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.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
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.
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.
Wearing an Explorer. The Hyperion is a mid-sized watch but wears small for its size. See measurements below in millimetres.
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
Hands. The Hyperion uses sword hands for the hour and minutes and uses a spear-shaped hand for the seconds.
Retracted lugs. Unusual? Yes indeed! The short lug to lug length makes it very compact and unobtrusive, very comfortable to wear.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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:
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!