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Xeric Halograph Watches A Kickstarter Success, With Affordable Prices & Unusual Designs

Xeric Halograph Watches A Kickstarter Success, With Affordable Prices & Unusual Designs Watch Releases

Between the various crowd-funding platforms that are available, there has been an explosion of new watch brands (and watches) entering the market. Some of these are derivative and really do not offer anything new or unusual. Past that, many are first-time efforts from some folks you have never heard of, so it is definitely not zero risk for backers. With the Xeric Halograph, we have a rather unique look coming to us from a familiar name in the watch industry.

Xeric Halograph Watches A Kickstarter Success, With Affordable Prices & Unusual Designs Watch Releases

First off, who is that familiar name? Unless you have kept a close eye on Kickstarter projects, Xeric is likely not familiar to you. Well, have you heard of Watchismo? They are one of the more prominent websites that offer watches that are a bit unusual. As it turns out, they decided to put their efforts to creating some unique watches of their own. The Xeric Halograph is not their first foray into this creative side either, as they earlier had a successful funding campaign for their Xeric Xeriscope.

Xeric Halograph Watches A Kickstarter Success, With Affordable Prices & Unusual Designs Watch Releases

Xeric Halograph Watches A Kickstarter Success, With Affordable Prices & Unusual Designs Watch Releases

You could easily view the Xeric Halograph as an extension of something they built into the Xeriscope. On that first watch, they brought the idea of a double-sided minute hand to bear. They’ve extended that concept to the hour hand, and made things a bit more stylized. You end up with four retrograde-style tracks on the upper half of the dial, with the outer two for minutes, and the inner two for the hours. As the hands move around, there is a circle that indicates the current reading. This of course makes for a very visually-oriented watch, one that definitely stands out from the rest of the Kickstarter crowd in terms of style.

Xeric Halograph Watches A Kickstarter Success, With Affordable Prices & Unusual Designs Watch Releases

Xeric Halograph Watches A Kickstarter Success, With Affordable Prices & Unusual Designs Watch Releases

While the handset approach is unique, it would not necessarily require any sort of unusual movement – just about anything could drive that. Peeking through that rectangular cutout on the dial, though, you have dual balance wheels at work. This is courtesy of the Chinese PTS S-01 Dual Balance movement (more here), which runs at 3Hz. I’ve not run across this particular brand of movement before, so I have no idea as to the quality of build or longevity. One thing worth noting is that whatever it’s durability is, the dual balance wheels will present an extra wrinkle when it comes time for maintenance service, I imagine.

Xeric Halograph Watches A Kickstarter Success, With Affordable Prices & Unusual Designs Watch Releases Xeric Halograph Watches A Kickstarter Success, With Affordable Prices & Unusual Designs Watch Releases

Depending on the particular color scheme you’re looking for, you can get in at a price of $369, with the next level up coming in at $399. No small amount for an unknown entity (with regards to the movement), but it is certainly an interesting look for things. If you are interested in one of these, you will want to get over to the project before it closes on May 27, 2015. Fortunately, it is very well-funded (at 10 times the original goal as of this writing), so getting the watch you’re pre-ordering is all but guaranteed.

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Xeric Halograph Watches A Kickstarter Success, With Affordable Prices & Unusual Designs Watch Releases

It’s also worth noting that there are a few other watches up for sale within this particular project. There is a quartz version of the Xeric Halograph (which also adds in a chronograph) and some tweaks to the styling for an entry price of $199. They also have their original Xeric Xeriscope up for grabs at $349, and a new squared-off variant (called the Xeric Xeriscope Squared), with pricing starting at $350. While these sorts of designs are certainly going to be polarizing, for those who appreciate form over function (but still want to see a mechanical at work) these watches should certainly fit the bill. In the end, while these are not necessarily watches I would look to purchase for myself, I have to applaud Watchismo for stepping into the arena and creating something different. xericwatches.com

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  • gojiB

    the whole thing would be a lot more interesting if they’d just not had that cut-out, which makes it really ugly.. otherwise such a simple and elegant concept and could’ve been executed elegantly.

  • gojiB Assuming you are sticking with the semi-circular display, you need something in the lower dial. But I agree that current implementation leaves something to be desired. Perhaps an opening that is more rounded. The rectangle looks out of place to me.

  • MarkDymek

    Besides the fact that this thing is way overpriced and not original it’s great. Pleanty of Chinese companies that made movements like this which in fact is what the Xerox is. So 700 bucks for something that will cost me 50 bucks on canal at great work if you can get it.

  • Cuffbuster

    MarkDymek Where the heck do you see $700?  They’re like 400 bucks.  I think it’s friggin original, never seen anything like it and if you compare Canal Street junk to this, you obviously have no sense of style.

