Micro roundup: Henry & Ashe and Whytes Watches

Henry & Ashe First Edition, a  classic minimalist piece.

Henry & Ashe First Edition, a classic minimalist piece.

Henry & Ashe

It is rare that I post about quartz watches, but the Henry & Ashe First Edition has a gentle charm that I find attractive. With its minimalist dial, thin profile and 40 mm diameter, it is a nice dress watch that won’t break your bank account. Sapphire crystal, leather strap and the Swiss Rhonda movement, are all proof of the attention of the creators for quality components.

They’ve already reached their goal on Kickstarter, now they are looking to attain their stretch goal. Here is the link to their project:

Whytes Discoverer Mk 1 and Pioneer Mk 1

Whytes Venturer collection: Discoverer Mk 1 and Pioneer Mk 1

Whytes Watches

I always get a bit too much exited when I hear about a new Canadian watch brand and with Whytes Watches happened the same way. They have recently launched their Kickstarter project to raise funds for their Venturer collection.

It is rare to see a brand venturing, pun intended, on Kickstarter with several models using different movements and it is even more uncommon to see them doing it with calibers that offer complication we would normally not see on a crowdfunding website.

The Venturer collection consists of the Discoverer Mk 1, a three hands watch with month, day, date and power reserve indicator and the Pioneer Mk 1, a three hands watch with date and power reserve indicator.

They are powered by the automatic Miyota 9100 and 9110, both offering 40 hours of power reserve.

Design wise, the Venturer collection seems to be a blend of dressy elegance and sporty details.

With the technical specs of these pieces, it’s no surprise that we’re in completely different price range than Henry & Ashe. Pledges start at $425 for the Pioneer Mk1 and $495 for the Discoverer Mk1. At the time of writing this story, they’ve raised CAD $17,742 of their goal of $60,000 with more than a month to go. I’m always a bit worried when goals are set this high, but I hope they will reach it as these pieces come with complications we don’t usually see on Kickstarter.

You can find their project at

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