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New 4th Dimension Concrete Dial Watch by 22 Design Studio, the Harbour Edition

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New 4th Dimension Watch: Harbour Edition

The Harbour Model combines a dark gray concrete watch surface with a brushed stainless steel bezel, silver and blue hands, a polished stainless-steel crown, and a canglan leather band. This color combination exudes a subtle sophistication and elegantly complements formal wear.
Materials: 316L Stainless Steel Case, High-density Concrete, Sapphire Glass Lens, MIYOTA movement, Leather Strap Case Measurement: Ø 42mm D 14mm
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Time divides and measures the progress of existence. A timepiece displays that time in three dimensions. With “4th Dimension Timepieces” , we bring these dimensions together with an original design. The timepieces’ concrete construction strongly proclaims its physicality while its design, in the shape of a spiral staircase, helps you envision the concept of time by its constantly evolving patterns of light and shade. These timepieces clearly tell the time while quietly engaging the viewer in the concepts of a 4th dimension.
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The New Limited Edition Mr. Jones King & Queen Mechanical Automatic Jump Hour Mystery Watches - Only 100 Made - Made In London

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It's In The Cards

The King & Queen Jump Hour Automatic

This watch is based on the classic playing card characters of the King and Queen of Hearts. The watches feature hands of cards to depict the minutes while the hours literally jump into position in the Royal Breast.
The use of the playing cards symbolizes the transitory nature of fortune - lucky streaks, while always welcome, are only as short lived as those runs of bad luck. The watch is a gentle reminder to keep your cards close to your chest, but to be bold and go all-in when fate has dealt you a winning hand!

Check Out The King

Check Out The Queen

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Mr. Jones Limited Edition King Jump Hour Automatic - Made In London
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Mr. Jones Limited Edition Queen Jump Hour Automatic - Made In London
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The minutes are depicted as hand of cards, for the sake of clarity only 10 minute intervals are marked:
There is a grey card-footprint on the dial to allow you to judge the minutes between the markers. You can see how far the leading or trailing edge of the cards is from the footprint shape to read the minutes:
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Mechanical Movement
This watch is powered by an automatic mechanical movement. The watch is wound either by turning the winding crown on the left hand side of the case, or (more simply) by the everyday motion of your wrist. A weight on the mechanism rotates in response to normal movement and transfers this energy to winding up the mainpspring (if you hold the watch in your hand and gently rock it back and forth you can feel this weight moving).

M&Co. Watch Collection by the late & great designer Tibor Kalman

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Waste Not A Moment

New M&Co. Watches by Tibor Kalman

The late Tibor Kalman, founder of M&Co. began his legendary relationship with time in 1983. In the spirit of the motto imprinted on the backside of the watches – “Waste Not a Moment.”
Now available at Watchismo, just $135 each.
See all M&Co. Watches
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Who doesn’t need to carve out a piece of time? M&Co PIE Watch is the epitome of pure watch design. Originally designed in 1984 by M&Co Labs, the classic brass version of the Bodoni watch made for the PIE or Quarter watch. Creator Tibor Kalman’s witty take on time still cajoles a smile.
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Your eyes do not deceive you with this now classic.
There are timepieces with no numbers at all, so why not a watch with a free spirit? The irreverent Askew Watch from M&Co was created with the notion that as long as the familiar twelve was at the top it was immaterial where the rest of the numbers lie.
Your eyes are not playing tricks on you! This watch is characteristic of Tibor Kalman, and his iconoclastic design firm. Clean graphics and dry humor merge in a high-quality product that beckons a second look!
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The Bodoni has long been recognized as an icon of simplistic and pure watch design. Originally designed in 1984, the classic all black version gave way to the brushed stainless steel version.
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The term used to describe words whose pronunciations suggest their meaning (eg, meow, buzz).
Here symbols suggest the sound of the numbers:
3 = tree (three)
5 = hand (5 fingers)
9 = cat (9 lives)
12 = Eggs (dozen/12)
This Onomatopoeia watch M&Co is characteristic of Tibor Kalman, and his iconoclastic design firm. Clean graphics and dry humor merge in a high-quality product that beckons a second look

The HALOGRAPH Automatic by XERIC is Live on Kickstarter

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KICKSTART This Mechanical Heart