  • Cuffbuster

    MarkCarson gojiB yeah, but every other watch has round openings, it’s kinda unexpected to see a rectangle there and it works compositionally too.

  • mgennone

    Cuffbuster MarkCarson gojiB Would be interesting to see what is looks like with the bottom half skeletonized.

  • DanW94

    Have to say, I really like the dial and hand design. It’s cool to see something unconventional from time to time.   I agree on the awkward rectangular display on the bottom half. Not terribly overpriced but on the cusp.   Can’t comment on the movement, don’t know anything about it. Maybe somebody else does? Don’t want to pass judgement just because it’s a Chinese made one…

  • thornwood36

    Love it , except the square one , which is awful

  • Michael Staffieri

    we shall see how robust the Chinese movement is in this

  • gojiB

    mgennone Cuffbuster MarkCarson gojiB
    I was thinking more along the lines  of.. first off, exposing the balance wheel is generally ugly, unless you go a fully finished/decorated bits or go the MB&F Legacy way.. 🙂
    I was thinking they could’ve done minutes in the top hemisphere and hours in the bottom hemisphere.. logo centered or slightly above would’ve looked better…

  • I_G

    Illegible gimmick on Chinese haute horlogerie, I take three 😀

  • Not bad, actually. I’d prefer some kind of unique seconds indication over the ‘open heart’ look though. The square ones are brutal.

  • somethingnottaken

    MarkCarson gojiB How about subdial seconds or a big date complication at the bottom?

  • maverick23

    I was ready to hate this watch but I gotta say it’s way better than derivative Kickstarter brands like Lew & Huey or Rossling & Co that are straight homages of more famous brands. Finally a unique kickstarter brand.

  • DG Cayse

    I see this as validating what the idea of “Kickstarter” is all about.

    If the market will support it – So be it.

  • notech47

    There are so many ways to tell the time. I’m waiting for the watch that defies gravity and shoots tiny little balls like a pinball machine into one section for hours and one for minutes. All the balls pop out into a storage area when it changes from 12:59 to 1:00 pm, for example. It would be a nightmare to build and likely be impossible to maintain!

  • notech47 And you rotate you wrist and its display “TILT” and stops working until you reset it and put in another quarter! Seriously though, Christophe Claret has probably the closest thing to what you are asking for.
    http://ablogtowatch.com/christophe-claret-x-trem-1-pinball-piece-unique-for-only-watch-2013/

  • hatster

    notech47 ….delivered on the back of a unicorn?

  • hatster

    …I like this. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it works for me. I looked at a previous Kickstarter project and had only one question before I invested. They didn’t respond so I didn’t bother.I may look more closely at this one. The movement is the one thing that makes me a bit nervous….

  • 5803822

    I reckon the Xeriscope all black is about the most original item I;ve seen over the past 2 years. – and an incredibly low price.

  • shinytoys

    A sweet design. Very original

  • iamcalledryan

    Bravo on design and price

  • iamcalledryan

    somethingnottaken MarkCarson gojiB  Yup – I am not a fan of cut-out dials to reveal generic mass-produced movements.

  • Shawnnny

    Very cool. It could use a more unique crown.

  • egznyc

    I assume brutal was not meant as a compliment, either 😉

  • egznyc

    Definitely interesting. And fun! Now does it keep time to a reasonable degree – say, even a minute a day? I agree that the rectangle isn’t the best solution and a seconds hand(s) would be a welcome addition. Except then we’d see how much off the daily rate was at a glance.

  • WimadS

    I must give them credit for being unique. However, going from the comments below the article on wristwatchreview that was linked to, I am not so sure that these are any better than the usual 30$ chinese ebay junk skeleton watches. Thanks, but no thanks. Think I’ll pass on these…

  • parallax_23

    i’m in love<3

  • gopsathvik

    I like the fact that it is an automatic. The design and display are unique. I pledged for one in kickstarter. I am looking forward for more features in the xeriscope in the coming years.

  • Jef_in

    Something different and quirky – should be a fun watch to add to a collection.

  • Jef_in

    I thought the Miyota movement on the Chrono model is a Japan movement?  So why not opt for that one instead?

  • Scott Schofield

    Hi Patrick,

    I’ve now had to send back two faulty Halograph watches (from Australia) and have been less than impressed with watches.com’s (formerly Watchismo) response and customer service. I’d be happy to give more details, as personally I have been significant unimpressed with the build quality of the watch and would not recommend it to anyone

  • Rodney Dehghi

    I returned my xeric squared watch for warranty work 2 months ago, still waiting to get it back!
    It’s cheap Chinese made crap. They even said they had to send it to China to get repaired.