GIVEAWAY: Mark Carson Hawaii Ka La Watch

GIVEAWAY: Mark Carson Hawaii Ka La Watch

GIVEAWAY: Mark Carson Hawaii Ka La Watch   watch giveaways

Summer continues as we offer one lucky reader a Mark Carson Individual Design Hawaii "Ka La" timepiece this month on aBlogtoWatch. Mark Carson designed and assembles each Ka La watch in Hawaii, with their unique design yet classic composure. The Ka La watch (hands-on review here) collection includes about a dozen versions and is based on a unique 43mm wide steel case with large arch lugs. The case is available in a brushed or PVD black or rose gold finish. Various dial choices include a range of colors and can turn the Ka La into a dress watch with Roman numerals, or a sportier watch with round hour indicators.

Inside Mark Carson Ka La watches are Swiss 2824 automatic movements, and the dials have sapphire crystals. Ka La watches are available on a range of straps, and the winner will be able to choose the precise case and strap combination they like. The special made-to-order Ka La with the Koa wood dial is not available as part of the giveaway. Mark Carson Individual Design Hawaii Ka La watches retail from $1,100 - $1,400. Enter for your chance to win one below only on aBlogtoWatch.

To Enter You Must:

1. Comment on this post below (on aBlogtoWatch.com, not Facebook or elsewhere you might see this article) before the giveaway is over with your valid e-mail address where required (if you've signed up for the commenting system before, your e-mail should already be in there). In the body of your comment mention if you plan on buying any watches from independent watch makers in the next year (not from larger brands).

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3. Wait until the giveaway is over on August 31, 2013 for the winner to be chosen at random.

A couple of basic rules. You can only enter once. You must comment with a valid e-mail address where you can be reached. Your comment must be confirmed and approved. You must complete the objectives to be considered. You are responsible for providing your contact shipping information if you are chosen. Shipping restrictions to non-US entrants may apply based on sponsor's policies. Giveaway watch selection based on sponsor's inventory and watch availability. All comments made after the end of the giveaway period will not be considered. If you are chosen as a winner, you then have 24 hours to ensure receipt of your full shipping information or an alternative winner will be chosen. For the full terms and conditions, please click here.

Good luck, and thanks to Mark Carson Individual Design Hawaii, the sponsor of the Ka La watch giveaway here at aBlogtoWatch!

581 comments
tracie609ahouse
tracie609ahouse

This is often one of the primary arguments as exactly why swiss replica watches are quite loved by pilots the ones on the road! Any time watch synchronizes considering the time frame systems, all the big date and even sunny days saving time options are synchronized.

Shawnnny
Shawnnny

I just received the email that I am the winner! Thank you Mark Carson and thank you Ariel Adams. It's a very unique time piece and I'll be proud to wear it. It's Ironic that I just purchased my first watch winder yesterday.

fabala
fabala

I definitely love this concept, nice box, watch and pen. Nice girl to bring you the package ;-).

I don't plan to buy any independent watch this year but I'd love to like PSM...

JordanDanishDesign
JordanDanishDesign

I am paying off my hd3 slyde in the next few weeks so hopefully that counts. I love the design on this watch also, such a pretty little piece!

peoplem1
peoplem1

the best watches ever. 


norbman
norbman

Yes, this year I will try one from a little german brand called Steinhart.

The Ka La watch here is fascinating: A watch designed that modern, geometric and clear looks better with roman numerals on the dial. It is a contrast that watch really needs. Great!

JeffWilson1
JeffWilson1

I like the idea of buying from independent watch makers.  This way, I think they have the ability to be creative and make a timepiece that is different from what's out there.  I would wear this watch for sure!

MarkNatm
MarkNatm

Yes, I have a watch on order from Orange Watch Company in Australia. This is the only watch purchase I have planned for the coming year.

TANJ
TANJ

Yes, I have been following a couple of new companies and am anxious to get one or two ;)

Lexicorn
Lexicorn

Yes do plan on getting a watch from independent watch makers

curtinnd
curtinnd

I like to get a hands on with a watch before I purchase one. There are no independant makers represented in my area. The closest I can think of is the Bozeman watch co. and they are too spendy for me. I do like to check things out on the web, maybe take a chance one day.

vancekoh
vancekoh

Hmmm, very unique lugs and always been a fan of mercury silver with a sun burst design. I like what you did with the hands by partially hiding it away behind the center second disk to give it a touch of minimalist. Furthermore, I think the theme of "Ka La" gels very good with the term Sunshine as seen in the design. If I am not lucky enough to win one, I will just buy one next year:) I would like a "bubble" on the date to improve its readability.

