Melbourne Watch Company – The “Carlton”

Based in Australia, Melbourne Watch Company is the one of the most successful micro watch brands that storms into the watch making industry utilising online crowd funding campaigns. Thanks to their ever inspiring designs, superlative quality and cost effectiveness, Melbourne Watch Company’s timepieces are highly sought after by connoisseurs of affordable luxury watches. To date the brand has successfully funded and delivered 4 projects through crowd-funding and also independently released a mid-size dress watch in 2014. This time, the brand is launching its 6th timepiece – The Carlton – a combination of retro style with modern timekeeping in the form of a mecha-quartz hybrid movement.

The Carlton is the brand’s first foray into the world of both chronographs (stopwatch functionality) and quartz timekeeping. Inspired by the ‘senator’ style watches of the 1960s, the Carlton features a 42mm case, clean minimalist dial and a modern mecha-quartz movement by Seiko. The Carlton will be produced initially in the Black/Stainless Steel and Silver/Rose Gold colour combinations.

The dial features a 60 minute timer (left), a 24-hour display (right) and a sweeping chronograph seconds hand (centre) that can be activated when needed. The subdials themselves feature a subtle sunburst texture and are surrounded by applied stainless steel hour markers.

The Carlton pays tribute to a part of Melbourne. Specifically, the Carlton is named after an inner-city suburb famous for being the home of the historic Royal Exhibition Centre, which the brand has chosen as the subject for the Carlton’s case-back engraving.

Melbourne Watch Company has recently launched a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign for the promotion of this new timepiece.

The customers can pre order the Carlton for $AUD 295/$USD 235 by visiting the Kickstarter link given below:-
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sujainkrishnan/the-carlton-by-melbourne-watch-company

Technical details
Case
316L (Surgical Grade) Stainless Steel case
Diameter: 42mm; Lug To Lug: 50mm
Case Thickness – 11mm
Lug Width – 22mm
Crystal – Flat Sapphire (Stretch Goal #1 Adds AR coating)
Water Resistance – 5ATM/50m

Movement
Seiko VK64 mecha-quartz hybrid

Strap
22mm Croc-Grain Leather w/ Stainless Steel Buckle

Packaging
All timepieces will be shipped in a Melbourne Watch Company hard shell case

Warranty
24 Months

Retail Price
The Black/SS and Silver/Rose Gold versions of the Carlton will retail for $455AUD and $475AUD respectively when released.

Melbourne Watch Company – The “Avalon”

The Melbourne Watch Company is a leading player in the promising micro watch brand industry. Established since 2013, this Australian watch brand offers customers high quality, stylish and unique timepieces at an accessible price point.  The brand has successfully crowd-funded the Flinders (the debut model), the Hawthorn and most recently, the Portsea. Inspired by these achievements, the brand has also independently released a mid-size dress watch, the Parkville.

Now, the brand is planning the launch of next model – the Avalon, a modern wristwatch on the classic aviation watch theme.  The Avalon is named after Melbourne’s Avalon Airfield – home of the International Air Show, the largest and most comprehensive event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Avalon takes visual themes from both classic and modern aviation and incorporates them into the watch’s styling cues. The matte black DLC coating on the case was inspired by stealth fighters like the F-117 Nighthawk. The elongated markers at 3, 6, 9 and 12 evoke the crosshairs within a targeting scope. The dial’s open heart aperture and “propeller” bridge pay tribute to the open-nose fighters of WWII and the bordering hazard stripe is a nod to the safety markers found on airstrips and aircraft around the world. The case back features stylised jet turbine blades surrounding the display crystal.

The 45mm case is milled from surgical-grade 316L Stainless Steel which has then undergone a process known as ‘DLC’ (Diamond Like Carbon) coating. The dial is framed by flat anti-reflective sapphire crystal and consists of multiple layers, each with different textures. The centre-most dial section features an oil-pressed ‘shuriken’ pattern and is surrounded by applied stainless steel indices.

The open heart aperture exposes part of the high-beat Miyota 90S5 automatic movement. This premium caliber from Miyota operates at 28,800 beats per hour, or 8 per second, allowing for a smooth sweep of the second hand around the dial.

The semi-skeleton hour & minute hands have broad areas of orange Super-Luminova to match the applied indices. As with previous models from the brand, the Avalon features the signature “M” counterweight on the seconds hand. The sapphire crystal caseback gives full view to the movement, decorated with jeweled chatons and Côtes de Genève (“Geneva Stripes”). The rotor features a radial sunburst pattern, which will also be engraved with the “M” logo in the production version.

