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Ayers Watches Metropolitan Watch

Ayers Watches Metropolitan Watch Watch Releases

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Every so often a new brand emerges that just seems to hit all the right notes. The past few years have seen a wave of crowdfunded watch campaigns emerge to bring us many iterations of divers, minimalist designs, and way-out concept pieces. While new campaigns are a dime a dozen, and crowdfunded pieces are now often dismissed with little consideration, there’s no doubt Kickstarter has introduced some serious players to the market. A typically Australian sensibility, where the outdoors lifestyle heavily influences design, is the calling card of Ayers Watches; a new micro-brand showing real potential to be one of the brands to be taken seriously.

Ayers Watches Metropolitan Watch Watch Releases

Their first watch is the Metropolitan. Refined enough for the office, but rugged enough to escape outdoors, this could well be your new daily timepiece. Inspired by the rich Art Deco architecture in their hometown of Melbourne, The Metropolitan is recognizable in its retro inspiration, but maintains modern simplicity.

Ayers Watches Metropolitan Watch Watch Releases

The 44mm cushion case is masculine without being flashy and still wears very well on a 6.5” wrist. Its brushed finish and the screw-down crown seated neatly between its guards project a sporty presence, and the sapphire crystal aligned slightly higher than the case offers some scratch protection to the surrounding stainless steel.

Ayers Watches Metropolitan Watch Watch Releases

Specifications

  • Movement: Miyota 9015 Premium Slim Automatic Movement 
  • Dial & Lume: Full Swiss Super-LumiNova® dial, Swiss Super-LumiNova® hour & minute hands and indices. MT-1 (White BGW9 on Dark Blue), MT-2 (Dark Grey on White BGW9), MT-3 (Dark Orange on White BGW9)
  • Case: 44mm Stainless Steel 316L Cushion Case with Exhibition Caseback
  • Crystal: (Top) Sapphire crystal with Anti-reflective coating and (bottom) sapphire crystal
  • Bracelet: Stainless Steel 316L Bracelet with butterfly clasps
  • Water Resistance: 10ATM (100m)
  • Dimensions: 44mm x 52mm (49mm diagonal)
  • Thickness: 10.50mm
  • Lug to Lug: 51.20mm
  • Lug Width: Internal width 14mm and external width 26mm
  • Crown: Screw-down 
  • Features: Date window at 3 o’clock, serialized Backers’ Edition engraving
  • Warranty: 2 Years

Ayers Watches Metropolitan Watch Watch Releases

The 100m water-resistance rating confirms this is no basic dress watch. However, the engine turned decoration on the inside surfaces of the butterfly clasp reveal a meticulous attention to aesthetic details. The ever-popular Miyota 9015 keeps case thickness to just 10.5mm from sapphire crystal to sapphire caseback, impressive considering it contains the striking piece of 3 dimensional work that is the sandwich dial.

Ayers Watches Metropolitan Watch Watch Releases

Ayers Watches Metropolitan Watch Watch Releases

The brushed H-link bracelet tapers from 26mm to a 21mm butterfly clasp and the solid links give the recognizable weight of a good quality watch, ensuring no bracelet ‘jangle’ that is often felt with hollowed bands. The full Swiss Super-LumiNova® very generously applied on the dial, hour, and minute arms is where this piece really comes into its own. The way this watch lights up at night is nothing short of striking, and the contrast from refined daytime piece to attention-grabber never fails to impress.

Ayers Watches Metropolitan Watch Watch Releases

The Metropolitan is available in three options; white hands and indices on a blue dial, orange on a white dial, and dark grey on white, and will retail at $980 USD. Available for pre-order at around $500 USD currently on Kickstarter, this is a no-brainer for anyone looking for a versatile, contemporary, original piece. ayerswatches.com

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  • Raymond Wilkie

    It’s not Ayers, it’s Uluru.
    * Every so often a new brand emerges that just seems to hit all the right notes “. With respect, that’s for us to decide.
    Not for me, but good luck.

    • Sally

      Thanks Raymond.
      Appreciate the first comment not being a total tear down! Will maybe log off before we see any more for the evening.
      Ayers is more from the guy that funded the exploration than for the rock, though we’ve since been told theres a watch company in China with a similar name. Maybe we’re actually ripping them off?
      As for ‘all the right notes’… that was a daring move on our part, maybe it will pay off, maybe not.

      Sally (Ayers Co-founder)

  • cluedog12

    The counterbalance on the sweep seconds hand looks like Big Bird’s claw, following a mishap with heavy machinery.

