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New watch series

Dear friends and watch enthusiasts, hi again!

It's John from Solar Lab. Some time ago I and launched my own first limited wristwatch collection called Gnomon - the sundial-inspired one-handers. For the present moment the whole collection is fully sold out, so this moderate success inspired me to continue on my path of watchmaking. Now I’m working on the new series, created the first prototypes for the new watch and once again would like to hear your opinion.

The second watch is called UMBRA (means “shadow” in Latin), and in it I develop the basic features of the concept further. The watch has a single hand that refers to sundial’s gnomon (hand that casts shadow). Now it stands still, leaving a disc with Roman numerals to rotate for indicating the time. The overall design reveals the disc only partly, referring to the light cycle depiction of actual Roman sundials. The color ways are a nod to the famous sundial structures of the Past and common building and smithing materials from the ancient times.

The exhibition case back is decorated with a signature zodiac engraving. I’ll be sticking with the automatic Miyota movement again, but decided to replace old straps with cool Horween leather-made. Here are some photos:



















Looking forward to see your thoughts!
 

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Hi again guys!

I’m glad to say that we went to crowdfunding today! So if you like our timepieces, it may be the good opportunity to get one or a couple with a good price. We plan to get them manufactured closer to the end of the Fall. So it’s not a long period of waiting by crowdfunding standards and we already manufactured our own watches before, so the deal is solid – it’s up to you if you’re into our watches or not.

You can check the project here if you liked it (and wanna save some big buck, too!)

www.kickstarter.com/projects/solar-lab/umbra-0
 

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Hi John ! :smile1: Boy oh boy, these look ridiculously nice, and love
the whole idea behind them with the sundial. :cool: Just is so different.

It's not something we see every day, or something we will see done
by other watch companies, and brands. Terrific idea, and job !!!

I mean you have the ancient idea behind the watch, but then that
cool one handed, almost jump hours way about it. Even the case
back is something to see. ..Thanks a ton for the look, and news !
 

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Hey Tom, thanks <3 Happy to see such kind words :)


Well, a month has passed, and I’m glad to share that our second limited series of sundial-inspired UMBRA watches by Solar Lab is definitely going to be produced in the nearest future! Now it’s only 48 hours left until the end of the campaign on Kickstarter, so if you want to get an UMBRA for yourself, it’s better to hurry up :) The watches will be delivered in October!
 

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Hey Tom, thanks <3 Happy to see such kind words :)


Well, a month has passed, and I’m glad to share that our second limited series of sundial-inspired UMBRA watches by Solar Lab is definitely going to be produced in the nearest future! Now it’s only 48 hours left until the end of the campaign on Kickstarter, so if you want to get an UMBRA for yourself, it’s better to hurry up :) The watches will be delivered in October!

My watches are poorly designed

Don't mention it, and thank YOU very much for the look at these ! :)
Love how they don't look like every other watch, and acyually look
like something we might see at one of the awesome watch shows
during the year. ..It's just so much fun to see ! :eek:
 

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Don't mention it, and thank YOU very much for the look at these ! :)
Love how they don't look like every other watch, and acyually look
like something we might see at one of the awesome watch shows
during the year. ..It's just so much fun to see ! :eek:
Wow, some of those models look pretty nice, but what do I do when I actually want to see what time of day it is?
 

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Wow, some of those models look pretty nice, but what do I do when I actually want to see what time of day it is?

:) Can see what you mean sir, and am guessing it takes a little getting
used to at first. But then once you get used to it, it's probably not so
difficult. ..Kind of seems similar to a jump hours, and how that works. :thumb:
 
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