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Old 08-01-2019, 11:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Have you guys had time to see Akura's Wayfarer by chance?

Based in Scotland, Akura's Wayfarer was inspired by the Highlands
everyone.

With details like a 41mm stainless steel case, 100m WR, a sapphire
crystal, and four dials in either gray, blue, black, or red. All with a
sleek design, as well as unique Super-LumiNova BGW9 coated hands,
and markers.

In addition, it looks like you have both a bracelet, and leather strap,
and Miyota 9015 automatic also..

Have a few pictures right here...























Akura, and W&W with even more...


https://akuratime.com/


https://wornandwound.com/first-look-...kura-wayfarer/
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This is a weird one for me. I think the black dial looks hideous. But I love the white dial. The others, meh. Maybe its the pics. Anyway, I like the internal bezel. Think I'd take a nice leather strap over that chinzy looking bracelet. Not a big fan of the noisy 9015. Maybe could've used an NH35A or an NE series movement and made it a bit cheaper.
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This is a weird one for me. I think the black dial looks hideous. But I love the white dial. The others, meh. Maybe its the pics. Anyway, I like the internal bezel. Think I'd take a nice leather strap over that chinzy looking bracelet. Not a big fan of the noisy 9015. Maybe could've used an NH35A or an NE series movement and made it a bit cheaper.

It's funny how different dials can change up the same watch isn't it
Forza?!

Have to agree too on the white here. ..It just flows perfectly with the
style, and design of the hands, markers, and everything. Every detail
just seems to work together better on that one.

Yup, and the leather strap really does kick up the class like you said !

Oh, and haven't experienced the 9015, but will definitely take your
word for it both noise, and price wise.

Thanks so much for chiming in sir !!!
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I see they have made their kickstarter goal to start production on the Black, gray and red. But need more money for the blue and are holding the white dial hostage until they make nearly double what they have now with delivery promised in January 2020. Kind of a disappointing way of doing business. I may have considered pledging for the white dial now. But not knowing if they'll ever go through with it makes me nervous. I mean, if you're not going to make it. Don't show it to me. I'll wait it out. See what happens.
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I see they have made their kickstarter goal to start production on the Black, gray and red. But need more money for the blue and are holding the white dial hostage until they make nearly double what they have now with delivery promised in January 2020. Kind of a disappointing way of doing business. I may have considered pledging for the white dial now. But not knowing if they'll ever go through with it makes me nervous. I mean, if you're not going to make it. Don't show it to me. I'll wait it out. See what happens.

Oh man, that is disappointing Forza ! Actually didn't even visit the
Kickstarter page, so thanks so much for the info. ..Honestly, just saw
the news at W&W, and then got a few pictures from their Facebook
to put up for everyone. But yeah, why hold the white dial off like that?!
When they could have it from the very beginning?!

Like you are saying, it's upsetting to what could have been possible
customers like yourself.
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Hi there! I'm the founder of Akura Timepieces. Looking into the stretch-goals at the moment. Thinking of doing a vote with backers regarding the blue/white at the end of the campaign, after the stretch goal gets unlocked.



That way whatever is the most popular would go into production.

I can of course, recommend pledging to be part of that vote.

Do you like this solution?
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Hi there! I'm the founder of Akura Timepieces. Looking into the stretch-goals at the moment. Thinking of doing a vote with backers regarding the blue/white at the end of the campaign, after the stretch goal gets unlocked.



That way whatever is the most popular would go into production.

I can of course, recommend pledging to be part of that vote.

Do you like this solution?

you have to pledge money in order to vote, then hope the color you voted for makes it into rotation?
definite pass for me.


its an interesting design, although the black dial is awful...

i think its priced too high for what it is and its specs. almost $500 US dollars (which is the LIMITED time discounted price) no idea what it will actually retail for.

100m WR, affordable miyota movement....

im just not seeing a $500+ watch there. and more when it hits retail? how much more?
for $500 i can get a swiss movement watch in ETA, Sellita, Sophrod... if this retails much over that $500 discounted price, i can get a swiss watch from a well known and reputable brand.

why would I pay that much for a brand new brand with no reputation and unknown chances of being around for any length of time for any sort of waranty?
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I know what you're saying, it's difficult to communicate the quality of this watch, people have been branding it too easily as 'just another Kickstarter watch'.


However, it's a level up from other Kickstarter watches, my manufacturer produces REC (1600 on bracelet), and SevenFriday (around 1000). This is the one supplier I've found where quality always took precedence over quantity.



I can tell you that my margin with the Wayfarer is much lower than other Kickstarter watches. The bracelet and complexity of the construction add immensely to the cost. It's hard to put the quality of finishing on a spec sheet unfortunately.



wristwatchreview.uk wrote "The dial has great depth and looks and feels better than a 400 watch has any right to." Jody from JustOneMoreWatch mentioned that it's "a notch up from the other watches he reviews on his channel".

The quality is there, and it's better than what you may expect.

(At the moment you also get a calfskin strap included, which would be 40 at retail pricing)






On the stretch goal topic, took Forza's comment to heart and amendet the 70k stretch goal. Now a vote will be held for backers at the end of the campaign when 70k is reached, where either the white or blue choice can be voted into production. (At 90k+ both will be produced immediately.)

If your colour choice is not voted in, a refund will be issued.