The brand has launched a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign to promote Avalon timepiece. The backers can pre order the timepiece for a price of $575AUD ($445USD). Delivery of the product is planned on May 2015.

Technical details
Case
Material- 316L Stainless Steel w/ DLC coating
Case Size: 45mm (Excluding Crown)
Case Thickness: 12.1mm
Lug Width: 24mm
Lug To Lug: 54mm
Crown: 6.5 x 4mm (Engraved)
Crystal: Anti-Reflective Sapphire
Water Resistance: 50m/5ATM

Movement
Miyota 90S5 Open Heart Automatic (28,800bph)

Dial
Multi-Layered w/ Applied Steel Indices & Orange Super-Luminova

Strap
24mm Genuine Leather w/ matte black DLC buckle (22mm)

Warranty
24 Months

Visit the following link to pre-order the “Avalon” by Melbourne Watch Company:-
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sujainkrishnan/the-avalon-by-melbourne-watch-company

Melbourne Watch Company – Portsea

After the successful launch of their first two timepieces, the Melbourne Watch Company now unveils its third timepiece, thee Portsea, a tribute to classic marine watches featuring an automatic calendar movement.

Founded in 2013, the Melbourne Watch Company successfully produced two timepieces using crowd funding – the Flinders, a classically styled dress watch and the Hawthorn, a dress/sport hybrid with a more casual feel. Its third project is the Portsea, a triple calendar automatic timepiece named after a seaside locale on the Mornington Peninsula southeast of Melbourne. The brand is currently targeting mid-October 2014 for delivery of timepieces to the backers of Portsea crowd-funding campaign.

The traditional ‘marine chronometer’ timepieces usually feature combination of a simple a white dial (traditionally enamel) and either black Arabic or Roman numerals. Many marine style watches also feature hand-wind pocket watch movements with a sub-seconds dial at 6 o’clock.

The brand is giving a modern twist on the classic marine design by combining the traditional outer marker track, white dial and Arabic numbers with a modern automatic calendar movement – the Miyota 9120. A version with a blue dial with white numbers will also available. The Melbourne Watch Company will be initially offering 250 timepieces through the crowd funding project (100 white, 100 blue, 50 white/rose gold).

The Portsea will feature Australian design, Japanese movements and parts sourced from both Europe and Asia. The Portsea will be equipped with the 26 jewel Miyota Cal. 9120 automatic calendar movement featuring a “triple-calendar” setup of month, day and date. The date window is positioned at 6 o’clock rather than at the standard ‘4.5’ o’clock position. The Cal. 9120 operates at a beat rate of 28,800bph and has a power reserve of more than 40 hours when fully wound.

The case for the Portsea is made from fully polished 316L grade stainless steel and measures 40mm in diameter with a thickness of approximately 12.5mm. A limited number of timepieces with PVD rose gold plating will also be manufactured.

The solid steel case-back for the Portsea has been stamped with a nautically themed scene rather than traditional engraving or embossing.

The dial for the Portsea features multiple thinner dials which have been overlaid to give an effect of depth. The main dial layer (sub dials and numbers) is made from ceramic which gives it a unique finish. The base layer of the dial contains a 3D striated pattern to further enhance the depth effect of the dial. The Portsea will be available with two choices of dials – traditional white with black numbering and blue hands as well dark blue with silver/white numbering and silver hands.

Technical details

  • Case: 40mm 316L stainless steel – 12.5mm thickness
  • Case Back: Solid stamped steel with nautical theme
  • Crystal: Flat Sapphire
  • Movement: Miyota Cal. 9120, triple calendar setup, date at 6
  • Dial: Triple layer with ceramic main disc
  • Hands: Ion plated with “M” counter-balance on sweep seconds
  • Strap: German made croc-grain leather with stainless steel buckle
  • Warranty: 24 months
  • All watches will ship in a Melbourne Watch Company display case.

Kickstarter project
The Portsea Kickstarter project to fund the production of the 250 timepieces is now online. The brand is offering some great backer rewards as well the chance to secure a Portsea timepiece from the reduced pre-production price of $550AUD (early bird). The MSRP of the Portsea will be $775AUD when released (add $20AUD for rose gold plated version). All watches will come on a choice of dark brown or navy blue German leather straps. Visit the Kickstarter campaign page for  more details.

Differences between prototype and production versions
Whilst the prototypes of the Portsea are of an overall high quality, there are several minor items that will be refined or corrected for the production version.

