A couple of months ago I had the great pleasure of meeting acclaimed industrial designer Murray Camen. This dynamic creative force was one of the key speakers at a design forum I attended. For 15-minutes he captivated a very receptive audience with stories of his illustrious career working for companies like Conran, Phillips and Teague. Recently Murray retired and now resides in Adelaide and Amsterdam. I have visited the Netherlands a few times and find it to be a very progressive country. That is why it is no surprise that this region is harvesting a new wave of watch brands like Vescari.
For most fledgeling watch labels, Kickstarter is a great way to test the market with your product. Apart from time and a limited amount and financial investment (compiling marketing material) the risks are minimal in the scheme of things. Certainly, this strategy worked for Vescari in 2016 when they successfully launched and funded ‘The Heritage Chronograph’. Essentially watch enthusiasts could purchase a classically inspired dress for only €99. Fast forward 3- years and the company have unveiled a second model called ‘The Chestor’.
When it comes to watches I am pretty obsessed with Swiss mechanical pieces and in particular those displaying skeletonised movements. However, the majority of people I speak with just want a cool looking timepiece that does the job. It is pertinent to mention that budget is a major factor and in most instances, consumers don’t have thousands to play around with. Ultimately that is why I feel ‘The Chestor’ is a great option, especially at a competitive price point of €119.
Aesthetically ‘The Chestor’ has a refined appearance and is available in several different colours. Personally, my favourite model is the matt black dial with a complimentary natural 316L 40mm stainless steel case. Features like the twin sporty chronograph counters, oversize numeral and domed mineral crystal add a touch of class. Functionally the watch features hours, minutes, seconds and chronograph facility. The timepiece also comes with a range of different strap/bracelet options and is water resistant to a depth of 50-metres. Beneath the classical façade is a reliable Japanese quartz Miyota 6s21 movement.
To purchase ‘The Chestor’ on Kickstarter follow this link