That makes more sense in general, as it makes the most people happy at the end of the campaign! Thank you Forza!
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I know what you're saying, it's difficult to communicate the quality of this watch, people have been branding it too easily as 'just another Kickstarter watch'.


However, it's a level up from other Kickstarter watches, my manufacturer produces REC (1600 on bracelet), and SevenFriday (around 1000). This is the one supplier I've found where quality always took precedence over quantity.



I can tell you that my margin with the Wayfarer is much lower than other Kickstarter watches. The bracelet and complexity of the construction add immensely to the cost. It's hard to put the quality of finishing on a spec sheet unfortunately.



wristwatchreview.uk wrote "The dial has great depth and looks and feels better than a 400 watch has any right to." Jody from JustOneMoreWatch mentioned that it's "a notch up from the other watches he reviews on his channel".

The quality is there, and it's better than what you may expect.

(At the moment you also get a calfskin strap included, which would be 40 at retail pricing)






On the stretch goal topic, took Forza's comment to heart and amendet the 70k stretch goal. Now a vote will be held for backers at the end of the campaign when 70k is reached, where either the white or blue choice can be voted into production. (At 90k+ both will be produced immediately.)

If your colour choice is not voted in, a refund will be issued.

That makes more sense in general, as it makes the most people happy at the end of the campaign! Thank you Forza!

i dont doubt your statement on quality, but comparing it to other kickstarter watches is inaccurate for most purchasing considerations.

i wouldnt be comparing this watch to other kickstarter watches at the same price, I would be comparing it to established watches in that price.

in that regard, this watch falls flat. I love jody from "just one more watch", but hes comparing your watch to his usual review of $100-$200 watches, so at $500 US, i would absolutely expect your watch to be better.



your margin is also irrelevant to potential buyers. all that matters is how it compares to other watches at the same price.

i wouldnt worry, im sure your watch will meet its goals. people tend to love these kickstarter campains.

as i said, its a nice watch, but not at $500 for me, and certainly not over that. i can get solid swiss options at that price from well established brands.
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If you're comparing it to established Swiss Brands, I don't think there's an option for a toolwatch at 10mm at that price. With all hands + minute track luminous? Sapphire case back? Calfskin leather strap + bracelet?

The features do add up. I know it may not be for you, but it is a good deal for what you get.

Either way it tells the time well, and I'm sure the Swiss watch does as well. There's something for everyone.
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If you're comparing it to established Swiss Brands, I don't think there's an option for a toolwatch at 10mm at that price. With all hands + minute track luminous? Sapphire case back? Calfskin leather strap + bracelet?

The features do add up. I know it may not be for you, but it is a good deal for what you get.

Either way it tells the time well, and I'm sure the Swiss watch does as well. There's something for everyone.

what will the price be after the kickstarter campaign?

how much more will it be retail?
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I know what you're saying, it's difficult to communicate the quality of this watch, people have been branding it too easily as 'just another Kickstarter watch'.
However, it's a level up from other Kickstarter watches, my manufacturer produces REC (1600 on bracelet), and SevenFriday (around 1000). This is the one supplier I've found where quality always took precedence over quantity.
I can tell you that my margin with the Wayfarer is much lower than other Kickstarter watches. The bracelet and complexity of the construction add immensely to the cost. It's hard to put the quality of finishing on a spec sheet unfortunately.
wristwatchreview.uk wrote "The dial has great depth and looks and feels better than a 400 watch has any right to." Jody from JustOneMoreWatch mentioned that it's "a notch up from the other watches he reviews on his channel".
The quality is there, and it's better than what you may expect.
(At the moment you also get a calfskin strap included, which would be 40 at retail pricing)
On the stretch goal topic, took Forza's comment to heart and amendet the 70k stretch goal. Now a vote will be held for backers at the end of the campaign when 70k is reached, where either the white or blue choice can be voted into production. (At 90k+ both will be produced immediately.)
If your colour choice is not voted in, a refund will be issued.
That makes more sense in general, as it makes the most people happy at the end of the campaign! Thank you Forza!
You are very welcome. I know I must not be the only one that has stated their preference for the white dial. It is very unique compared to the others. I love the stacked digit date wheel, the red accents and the different lume treatment. The 10mm case is amazing. But as I stated previously, I believe you could have made a better choice when it came down to the movement. I don't know if your reasoning was to get the best 28,800 bph movement for the best price. Or maybe you just preferred the Miyota because it fit in your case. But I'm wondering if TMI's NH or NE series in particular were even considered for this piece. I believe that either of these movements are better than the Miyota. They may have saved you money and in the end resulted in better price for your customers.
Anyway, it seems that you came up with a more than fair and reasonable solution to the dial color conundrum. I'm happy to have been a small part of it. Personally, I think the black and gray dials are to close and that the white should have been offered as one of the first three out of the block. But that's my opinion.
Because of the movement issue, I can't guarantee a pledge at this time. But it certainly isn't out of the question. You have a very well made watch there that is obviously doing well at developing a fanbase as we speak. I wish you good luck and a prosperous future and will be looking forward to seeing more of your products down the line. Godspeed Philipp.
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Thank you for the kind words! Godspeed, indeed!

Yes the movement guarantees the 10mm case being possible, with the NH movements being quite thick. The next step up @10mm would be the Sellita SW300, adding a huge amount of cost. The Miyota 9015 finds a good middle ground.
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