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    Introdcing "The Hourglass" by Pheidippides Watches

    First of all let me thank Brad of Watchuseek for seeing to it that I received permission to post from the Admins.

    Pheidippides Watches - The Hourglass
    Named after the Greek soldier who ran from Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory over the Persians, Pheidippides Watches works its way into the world of watchmaking by launching uniquely designed timepieces.


    Based in the Netherlands and founded 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”.



    The Inkpot is his first design and the first working prototype has been ready in December 2015.This timepiece requires a lengthy test period because of its special internal construction.



    Prototypes of his second design, The Porthole, have been finished in March this year. This modelhas been campaigned on Kickstarter in April/May 2016.


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    The development of The Hourglass has been finished in August 2016. Pheidippides Watches launches a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to produce a limited series of 300 timepieces of The Hourglass.


    Incorporating high quality Swiss components and manufactured by jewelry makers in Germany this remarkable timepiece stands out from the crowd thanks to its unique features.


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    Design


    The first feature that attracts your eye is the almost empty dial. It tells time by a single hour mark. Single, because the whole dial rotates as in a single hand watch. The dial comes in 5 trendy pastel colors: green, yellow, sand, blue and ros.


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    The really unique feature that sets this watch apart is the presence of hour markers on the side of the cup shaped dial. These markings tell time more accurately. Look at the top for a rough estimate. Twist your wrist and look at the side for an accurate reading.


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    The other main feature of The Hourglass is its sapphire glass box to show and protect the rotating dial. It is 2mm thick and glued to the case.

    The case is made of stainless steel. It measures 41m in diameter and is 12mm thick. Glass, case and bottom form a perfectly symmetrical shape.


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    At the other side of the watch you will find the screw-in back fitted with a large 27mm sapphire crystal that offers a view of the automatic movement with custom 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.


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    The polished stainless steel crown has a double sealing. The watch is rated for a water resistance of up to 100m.

    The case comes in a polished or brushed finish. The bottom comes in a polished or brushed finish too. The curved side of the bottom is always polished.


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    The goat leather strap comes in 6 colors. The strap is attached to your wrist with a folding buckle.

    With the 5 colors of the dial, 30 combinations can be made to choose from to personalize your watch.

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    The parts of the watch (glasses, dial, movement and crown) are supplied from Switzerland. The case is custom build in a German workshop 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.



    Technical details
    • Polished or brushed stainless steel case, 41mm in diameter, 12.0mm thick, 50mm lug-to-lug
    • Polished or brushed stainless steel back, screw-in, see-through and engraved
    • Matte lacquered pastel colored dial in blue, ros, green, yellow or sand
    • Sapphire glasses box and bottom
    • Swiss mechanical movement: STP5-15 by Swiss Technology Production
    • French genuine goat leather strap, 22/20mm tapered, in 6 colors
    • Polished stainless steel folding buckle, 20mm
    • 10 bar water resistance

    Have fun checking out my watch on Kickstarter when it is launched on September 10th or on my website (The Hourglass - Pheidippides Watches).


    Kind regards,
    Rogier van de Ree



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    Re: Introdcing "The Hourglass" by Pheidippides Watches

    Welcome back Rogier, and thank you for presenting your latest creation to our community. I liked your Porthole watch but the Hourglass really takes your watch-game to a whole new level.

    The best of luck to you once your KickStarter campaign kicks off on Saturday (the link will be added then).

    Brad

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    Re: Introdcing "The Hourglass" by Pheidippides Watches

    Now this is something different! I really like watches that propose a different way of telling the time. There is only so much variety you can get with three hands on a dial.

    Well done!
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    Re: Introdcing "The Hourglass" by Pheidippides Watches

    Looks neat! So you read the time from the side by estimating which number or indices are centered between the lugs? Is there some marker to let you know exactly where to look?

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    Re: Introdcing "The Hourglass" by Pheidippides Watches

    kudos for thinking outside the box on this one!

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    Re: Introdcing "The Hourglass" by Pheidippides Watches

    The reference point is the space between the lugs. It's easy to determine the hour when considering the spacing of the hour markers combined with the proximity of the minute hand (see below). It's perfect for determining "Island Time".

    Brad H: "Hey Bo, what time is it?"

    Bo: "Let me check my Pheidippides Hourglass...it's one-ish"

    Brad H: "Ah, the perfect time for another umbrella drink while relaxing on this sandy beach."

    Bo: "Smashing idea!"


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    Re: Introdcing "The Hourglass" by Pheidippides Watches

    Yep, there is a little marker on the case at the 6 o'clock position to help you estimate the time down to less than 2 minutes accurate. Which is pretty neat for a single hand watch.

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    Cheers, Rogier

    Quote Originally Posted by robbery View Post
    Looks neat! So you read the time from the side by estimating which number or indices are centered between the lugs? Is there some marker to let you know exactly where to look?
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    Re: Introdcing "The Hourglass" by Pheidippides Watches

    Wow wow wow wow wow this is one of the best "startup" watch design I have seen thus far!

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    Re: Introdcing "The Hourglass" by Pheidippides Watches

    I quite like the design.
    Consider adding a White Printing on a Black Dial option

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    Introdcing "The Hourglass" by Pheidippides Watches

    Those present at our London GTG yesterday were lucky enough to handle three prototypes of this watch that Rogier brought over with him.

    To say I was impressed is an understatement. The design speaks for itself and the execution was fantastic.

    The height of the watches was one concern I had but after wearing snd handling them they are entirely in proportion and do not feel tall on the wrist.

    The attention to detail and finishing was also very impressive and Rogier has a great passion for design and quality and that really comes across in these watches.


    Many thanks to Rogier for making the trip over!
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