EvanBrom
EvanBrom

I would like to have a new watch

BebopLD
BebopLD

Don't normally sign up and post, but these are very cool designs! Always great to see a small watchmaker really try to set themselves apart and create a unique aesthetic with their cases and dials.

This year I've bought and traded for a Halios Tropik B (go Canada!), Benarus Moray 42mm, and the upcoming Lüm-Tec Cobalt 40mm. Love to support these companies and fantastic work they're doing.

onthewatch
onthewatch

The Ka La is an interesting and fresh design; I am sure we will see more watches from Mr. Carson in the near future. I am planning to buy from independent watch makers, probably a nice diver next year.

kevinwcs
kevinwcs

I would definitely consider watches from independent watch makers, but ultimately a preference for classic and iconic designs would make me lean towards the Speedmasters and Monacos when it comes to buying a watch.

ChemEnger
ChemEnger

Not likely to buy this year, as I've just treated myself to a secondhand Zenith Port Royal, but I do keep an eye out for interesting marques and have looked at Mark Carson's designs after reading about them on aBlogtoWatch. Keep up the good work all of you as it keeps the interest going. 

rimas
rimas

I have a few watches, but none yet from any independent makers. I plan to take a look at more of them over the next year getting something unique. I do like the design of the Ka La watch - I would love to what else Mark Carson comes up with.

RoyChronoPassion
RoyChronoPassion

I'm just a 20 something man who just (suddenly!!) got addicted to watches. I learned a lot about mechanical movement watches; people involved, years of hard work and sacrifices. I am now starting my journey as a watch collector but ofcourse, i couldn't afford those "real deal" watches just yet. Hehe.. I read about this topic's independent designers watch and i am very interested on buying one cos who knows, i might buy something that would be a classic collector item which i can even pass on to my next generation as part of my legacy! I do hope to get that Ka la watch in addition to my still small collection :)

mikeburdine
mikeburdine

The design of the Ka La watch is unique and attractive. The dial reminds me of the Howard Miller mid-century wall clocks that were popular when I was a child. I'm unlikely to buy a watch from an independent maker in the next year. I do not purchase new watches very often. When I do, your reviews are very useful to me in making my choices.

hernancortes81
hernancortes81

I am intending to buy a watch from the smaller independent watch makers.  In my collection I have some top pieces but also smaller brands. I've admired the Ka La watches since I first saw them on this blog.  I like the novel interpretation of the standard 3 handed watch and the use of raised elements on the dial to give the watch as strong 3 dimensional feel. Cool design!

john_anthony
john_anthony

The rotating second hand is an awsome idea! I love this watch, especially for this feature. I'm planning to buy at least a watch from an independent watch maker in the next year. They are less known maybe but the design and the features are there.

natanya200
natanya200

I love timepieces I think the creators are geniuses. They have perfected the art of design and functionality. However my passion for timepieces requires deep pockets it order for me to satisfy my appetite. Unfortunately I can only dream of owning the watches I dream about, and I am not necessarily talking about extremely expensive watches. So far all I have is the watch passed down to me by my father.

I wanted to get a new watch this year one of the options was an independent watch maker, I was considering Mark Carson or Habring, I am not sure I will be able to fulfill this need because of our financial situation but for now dreaming does not cost me anything.

Watchlover
Watchlover

The Ka La is a beautiful design. The watch industry needs more designers like Mr. Carson to keep watch collecting as an exciting as it can possibly be. I have learned so much from this blog ( yeah, I'm a novice ) and seeing all the interesting facets of what watch building is all about. I would love to purchase a watch from an independent watch maker in the next year or perhaps maybe even in the next few months if my finances allow......till then, I will be reading your articles and expanding my knowledge on all things in the watch world.

williamvd4
williamvd4

Just starting to get into watches and looking for my first. love all your videos and the information you provide. I have yet to look at indys but that will be the next step

Cmac1031
Cmac1031

I have a few indys there interesting usually quality is higher because of low runs the ka la very interesting n well designed kudos to mark not only regularly contributing here in btr but executing his vision. Great job look forward to your new designs bud congratz

mgluck
mgluck

Beautiful watch, by the way. But not planning on an independent watch myself - can't afford it!

chrishiew
chrishiew

Unique design!! 