    Not a bad effort.

    • Sally

      You saw it! We are so pleased that it came across, it was an abstract idea, but it seems to have worked. Excellent.

      Sally (Ayers Co-founder)

  • LetoAtreides69

    I have been looking for something similar to this. A more budget oriented sports dress watch that isn’t a diver. Alas, I am still looking, but this one comes close. Case looks great, not personally keen on the glowing dial. Still thinking on it – but that bracelet might be a bit thick for me.

    • Glenn

      Thanks LetoAtreides69. Theres a recent video review on the Watch It All About blog that could give you a better view of the bracelet and the size of it if you are interested. For reference, the wrist in the promo photos is around 6.5″

      Glenn (Ayers Founder)

  • Playboy Johnny

    Help me understand this – the crystal is designed to “protect” the stainless steel case??
    You lost me at Miyota movement – stopped reading.

    Good luck

    • Perhaps that is why companies such as Hublot have developed fully sapphire crystal cases – to shield any steel parts from scratches. Yeah…must be…

    • Glenn

      Hi Playboy Johnny,

      Sorry we didn’t reply as fast as you’d have liked.

      Theory is, the raised crystal will hopefully catch bumps that would otherwise have hit the case directly. It’s a small difference, but a difference at least. Also, we like the way it looks when raised rather than flush.

      As for the Miyota, there were few options of movements under 4mm that would allow for the case to remain as slim as it is. It’s reliable and as a newcomer, we’re not likely to be able to pull off the extra costs a super slim Swiss movement would have added.

      Many will hate it, but a good few will be perfect happy with it as well.

      Glenn (Ayers)

      • Playboy Johnny

        Hi Glenn,

        May I give you some advice and a little “watch 101” ? The crystal is the most vulnerable part of a watch. STOP saying something totally insane like “The raised crystal will hopefully catch bumps that would otherwise have hit the case directly” That statement is diametrically opposed to the thinking of every watch person on the planet.

        That statement also vaporizes any credibility that you may have had. Sure, many watches do have raised crystals, but NOBODY explains them as an intentional safety feature designed to protect the steel case. If you like the way it looks, just say that and nothing more. Most “watch people” will read your explanation and think – “WTF did he just say??”

        My dislike of your movement is just personal preference. I do not wear Miyota, ever. I do understand that it was a monetary choice for you though.

        Good luck to you.

        • Max

          I know when I want business advice I look for a guy called “Playboy Johnny” – that absolutely screams “solid business person with a point of view I need to listen to.” I have no affiliation to the brand, but applaud their efforts to answer questions and comments — even from a troll.

          I’m sure, of course, Johnny knows that, unlike steel — sapphire (and sapphire cystals) are far harder than the 316L steel used in watch cases — but that’s just, you know, science and all. PJ knows, of course, that 316L steel, on a Mohs scale, comes in at around a 4.5 hardness and sapphire at 9 — meaning the sapphire is far harder, but, as we’ve been told he’s a “watch person” (none of us really want to know what he actually “watches”) and all “watch people” evidently can’t be bothered with pesky science (according PJ , at least). Johnny probably also knows that the only things that will scratch the sapphire is a diamond or another sapphire (yes, even those made for watches) — meaning that the steel will indeed scratch way before the crystal — so Ayers is correct in stating the cystal protects the steel from scratching (but again, why quibble with truth and science when ignorance and bliss work so well).

          The Rolex Milgauss uses a raised crystal as well — but what do those frauds at Rolex now about watch making? Clearly they aren’t “watch people” like Johnny. I’m sure he’s written a sharply worded forum post to give them a little “watch 101″ as well — thanks Johnny for keeping them in line as well!! We can sleep knowing you’re protecting us from ‘science.”

          • Playboy Johnny

            Hello Max,

            Thanks for the lengthy critique of my business advice! Always good to hear from an expert in the field. So, I gather from your post that you would much rather have your watch crystal take a knock – instead of the steel case?? Interesting…. I think you may be in the minority with that line of thinking. I can easily polish out scratches in watch cases at home. Not so easy to replace a chipped or cracked crystal. A scratch in the case, will not compromise the internals of the watch. My post did state that many watches have raised crystals – they just don’t advertise them as protection for the watch case.

            As far as advise goes, you seem to feel qualified to give the William Wood watch company a long post of your thoughts on their business model. But that is ok, since YOU are the expert in this field.

