The amount of Kickstarter watch companies that have surfaced in the last year has been unbelievable, we must get a request a week to write about a Kickstarter campaign for a ‘good looking and affordable timepiece’. My general approach to writing about watch brands on TVG has been to focus on brands that are making quality products or brands that are innovative and doing things a bit differently (or Australian ones that we like to support). Funnily enough Tempest didn’t get in touch with me but I happened to see a photo on Bridge and Barrel’s Instagram of the Tempest Forged Carbon watch for under $1000.
When you think of Forged Carbon you think of AP and Richard Mille, two brands synonymous with huge price tags. Tempest set out to make a more affordable Carbon watch following the same methods as the haute horology brands. The process sees raw carbon and resin combined under extreme heat and pressure within a mold which is then allowed to cure. The resulting forged carbon case is then precision machined and finished before being assembled. This process results in a light and extremely tough material, as well as a unique aesthetic, where no two cases will ever look exactly the same. The process creates a unique marbling pattern due to the movement of the resin and raw carbon inside the mold.
The Tempest Carbon features the same Japanese Miyota Cal.9015 movement we’ve seen in the Melbourne Watch Company Flinders and measures 43mm in diameter. Under the Sapphire Crystal the dial features individually hand-applied markers filled with BWG9 Swiss Lumi-Nova to maximise visibility in low light conditions or to depths of 200m. The watch comes on a water resistant nylon strap with black PVD buckle.
What is cool about this project is that Tempest have set about disrupting the industry’s perceived cost of carbon watches. It’s great to see a beautiful and affordable product has been the result!
Check out the Kickstarter Campaign here