Swiss watchmaker Werenbach transforms salvaged space rockets into prestigious timepieces. The brand has recently announced their latest Soyuz 01 watch, made from the upcycled aluminum from a booster on the Soyuz rocket that flew Sergei Valeriyevich Prokopyev, Alexander Gerst and Serena Auñón-Chancellor up to the ISS on June 6, 2018.
The dial is made from rocket material that has been to the edge of space at an altitude of 45 km before being recovered from the Kazakh desert steppe, cleaned, and elaborately engineered.
The brand has launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the promotion of this new watch collection. This is the third online crowd-funding project by the Zurich based Swiss watch brand that was founded by Patrick Hohmann in 2012. The design for the new collection was chosen in a survey that 6,000 fans participated in.
This collection is available in two different movement versions: the Soyuz 01 Automatic Edition and the Soyuz 01 Superlative Automatic Edition. The basic collection incorporates the Sellita SW200 whereas the superlative models have a high-end mechanical Soprod Newton movement.
The Sellita SW200 Swiss mechanical movement by Sellita is a new generation of the legendary and probably highest-selling mechanical movement in Switzerland, the ETA 2824. Sellita is famous as a manufacturer of robust and proven Swiss movements.
The Newton is a new high-end movement in premium quality developed by Jura-based manufacturer Soprod.
This latest generation Swiss-made mechanical movement is distinguished by its excellent precision and a ‘bridge’ over the balance. Bridges like these are generally only found in luxury brands that are manufactured to the highest standards of Swiss ‘haute-horlogerie’. The bridge also improves the watch’s shock resistance.
Both versions offer same display layout: Three central hands (hour, minute & seconds) and a date window at 3 o’ clock. The models powered by the Sellita SW200 automatic calibre provide a power reserve up to 38 hours with a precision of -/+ 19 sec. day. The Soprod Newton is a premium-grade automatic movement that provides a power reserve of 44 hours with a precision of -/+ 6 sec. day.
Three dial designs are also available for each model. The Soyuz 01 Automatic Edition offers Black, White and Raw (Aluminium) dial versions. The Soyuz 01 Superlative Automatic Edition is available with Raw, Black or Deep Black dials.
Among them, the Soyuz 01 Superlative Deep Black is a limited edition of only 999 pieces. This version features a black DLC coated stainless steel case and a black dial.
The dials of Soyuz 01 watches are made from original processed aluminum in black or white, polished or unpolished. The large, applied hour-markers along with the SLN X1 GL C1 Luminova treated, baton shaped hour and minute hands ensure excellent visibility of the dial indications.
Below the 12 o’ clock Arabic numeral hour marker, the dial displays the brand logo, the brand name and the collection name. At 3 o’ clock, the dial features a round shaped date window. At 9 o’ clock, the Soyuz 01 automatic edition models feature the inscription AUTOMATIC whereas the Soyuz 01 Superlative automatic edition models have the inscription SUPERLATIVE AUTOMATIC.
The dial also indicates some interesting details dedicated for the fans of space and rocket technology. The dial of all Soyuz 01 watches is stamped with the words ROCKET MATERIAL and below that you will find the coordinates (45° 38 N 63° 19 E) of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the launching port of Soyuz rockets.
The outer dial ring is inscribed with the details like attitude and flight duration related to the stage III of Soyuz rocket launch: ORBIT- 8.49 MIN – 207KM. An illustration of the Soyuz rocket launch is given below.
These Werenbach timepieces feature stainless steel cases (black DLC coating is used for the Soyuz 01 Superlative Deep Black model) measuring 41.2mm diameter and 9.5mm thickness. Front glass is sapphire crystal with AR coating.
The case back of each Soyuz 01 Edition watch features a small porthole styled glass-window that offers the view of the balance wheel, the heart of the movement. In comparison, the case back of the Soyuz 01 Superlative Edition is fitted with a large sapphire crystal that offers a clear view of the movement rear side.
The Soyuz MS-09 was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on June 6, 2018 with three astronauts on board, heading for the International Space Station. Those astronauts were: Sergei Valeriyevich Prokopyev (Russia), Alexander Gerst (Germany) and Serena Auñón-Chancellor (USA).
All Werenbach watches are made from real-life rocket material obtained from spent Soyuz rocket boosters and fairings, which are jettisoned back to Earth from an altitude of 45 and 85 kilometers respectively, where they are personally selected and recovered from the Kazakh steppe by the company founder.
The legendary Soyuz rockets took the first astronauts and satellites up into space. Known for their dependability, they have been flown more often than any other rocket and are still in service today. The Werenbach timepieces satisfy the most stringent of quality criteria and come with a 5- year warranty.
By supporting the Werenbach Soyuz 01 Kickstarter campaign, the customers can acquire the timepieces of his/her choice in a greatly discounted price range. For example, the Kickstarter price of each Soyuz 01 model is CHF 539, which is approximately 44% less than its suggested future retail price (CHF 979).
Glass: Scratch resistant sapphire crystal with single anti-reflect coating
Lug width: 20mm
Lug to lug: 49.3mm
Water resistance: 10 ATM
The dials, which are made of pure aluminum rocket material, not only boast a unique 3D effect but also a unique history. As part of a rocket they have left our planet and touched the edge of space at an altitude of 45 km.
100% pure aluminum rocket material from the first stage boosters
• Production method: aluminum die cast and hand polished
• Altitude: over 45km
Luminous material: SLN X1 GL C1
Mechanical Swiss movements
• Mechanical movement
• Make: Swiss Made
• Precision: -/+ 19 sec. day
• Power reserve: 38 hours
• Quality: standard
• High-end mechanical movement
• Make: Swiss Made
• Precision: -/+ 6 sec. day
• Power reserve: 44 hours
• Quality: premium (top)
Black textile strap (for all models except Soyuz 01 White)
Brown Leather strap for Soyuz 01 White model
Additional straps/bracelets can be purchased seperately
Weight without strap: 68 g
Weight with strap: 86 g
Soyuz 01: CHF 539
Soyuz 01 Superlative: CHF 969
Future retail price
Soyuz 01: CHF 979
Soyuz 01 Superlative: CHF 1700
Kickstarter campaign details
Project launched on: 17 September 2020
Pledged amount: $65,155
Project ends on: 01 November 2020
Estimated Delivery: April 2021