I”ve been keeping an eye on what the folks (well, folk, it”s a one-man shop at the moment) have been cooking up over atÂ Division FurtiveÂ for a while now. Â So, what makes another boutique / small batch watch maker worth your interest? Â Frankly, it has to do solely with the watch itself.
The Type 46 has one of the most unique time displays I”ve seen. Â Rather than the dials (or discs) we”re using to seeing rotating around, here you”ve got two linear “sliders” doing the readout. Â Understandably, there”s a great bit of electro-mechanical wizardry going on inside that 50mm sterling silver case.
And it”s not just the display that”s intriguing. Â You”ve got a 3-axisÂ accelerometer in the mix figuring out how the watch is positioned, driving what it will actually display on the registers. Â Of course, if you”re not a fan of what the watch is telling you, you have some control over it”s programming. Â All you need is a relatively modern phone (with an LCD screen) that can flash (literally) the watch to change it”s programming.
Suffice to say, all of this tech (combined with a 46 piece run) does not come cheap. Â Pricing on these runs at about $3,600. Â What if they could create a very similar piece with a lot of the same technology housed in it? Â That”s actually the step that Division Furtive will be taking as of today, with their just-launcedÂ Â project.
Â The biggest differences between the Type 46 and Type 40 are:
- Readout is accomplished via LEDs, rather than mechanical registers
- Case is epoxy-filled rather than sterling silver
- Limited to 1000 pieces, rather than 46
These changes mean a much more affordable watch (more on that in a bit). Â Though this is a more affordable model, it still keeps the brains that you can find in the Type 46, along with the touch sensor, accelerometer, and programmable ability. Â It also still houses the user-serviceable AAA battery.
Now, back to the pricing change. Â There are, of course, various funding levels just as with any Kickstarter project. Â Depending on the numeric sequence you”d want to get, you could stake your claim for as little as $191. Â Of course, if you move quickly, you can actually get in on an “early supporter” tier that will net you a watch for just $64. Â (The project page is ).
Frankly, at that price, it”s just about a no-brainer to try one out. Â It will be interesting to see how this project goes (and is funded). Â Let us know if you jump in to support the project.