One of the most popular and prolific microbrands, Melbourne Watch Company has unveiled their sixth model, the Carlton, paying tribute to the inner-city suburb of Melbourne.
For Melbourne Watch Co the Carlton is quite a special project, for two reasons. First of all, it is the first time they are doing a chronograph and secondly, instead of an automatic caliber they went with the Seiko VK64 mecha-quartz. The Seiko mecha-quartz is a new generation of quartz movements that offer the feel of a mechanical chronograph (5 beats per second sweep chronograph hand and fly-back chrono reset).
The Carlton collection consists of two models, a stainless steel with black dial and a rose gold pawed version with silver dial. The 42 mm cushion shaped case is inspired by the ‘senator’ style watches of the 1960s.
The bi-compax dial of the Carlton stays true to Melbourne Watch Co’s trademark minimalism, with a 60 minute counter at 9 o’clock and a 24 h sub-dial at 3 o’clock. The sub-dials themselves feature a subtle sunburst texture and are surrounded by applied stainless steel hour markers.
The back of the watch features a beautiful engraving of the Royal Exhibition Building located in the Carlton Gardens.
These chronographs will come with a matching leather strap, in an elegant presentation box.
The Kickstarter campaign that was launched yesterday has already reached and surpassed its target of AUD $30,000. Early bird pre-order prices start at $295 for the stainless steel and $315 for the rose gold version. Melbourne Watch Co is expecting to start delivering the Carlton timepieces to their backers in September. For more details check out the Carlton on Kickstarter.