The HALOGRAPH is not an electronic gadget: it's a mechanical heirloom

The Kickstarter Campaign Starts Now!
We need your support to make this cool & affordable limited edition mechanical watch a reality and if you're quick, take advantage of the Early Bird rewards.
The HALOGRAPH is super easy to read. As the Halo hands float over the dimensional, hemicycle time display arcs, they encircle the hour and minute of the current time. The inner arcs display the hours, the outer arcs displays the minutes.
Like the chambers of a beating mechanical heart, the twin balance wheels pump life into this complex time machine. Seeing the action of a living machine on your wrist gives a thrill no electronic gadget can.
We created the HALOGRAPH to be more elliptical than other mechanical watches, with a 5mm high double-curved domed-crystal and rounded forms throughout the design. This reflects our obsession with the infinite nature of time.

PRE-ORDER YOUR HALOGRAPH HERE

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XERIC HALOGRAPH Automatic Rosegold HLG-3018
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Why choose a mechanical watch over a smartwatch today?
A smartwatch starts to die as soon as its circuitry is activated, and its functional obsolescence starts as soon as it's off the assembly line. A mechanical watch will never be obsolete. It will always connect you in a meaningful way with this moment in time. With the HALOGRAPH Automatic, we think we've designed a v1.0 that 'nailed it' the first time, and will be as exceptional in form and function in hundreds of years as it is now.
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XERIC HALOGRAPH Automatic Gunmetal HLG-3017
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The Xeriscope² Squared Limited Edition Collection - Now Available

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The Xeriscope² Squared Has Arrived!

This is your last chance to get early bird pricing of $150 off one of the first 100 limited edition individually numbered Xeriscope² Squared Orbiting Automatic watches.
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Meet The XERIC Xeriscope² Squared Limited Edition Watch

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MEET THE XERISCOPE² SQUARED

Be one of the select few to reserve the first 100 limited edition individually numbered Xeriscope² Squared watches.
It's been nearly a year to the day since we first launched our Kickstarter campaign for the Xeric Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Watch. We're proud that it became the most funded mechanical watch on Kickstarter.
Now we're back with a killer follow-up with the very modern Xeriscope² Squared - produced in a strict limited edition of numbered timepieces and utilizing one of the most unusual movements ever created. Once they sell out, no more will be made.
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Xeric Xeriscope² Squared XS2-3016 Rose Gold
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Green Tinted Crystal Caseback / Numbered Limited Edition Engraving
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Blue Tinted Crystal Caseback / Numbered Limited Edition Engraving
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Yellow Tinted Crystal Caseback / Numbered Limited Edition Engraving
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Does Your Watch Have Balls? The New Black Titanium Bradley by Eone Time Does!

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Feel The Time

New Launch, The All Black Titanium Bradley Ball Bearing Watch

Get one reserved today as we expect them to sell out fast! These are now available to pre-order and will be shipped in early November.
Designed and created by US design company Eone Time, The Bradley is a tactile timepiece that allows you to not only see what time it is, but to feel what time it is.
Instead of traditional watch hands, time is indicated by two ball bearings — one indicating minutes (top), and one indicating hours (side).
These two ball bearings are connected, with magnets, to a watch movement beneath the watch face.The magnets make it so that even if the ball bearings are moved when touched, they spring back to the correct time with a gentle shake of your wrist.

Click Here Be The First To Get One

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The timepiece is named after Bradley Snyder, an ex-naval officer who lost his eyesight in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2011 yet went on to win gold and silver medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
It was launched after a hugely successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and has since been nominated for Design Museum’s Design of the Year award.
This version comes with a black stainless steel mesh strap and black titanium case.
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Meet The XERISCOPE Watch from XERIC Watches on Kickstarter



XERISCOPE: The Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch by XERIC

XERIC Watches: Stop strangers in their tracks with an unusual mechanical time machine beating on your wrist. Meet the XERISCOPE.

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Xeriscope at Xeric Watches Website

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For years, my brother and I combed the globe to bring the world’s most interesting watches to our customers at Watchismo.com.  Our work identified a glaring gap in the watch market – the need for a very cool & affordable mechanical watch – at a time when we were eager to act on our longstanding dream to create something that had not been done by anyone else. Together with our team, we designed the first collection of
XERIC timepieces.



Take a look and you’ll see why XERISCOPE watches by XERIC will stop strangers in their tracks for a glance at your wrist:

The Fully-exposed, mechanical movement that is the display: Enjoy viewing the machine on BOTH sides of the watch and reading the time via the movement itself.

