June 2019 will see the launch of the ALCADUS watch brand on Kickstarter. The inaugural model is called the Opus 39 and is pitched as a high-quality, easy access point to luxury watch collecting for enthusiasts expecting a refined product in return for their pledge. By using premium materials, packaged together in a classic yet contemporary fashion, ALCADUS aims to satisfy an increasingly demanding sector of the watch market.
The company was founded by a man who understood the travails of watch collecting on a budget all too well. Yook Hong is a former Seiko modder, whose involvement with the watch community over the past several years has left him with strong personal insight into what it is watch-lovers are looking for. After five years spent modifying classic Seiko timepieces for discerning collectors looking for an individual edge, he has put his knowledge to the test by creating the ALCADUS Opus 39.
With three neutral colorways available during the Kickstarter period, Yook Hong and his team are presenting their backers with multiple takes on versatility. Black, white, and gray dials make up the initial collection, and given the case’s restrained width of 39mm, the Opus 39 promises to be a watch that looks equally at home on the beach or in the boardroom.
Sitting proudly atop the 316l stainless steel case is a box sapphire crystal. Not often seen in watches retailing for around $1,000, the box sapphire, which is treated with five layers of anti-reflective coating on the underside of the glass, is a huge value proposition. Not only is the sapphire crystal itself able to withstand a daily battering, so too does its shape make it ideally profiled to deflect knocks and scrapes away from the case.
However, the case has not been left exposed to the elements. In fact, it has been treated with a scratch-resistant coating, making it four times as durable as untreated stainless steel, ensuring that your watch looks new for longer.
Stylistically, the ALCADUS Opus 39 collection is inspired by traditional cockpit instruments, fused with the iconic Flieger form that has become a firm favorite among watch aficionados. One of the clearest remits of any pilot’s watch is that its form must always follow its function. The dials of the ALCADUS Opus 39 series are pared back and highly legible, thanks to the use of high-contrast colors. The indices and hands of the black and white dials are treated with Grade A Super-LumiNova (which will be upgraded to grade X1 if certain stretch-goal targets are met throughout the campaign), while the phantom gray model utilizes a glow-in-the-dark background set against black indices and hands, instead.
Aside from the elaboré grade ETA 2892 caliber used to power the watch, every component — including the hands — has been custom-made for this project. Additionally, the 28,800vph movement comes with a customized rotor that has been partly skeletonized and engraved with the ALCADUS logo.
These versatile, Swiss-powered pieces are delivered along with a stainless steel bracelet and a premium Italian leather strap. All models are water resistant to 100 meters and measure 39mm across, 45.5mm in length, and 20mm between the lugs. As a final branding flourish, ALCADUS has engraved the winding crown with the company logo and filled it with lume.
All watches will come with a standard 2-year warranty, which will be lengthened to 3 years upon registering the watch using the NFC-chipped warranty card that is included in the package. The future retail price of all three models will be $1,197, with super early bird Kickstarter pricing starting at approximately $840. To learn more, visit alcadus.com; the Kickstarter campaign is live here.
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