After successfully launching a line of hand-made mechanical watches in 2014 under Travisleon Watch Company, childhood friends Travis Tan and Leon Leong, now announce a new range of hybrid watches under a new label: BOLDR Watches. In this new project, the company based in Singapore and Malaysia will be offering a new line of functional hybrid ‘clever watches’ dedicated to the active urban wearer.
With an analog aviator-style dial on the outside, but packed with smart wearable technology inside – the Voyage represents the collision of classic style and modern technology. Nearly a year of meticulous design and research went into creating the custom internal components and stellar design of this first collection, termed a hybrid ‘clever watch.’
Starting with a Miyota 2025 Quartz Movement, and a proprietary BOLDR Smartmodule – the internal components were custom-designed to fit snugly within a sleek 43mm case with solder-on lugs. Packaged with a 22mm premium leather strap with quick release tabs on the underside – the Voyage line comes in 6 striking colours. The technology behind the Voyage stems from its one-of-a-kind BOLDR Smartmodule, seamlessly connecting to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0.
The design inspiration came from classic, aviator-style watches. As for the functions, the duo of Travis and Leon assessed what a modern urbanite would require to assist in their everyday lives – and custom-designed an internal package of smart wearable technology with the wearer in mind.
The VOYAGE features an in-built pedometer that helps to track your daily exercise goals such as distance, steps and calories burned. Just sync it to your phone via the app and the watch will monitor your movement throughout your day.
In addition, BOLDR watches offer call alerts, messages and app notifications to your wrist via embedded LEDs and a built-in vibration motor. The notifications can be customized via the app. Thanks to its Anti-Loss function; the watch immediately alerts the wearer in case his smart phone is lost.
The VOYAGE doesn’t require a battery charger. An easily replaceable battery (CR2032) powers the BOLDR Smartmodule for up to 6 months. The quartz movement of the watch is powered with a separate battery that comes with a 3 years of battery life.
Voyage also includes a shutter feature, letting you remotely snap pictures with your smartphone’s camera with the simple push of a button.
In addition, the BOLDR Watches team is constantly innovating and adding new smart features to the app, keeping the Voyage and all future collections up-to-date. For the watch itself, the team is planning for a yearly release of limited-run collections – consisting of all-new designs, beginning with 2015’s Voyage.
The pre-sale launch of the BOLDR Voyage will take place on Kickstarter – kicking off on August 29, 2015. Via the Kickstarter page, customer can place pre-orders of the Voyage at an initial starting price of USD $129. This debut line will also feature a limited, one-time only “Kickstarter Edition” engraving on the back. Once it’s made available stores in 2016, the Voyage will retail at USD $179.
Update: 29 Aug 15
Today BOLDR Watches launched its Kickstarter Campaign. Please visit the following link to pre-order the timepieces: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/91567885/boldr-watches-voyage-sleek-design-meets-smart-func