Kickstarter is used more and more as a platform to launch beautiful watches, that otherwise would not be available to the worldwide public. Manufaktur Waldhoff decided to present all their pieces in one Kickstarter campaign. They still have more than 40 days until the end of it but the campaign is already fully funded.
Manufaktur Waldhoff is a new independent watch manufacturer started in 2015 by Manfred Starck and Nicolas Lehotzky. Based in Pforzheim, the brand’s goal is to bring a line of well-priced high-end automatic watches. For this they are using an interesting set of features: the watches are designed in Geneva, Switzerland, produced in Pforzheim, Germany and powered by Japanese movements. How will this help the end-user? Simple! The design is done by an experienced watch designer, Nicolas Lehotzky, which has a huge work experience as a product designer, in product management and as a sourcing specialist. Manfred Starck has 40 years of watch business experience, having his own company, Starck-Uhren Gmbh, since 1990. Pforzheim is recognised as an important metallurgic centre and go-to place for watch case suppliers. The movements used by the Manufaktur Waldhoff are well known Japanese calibres from Miyota and Seiko. We think this is a winning combination of skills that can satisfy every wish regarding quality and price.
The most “talented” watch of the brand is the Multimatic. This is a calendar watch with 24 hours indication and retrograde power reserve. The watch is cased in a 42.5mm elegant steel case with a thickness of 14mm. The case is also available in a gold PVD case. On top, the watch is covered with a sapphire crystal with anti-reflexive coating. The Multimatic is available in 6 dial/case variants from which we remind, as an example, the Royal Blue and the Rose Gold Obsidian Black. The see-through case back reveals the self-winding mechanical calendar movement D-8-11M based on Miyota 9100. This calibre offers 42 hours of power reserve. This watch is accompanied by a 22mm wide genuine calf leather strap with steel pin buckle and has a campaign price of CHF399.
The next timepiece is an open dial watch with a sportier look – the Republic. The watch comes in a 44mm diameter, 13.8mm thickness case. The dial, showing central hours, minutes and seconds is multi-layer metallic coated with applied numerals. The calibre D-6-40 is visible through the open dial and transparent case back. Based on Miyota 82S0, the automatic movement has 42 hours of power reserve regulated with a 3Hz balance wheel. The watch comes with a 22mm calf leather strap with crocodile texture and has a price of CHF257.
A classic, yet sophisticated watch from the Manufaktur Waldhoff is the Regent, priced at CHF220. Available in six case/dial versions, the 42mm watch has a slimmer case of 12.5mm. The beautiful dial has an open heart for the balance wheel and applied numerals and indexes. Powering this beauty is the D-7-18 movement based on the self-winding Seiko NH38. The strap choice for this elegant piece is a 20mm width calf leather strap with a smooth, matt texture.
The Renaissance watch is the dressiest and the cheapest watch from Manufaktur Waldhoff. Coming with a price tag of only CHF189, this timepiece has a 42mm classic and elegant steel case with various combination of colours (simple steel, gold PVD bezel or full gold PVD case). The dial has the same care for details as the more expensive brothers: applied numerals on silver, blue or black background. The watch is powered by D-6-22, based on the robust and well-known Seiko NH35 movement.
All the watches from the Manufaktur Waldhoff use diamond cut hands with Tritec Swiss luminous pigment insertion.
The Multimatic collection watches come in a premium wood box, while the Regent, Renaissance or Republic come in a premium slim box. By acquiring two or more pieces, they will be shipped with a collector’s wood box and carrying bag. All watches receive a 2 years international warranty card.