When I caught my first glimpse of the Melbourne Watch Company Portsea I was convinced it was going to be a hit – it turns out I wasn’t the only one with the project getting completely funded on Kickstarter within 24 hours and well on the way to funding its second stretch goal.
The Portsea is Melbourne Watch Company’s third and most ambitious timepiece. Owner and Founder Sujain Krishnan has taken the brand to new frontiers with their first automatic calendar timepiece based on the Japanese made Miyota 9120 movement. The Portsea is designed as a modern twist on the traditional ‘marine chronometer’ featuring a traditional outer marker track combined with a modern multidimensional ceramic dial and movement. Flip it over and the 40mm Portsea comes to life with a dramatic stamped case back inspired by the famous seaside town the watch is named after.
With only 2 existing models Melbourne Watch Company’s progress and innovation with the Portsea is impressive to say the least – especially for a company that is a year old. It’s hard to imagine a watch with calendar functionality, solid 3D stamped case back and floating ceramic dial can retail for under $800 Aussie dollars (and look good!). It’s clear every aspect of this watch has been considered, right down to the German leather strap (in Dark Brown and Navy Blue).
Although the Kickstarter campaign is fully funded you can still grab a Portsea at the pre-order price of $595AUD (regular steel case) or $615AUD (rose gold plated case). When the watch is officially released in late October RRP will be $775AUD (steel) and $799AUD (rose gold plated case).
Case – 40mm 316L stainless steel (rose gold PVD plating optional)
Movement – Modified Miyota 9120 automatic, triple calendar display
Crystal – Flat sapphire
Dial – Dual floating ceramic dials with multi-layered centre
Hands – Signature “M” sweep seconds
Strap – Genuine croc-grain leather with signature stainless steel buckle
Water Resistance – 10ATM/100m
Warranty – 24 months
Check out the campaign here!