Back in 2014, Matt brought you word of the first project from Hong Kong-based Anicorn, and I believe it is safe to say it was successful, as the brand is back with a brand new watch and project. Â While they are still utilizing a disc-based system, this one is (in my opinion) much moreÂ Anicorn Series K452.
The first thing we need to do is get that name out of the way. Â I have never really been a fan of alpha-numeric model designations, as they just feel like a SKU is being repurposed to be a name (in other words, the designer just could not come up with a decent name). Â Here, however, there is a very good reason. Â Anicorn is intending theÂ Anicorn Series K452 to actually be in honor of the discovery of Kepler-452b, which is (potentially) human-habitable. Â While the connection to this discovery is completely fabricated (it is not like NASA commissioned the watch) it at least is coherent.
I say coherent in that the discs used on the Anicorn Series K452 could almost be interpreted as planetary orbits, with the central arbor (which is covered by a large disc itself) acting as the sun. Â This central disc is the running seconds, with a small circle (which one could imagine as a planet) circling around, letting you know the Miyota 9015 is running.
The outer two discs of theÂ Anicorn Series K452 are for the minutes and hour. Â These are read out via the perpendicular line that comes down from what would traditionally be considered the 12 o’clock position. Â This seems like one portion of the design that could be improved on. Â If that red line actually extended through on the main dial, and the minute disc had cutouts, the exact minute would be filled in, letting you know at a glance the minutes. Â A minor thing, but something that popped to mind.
Interestingly, for the price point, theÂ Anicorn Series K452 comes with a milanese mesh bracelet, for an early-bird price ofÂ $329 (the earliest level is already sold out), which seems like a decent price. Â Should you want to add a leather strap to the mix, you can do so for another $35. Â Is theÂ Anicorn Series K452 the most inexpensive Miyota 9015-powered watch we have seen on Kickstarter? Â No, it isn’t, but it definitely gets bonus points for its design. As of the time of this writing, the projectÂ Â has already passed $31,000 of its $50,000 goal, so things look promising for funding levels to be hit before it’s closed out on March 10, 2016. Â anicorn-watches.com