Some of the more interesting projects that we come across on Kickstarter come courtesy of other folks we know telling us about projects that theyâ€™ve decided to back. The most recent case of this is the watch weâ€™re talking about today, which came to my attention courtesy of Ben over at Tempest Watch. Without further ado, letâ€™s take a look at what makes the OVD Time Traveller II an interesting piece.
Now, if you check out the project page for the OVD Time Traveller II, youâ€™ll see that thereâ€™s a backstory attached to the name of the watch. While a curiosity, thatâ€™s just more of the marketing angle. Sure, a good pitch catches the eye, but whatâ€™s going to make you want to sit down at the counter? A genuinely interesting watch.
On the surface, the OVD Time Traveller II looks like another clean, albeit a little funky, affordable watch, with hands that look like they were inspired by what Raven Watches uses. When you dive into the spec sheet, you realize – no, this is actually a hybrid watch. By that, I mean a traditional quartz movement (from Ronda) paired with another module from Ronda, called the Gearbox. That brings along a bluetooth radio, along with some other rather nifty functions, such as:
- Time Sync
- Activity tracking
- Sleep monitoring
- Call/message alert
In other words, a fully-functional activity tracker built into a traditional-looking watch. Weâ€™ve seen this sort of approach in a dressier from Frederique Constant and sportier from Alpina. While those have their own merits, what the OVD Time Traveller II has going for it is itâ€™s price. You see, you can pick up the OVD Time Traveller II for a very, very reasonable $240 (provided the super early bird tier is still available. If not, it â€œjumpsâ€ up to $253). This is super-sensible, and packages things in a look that is neither dressy nor sporty, nor quite as stark as the stuff Withings generated. Itâ€™s sort of itâ€™s own beast, in terms of the style genre it ends up in, and I frankly find it quite lovely, especially with all of the colors available (anyone surprised Iâ€™m partial to the blue?)
The campaign for the OVD Time Traveller II is currently running on Kickstarter and is sitting (as of this writing) at 170% of itâ€™s funding level (so, yes, this watch will quite likely be made). The campaign itself doesnâ€™t warp up until July 21st – so you’ve got time to decide – with delivery anticipated for December 2019. For me, the OVD Time Traveller II is a great combination of traditional looks and modern technology wizardry, all wrapped up in a very affordable package. Iâ€™m sure this will be a smash for the brand, and weâ€™ll see if we canâ€™t get a loaner in for some hands-on impressions. ovd.com.hk
- Brand & Model: OVD Time Traveller II
- Price: $240 and up
- Who we think it might be for: You were intrigued by the hybrid smart watches coming from FC and Alpina, but really wanted something a bit more affordable
- Would I buy one for myself based on what Iâ€™ve seen? Yes, I’m curious enough about this one to consider backing it
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: If those hands aren’t lumed, they ought to be!
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: Traditional (but unique) looks paired with modern tech in an affordable package
Tech Specs from OVD
- Case Diameter: 42mm
- Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel
- Lens: sapphire crystal with AR coating
- Movement: hybrid electric movement (Ronda, battery-powered)
- Connection: Bluetooth
- Water Resistance: 50m
- Strap: Italian leather
- Battery life: 1 year