About this project
For years, my brother and I combed the globe to bring the world’s most interesting watches to our customers at Watchismo.com. Our work identified a glaring gap in the watch market – the need for a very cool & affordable mechanical watch – at a time when we were eager to act on our longstanding dream to create something truly unique. Together with our team, we designed the first collection of XERIC timepieces.
- The Fully-exposed, mechanical movement that is the display: Enjoy viewing the machine on BOTH sides of the watch and reading the time via the movement itself.
- Unique double-sided minute hand lives nearby, alongside a second timezone display and a power reserve meter that lets you know it’s time to keep moving.
- Five colorways in a timeless-yet-modern design to suit any style and proudly pass along to the next generation.
- A limited edition of 100 individually numbered watches per style for the early backers of our Kickstarter campaign.
- Automatically recharges itself with the motion of your daily life: No batteries needed. Ever.
How did we finally make Mechanical an affordable reality? We are a slim company, and don’t have a lot of red tape and added costs. Yet we do have a great deal of experience with watches that informed the design of a piece that would look as exceptional today as it will in a hundred years. Finally, we found a way to produce our creation at an artisanal scale… and we hope to keep it that way because our customers care to have the most unusual watch in the room.
We value Kickstarter as a way to reach those who share our dream of making Mechanical affordable now to the visionary and stylish people who care about them.
Know anyone who plans to leave their smart watch 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 XERISCOPE watches a timeless reality.
A very rare mechanical function, the hour hand on the XERISCOPE Automatic is also the watch movement - fully exposed from the dial of the watch.
A beating mechanical heart, the mainspring of the watch pumps life into this complex time machine.
Seeing the action of the living machine on your wrist gives a thrill no electronic gadget can.
Another rarity in timekeeping, the XERISCOPE's double-sided minute hand with two-tier arc of digits. Our watch deconstructs typical watch functionality, yet is an easy read. The Limited Edition collection has a double needle design (shown above), the Open Edition Series collection has a double halo minute hand (shown below).
The "Halo Hand" - designed exclusively for the Open Series has two hands in one. The longer end circles and points to the corresponding upper-minutes -- the shorter of the two does the same with the inner arc of minute markers.
Wearing and winding this timepiece generates energy seen in this power reserve meter. Much like the gas tank of your car.
Far from home? No problem, the second time zone can be set to any other location on the planet.
The rotor (oscillating mass) that generates the power supply to the movement, seen from the porthole caseback viewing crystal.
Each LE XERISCOPE is numbered with a limited edition of 100 pieces for our early backers on Kickstarter. 1 of 100, 2 of 100, etc. A great opportunity to own one of the very rare first edition XERIC watches.
Our first sketches of various time-telling elements and technical functions of the XERISCOPE.
We analyzed every detail when developing the design in preparation for prototyping.
Wireframes of the dial layout and logo placements on dial, crown, caseback and strap.
Technical drawing of the case and crown (above) and other key components of the watch (below).
We are working with an amazing manufacturer with over 30 years of experience in the watch industry. We provide them with every single detail of our watch (as seen in the many tech and spec call-outs above and below).
Absolutely everything is considered and obsessed over, we left nothing to the imagination.
Leather quality and colors were selected to perfectly complement each XERISCOPE style.
A limited edition allows for superb attention to detail and great care when building the full XERISCOPE collection.
Hands on with the very first XERISCOPE prototypes, now production ready after a few rounds of fine tuning and rigorous testing.
Our ambitious packaging designs: to be made with high gloss Macassar Ebony with an interior of form-fitting dense EVA foam.
The prototype of our watch box is better than expected!
A design perfected with focus on style and legibility. The XERISCOPE is classic, yet very modern.
There's nothing quite like a mechanical watch. The many parts of a machine all working in unison completely viewable from the front is a rare sight these days...
Finally, a complicated mechanical watch that's also affordable!
If people don't stop you in the street to get a closer look at the XERISCOPE, we're not doing our job!
After years of specializing in only the most unique timepieces from around the world, creating XERIC WATCHES was the natural progression for WATCHISMO.COM founders Mitch & Andrew to explore their creative passions.
Watchismo.com 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 collection to a broad cross-section of watch enthusiasts who dream of an affordable Mechanical. 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 four years ago, Mitch began doodling rough concepts for very unusual watch designs and discussing 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 began connecting with watchmakers in Switzerland while attending the annual Baselworld watch expo. Mitch moved home to Brooklyn, NY, and then to the San Francisco Bay area, so that the brothers at last could work side by side.
2011-2012: With feedback from their discussions with manufacturers, Mitch and Andy refined their designs. Their field research continued to highlight the enthusiasm for mechanical watches among a stylish, tech-appreciative crowd that was priced out of the typical high-end Mechanicals. 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 the XERISCOPE design and navigate the production process, knowing he’s succeeded with similar projects for other watchmakers. The team knew they had the right movement for the XERSISCOPE 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 five 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 30 years in the watch industry, with whom they created and tweaked several waves of prototypes before finalizing the fully-viable XERISCOPE prototype. Upon full funding, production will immediately begin for 100 first-edition pieces in each of the five colorways.