Unique double-sided minute hand lives nearby, alongside a second timezone display and a power reserve meter that lets you know it’s time to keep moving.

Five colorways in a timeless-yet-modern design to suit any style and proudly pass along to the next generation.

A limited edition of 100 individually numbered watches per style for the early backers of our Kickstarter campaign.

Automatically recharges itself with the motion of your daily life: No batteries needed. Ever.

How did we finally make Mechanical an affordable reality?  We are a slim company, and don’t have a lot of red tape and added costs. Yet we do have a great deal of experience with watches that informed the design of a piece that would look as exceptional today as it will in a hundred years. Finally, we found a way to produce our creation at an artisanal scale… and we hope to keep it that way because our customers care to have the most unusual watch in the room.

We value Kickstarter as a way to reach those who share our dream of making Mechanical affordable now to the visionary and stylish people who care about them.

Know anyone who plans to leave their smart watch to their kids? Neither do we. Let’s not plan for obsolescence. Let’s be a part of something that was perfect to begin with, and only gets better with time. Join us by making XERISCOPE watches a timeless reality.





ABOUT WATCHISMO

Watchismo.com is carefully curated watch collection by brothers Mitch & Andrew Greenblatt, modern horological enthusiasts with a passion for unique timepieces. Purveyors of wrist-borne time machines since 1999, Watchismo is a singular source for unusual modern watches from around the world.

Mitch and Andrew founded XERIC Watches to bring complex, mechanical timepieces like the XERISCOPE collection to a broad cross-section of watch enthusiasts who dream of an affordable Mechanical. Together, the brothers have carefully curated the exceptional collection at Watchismo, which since 1999 has been a singular source for unique modern watches from around the world. XERIC Watches represents a natural progression of the business: from Curators to Creators of designs that reflect their experience, knowledge and passion for the truly unusual.

THE GENESIS of XERIC

2009: While living in Switzerland four years ago, Mitch began doodling rough concepts for very unusual watch designs and discussing an action plan with Andrew. The brothers agreed that the watch market was riddled with extravagant watches but held a gaping hole that they could attempt to fill, if only there were a way to make an excellent mechanical watch for an accessible price.

2010: They began connecting with watchmakers in Switzerland while attending the annual Baselworld watch expo. Mitch moved home to Brooklyn, NY, and then to the San Francisco Bay area, so that the brothers at last could work side by side.

2011-2012: With feedback from their discussions with manufacturers, Mitch and Andy refined their designs and decided to name their creations after Xeric Court, the street they grew up on. Their field research continued to highlight the enthusiasm for mechanical watches among a stylish, tech-appreciative crowd that was priced out of the typical high-end Mechanicals.  All they needed to complete the XERIC team was a visionary, in-house watch designer with extensive experience in every aspect of the production gauntlet.

2013: The brothers hired Danny to help finalize the XERISCOPE design and navigate the production process, knowing he’s succeeded with similar projects for other watchmakers. The team knew they had the right movement for the XERSISCOPE and a design that would celebrate every detail of mechanical timekeeping: the watch case would need to be open on both sides and the hour hand would be a direct extension of the mechanism. Andrew, Mitch and Danny developed five distinct colorways, packaging elements and a fulfillment timeline, applying their years of experience as watch authorities, designers, distributors and retailers.

The team identified a manufacturing partner with 30 years in the watch industry, with whom they created and tweaked several waves of prototypes before finalizing the fully-viable XERISCOPE prototype.  Upon full funding, production will immediately begin for 100 first-edition pieces in each of the five colorways.

All they needed to bring the XERSISCOPE to life was involvement from fellow enthusiasts for timeless thinking, in order to attract those with the same appetite for an affordable Mechanical. The team then cultivated a plan to connect with relevant audiences via Kickstarter, where original thinking is directly rewarded by those who share a dream.

XERIC Watches embody the art of timekeeping by fusing mechanical function with timeless form in a singular machine. Designed in California, XERIC watches are produced on an artisanal scale, making high-end mechanical features accessible to a broad cross-section of horological enthusiasts.

BRINGING THE XERISCOPE TO LIFE

For a company that has had worldwide retail fulfillment experience since 1999, meeting customer needs for a new product was no mind-blowing task; however, the XERISCOPE product line represents a new realm for an established business already catering to the desires of a global customer base.

