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Blackbird LE Automatic: A Pilot Watch like no other.

A new kind of pilot watch enveloping a stylized balance of elegance and form, in dedication to the SR-71 Blackbird Aircraft.

Blackbird LE Automatic: A Pilot Watch like no other.

A new kind of pilot watch enveloping a stylized balance of elegance and form, in dedication to the SR-71 Blackbird Aircraft.

AU$ 48,021
pledged of AU$ 53,400pledged of AU$ 53,400 goal
90
backers
8days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, November 30 2019 1:01 PM UTC +00:00.

About


                The Blackbird LE Automatic Watch by Wrist Lore

Origins

The Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" is a long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was operated by the United States Air Force. It was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960's by Lockheed and it's Skunk Works division. The SR-71 operated at high speeds and altitudes to allow it to outrace threats. If a surface-to-air missile launch were detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and out-fly the missile. A total of 32 aircraft were built, none were lost to enemy action. In order to obtain the vast amounts of titanium needed for the construction of the SR-71, the CIA created fake companies throughout the world to purchase the metal from the biggest supplier, the former Soviet Union. It has held the world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft.

A Pilot Watch like no other

We wanted to be the first to introduce a new kind of pilot watch. A timepiece enveloping a stylized balance of elegance and form, mixed with our lifelong love of aviation. Combining elements of a pilot watch whilst also keeping the best proportional and aesthetic elements in the sense of watch design. Enter the ‘Blackbird’ LE Automatic Watch.

Born in the cockpit of the SR-71 Blackbird.

The hallmark of our Blackbird LE Automatic bears distinguishable trademark features such as a distinct bezel paying homage to the SR-71’s cockpit dials - specifically the inertial vertical speed indicators. 

With exposed black screws, red highlights that signify the center of gravity controls, a canteen lock protection system, chapter ring, and sleek defined lines -- the goal was to simulate the ingenuity of the aircraft itself whilst staying aesthetically pleasing.

For the first time we see all traditional hand-applied finishing techniques: beveling, lapping, polishing, and brushing included. The incredible finish of our Blackbird LE Automatic design is not only a work of art, but a testament to aviation history.

Circular Dial & Geometric Grille.

The SR-71 Blackbird pilots tracked stars through a circular quartz glass window on the upper fuselage, it was for this reason we decided to go for a circular dial and a grille which captures the light and accentuates the timepiece’s geometric status. Our logo enjoys concealed sanctuary atop of the geometric grille overlay just below the 12 o’clock position, so as to not intrude upon the overall philosophy and design of the timepiece. The geometric grille overlay exists to resemble the window panel style inside the SR-71 aircraft where instead of the pilot, the movement proudly sits.

Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal Glass.

The cockpit windows in the SR-71 were made of two inches of toughened glass. Due to their location, they routinely hit 600 degrees (F), regular glass would warp at those temperatures, thus distorting the pilots vision. It was for this reason our timepiece features a Sapphire Crystal Glass Front & Caseback which is not only more durable but also harder than the glass used to protect the SR-71 aircraft. Sapphire is one of the hardest substances on earth. It measures 9 on the Mohs scale - a system for rating the relative hardness of various materials and trumped only by diamond which measures 10, the highest rating. The watches are coined as “scratch resistant” and “shatter proof” because with the exception of diamonds, they’re almost impossible to scratch. They have a marvelous resistance to impact and do not shatter like traditional mineral glass.

Swiss Made Super-LumiNova SL-C1.

At 84,000+ feet in a moonless night sky the cockpit dials of the SR-71 would be illuminated in a celestial glow. We decided to replicate this by using the most ubiquitous name in watch lume  -  Super-LumiNova™. The Swiss Super-LumiNova™ illuminates the hands during darkness and is our equivalent of the SR-71’s Astro-Inertial Navigation System, which could see stars during both day and night. This navigation system was so good that it would limit drift to 1,000 ft (300 m) off the direction of travel at Mach 3.

Super-Luminova™ represents the current state of the art in terms of creating a phosphorescent glow, so it goes without saying that this technology would indeed guarantee pilots keep track of time as they travel at some of the darkest heights surrounding our planet. 

Custom Military Canteen Crown Lock System.

The SR-71 Blackbird outran nearly 4000 missiles fired at it during its service life.

Akin to it’s impenetrable warfare suites and defense systems which rendered a 0% loss to enemy action, our Blackbird LE timepiece features it’s very own crown protection system. This guarantees superior water and shock resistance, even at the most vulnerable area of the case, the crown. Many watches are damaged due to water leakage or external shock damages occurring at the crown. The crown is a part that promotes the highest risk in a watch, which is why we have given it our own custom protection. This allows the timepiece to withstand 10 times the pressure at sea level without being at risk of water damage.

Coating.

Finished SR-71 aircraft were painted black, to increase the emission of internal heat and to act as camouflage against the night sky. The dark color led to the aircraft's nickname "Blackbird". Our Blackbird Automatic Watch has a similar coating which like the aircraft has evident advantages aside from aesthetics. It acts to harden your timepiece, making it more resistant to shocks and scratches. The coating will keep the polish and sheen intact for many years to come.

Chapter Ring.