  • Hands: The “M” on the prototype seconds hand is undersized. This will be corrected for production to be similar to our previous models
  • Dial: spacers will be added between the mid and base dial layers to enhance the depth effect. The brand will also enhance the base layer horizontal pattern effect and overall colour palette and the cut out at 6 o’clock will be removed as it is no longer required for visibility of the date window.
  • Case: The “M” logo will be engraved onto the crown as per previous models.
  • Case Back: The brand will replace the current screws with versions that do not protrude as substantially from the case.
  • Straps: The prototypes came fitted with deployment clasps. The production version will have regular buckles as per previous models.

Melbourne Watch Company Hawthorn

After the successful crowd funding of their debut model (the Flinders), Australia based watch brand Melbourne Watch Company announces their latest timepiece – Hawthorn, a sporty dress watch. This new timepiece will be promoted through crowd funding campaign at KickStarter.

Respecting the feedbacks received from watch lovers after the launch of Flinders, the Company has decided to make a sportier dress watch with bigger proportions and the Hawthorn is born. This timepiece comes in a 42 mm brushed stainless steel case and houses a Japanese Miyota 8205 movement. The company is planning to produce a limited run of 300 units, 100 of each strap variation.

The Miyota Cal. 8205 automatic movement beats at rate of 21,600bph and provides a power reserve of approximately 42 hours when fully wound. The crown is engraved with the Melbourne Watch Company logo. The Hawthorn will also be rated at 100m water resistance. The Hawthorn will be fitted with flat anti-reflective sapphire crystal, both on top and on the display case back with embossed text.

The multi-layered dial with a “carbon” textured centre boasts applied stainless steel markers with C3 super-luminova for night time illumination. The dial also features a Day/Date complication at 3 o’clock. The Hawthorn features a standard set of hour/minute/sweep second hands.  The”M” portion of the brand logo acts as the counter-balance to the sweep second hand. The hour and minute hands feature C3 super-luminova for night time illumination.

Hawthorn will be available in a choice of leather (tan, black) or stainless steel bracelet. The bracelet features an “oyster” style flip-lock deployment clasp and solid end links. All straps and bracelets will feature the Melbourne Watch Company logo. The leather strap width is 22mm at the lugs and 20mm at the buckle.The MSRP of the Hawthorn on leather will be $395AUD and the steel bracelet version will cost $425AUD when released.

As on date, prototype models are already available with the company. Melbourne Watch Company is currently running a KickStarter campaign that enables the customers to pre-order Hawthorn timepieces. If the Kickstarter project goes successful, the Company will commence the production of the Hawthorn in late April with a projected customer delivery date of late May/early June.

Technical details
42mm brushed 316L stainless steel case
Miyota 8205 automatic movement
Textured dial with C3 superlume markers
C3 superlume hands
Choice of black/tan leather or steel bracelet with solid end links
100m water resistance

Pre-order pricing starts from $295AUD for the leather version and $325AUD for the steel bracelet version.

Melbourne Watch Company – The Flinders Automatic

Melbourne Watch Company is a new Australian brand which is specialised in the production of highly reliable mechanical timepieces that come in affordable price tags. Melbourne Watch Company is founded by Sujain Krishnan, an enthusiast and collector of affordable mechanical watches, who originally started his watch making career through building homage style pilot and military watches for the online enthusiast community.

The brand, inspired from the traditional watch making methods, has announced their debut watch model – the Flinders, a perfect mechanical dress watch with classic looks. This timepiece is scheduled to be released in February 2014.

The flinders watch reflects the elegance and style of Melbourne, one of most beautiful cities in the world. Equipped with state of the art Miyota 9105 automatic movement, this timepiece offers normal time keeping functions and a date indication at 3’o clock.

The Flinders boasts standard high end features of today’s affordable mechanical luxury timepieces such as sapphire crystal, a multi-layered dial and a high quality leather strap. Dial, which feature a multilayer pattern has stainless steel hour markers.

The sweep seconds hand has a unique ‘M’ logo. The display case back offers the view of mechanical movement that ticks inside the timepiece.

Currently, this timepiece is in development with prototypes already received and full production and customer delivery targeted for late February 2014. The Melbourne Watch Company is now accepting the pre-orders for the Flinders automatic timepiece, which is priced at $395 Australian dollars. Shipping charges will be extra. Additionally, the Flinders carries a 12 month warranty.

Technical details
40mm 316L stainless steel case, 9.8mm case height
Miyota Cal. 9015 automatic movement
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal and display case back
Multi-layered dial with stainless steel markers
Hour/minute/sweep second hands with unique “M” logo
Date complication at 3 o’clock
Genuine leather strap with stainless steel buckle