Posted on

Apollo Watch On Thecoolector

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Quisque molestie ac eros nec viverra. Praesent varius tortor vitae augue accumsan vehicula. Pellentesque porta, nunc maximus lacinia interdum, mauris leo iaculis massa, at sollicitudin est lacus quis quam. Aenean in hendrerit elit, non accumsan odio. Donec eu bibendum eros. Suspendisse congue ex vitae nisl fermentum malesuada. Cras commodo, mi a suscipit pretium, urna orci egestas sapien, eu porta enim ipsum eget augue. Mauris nec orci dui. Integer in ligula eu ligula accumsan tincidunt eget nec lectus. Curabitur eros lectus. Morbi aliquam arcu eu erat varius ullamcorper. Suspendisse hendrerit lectus ac elementum interdum. Morbi eget neque et lacus maximus tempor. Suspendisse in tempus ipsum. Cras finibus ex non nulla egestas dignissim at ut nisl.

Vivamus ac hendrerit ante, at mollis ipsum. Pellentesque laoreet sapien nec nisi finibus lacinia. Curabitur eros lectus, semper ac egestas vel, aliquet sed diam. Sed ac nisi ultricies, ullamcorper velit id, condimentum nulla.

Nunc sollicitudin lobortis congue. Duis cursus vehicula leo mattis pulvinar. Etiam non erat commodo nisl interdum iaculis.

INSPIRED BY SPACE

To The Moon And Back

Expertly striking the balance between traditional and contemporary watchmaking, the Apollo Watch boasts a seamless crystal encasement which provides the sort freedom that only space travel can provide – a freedom without boundaries – whilst also teasing the senses with a mirrored reflection of the dial and the absolute galaxy of detail that has gone into the design of these exemplary timepieces which is head and shoulders above most that you will encounter on Kickstarter.

The Apollo Watch is heavily influenced by the enigma of space travel and exploration and this shines through in many of the design features of this eye-catching timepiece. Available in four different iterations – two limited edition offerings and two Kickstarter timepieces – these Apollo Watches are some of the coolest looking we’ve encountered in some time here at Coolector HQ and we’re loving their space inspired aesthetic which really helps to set them apart from the competition.

With a design that immediately draws the eye, these Apollo Watches on Kickstarter have an Italian design, made from top quality materials and, best of all, come at an affordable price which means you can get a watch of this calibre on your wrist and it doesn’t cost the earth – which seems fitting for a timepiece of an astrological leaning. With Hesalite crystal on both front and back of the watch, it has an impressive level of durability and is ready for the day in, day out wearing that you’re sure to want to put it through.

a7-3

APOLLO IS

Devil in the Detail

Exceptional attention to detail abounds with the gloriously stylish Apollo Watch and the dial has a background that is a map of the northern sky and the degree sub-dial transforms Apollo into a useful tool as a result. It’s custom design hands, the 12 different stars that indicate the hours and the see through date are just some of the excellent pieces of design that make the Apollo a truly unique timepiece.

With a Miyota 8219 movement which beats at a frequency of 21,600 BPH / 3 Hz, Miyota has proven to be more accurate than most mechanical watches at 18,000 BPH / 2.5 Hz so it’s hard not to be impressed with the performance capabilities of the brilliantly design Apollo Watch which is positively hurtling towards its funding target on Kickstarter after a mere 24 hours. If you want to add a touch of the stars to your wrist, head on over now and pick yours up for a bargain price.

Posted on

Here’s Apollo, a Dubai-based Crowdfunded Regulator Watch

A Dubai-based crowdfunding campaign to launch quirky regulator watch goes live on September 28. The Apollo watch’s design is inspired by space and is powered by self-winding mechanical movement with a unique double domed Hesalite crystal.

The regulator dial separates the time, hour and minutes registers
What is a regulator watch? A relic of horological history, a regulator watch design is one where all three time registers – hours, minutes and seconds – have been separated. The minutes hand remains central but the hours and seconds registers are confined to subdials. The regulator design was first used in ateliers where a central clock with a prominent minutes hand provided the time for watchmakers to regulate clocks and watches that they were working on.

What’s most striking about Apollo is its unique case construction. The 38 mm case is dominated by a double domed Hesalite crystal. Both the front and back use a domed crystal which is brought together by a slim matt-finished steel caseband. The movement itself is not fixed to the case, as seen in most watches, but it is fixed to a toroidal-shaped support. This construction lends the pebble-shaped case a bubble effect.

Hesalite, a synthetic crystal most famously used in the Omega Speedmaster models that went to space, was used here because the dome has extreme curvatures that would have been impossible to realize with the more conventional sapphire crystal.

“Hesalite is a synthetic glass and permits to have perfect transparent edges and an internal dome that’s different from the external shape. Apollo’s domed glass is also polished by hand to have the best bubble effect. It would not be possible with normal glass,” said Filippo Cima, the designer of the watch.

We got a hands-on look at a prototype of Neptune, one of the four models in the Apollo range. Neptune is characterized by a deep blue dial that serves as a map of the northern sky. The subdial at 9 o’ clock uses stars to mark the hours and a small seconds counter sits lower near 4 o’clock. A laser-cut date window is placed at 2. A degree scale is placed on the circumference of the domed dial. This scale, used in compass watches, is a nod to the ancient instruments that were used to navigate the high seas.

Flip the watch over to view the Miyota 8219 self-winding movement. Beating at 3 Hz (21,600 vph) and with enough juice when fully wound to run for 40 hours, this Japanese workhorse is a reliable movement used in plenty of entry-level mechanical watches. The watch is paired with an Italian leather strap fitted with a tang buckle.

Thanks to a case that’s just 12.75 mm thick and 38 mm wide, the timepiece is extremely comfortable on the wrist. The regulator design is a throwback to a bygone era and there is a certain vintage charm to this watch.

972_Apollo_Kickstarter_Regulator_watch_hesalite-crystal-large

However, if I had to nit-pick, I would bring your attention to the poor legibility on the dial, especially on the degree scale where the numbers bunch up towards the end. The semi-spherical crown is not the easiest to grasp and feels a bit fragile when the crown is pulled out to adjust the time and date. Hopefully, these issues will be sorted out on the final production pieces.

Quibbles aside, this is a quirky proposition and considering the price (the range starts at $199), it’s good to see a Dubai-based Kickstarter project trying something unique in the crowdfunding space. To find out more information or to see the campaign visit www.fund-apollo.com.