About this project
The HALOGRAPH Automatic lives on mechanical energy. It's not an electronic gadget: it's a mechanical heirloom.
Don't we find ourselves instinctively drawn to the kinetic nature of a mechanical watch? Its gears transfer force upon one another, interacting with the natural conditions of our universe, just like our muscles and bones. It ticks with a beating heart, just like us.
Meet the HALOGRAPH! Following our launch of the XERISCOPE in 2013 -- the most funded mechanical watch in Kickstarter history -- XERIC Watches is back with a fresh take on timekeeping. The new limited edition Halograph Automatic features Halo Hands that display the time in an entirely new way, yet it is super-easy to read. It doesn't require batteries or updates to do its work while summoning compliments and sparking conversation everywhere you go. All it needs is YOU.
For our Early Bird backers, each Limited Edition HALOGRAPH Automatic will be individually engraved with "THE FIRST 100" and its unique edition number (e.g., '17 of 100,' '88 of 100,' etc.). The next backers will also own a Limited Edition HALOGRAPH Automatic, engraved with its specific numbering. This is a singular opportunity to acquire one of the rare first edition XERIC HALOGRAPH Automatic watches. Carpe Diem!
Why choose a mechanical watch over a smartwatch today?
A smartwatch starts to die as soon as its circuitry is activated, and its functional obsolescence starts as soon as it's off the assembly line. A mechanical watch will never be obsolete. It will always connect you in a meaningful way with this moment in time. With the HALOGRAPH Automatic, we think we've designed a v1.0 that 'nailed it' the first time, and will be as exceptional in form and function in hundreds of years as it is now.
The HALOGRAPH Automatic is powered by your daily life, storing up to 36 hours of energy from a simple flick of your wrist. A beating mechanical heart pumps life through this complex machine. You can view the rotor generating the power supply for its mechanical movement through a crystal porthole on the back of the case.
Love the HALOGRAPH Automatic but prefer chronographs? Kickstarter supporters can own a premium Japanese Miyota-powered HALOGRAPH CHRONO QUARTZ. Same eye-popping design for this quartz iteration of the HALOGRAPH.
The HALOGRAPH Automatic caseback features custom-colored, movement-viewing window crystals (below).
The Halo Hands of the HALOGRAPH encircle the minutes and hours for a glimpse of the time that is at once legible and unique. The domed crystal, echoing elliptical forms throughout the design, expresses our appreciation for the infinite. With four colorways and the opportunity for Early Birds to own an individually-numbered HALOGRAPH Automatic from the Kickstarter limited edition set, we believe the adventurous spirit of Kickstarter visionaries will be rewarded by helping us bring this perfected prototype to life.
XERIC watches are designed in California and produced on an artisanal scale, making high-end mechanical features accessible to a broad cross-section of horological enthusiasts. How did we finally make mechanical-automatic watches an affordable reality? We are a slim company, and don’t have a lot of red tape or added costs. Yet WATCHISMO does have a great deal of experience with watches, so we've seen it all, and can help you be the one with the most unusual watch in the room.
MEET THE XERISCOPE
"I’m a complex individual with ideals deeply rooted in tradition - yet I’ll surprise you with some unexpected talents that come from deep within. I appreciate today's fashion but I’m truly an aficionado of classic aesthetics. I've heard people say I blend into many worlds, but I think it takes a special person to appreciate my unique sensibilities. I don't mind being stopped in the street by strangers who want to find out what’s really going on underneath this classic exterior."
Our video from the first campaign for the Original XERISCOPE Orbiting Automatic Mechanical Watch (below):
MEET THE XERISCOPE² SQUARED
"I'm bold, modern & industrial. To those who aren't close to me, it might seem like I'm all primary shapes and straight lines. Yet I've always had an affinity for all things mechanical. Once you get to know me, you can see my true colors and what really makes me tick. My energy level increases with the simple things in life like a good cup of coffee, an afternoon jog, or high fives with friends. I may come across as a tough guy but I'm really just wearing my heart on your sleeve."
So why are we here?
We value Kickstarter as a way to reach those unique individuals who share our dream of making highly unusual mechanical watches affordable. We know they're not for everyone but we feel a kinship with Kickstarter culture and the visionary people who support alternative concepts like our mechanical timepieces.
Know anyone who plans to leave their smartwatch to their kids? Neither do we. Let’s not plan for obsolescence. Let’s be a part of something that was perfect to begin with, and only gets better with time. Join us by making HALOGRAPH watches a timeless reality.
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Like the chambers of a beating mechanical heart, the twin balance wheels pump life into this complex time machine. Seeing the action of a living machine on your wrist gives a thrill no electronic gadget can.
The HALOGRAPH is super easy to read, as the Halo Hands float over the four, dimensional, hemicycle time display arcs, they encircling the numbers for the time. The inner arcs display the hours, the outer arcs displays the minutes.
The simple act of wearing your HALOGRAPH Automatic spins the rotor, storing enough energy for up to 36 hours from a flick of the wrist. The rotor (oscillating mass) generating the power supply to the movement is seen through the caseback porthole viewing crystal.