Both internal and external factors are balanced by having a manufacturer with 30+ years of watch-specific manufacturing experience and a brand presence by an established authority in vintage and contemporary milestones in the world of watchmaking.

All next steps in production depend on expressed interest by consumers in the presence of an affordable Mechanical timepiece. The same manufacturers who meticulously developed the prototype through the finalization process stand ready to produce this series within two months, given notice to activate production procedures once funding goals are met.

Each Limited Edition XERISCOPE watch takes its place in individually numbered series featuring a surgical grade stainless steel case; a fully-exposed, orbiting 12-hour mechanical movement with dual timezone display; retrograde power reserve meter; and case-back window for observing the oscillating rotor. No batteries required -- ever -- as XERIC watches generate power by the daily action of your wrist.


 
Mitch Greenblatt’s career path as a visual artist spans the film, television, music and advertising industries. After receiving his first watch (ever!) in 1998, Mitch began collecting and selling unusual vintage watches via Watchismo.com, with special attention to mid-century modern design. Just a few years later, he established himself as an influential watch blogger and authority on the subject of modern horology, and to this day maintains friendships spanning the horological universe. Mitch brings his deep knowledge of historical watches and innate sense of style to XERIC Watches, where he guides overall creative direction.

Andrew Greenblatt is a born entrepreneur, with a lifelong track record of success growing seedling businesses to bountiful fruition. His experience launching a profitable personal computing company at the dawn of the PC industry is a testament to his instinct for finding a viable niche and for taking the right risks at the right time. In 2008, Andrew merged retail forces with his brother Mitch to focus on truly special contemporary watches, following his heart to drive insanely deep beyond avocation into a full-fledged vocation. Andrew is in touch with the customer base and keeps a creative and critical eye on retail market objectives for XERIC.  A passionate watch collector himself, Andrew knows how to translate an abstract concept to a concrete reality.

Daniel Hunsaker joined the XERIC team earlier this year to help make the XERISCOPE dream a reality. Danny is a watch world “insider” whose career has focused squarely on designing watches and managing product development from concept-to-market. Far from “square” though, Danny applies his sharp eye for detail and boundless creativity to create unique XERISCOPE designs and usher them through the production process. Danny brings an acute awareness of design implications for other aspects of the development trajectory.

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/watchismo/xeriscope-the-orbiting-mechanical-automatic-watch

Meet the XERISCOPE

Watchismo's first-ever creation is a jaw-dropping mechanical watch

Only 100 individually numbered XERISCOPE watches per style
Watchismo has finally taken the leap from Curators to Creators by launching our own watch brand XERIC, starting with the unveiling of the XERISCOPE Orbiting Mechanical Watch on Kickstarter.
For 15 years, we've scoured the globe to find the most interesting watches. It is clear that the world needs an unusual & affordable mechanical watch… So we've decided to make one.
Take a look and you’ll see why XERISCOPE watches by XERIC will stop strangers in their tracks for a glance at your wrist:
  • Fully-exposed, mechanical movement is the display
  • Limited edition of 100 individually numbered watches per style
  • Innovative time display with a unique double sided minute hand
  • Automatically recharges itself with the motion of your daily life: No batteries needed - Ever
This is your chance to join us in bringing to life the dream of a unique affordable mechanical watch. Buck the trend of soon-to-be obsolete gadget watches and be the most interesting person in the room. By backing our Kickstarter campaign, you can be one of the select few to own a first edition XERIC timepiece.
We value Kickstarter as a way to reach those who share our dream of making Mechanical affordable now to the visionary and stylish people who care about them.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/watchismo/xeriscope-the-orbiting-mechanical-automatic-watch

Know anyone who plans to leave their smart watch to their kids? Neither do we. Let’s not plan for obsolescence. Let’s be a part of something that was perfect to begin with, and only gets better with time. Join us by making XERISCOPE watches a timeless reality.

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
If people don't stop you in the street to get a closer look at the XERISCOPE, we're not doing our job!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/watchismo/xeriscope-the-orbiting-mechanical-automatic-watch
A very rare mechanical function, the hour hand on the XERISCOPE Automatic is also the watch movement - fully exposed from the dial of the watch.

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A beating mechanical heart, the mainspring of the watch pumps life into this complex time machine.

