First off, let me qualify my thread by saying I have no affiliation with this brand, outside of being a fan of their first and only offering up until this new model. Ventus the sister brand to the much respected Zelos brand, has just done their followup to their first venture the Mori, and it's called the NorthStar. The NorthStar opened up on KickStarter yesterday and has already exceeded by 7-X's ($140,000.+) its modest $22,000 funding goal, in less than 24hrs. Having picked up the Mori (one of my favorite go-to pieces) upon release, I can attest to the quality over cost ratio you get from the Ventus brand. So, I'm expecting no less a drop off from the NorthStar upon delivery, which I'm in for the (N7) brass/green dial version. Most all the NorthStar KS first tier pricing is long gone, but, there are still a limited number of Eary Bird prices still available @ $220.00 delivered. IMHO even at it's normal KS price ($235.00), the NorthStar appears to be a great deal for price/quality/design.
Both Zelos and (now) Ventus are IMHO micros that deserve the positive accolades that has been predominately been pushed in their direction, by both us (normal Joe's), and many of the reputable/established reviewers that many of us trust to give an honest and impartial review. And it appears to this WIS, that Ventus has accomplished another positive step in the affirmation of it's already positive accolades with it's sophomore effort.
So, I'm wondering how many WUS are already in and/or are considering the NorthStar?
And for those that might be interested here's a link to the KS page: https://ventuswatches.us9.list-manag...d&e=4dba86892e
Here's a few KS derived NorthStar inspirations, specs, and pict.
The brightest star in the constellation, the Northstar was an invaluable tool for navigation among sailors and explorers. Despite being replaced by modern GPS as a navigation tool, the Northstar remains an icon for human exploration and adventure.
The Ventus Northstar was designed to pay tribute to the divers of the 60s who were at the forefront of sea exploration. The dive watch was a crucial component in their diving kit, it measured the length of their dive and the time to ascend.
The Northstar features a slim and highly wearable cushion case to keep it from getting snagged on your dive equipment or even a shirt sleeve. A compact lug to lug length of only 45mm and 40mm diameter is reminiscent to the dive watches of the era.
We offer the Northstar in both Brass and Stainless steel cases. Brass is a material which patinas as you wear it. This makes each watch unique to its owner and every watch will have its own story to tell.
Despite its diminutive size, the Northstar was developed to offer the best specifications for an astounding price. The case is rated for 300m of water resistance, with a double domed sapphire crystal shielding the watch against any scrapes encountered during dives. This sapphire crystal has Anti-reflective coating on the inside to prevent unwanted glare. The use of ceramic inserts (N-1, 2, 5) offer added protection and will ensure your watch remains pristine no matter the abuse.
The dial of the Northstar features a sunburst pattern and applied indices. These indices are filled with Swiss Superluminova C3 lume to offer the best glow. Each date wheel is reprinted to match the color of the dial, a step omitted by Swiss timepieces priced in the thousands.
Inside, the automatic Seiko Nh35 movement will ensure years of fuss free operation.