A chapter ring adorns the outer edges of the dial on our Blackbird timepiece. This is used for measuring the seconds among other applications such as oil consumption, distance, and speed.

Limited Edition.

In honor of the year the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was built, only 1966 pieces of each Blackbird edition colorway will be made and each watch will be individually numbered. The model also features an engraved caption on the caseback reading “AUT VINCERE AUT MORI” meaning “Conquer or Die” which was the 1st Fighter Wing axiom. This limited edition piece will surely be one of the most unique in your collection.

Bracelet.

Our Blackbird timepiece bracelet is something special, with symmetrical chain style links complete with brushed and polished edges. The fit, finish, and wear is nothing short of incredible. The double deployant clasp proudly encompasses our logo whilst closing tightly and popping right open when pushed from both sides.  

The result of all this handiwork on the bracelet gives it one of the most beautiful finishes there is.

The Details.

We pride ourselves in the art of fine craftsmanship, with time pieces that are hand crafted and assembled. We pay careful attention to detail to make sure you experience an exceptional finishing that would usually come from timepieces costing 3-4 times our amount. Here are just a few of the details that set us apart. 

 Brand History. 

Wrist Lore’s inception came from a family’s shared dedication and passion to push the boundaries of watch design by creating something new and unique whilst staying affordable. Such ideas were brought to fruition through the synergy that exists between my uncle (an ex-RAF pilot), my father (the man who helped me build my first airplane model), and myself - an aviation nerd and watch geek for over 30 years.

From a sketched design, a virtual model drawn on a computer, followed by a working prototype - the entire process has taken over 2 years of planning to materialize.

 Brand Focus. 

Our primary focus: creating modern, minimalist, and hand crafted timepieces with a stylized balance of elegance and form, whilst staying true to the spirit of aviation. This excellence embodies the core belief of Wrist Lore.

The Pilot.

Unlike the SR-71 aircraft which had to refuel immediately after takeoff due to loss of fuel on the ground - our Blackbird LE Automatic has a Miyota 82S0 self-winding movement that generates power as you wear it. Which means no refueling required (in the sense of batteries ofcourse!).

The Packaging.

Each Blackbird LE Automatic watch ships with this premium collectors box featuring a special book containing exclusive stories from SR-71 pilots, warranty card, stickers, and other goodies.

The Colorways.

We understand everyone is different. That's why we've created three distinct colorways to allow you to easily find your own style and personality. At the end of the campaign you can choose from either our Signature Black, Silver, or Rose Gold.

The Inspiration.

Aviation has always fascinated me. I can remember looking up into a bright blue cloudless sky watching a very high jet drawing out its white contrail whilst yelling “Look Grandpa Look!”. I was 8 at the time. 

 My grandfather was my hero, I grew up listening to his enthralling war stories. He was a celebrated British officer in WW2 with a kind, stoic, and gentle demeanor. He fought valiantly to save many and managed to survive despite being a POW twice throughout the course of the war. He would tell me stories of air battles, heroism, danger, and winning against all odds. All of these things left a deep impression on me, and fueled my obsession. 

By the age of 12 I was a complete and utter aviation nerd. There was just something about them - the apparent defiance of gravity, unequivocal speed, deafening noise, and sharp defined lines. It represented something special to me. A freedom that could not be experienced down here on the surface of the Earth. It was for this reason that I wanted to pay homage to the SR-71, because unlike me it was nowhere near the surface of the Earth; with some reporting it’s ability to fly above 100,000 feet. 

It’s stealth like character, speed, and ability to evade threat encompassed everything I fell in love with all those years ago while looking up at that jet in the sky with my grandfather. 

So here it is, a tribute to an aviation marvel: The Blackbird LE Automatic. In loving memory of my grandfather.

The Reviews.

In order to help bring you the best possible product, we enlisted in the help of a number of testers to take the Blackbird LE Automatic for a spin. Here are their thoughts:

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International Warranty.

As a family run business, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality timepieces for you to enjoy. Your peace of mind is important to us and to prove it, we offer a 2 year guarantee on all of our watches. We guarantee the quality of our products to be 100% free of defects. If something is defective within two years of your purchase, we will replace or repair your watch free of charge. We can also service your product even beyond the warranty period.

The Timeline.

From concept to materialization, this is our journey.

The Rewards.

Save up to 45% OFF future retail pricing just by backing our campaign and getting in at the ground floor.  Your payment method will not be charged immediately, it will only be charged after the 30th of November once our campaign has become successful. 

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Risks and challenges

Manufacturing can require a lot of expensive trial and error, with the cost of materials and availability of essential tools changing regularly. We have however completed all of our prototype testing in the former phases of our campaign, to ensure no error in cost/production is made. We have also recruited an industry veteran with a vast amount of experience to ensure that if any problems do arise, they are mitigated promptly.

We are confident that we will beat our estimated delivery dates and we will ensure our backers are kept in the loop as we communicate updates at every stage of the process.

We are a family run business and as such have had years of passion, experience, and research into making sure this project is a huge success.

If you would like to enjoy a piece of aviation history on your wrist that doesn't cost you a years worth of paychecks, then pick your reward level now and we look forward to making it happen with you. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more upcoming watch designs; including the Supermarine Spitfire, B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, and the F-22 Raptor.

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