backers make up the rest of our story.  

Why are we in Kickstarter? There are still plenty of design ideas that we'd like to try and Kickstarter helps us see if it's worth pursuing. We got tons!

We also support other Kickstarter creators whose ideas we like
We also support other Kickstarter creators whose ideas we like

If you'd like to know more about me, check out this article from Microbrand Watch World and this one from Watch Report. And if you haven't checkout the watch reviews, you can find Jim's here and The Time Bum's here.

Risks and challenges

Having done two Kickstarter projects before, I can point out three potential risks involved with running a campaign:
- Delays
- Shipping/fulfillment
- Defects

The first one is common and there's no readily available solution except to pass over it. Delays can be many things like mix-up of pledges, factory issues, and other external factors. The best way to deal with it is to communicate the reason for it and the next steps to take, requiring a vote from the backers if necessary.

The second which is shipping can sometimes be the most daunting one. This is when we make sure we send out the pledge rewards to the correct recipient. The more backers there are, the more this gets complicated especially if the pledge has lots of variations and stretch goal items.

As for quality, there are two layers of quality assurance set up before the pledge reward is sent. One from the factory, and one here in Sydney where I personally inspect each watch for defects and accuracy. Some of these defects are not readily visible and only surfaces after a period of normal use. In such situations, we can solve with it with our return/refund policy.

With these in mind, you are certain that you're supporting an experienced project creator. Happy pledging!

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    If you simply like to show your support or just to participate in the comments and discussion, then this pledge is for you!

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    Black Quartz - Early Bird

    Get a black quartz Hyperion Explorer. Available only three days after launch.

    - Ronda cal.713 (5 year battery usage)
    - 20ATM with screw-down crown
    - Steel / Sapphire

    Includes:
    • Hyperion Explorer - Quartz
    • Leather Strap - Black / Brown
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    Black Quartz - Standard

    Get a black quartz Hyperion Explorer. This is the standard single pledge.

    - Ronda cal.713 (5 year battery usage)
    - 20ATM with screw-down crown
    - Steel / Sapphire

    Includes:
    • Hyperion Explorer - Quartz
    • Leather Strap - Black / Brown
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    Black Automatic - Early Bird

    Get a black Hyperion Explorer with automatic movement.

    - Miyota cal.9015 (automatic with hacking)
    - 20ATM with screw-down crown
    - Steel / Sapphire

    Includes:
    • Hyperion Explorer - Automatic
    • Leather Strap - Black / Brown
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    Blue Automatic - Early Bird #make/100

    Get a blue limited edition Hyperion Azure with automatic movement.

    - Miyota cal.9015 (automatic with hacking)
    - 20ATM with screw-down crown
    - Steel / Sapphire

    Includes:
    • Hyperion Azure - Automatic w/ date
    • Leather Strap - Black / Brown
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    Pledge AU$ 380 or more About $264

    Black Automatic - Standard

    Get a black Hyperion Explorer with automatic movement. This is the standard single pledge.

    - Miyota cal.9015 (automatic with hacking)
    - 20ATM with screw-down crown
    - Steel / Sapphire

    Includes:
    • Hyperion Explorer - Automatic
    • Leather Strap - Black / Brown
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    Pledge AU$ 380 or more About $264

    Blue Automatic - Standard #make/100

    Get a blue limited edition Hyperion Azure with automatic movement. This is the standard single pledge.

    - Miyota cal.9015 (automatic with hacking)
    - 20ATM with screw-down crown
    - Steel / Sapphire

    Includes:
    • Hyperion Azure - Automatic w/ date
    • Leather Strap - Black / Brown
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    Green Automatic - Standard

    Get a green Hyperion Verde with automatic movement. This is the standard single pledge.

    Includes:
    • Hyperion Verde - Automatic w/ date
    • Leather Strap - Black / Brown
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    Pledge AU$ 720 or more About $501

    Blue Auto + Black Auto #make/100

    This is a double reward pledge. Get two automatic Hyperions, the blue limited edition Azure and the standard black Explorer.

    - Miyota cal.9015 (automatic with hacking)
    - 20ATM with screw-down crown
    - Steel / Sapphire

    Includes:
    • Hyperion Azure - Automatic w/ date
    • Hyperion Explorer - Automatic
    • Leather Strap - Black / Brown
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    Green Auto + Black Auto

    This is a double reward pledge. Get two automatic Hyperions, the Verde and the standard black Explorer.

    - Miyota cal.9015 (automatic with hacking)
    - 20ATM with screw-down crown
    - Steel / Sapphire

    Includes:
    • Hyperion Verde - Automatic w/ date
    • Hyperion Explorer - Automatic
    • Leather Strap - Black / Brown
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    Green Auto + Blue Auto

    This is a double reward pledge. Get two automatic Hyperions, Verde and Azure

    - Miyota cal.9015 (automatic with hacking)
    - 20ATM with screw-down crown
    - Steel / Sapphire

    Includes:
    • Hyperion Verde - Automatic w/ date
    • Hyperion Azure - Automatic w/ date
    • Leather Strap - Black / Brown
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Funding period

- (45 days)