Kickstarter Campaign Worth Seeing, The Porthole By Pheidippides Watches
Hello everyone today I have a rather interesting Kickstarter campaign to show you, The Porthole by Pheidippides watches. It’s nice to see something unique and designed with an entire theme in mind. From speaking to Rogier and seeing the video below you can tell he has a real passion for this project, and I really hope he succeeds in getting the funding he deserves. You can jump straight to the kickstarter campaign here.
Do have a read through, watch the video, and check out the high quality images then let me know what you think in the comments below.
Pheidippides Watches – The Porthole
Named after the Greek messenger who ran from Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory over the Persians, Pheidippides Watches announces its grand entry into the world of watch making by launching uniquely designed timepieces.
Based in the Netherlands and established by Rogier van de Ree, Pheidippides Watches started its operations in 2015. By now Rogier has designed three timepieces: ”The Inkpot”, ”The Porthole” and ”The Hourglass”.
Prototypes of his second design, The Porthole, have been finished in March this year. The design and development of The Hourglass is in progress. Prototypes will be build in August this year.
Pheidippides Watches has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to produce a limited series of 300 timepieces of The Porthole. You can find it here: Kickstarter campaign The Porthole. Incorporating high quality Swiss components and manufactured by jewellery makers in Germany this timepiece stands out from the crowd thanks to its unique features.
The most attracting feature of The Porthole watch is its dial which offers a nice and uncluttered way of telling time. The hour markers on the glossy blue lacquered dial resemble buoys floating on the sea surface with dots of Superluminova lighting in the dark. The hour and minute hands have tips with holes matching the dimensions of the hour markers.
When the minute hand moves over a marker it will cover it exactly and the Superluminova will glow through the matching hole. Both hour and minute hands feature Superluminova on the back, which make them visible at night in their own shadow. The seconds hand, which looks like a droplet of water, completes the nautical theme of the dial.
The case is made of bronze, a material associated with the nautical world since centuries. Measuring 42mm in diameter, the spherical case in polished finish has a semi-circular side that flows seamlessly into the curve of the top glass and back. The polished bronze has a lively colour and develops a beautiful patina over the years making each watch unique.
The moveable lugs made of polished stainless steel give a nice contrast to the bronze case and matching the polished hands. The crown echoes the shape of case.
Turning the case, you can find the screw in case back fitted with a transparent sapphire crystal that offers a view of the automatic movement equipped with a customized rotor.
The Swiss made mechanical movement that powers the timepiece is an STP5-15 automatic calibre produced by Swiss Technology Production, a Fossil group venture.
The parts of the watch such as glasses, hands, dial and movement are supplied from Switzerland. The case is custom build in a German workshop which is specialized in jewelry making. Their craftsmanship ensures a case made and finished to the finest. The final assembly of the watch will be done in Germany by a master watchmaker along with Rogier.
Tested for a water resistance up to 100 meters, each timepiece will come fitted with a French brown genuine leather or black silicone strap featuring a custom made stainless steel pin buckle.
- Polished bronze case and screw-in see-through back, 42mm in diameter and 12.3mm thick
- Polished stainless steel movable lugs, stretched out lug-to-lug size is 55mm, 22mm wide
- Blue lacquered dial
- Polished nickel hands and hour markers filled with C5 Superluminova
- Sapphire glasses top and bottom
- Swiss mechanical movement: STP5-15 by Swiss Technology Production
- French brown genuine leather or black silicone strap, size 22/20mm tapered
- Custom made stainless steel pin buckle
- 10 bar water resistance
As I’m sure you can see this is a very interesting watch with high quality parts and design. Head on over to the kickstarter page and give it some consideration, I highly recommend it – Liam Hawes, The Watch Blog Director.