The Bangalore Watch Company has garnered a reputation for being good storytellers. Their products are often inspired by significant events that define history, and this new watch is no exception. Their new watch tells the story of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Even though ISRO is relatively young compared to other space agencies, it has still managed to achieve many fantastic things.
The premier achievement among these was that they managed to reach Martian orbit in their first attempt successfully. Something no other country had done before. Not only that, but they did so while spending significantly less, proving to the world their prowess as a competitor in the space race. Therefore, it is only natural that the Bangalore Watch Company chose this as their inspiration.
BWC machines the watch case out of a single block of grade 2 titanium, and the size of the case is 40mm. Both the case and the crown have been blasted with micro-beads to make the appearance darker. The watch dial also has a space theme, and the indices have been rhodium-plated. The watch hands contain Super-LumiNova for an excellent effect in the dark.
The bezel can rotate in either direction and also function as an alternative time zone. The company’s logo is situated under the 12 o’clock, and the date window is present in the 6 o’clock position. Just above that date window, you will be able to find the coordinates of ISRO’s satellite launch center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
The case-back features the image of Aryabhatta, which was the first wholly indigenous satellite. The words “Celebrating Five Decades of Indian Space Exploration surround the 3D emboss of the satellite to complete the theme.
The Swiss Sellita SW200 movement powers this watch – a popular choice among many watchmakers. The movement offers 38 hours of power reserve and is reasonably accurate.
This new line of watches has been named the Apogee. Apogee means the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is furthest from the earth in Astronomy—a truly fitting name for such a product. The watch will have four different variants.
The first one is Horizon which has a blue dial; the next one is Deepspace which has a gray dial; and finally, the Supernova will have a green dial.
The last variant is the Extraterrestrial. It bears that name because its dial is made from the pieces of the Muonionalusta meteorite. For this variant, BWC chose the meteorite due to its unique patterns because of cooling slowly in space over millions of years. Such a pattern is impossible to produce on earth, and no watches of this line will have the same pattern making this variant genuinely unique.
Each variant will be water-resistant up to 100m. Leather is the material of choice for the straps, and titanium has been used for the buckles.
The Horizon, Deepspace, and Supernova will cost $922.29 each, while the Extraterrestrial will cost $2269.69 (nice). Pre-orders for the watch have been live since August 15th, and the watches will be available for the global audience from November 2021.
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