All they needed to bring the XERSISCOPE to life was involvement from fellow enthusiasts for timeless thinking, in order to attract those with the same appetite for an affordable Mechanical. 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.
XERIC Watches embody the art of timekeeping by fusing mechanical function with timeless form in a singular machine. Designed in California, XERIC watches are produced on an artisanal scale, making high-end mechanical features accessible to a broad cross-section of horological enthusiasts.
BRINGING THE XERISCOPE 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; however, the XERISCOPE 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 a manufacturer with 30+ years of watch-specific manufacturing experience and a brand presence by an established authority in vintage and contemporary milestones in the world of watchmaking.
All next steps in production depend on expressed interest by consumers in the presence of 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 XERISCOPE watch takes its place in individually numbered series featuring a surgical grade stainless steel case; a fully-exposed, orbiting 12-hour mechanical movement with dual timezone display; retrograde power reserve meter; 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 2013 into early 2014 for design, manufacturing, prototyping, campaigning, production and fulfillment of the Limited Edition collection. The Open Series collection is estimated to start delivering as early as May 2014.
Mitch Greenblatt’s career path as a visual artist spans the film, television, music and advertising industries. After receiving his first watch (ever!) in 1998, Mitch began collecting and selling unusual vintage watches via Watchismo.com, with special attention to mid-century modern design. Just a few years later, he established himself as an influential watch blogger and authority on the subject of modern horology, and to this day maintains friendships spanning the horological universe. Mitch brings his deep knowledge of historical watches and innate sense of style to XERIC Watches, where he guides overall creative direction.
Andrew Greenblatt is a born entrepreneur, with a lifelong track record of success growing seedling businesses to bountiful fruition. His experience launching a profitable personal computing company at the dawn of the PC industry is a testament to his instinct for finding a viable niche and for taking the right risks at the right time. In 2008, Andrew merged retail forces with his brother Mitch to focus on truly special contemporary watches, following his heart to drive insanely deep beyond avocation into a full-fledged vocation. Andrew is in touch with the customer base and keeps a creative and critical eye on retail market objectives for XERIC. A passionate watch collector himself, Andrew knows how to translate an abstract concept to a concrete reality.
Daniel Hunsaker joined the XERIC team earlier this year to help make the XERISCOPE dream a reality. Danny is a watch world “insider” whose career has focused squarely on designing watches and managing product development from concept-to-market. Far from “square” though, Danny applies his sharp eye for detail and boundless creativity to create unique XERISCOPE designs and usher them through the production process. Danny brings an acute awareness of design implications for other aspects of the development trajectory.
Specifications and Functionality:
Here are the deals...
Our first 25 backers of each colorway get a $200-$250 savings from the expected retail prices! The final 74 of each get $150-$200 off. Don't miss out on this limited opportunity...
The entire Limited Edition Collection (LE Series)
The entire Open Edition Collection (OE Series)
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Risks and challenges
We have spent the past year advancing our working prototypes to production quality. Prior to our Kickstarter campaign, they have been rigorously tested and we're confident that we'll meet or beat our projected delivery dates.
Our manufacturers stand ready to activate production as soon as we meet our Kickstarter funding goal.
We have built in extra time for the manufacturing process and are confident we will ship by the projected dates. We will always keep you informed if (in the rare chance) things take longer than planned.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
YES! If you add an additional $399 to any pledge of $349 or higher, you'll get the option of any additional Open Series during the survey at the end of the campaign.
The case is 45mm wide (not including crown) x 13mm thick.
During our prototype testing, we found the K1 crystals to be the most durable for the long run and have procured them for the early bird /backer numbered collection. The slightly domed shape in this material is more shatter-resistant than sapphire and more scratch-resistant to traditional mineral crystal -- this is why we selected it.
The XERISCOPE Open Series will come with a FLAT Sapphire crystal. We will extend the crystal warranty for the numbered collection of domed K1 crystal to three years and should you need it, we will ship you a flat sapphire crystal.
Power Reserve Meter: A function of the watch which is designed to show the amount of remaining stored energy powering the watch. At 100%, it can power the watch for 50 hours without being worn.
Dual Time Zone Dial: Another watch function which can display either the current hour or an optional second time zone.
Double Arc Minute Display: Minutes deconstructed! Minutes are read via the two-tier arc of digits & double-sided minute hand.
Due to the popularity of a small group of numbers, we feel it's fair to distribute the limited editions at random. We will do our best to distribute the lower numbers to our early bird limited edition backers.
Yes, it has a 5ATM water resistance rating.
It is a 24 jewel ST1201 skeleton automatic mechanical movement with orbiting mainspring/12 hour indicator. (Chinese made).
Timing: On the prototypes we've tested, we've seen an average of +/-10 to 15 seconds a day.
We’ve got you covered! XERIC offers a one year limited warranty. If you have any warranty issues with your watch during the first year of ownership, we’ll repair or replace it at our discretion. This warranty does not cover normal wear and tear or incidental damage.
We are still selecting from a few service providers but will update with more information as soon as it is available.
This service provider will also be available for after-warranty servicing and repairs (if needed).
It is 102 grams / 3.6 ounces
The watches have IP (ion plating)
Plating thickness (waiting on specs from factory)
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