Every month I meet up with a good friend of mine called Mario for a coffee and a chat at a local café. He’s a chiropractor and general fitness fanatic who is also pretty obsessed with design. Therefore, the conversation normally revolves around architecture, luxury lifestyle and horology. Today’s topic focused on my (soon to be released) ‘Independent Watchmakers’ book, which feature 62 exclusive brands. Mario was fascinated to hear about the project because he now is addicted to his Apple Watch. This device certainly has revolutionised the watch industry and had an impact on sales. However, at the entry level spectrum of the market there are still some very stylish affordable timepieces on offer. A great example can be found in ASTBURY & KENT’s new Stellaris Range.
In the last few years I have promoted many Kickstarter campaigns on Total Design Reviews and feel this is one of the best modern market places for discerning watch enthusiasts. Not only can you purchase an exclusive timepiece (that isn’t available in the shops) but you secure it at a bargain price. For a brand this is a great opportunity to showcase their creations with very limited financial exposure.
Recently I Became aware of a very talented designer called Terence Ray Flores. Over the years he has created watches for several brands and therefore it was a natural progression for him to join forces with businessman Tom McCulloch to establish ASTBURY & KENT. Their debut timepiece called the Stellaris is inspired by light, time and gravity. Certainly on first inspection it looks pretty phenomenal and I am sure it will appeal to a large demographic.
Aesthetically the Stellaris packs a mean punch and has a very high quality appearance. Details like the night sky blue dial, Zircon gem crown and anti reflective sapphire crystal really set this watch apart. However, my favourite features is a the exposed flying tourbillon, which is positioned at 6 o’clock. This AAA mechanical movement comprises 27-jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Functionally the Stellaris features hours, minutes and small seconds. The watch also has an impressive power reserve of 72-hours and is water resistant to depth of 50-metres.
As a prefect finishing touch the Stellaris comes with a high quality Alligator leather strap and wooden presentation box. To purchase one of these amazing limited edition watches (295 numbered pieces) follow this link.