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
Seeing the action of the living machine on your wrist gives a thrill no electronic gadget can.

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
Another rarity in timekeeping, the XERISCOPE's double-sided minute hand with two-tier arc of digits.  Our watch deconstructs typical watch functionality yet remains very legible.

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Wearing and winding this timepiece generates energy seen in this power reserve meter.  Much like the gas tank of your car.

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The rotor (oscillating mass) that generates the power supply to the movement, seen from the porthole caseback viewing crystal.


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Far from home? No problem, the second time zone can be set to any other location on the planet.

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
Each XERISCOPE is numbered from the limited edition of 100 pieces.  1 of 100, 2 of 100, etc.  A great opportunity to be a part of a very exclusive group of watch collectors...

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Our genesis, the first sketches of various design elements and technical functions of the XERISCOPE.

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We suffered every detail when developing the design in preperation for prototyping.

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Technical drawing of the case and crown and other key components of the watch

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Wireframes of the dial layout and logo placements on dial, crown, caseback and strap.

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The prototype of our watch box is better than expected, it's esentially a sarcophagus for our XERISCOPE!

Here are the deals...

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/watchismo/xeriscope-the-orbiting-mechanical-automatic-watch
Our first 25 backers of each colorway get a $150-$200 savings from the expected retail prices!  The final 74 of each get $100-$150 off.  Don't miss out on this limited opportunity...

Preorder your XERIC XERISCOPE Watch on Kickstarter!

See the XERIC XERISCOPE Watches at Watchismo

See the XERICWATCHES Website 

http://www.watchismo.com/xeric-xeriscope-xs3019.aspx

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

http://www.watchismo.com/xeric-xeriscope-xs3017.aspx

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

Xeric Xeriscope XS3018 Rose Gold & Black Watch

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

http://www.watchismo.com/xeric-xeriscope-xs3014.aspx

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

http://www.watchismo.com/xeric-xeriscope-xs3016.aspx

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch


Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
There's nothing quite like a mechanical watch.  The many parts of a machine all working in unison completely viewable from the front is a rare sight these days...

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch


Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
Finally, a complicated mechanical watch that's also affordable!

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch
A design perfected with focus on style and legibility.  The XERISCOPE is classic, yet very modern.



Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

ABOUT WATCHISMO

Watchismo.com is carefully curated watch collection by brothers Mitch & Andrew Greenblatt, modern horological enthusiasts with a passion for unique timepieces. Purveyors of wrist-borne time machines since 1999, Watchismo is a singular source for unusual modern watches from around the world.

Mitch and Andrew founded XERIC Watches to bring complex, mechanical timepieces like the XERISCOPE collection to a broad cross-section of watch enthusiasts who dream of an affordable Mechanical. Together, the brothers have carefully curated the exceptional collection at Watchismo, which since 1999 has been a singular source for unique modern watches from around the world. XERIC Watches represents a natural progression of the business: from Curators to Creators of designs that reflect their experience, knowledge and passion for the truly unusual.

THE GENESIS OF XERIC 

2009: While living in Switzerland four years ago, Mitch began doodling rough concepts for very unusual watch designs and discussing an action plan with Andrew. The brothers agreed that the watch market was riddled with extravagant watches but held a gaping hole that they could attempt to fill, if only there were a way to make an excellent mechanical watch for an accessible price.

2010: They began connecting with watchmakers in Switzerland while attending the annual Baselworld watch expo. Mitch moved home to Brooklyn, NY, and then to the San Francisco Bay area, so that the brothers at last could work side by side.

2011-2012: With feedback from their discussions with manufacturers, Mitch and Andy refined their designs and decided to name their creations after Xeric Court, the street they grew up on. Their field research continued to highlight the enthusiasm for mechanical watches among a stylish, tech-appreciative crowd that was priced out of the typical high-end Mechanicals.  All they needed to complete the XERIC team was a visionary, in-house watch designer with extensive experience in every aspect of the production gauntlet.

2013: The brothers hired Danny to help finalize the XERISCOPE design and navigate the production process, knowing he’s succeeded with similar projects for other watchmakers. The team knew they had the right movement for the XERSISCOPE and a design that would celebrate every detail of mechanical timekeeping: the watch case would need to be open on both sides and the hour hand would be a direct extension of the mechanism. Andrew, Mitch and Danny developed five distinct colorways, packaging elements and a fulfillment timeline, applying their years of experience as watch authorities, designers, distributors and retailers.

