It has been a while since my last Micro roundup, but right now, there are three projects on Kickstarter that I really think you should take a look at. The Baltic project is already fully funded, surpassing their goal several times on their first day, BOLDR is getting there while Trintec is also fully funded.
Don’t be misled by the name, Baltic is a microband based in France. I first saw them on the Microbrand Watches Facebook group and I immediately fell in love with their vintage look, the kind of look that would make any WWII movie prop master salivate.
There are two main models in different colour combinations: the 38 mm Bicompax 001 chronograph, using the hand-wound Seagull ST1901 and the three hands HMS 001, also 38 mm, powered by the automatic Miyota 821A. Prices start at 299 euros for the HMS 001 or 439 euros for the chronograph, if you are quick enough to catch an early bird deal. The Kickstarter campaign will close on Wednesday, May 17.
Last year, I had a lot of fun reviewing the BOLDER Journey Chronograph, a watch that convinced me to keep an eye on this brand. They are back to Kickstarter with the Odyssey, a 45.5 mm automatic dive watch that can go as deep as 500 meters (1,650 ft). Judging based on the pictures and the specs, we are looking at a functional, no BS, tool watch with a very masculine design. It comes with a 120-click unidirectional bezel, a double domed sapphire crystal, screw down crown, helium escape valve and of course Superlume coating on the indexes and the hands. The Odyssey is powered by a Seiko NH35A automatic movement.
Check out their Kickstarter page, there are three versions of this model: Deep Blue, White Storm and Ever Black with black DLC coating on the case. Early bird prices start at US$269 and the campaign will close on Monday, May 29.
Trintec CoPilot GMT
Trintec is one of the veterans of the microbrand world. They were around way before Kickstarter or for the matter of fact, even before commercial dial-up Internet. The company was founded by a former pilot, a profession that left an unmistakable mark on Trintec watch designs. For more about the fascinating history of this Canadian brand, I would recommend you to check out my interview with the founder on the occasion of their 30th anniversary.
Their latest model is the CoPilot GMT Aviator Watch a 42 mm stainless steel watch with a 43 mm unidirectional rotating bezel. There are two versions with sandblasted black or stainless finish, while the engine is a Swiss Ronda quartz movement with three hands, date and GMT complications.
The early bird prices start at CA$ 225 and the campaign will end on May 4, 2017.