I do have plans getting one from independent watchmaker. Hopefully it can happen next year, now saving up funds for it!

mikeormoe
mikeormoe

I have purchased watches from independent watch makers, but I don't plan to purchase one this year.  I love the creativity they add to the industry.

Great looking watch, I'm feeling lucky.

sschork
sschork

Just got back from Hawaii, and saw advertisements for this watch, but couldn't  find a shop with them in stock.

As for buying from independent watch makers, I am interested in buying them, but probably wont do so this year. I often feel that they inflate their prices too quickly, particularly for the movement they use.

jsementi
jsementi

Just getting into nice watches. Would love an in dependant. And have been watching Nomos, Damasko, and Xetum. Just need to learn a bit more about the other ones out there.

bartmanhi
bartmanhi

I do plan to purchase one or more watches from independents in the coming year, should resources permit.

AngelLChiclana
AngelLChiclana

I love that it is so unique from everything that is out there. At once it is casual, sporty and dressy. I've been eyeing something from Raymond Weil for awhile now. I may buy myself a piece for Christmas. 

NWP
NWP

I will definitely be buying  the Tornek Rayville from MKII this year or as soon as Bill Yao can build one, which ever comes first.

OscarSilva
OscarSilva

Amazing looking watch and design and I really dont know about purchasing a watch from an independent watch maker mainly due to the fact that I dont know many. 

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dbakiva
dbakiva

Very sharp design. I'd love to,wear one. As for independents, I have a Halios Tropik B on order, and really like the idea of watches from small and innovative entrepreneurs.

ExperimentJon
ExperimentJon

I've actually tried on one of Mark's watches at Honolulu Time Company, and it was much more attractive in person than in pictures, so I'll throw my hat in the ring for one...would love to pick it up in person from Mark himself too if I win.  Right now, I have no plans on buying any watches from independent makers in the next year...or any other makers as I'm trying to save money to go back to school.

stoyanpetkov
stoyanpetkov

Just like watchman1 said it - independent makers must be supported. Most of the best things in life are made from independent passionate professionals. Incredible designs. Looking to get one of these jems in the near future.

monkeygrenade
monkeygrenade

Interesting Case and hands. It would be wonderful if Ka La would make their own movements, right here in America. Only seems to be a small handful, which makes me wonder why we ever lost to the Swiss in the first place.

I wonder which category of watch types it will fall under?

watchman1
watchman1

Good lucking watches with definite design flair present,independent watch makers need everybodys support and backing,variety is the spice of life,if funds permit would love to buy an independent brand,here's hoping!


MarkFD
MarkFD

Pitched in on kickstarter and got on the waiting list to get a Bradley (by Eone) tactile watch.

treefroga1
treefroga1

Beautiful watch! Unfortunately.I won't be buying next year.

JacobYoung
JacobYoung

I'm just getting into watches, but would consider getting a quality watch from an independent maker, but that's unlikely to happen in the next year. 

skeester1
skeester1

Very cool, I want it.  I will be buying many watches for small watch makers.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@curtinnd A completely valid concern for lots of reasons (size, fit, quality, etc.) and a number of direct sale independents (myself included) offer return policies so you can often buy a watch and return it within a specified period (like a week) if it  does not rock your world. Cheers.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@sschork Honolulu Time Service Co (corner of Kapiolani and Piikoi  near the Ala Moana shopping center) has about half of my references on hand at the moment. Next time you are in Honolulu, give me a shout if you are still interested in seeing my watches. Aloha.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@ExperimentJon Thanks Jon. Yeah most watches look different on ones wrist than they do in photos. Good luck and if you win, I'll be happy to personally deliver it to you (on Oahu that is).

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@monkeygrenade So far as I know, right now RGM Watches is the only American maker who produces their own movements (in some references, others use ETA base movements). Yes it is a shame they are the only one but at this point it is a very capital intensive proposition to start new movement production anywhere (especially in a developed country where labor rates support a decent standard of living). Aloha.

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