The team identified a manufacturing partner with 30 years in the watch industry, with whom they created and tweaked several waves of prototypes before finalizing the fully-viable XERISCOPE prototype.  Upon full funding, production will immediately begin for 100 first-edition pieces in each of the five colorways.

All they needed to bring the XERSISCOPE to life was involvement from fellow enthusiasts for timeless thinking, in order to attract those with the same appetite for an affordable Mechanical. The team then cultivated a plan to connect with relevant audiences via Kickstarter, where original thinking is directly rewarded by those who share a dream.

XERIC Watches embody the art of timekeeping by fusing mechanical function with timeless form in a singular machine. Designed in California, XERIC watches are produced on an artisanal scale, making high-end mechanical features accessible to a broad cross-section of horological enthusiasts. 

BRINGING THE XERISCOPE TO LIFE

For a company that has had worldwide retail fulfillment experience since 1999, meeting customer needs for a new product was no mind-blowing task; however, the XERISCOPE product line represents a new realm for an established business already catering to the desires of a global customer base.

Both internal and external factors are balanced by having a manufacturer with 30+ years of watch-specific manufacturing experience and a brand presence by an established authority in vintage and contemporary milestones in the world of watchmaking. 

All next steps in production depend on expressed interest by consumers in the presence of an affordable Mechanical timepiece. The same manufacturers who meticulously developed the prototype through the finalization process stand ready to produce this series within two months, given notice to activate production procedures once funding goals are met.

Each Limited Edition XERISCOPE watch takes its place in individually numbered series featuring a surgical grade stainless steel case; a fully-exposed, orbiting 12-hour mechanical movement with dual timezone display; retrograde power reserve meter; and case-back window for observing the oscillating rotor. No batteries required -- ever -- as XERIC watches generate power by the daily action of your wrist. 


Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch


Mitch Greenblatt’s career path as a visual artist spans the film, television, music and advertising industries. After receiving his first watch (ever!) in 1998, Mitch began collecting and selling unusual vintage watches via Watchismo.com, with special attention to mid-century modern design. Just a few years later, he established himself as an influential watch blogger and authority on the subject of modern horology, and to this day maintains friendships spanning the horological universe. Mitch brings his deep knowledge of historical watches and innate sense of style to XERIC Watches, where he guides overall creative direction.

Andrew Greenblatt is a born entrepreneur, with a lifelong track record of success growing seedling businesses to bountiful fruition. His experience launching a profitable personal computing company at the dawn of the PC industry is a testament to his instinct for finding a viable niche and for taking the right risks at the right time. In 2008, Andrew merged retail forces with his brother Mitch to focus on truly special contemporary watches, following his heart to drive insanely deep beyond avocation to bloom vocation. Andrew is in touch with the customer base and keeps a creative and critical eye on retail market objectives for XERIC.  A passionate watch collector himself, Andrew knows how to translate an abstract concept to a concrete reality.

Daniel Hunsaker joined the XERIC team earlier this year to help make the XERISCOPE dream a reality. Danny is a watch world “insider” whose career has focused squarely on designing watches and managing product development from concept-to-market. Far from “square” though, Danny applies his sharp eye for detail and boundless creativity to create unique XERISCOPE designs and usher them through the production process. Danny brings an acute awareness of design implications for other aspects of the development trajectory.

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Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch


Xeric Watches: The Xeriscope Orbiting Mechanical Automatic Watch

VINTAGE WATCHING - An Unusual Vintage Planetary Display Watch by Juvenia

VINTAGE WATCHING - An Unusual Vintage Planetary Display Watch by JuveniaI dare you to find another model like this. In all my years of collecting, I have not seen another three-disc watch quite like this vintage 1960s Juvenia. Each circle is offset from each other so each one representing seconds, minutes, and hours (small-to-large) rotate in an off-kilter formation. Each is attached at the far end of their marker lines creating an oblong rotation similar to planets with a variety of orbits. What is even more surprising is how small this watch is, only 20mm wide. A very cool and strange ladies timpiece!

VINTAGE WATCHING - An Unusual Vintage Planetary Display Watch by Juvenia
'60s Juvenia Mystery Planetary Watch Product page


VINTAGE WATCHING - An Unusual Vintage Planetary Display Watch by Juvenia
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