We created the HALOGRAPH to be more elliptical than other mechanical watches, with a domed crystal and rounded forms throughout the design. This reflects our obsession with the infinite nature of time.
HALOGRAPH Automatic Specifications:
HALOGRAPH Chrono Specifications:
XERISCOPE² Squared Automatic Specifications:
GENESIS OF THE HALOGRAPH
Here's a glimpse of the first renderings of the various time-telling elements and technical functions of the HALOGRAPH Automatic. We sweated every detail when developing the design in preparation for prototyping.
We are working with an exceptional manufacturer with decades of experience in the watch industry. They're excited to start producing the HALOGRAPH, with every excruciating detail to our exacting standards.
Each XERIC timepiece will be hand assembled. A limited edition allows for superb attention to detail and great care when building the full HALOGRAPH collection.
WATCHISMO is carefully curated watch collection by brothers Mitch & Andrew Greenblatt, modern horological enthusiasts with a passion for unique timepieces. Purveyors of wrist-borne time machines since 1999, WATCHISMO is a singular source for unusual modern watches from around the world.
Mitch and Andrew founded XERIC Watches to bring complex, mechanical timepieces like the XERISCOPE & HALOGRAPH collection to a broad cross-section of watch enthusiasts who dream of an affordable mechanical watch. Together, the brothers have carefully curated the exceptional collection at WATCHISMO, which since 1999 has been a singular source for unique modern watches from around the world. XERIC Watches represents a natural progression of the business: from Curators to Creators of designs that reflect their experience, knowledge and passion for the truly unusual.
THE GENESIS OF XERIC
2009: While living in Switzerland, Mitch began doodling rough concepts for very unusual watch designs and devising an action plan with Andrew. The brothers agreed that the watch market was riddled with extravagant watches but held a gaping hole that they could attempt to fill, if only there were a way to make an excellent mechanical watch for an accessible price.
2010: They connected with watchmakers in Switzerland to identify potential production partners while attending the annual Baselworld watch expo. Mitch moved home to Brooklyn, New York, and then to the San Francisco Bay area, so that the brothers at last could work side by side.
2011-2012: While continuing to conduct field research, Mitch and Andy refined their designs. Their findings continued to highlight the enthusiasm for mechanical watches among a stylish, tech-appreciative crowd that was priced out of the typical high-end mechanical watches. All they needed to complete the XERIC team was a visionary, in-house watch designer with extensive experience in every aspect of the production gauntlet.
2013: The brothers hired Danny to help finalize designs for the first collection from XERIC and navigate the production process, knowing he’s succeeded with similar projects for other watchmakers. The team knew they had the right movement for their first watch, the XERISCOPE, and a design that would celebrate every detail of mechanical timekeeping: the watch case would need to be open on both sides and the hour hand would be a direct extension of the mechanism. Andrew, Mitch and Danny developed distinct colorways, packaging elements and a fulfillment timeline, applying their years of experience as watch authorities, designers, distributors and retailers.
The team identified a manufacturing partner with decades of experience in the watch industry, with whom they created and tweaked several waves of prototypes before finalizing the fully-viable XERISCOPE Automatic watches.
All they needed to bring the XERISCOPE to life was involvement from fellow enthusiasts for timeless thinking, in order to attract those with the same appetite for an affordable mechanical watch. The team then cultivated a plan to connect with relevant audiences via Kickstarter, where original thinking is directly rewarded by those who share a dream.
Their first Kickstarter campaign ending in December 2013 was a huge success with well over 1000 backers of the XERISCOPE, quickly becoming and still to this day, the most funded mechanical watch in Kickstarter's history!
2014: BRINGING THE HALOGRAPH TO LIFE
For a company that has had worldwide retail fulfillment experience since 1999, meeting customer needs for a new product was no mind-blowing task for WATCHISMO; however, the XERIC product line represents a new realm for an established business already catering to the desires of a global customer base.
Both internal and external factors are balanced by having built a brand presence as an established authority in vintage and contemporary milestones in the world of watchmaking, and by securing a manufacturer with years of watch-specific manufacturing experience.
All next steps in production depend on commitment by customers who've sought an affordable mechanical timepiece. The same manufacturers who meticulously developed the prototype through the finalization process stand ready to produce this series within two months, given notice to activate production procedures once funding goals are met.
Each limited edition HALOGRAPH Automatic watch takes its unique place in individually-numbered series featuring a surgical grade stainless steel case; a skeletonized window peering into the dual balance wheels, quadruple Halo Hands floating over the four Hemi-Cycle arcs encircling the time of day; and case-back window for observing the oscillating rotor. No batteries required -- ever -- as XERIC watches generate power by the daily action of your wrist.
Our timeline for design, manufacturing, prototyping, campaigning, production and fulfillment of the collection.
Risks and challenges
Prior to this Kickstarter campaign, our working prototypes have been rigorously tested. In fact, we have spent the past year advancing our working prototypes to production quality.
We are confident that we will meet or beat our projected delivery dates. We have built in extra time for any potential delays in the manufacturing process and expect to ship by the projected dates. Our backers will be in the loop as we communicate updates at every stage of the process.
Our manufacturers stand ready to activate production as soon as we meet our Kickstarter funding goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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