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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
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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.
Tsao Baltimore LLC is a watch designer and producer of premium timepieces located in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. Our primary goal is to provide extraordinary watches at affordable prices.
The Tsao Baltimore is the result of over a year of design, iteration and prototyping. Every piece and design feature has been carefully selected to ensure that it meets the highest quality standards and specifications.
In a world of identical minimalistic watch clones, we set out to redefine what an affordable, luxury watch could be. Custom design, high quality parts and genuine affordability, the Tsao Baltimore is our vision of a modern and sophisticated watch.
The Tsao Baltimore is proudly designed and established in Baltimore, Maryland. With your support, we will be closer to our ultimate goal - To not only continue designing watches, but to also assemble them directly here, in Baltimore City.
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The Tsao Baltimore is a fully customized design. Unlike many of the affordable watches that you've see on Kickstarter or in stores, we don't use a generic off-the-shelf case - every part has been designed and built to our exacting standards and specifications.
Stainless-Steel Watch Case
Used by the world’s best watch manufacturers, our cases are made from surgical-grade polished stainless-steel that is resistant to both pitting and corrosion.
Double Domed Sapphire Crystal
The Tsao Baltimore features a double domed sapphire crystal -A very durable and highly scratch resistant glass. It's coated inside and out with a triple anti-reflective coating process for maximum readability in any light. The full height of the watch, including the crystal, is 14mm.
Water Resistant - 10 ATM (100M / 330 FT)
For added protection, each Tsao Baltimore is water resistant to 10ATM or approximately 330 ft. Great for rainy days, showers, and light swimming. Not recommended for diving.
2 Style Options
We are offering two watch styles, the Founders Edition and the Limited Edition. Both watches include a premium Miyota 9015 automatic movement.
The Founders Edition includes our beautiful winged logo directly engraved on the movement. The case back will be individually marked and numbered with “Founders Edition No. 000”
The Limited Edition watch style includes the iconic Maryland Flag. Only available in 410 watches (Baltimore Area Code). Each watch is individually marked and numbered with “Limited Edition 000 / 410”. As a proud Marylander and Baltimore resident, we wanted to create a special piece, something that was subtle yet unique. A feature that gives tribute and pride to where we started.
Important Features of the Miyota 9015 Automatic / Manual Winding
The Tsao Baltimore is powered by one of the most reliable movements available today – the Miyota 9015. The 9015 includes a date window and beats at 28,800 VPH (Vibrations Per Hour), resulting in a very smooth sweep of the second hand. It is also shock resistant and includes a hacking function, making it one of the best values on the market. Best of all - no battery needed.
The 9015 has a 42-hour power reserve and is powered by the motion of your wrist simply performing daily activities. It can also be manually wound by the crown. Just rotate the crown and turn roughly 20 times for a full charge.
Vibrations Per Hour (VPH)
The standard for premium modern watches is 21,600 vibrations per hour. Our Miyota 9015 beats at a high level of 28,800, making it a far superior movement. Beating at a higher rate means more precision and greater likelihood to keep accurate time. Higher rates, beyond this level, can effectively maintain greater accuracy but can also lead to more issues and maintenance problems.
Every luxury watch deserves a premium watch strap. That is why we are leaving the straps to the experts. We are collaborating with an incredible leather and Nylon NATO strap company called Clockwork Synergy. Based in Ellicott City, Maryland, Clockwork Synergy has been a leading provider of premium, high-quality watch straps and bands for over 10 years, ensuring customers receive sophisticated, durable, yet simple products that can be paired with any outfit, all while protecting your timepiece.
Each watch will come with a high-quality leather watch strap crafted from premium Calf leather. Sized at 20mm wide and 6mm thick, each strap comes with extra padding, making it sturdy, yet soft with sweat resistant lining to feel smooth against your wrist. Straps are available in three color options: saddle aged, brown aged, and black aged leather.
Interested in purchasing an additional leather strap?
Thanks to our friends at Clockwork Synergy we are able to give you all 42% off their normal retail price. Just add $20 to your pledge for each additional leather strap. (Normally $34.95)
Quick Release Pins
The Tsao Baltimore is a very versatile watch that can be paired with either a nice suit or T-shirt and shorts. That’s why we have included quick release pins in every strap we offer. You can quickly and easily switch out straps in a matter of seconds.
Included with every watch is a high-quality watch winder that stores and charges your timepiece when you're not wearing it. Just place your watch in the winder and literally watch your beautiful timepiece rotate. This rotation keeps the watch movement charged and ready when you are. Tsao Baltimore is the first and only premium watch company, especially at this price point, that offers a winder with every watch, no matter how many you buy.
Every Tsao Baltimore comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and a 2 - year limited international warranty against manufacturing or movement defects.
As a $10 add-on, we will be offering a premium 2-piece RAF NATO watch strap, available in 15 different colors. Brought to you by our friends at Clockwork Synergy, each NATO strap is designed with double-layered nylon, premium stitching and heat-sealed ends to create a comfortable, secure feel on your wrist. Plus, quick release pins allow you to change straps in seconds which means no special strap tools needed. Buy one, buy 2, buy them all! Just add $10 (USD) for each additional NATO strap.
Risks and challenges
With all projects there are risks. We're no different. We've tried to take every step there is to minimize the potential risks for our backers and future customers. We've chosen to work with an incredible, competent, ambitious and reliable watch manufacturer who has been in the business for a long time. We oversee all details ourselves, ensuring that the watches are guaranteed to be up to our, and your, standards.
If and when any issues arise, we'll communicate them here on Kickstarter and via email. When you back us you'll never feel out of the loop.