My name is Phil Rodenbeck and this is my first post here at WUS. (You know the story: long-time lurker, first-time poster) Besides introducing myself, I would like to introduce you to my start-up watch brand, Visitor Watch Co., and my first model, the Calligraph Duneshore. Have a look:
If you would like more pictures, please visit www.visitorwatchco.com or follow us on facebook, instagram, or twitter for the most up to date images and news as we move toward a late October/early November Kickstarter launch.
Now for the nitty-gritty:
- Breadth Along Wrist: 44mm (excluding crown)
- Height Across Wrist: 42mm
- Thickness: 11.75mm from top of crystal to valley of curved caseback, 13.69mm to crest
- Lug to Lug: 51mm
- Crown: 7mm Diameter X 2.8mm thickness
- Sandwich Dial with Applied Indices
- BGW9 Super Luminova applied to Hour and Minute Hand, Indices, Lower Dial Disk for Minutes, Date Disk, Dial Signature
- Screw Down Crown
- 100M Water Resistance
- Pierced Lugs
- 3-piece Screwed Case
- Curved Exhibition Caseback with flush mounted curved mineral crystal
- 2.5mm thick Sapphire Crystal with underside Anti-Reflective Coating
- 316L SS Fully Mirror Polished Case excluding Vertically Brushed region on Caseback
- Modified Miyota 9015
- Custom Rotor
- Custom Black Date Disk with BGW9 lumed numerals
STRAP: TBD (straps in pictures are aftermarket, they do not represent the final OEM unit)
- Design: USA
- Engineering: USA, Hong Kong
- Manufacturing: Hong Kong, China
- Movement: Japan
- Watch Assembly: Hong Kong
- Quality Inspection: USA, Hong Kong
Prior to starting Visitor Watch Co., I worked as a mechanical engineer in the automotive and gas turbine industries. While these positions satisfied my need for a technical outlet, they left much to be desired in the way of an artistic outlet. Watches, I have found, offer me my ideal intersection between the technical and artistic worlds.
I designed the Duneshore with the intent to create an original look. Of course, it’s impossible not to be inspired by those who’ve come before you (and surely you may see traces of Genta, Panerai, Ananta aesthetic), but I expressly did not wish to imitate anyone. It has been my observation that a good many Kickstarter watch brands go one of two roads with their design: conservative/homage or wild/avant-garde. I wanted to split the difference, to offer something you had not seen before, but that still felt immediately approachable.
The above images depict Duneshore prototypes with Blue Slate and Beach dials. A dark green dial (Forest Ore) will also be offered at launch. There are a few changes and tweaks which will happen before launch. Most notably, the straps will be different (those pictured are just a couple I had around the house) and the rotor will be revised to include the Visitor logo where you now see that blank shield shape. Also, I am currently debating whether to sign or not sign the crown. I originally intended to have a signed crown, but the prototypes were made with unsigned crowns and now that look is growing on me. With an unsigned crown, the polished glow of the side of the watch is less interrupted. Adding a logo there would add a bit of busyness that may force an undesired focal point. I’d love to hear your opinion on ‘to sign’ or ‘not to sign’.
The mirror polish and clean dial of the Duneshore lend a dressy vibe, while the draping case and 44 X 42 mm size add casualness. If I had to put numbers on it, I’d say the Duneshore is 65% dress, 35% casual. So, if you’ve been looking for a unique, genre-blurring, a-traditional dress watch, perhaps you’ll find the Duneshore to your liking. I don’t have final pricing yet, but expect regular retail to fall in the low to mid 600s (USD). Kickstarter price will be appropriately discounted.
I appreciate your taking the time to read this thread, I hope you will comment and let me know what you think, and I doubly hope you’ll consider backing Visitor come time for the Kickstarter campaign (again, that will be late October or early November). Until then, I will be happy to correspond with you via this thread, or any of the Visitor Watch Co. avenues: