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About

After the conclusion of our previous Kickstarter campaign, we gained the experience, resources and balls to go back to the drawing board and conceive something that was truly special.

Real words from our backers
Real words from our backers

Reviews of the Avantiam

 

 

Exclusivity - In order for a timepiece to achieve gloriousness, it needs to be exclusive.  We are producing a maximum of 500 Valachio Avantiam's for this production run. This means your Avantiam will very well be 1 of the 250-500 Avantiam's ever produced for the rest of human history.  

Super duper good customer service - Don't be surprised to receive a reply to your inquiry within minutes.  We are here to make your purchasing experience as comfortable as your bed when your alarm clock rings in the morning.  We are like the opposite of Comcast.

Quality - *Serious face on* - We care about our brand image and the quality that it represents.  Any product from us is a quality product, guaranteed™.

The idea behind Valachio Avantiam was to create a versatile watch that blends together classic and modern design elements, along with the best materials money can buy for an automatic watch under $500 USD.  To discover in detail what went into the design process, read on!

A great starter automatic watch

Never owned an automatic watch before? Valachio Avantiam would be a great choice for a first. With a robust open-heart Japanese automatic movement and exhibition caseback, you get the full automatic experience at a candid price.

 

The Name

The name of this collection, Avantiam, comes from French term avant-garde, which stands for people or works that are experimental or innovative.

Pumilio
Pumilio

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The Dial

Our dial is heavily inspired by a vintage German design that was first conceptualized in the early 20th century.  We 'modernized' this Bauhaus masterpiece by adding colored circles between the hour markers and alternating the hour and minute tracks.

Okopipi
Okopipi

The dial is sandblasted, giving it a very unique matte effect.

An open heart cut on the dial allows you to peek into the engineering marvel sitting on your wrist.  Feel the life of the watch as the rotor spin with the movement of your wrist.

Circular symmetry greatly influenced our design process.  We used open-circle hour/minute/second hands.  The colored circle on the dial has the same opening size as the circle at the end of the second hand.

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The Case

We produced a completely new mold for Valachio Avantiam.  The case is 9.5mm thick.  We chose a screw-down caseback over pressure-fit caseback for easy access to the movement in case maintenance is needed.

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The Lugs

We chose rounded wire lugs to augment the avant-grade, modernistic feel of the design.  They have an elegant curve to them and hold the strap nicely on your wrist.

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The Crown

The crown is positioned 13.84 degrees from the 3 o'clock position.  Our simplistic logo, 'V', is stamped onto the crown.  The crown has knurling to give it a more refined look and also to help with hand-winding.

Stamped crown with knurling
Stamped crown with knurling

To sum it all up - this is a versatile, modernized Bauhaus-styled watch that is so much more than just a timekeeper.

 

 

The Size

Valachio Avantiam is designed to be a truly versatile watch, for both casual and formal occasions. 40mm is the go-to size for most micro watch brands as it is a safe crowd-pleaser size, but 40mm is considered to be simply far too big to be used as a dress watch by many people. Anything below 36mm is often considered far too small by modern fashion standards. This is why we designed a case that is 37.5mm in diameter, which is the perfect middle-ground.

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Straps for both Formal and Casual

The strap has a big part to play in whether the watch is used for casual or formal occasions. This is why we are offering a choice between a crocodile-patterned calfskin strap and a unique suede strap with your Valachio Avantiam. Suede is a more casual material while the crocodile-patterned calfskin strap is of course, for more formal occasions.

 

Handmade straps
Handmade straps

Our suede straps were produced exclusively for the Avantiam collection.  White stitching is used to enhance the casual feel of the straps.  It took us a good bit of time searching for the perfect suede material but in the end, our efforts sure paid off!  We are super happy with our custom-made suede straps.

The 8 straps we offered with the Pantiam collection are fully compatible with Valachio Avantiam.

Pumilio with our brown calfskin strap
Pumilio with our brown calfskin strap

 

Okopipi with our silver mesh strap
Okopipi with our silver mesh strap

Click here to see more watch/strap combinations!

Miyota 90S5 Automatic

Valachio Avantiam is powered by the rugged Miyota 90S5 automatic movement, which is a skeletonized version of the Mioyta 9015.  It is a relatively new movement produced by Citizen to compete against ETA's workhorse, the 2824-2.  Ever since the movement was introduced back in 2009, it has been critically acclaimed for its impressive performance and reliability.  This movement itself cost over $70 USD.

Miyota 90S5
Miyota 90S5

 

Miyota 9015 Technical Drawing by Citizen
Miyota 9015 Technical Drawing by Citizen

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Double-domed Sapphire Crystal

Sapphire is an obvious choice of material for a watch at this price range.  To maximize the performance of the front glass, we used a double-domed crystal with anti-reflective coating.  Curved glass is significantly less prone to shatter than flat glass because the arches on both sides help dissipate forces of impact.  The arches also reduces optical distortion on the dial, allowing for maximum clarity on the watch face.  This is a costly material but we believe a watch at this price range deserves a material such as this.

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Super Lightweight

By using two pieces of sapphire crystal and a skeletonized movement, we have crafted an extremely lightweight automatic watch.  Your Valachio Avantiam only weights approximately 46 grams.  It's so lightweight that you will forget it's there until someone says to you "Wow that is one sexy ass watch you are wearing!"

 

You, the backer, are the people who brings these ideas to life, and we understand the importance of keeping you happy. When you support us, you are guaranteed a weekly update every Friday.  We respond to all inquiries extremely fast, especially if it is an emergency.  Don't be surprised if you receive a reply from us in less than an hour!

Don't believe us? Just ask any of the 152 backers that supported us in the previous campaign!

 

Pumilio | Saddle Brown Suede

Rose-gold plated case, matte white dial and red second hand with a saddle brown suede strap.  This is another versatile combination that goes well with your casual and semi-formal wardrobe.

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Pumilio | Light Brown Calfskin

Rose-gold plated case, matte white dial and red second hand with a light brown crocodile-patterned leather strap. This model complements a light grey or navy suit.  

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Okopipi | Slate Grey Suede

Polished case, matte black dial and blue second hand with a slate grey suede strap. This versatile combination goes well with a white t-shirt or a button-down shirt.  

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Okopipi | Black Calfskin

Polished case, matte black dial and blue second hand with a black crocodile-patterned leather strap. This model goes perfectly with a black suit.  

Click here to see more watch/strap combinations!  

Features:

  • Citizen's Miyota 90S5 mechanical movement | Open heart. Automatic and hand winding. 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 per second). Hacking seconds.
  • Double-domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • Sapphire crystal exhibition caseback
  • Screwed-down caseback
  • Handcrafted suede strap + crocodile-patterned calfskin strap
  • Quick release pins
  • Butterfly deployment clasp (can be changed to regular tang buckle)
  • Full 316L stainless steel construction
  • 5 ATM water resistant
  • 46 grams (without strap)

Dimensions:

  • Case diameter: 37.5mm
  • Lug-to-lug length: 43.5mm
  • Case width (with domed crystal): 10.5mm
  • Lug width: 20mm

 

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Special thanks to my friend Sheng Chen who took all the footage and photos.

Risks and challenges

With the success of the previous campaign, we have gained a tremendous amount of experience working with watch manufacturers.

We are working with an experienced manufacturer who has been crafting watches for more than 15 years. They have produced watches for famous brands like Nixon, Orient and Invicta.

Our previous Kickstarter campaign concluded with not a single unhappy customer, and we are confident we can replicate that crowdfunding experience for our backers in this Kickstarter campaign.

We try our best to eliminate possible duties/VAT's for our customers, but we cannot offer any guarantees.

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    One strap of your choice

    Retail price of $60 CAD

    Choose 1 of the 4 straps we are offering with the Avantiam collection:
    - Black Calfskin
    - Light Brown Calfskin
    - Slate Grey Suede
    - Saddle Brown Suede

    All straps are handmade, with quick release pins and butterfly deployment clasp.

    You can choose between a deployment clasp or just a regular tang buckle.

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    Model: Okopipi (Early Bird)

    Retail price of $530 CAD

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    Retail price of $1070

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    - Okopipi | Black Calfskin
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    - Pumilio | Light Brown Calfskin
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    - Okopipi | Slate Grey Suede
    - Pumilio | Light Brown Calfskin
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