            From your posts, I feel your expertise lies in an area other than watches. You do seem compelled to post pics of scantily clad women, and make comments on each one. Your expert critiques of women include these nuggets of wisdom, such as: “Skanks”, “Ho”, “Sluts”,”Insta-Skank”, “Tug-Toe”, “Fat Ass”, and the very popular statement of “I eat women raw like sushi” Very enlightening!

            I simply cannot compete with an educated and cultured individual as yourself.

            Thanks again : )

          • Glenn

            @PlayboyJohnny:disqus if you’re going to smash your watch hard enough that the crystal cracks or shatters, it’s going to happen whether it’s raised or flush. None of my watches (Ayers or otherwise) have any scratches on the crystal but plenty have scratches on the steel.

            @disqus_VRgVg2D6Ui:disqus, Thanks mate, we do our best.

          • Playboy Johnny

            Whatever you say Glenn. I really don’t care about a junk fashion watch. Only gave you some advice, so you didn’t sound like a total asshole. Too late.
            Go get a room with Max.

          • Travis Cannata

            To be fair, it wasn’t exactly “friendly”.

          • SuperStrapper

            And the crystal is absolutely there to protect the watch. Not so much the case as the dial, but protection is the intent. Otherwise what’s the point of a crystal?

          • Playboy Johnny

            I agree that the purpose of the crystal, is to allow you to “see” the dial and protect it from damage.
            I Do NOT agree that the crystal is to protect the steel case.
            Seems like I am in the minority with this thought.

          • SuperStrapper

            Well, neither of you are all the way wrong or right, and you’re going far too hard at this one.

            If the sapphire is on a plane above the case, and you (I.e.) brush a doorjamb on your way through and it touches the sapphire instead of the case, well that crystal just protected the case, didn’t it?

            The verbiage in the article states verbatim

            “…protection to the surrounding steel case…”

            I read that as the parts of the case surrounding the crystal, which I assume without knowing for sure that is the intent of the comment. You’ve decided it is the extreme end and they are trying to say the crystal protects the entire case, and calling them stupid for it.

          • Playboy Johnny

            More like frustration at that point. I actually felt that what he was saying was absolutely incorrect.

          • Travis Cannata

            But: “sapphire crystal aligned slightly higher than the case offers some scratch protection to the surrounding stainless steel.” is technically not a false statement since, yes, sapphire is harder than steel.

            Now if the statement was “sapphire crystal aligned slightly higher than the case offers some shatter protection to the surrounding stainless steel.” that should reasonably raise some eyebrows.

            Am I agreeing that its typical industry verbiage? No. But it’s a fair statement. Scratching steel on a car door handle happens often, scratching sapphire on that is a lot less common and a raised sapphire could protect steel from small abrasions – though chipping or shattering would be far more prone to happen on heavy impacts.

            TL;DR – Sapphire protecting the steel from scratches is a fair statement. Sapphire protecting steel from large impacts may not be as fair.

          • Playboy Johnny

            Well, this seems to be a multi faceted discussion. I am not ignorant to the reality of the hardness of sapphire crystal, and it’s place on the Moh’s hardness scale.

            I guess my main point to make was, a scratch or damage to a watch case will not affect the watch internals. A damaged or compromised crystal, will result in catastrophic failure of the watch.

            I would much prefer to have my case scratched (which I buff out at home) than a damaged crystal. So, I do agree with you that the crystal is the harder substance. However, damage to a crystal is a “watch killer” as opposed to a scratched case that is a cosmetic imperfection.

            The syntax of the original article gave me the impression, that the writer was attempting to justify the raised crystal as a “safety device” for the protection of the watch case. That did not ring true to me.

            And I also agree with SuperStrapper, that the crystal is there to protect the watch. However, I feel it is there to only provide protection to the dial and allow the wearer to view the dial and hands.

            Anyway, keep up the good work Travis. I always enjoy your articles.

          • Travis Cannata

            I agree with most everything you said, though I do stand by Glenn’s comment. It’s technically fair.

            And thanks for the kind comments, they’re much appreciated!

          • Arnold

            The reason why the glass on most sports watches is raised is exactly that: the sapphire is by no means the most fragile part of a watch. Contrary it is the hardest (in terms of vickers) in non ceramic watches.

            I worked as PM in the industry throughout my career.

          • Playboy Johnny

            Well then PM Arnold, I will bow down to your self proclaimed expert authority on this matter!!!!

            However, I dont think the purpose of a watch crystal is to protect the case.

            I don’t give a crap who says that. A “PM” or a Rep from a garbage watch company!

          • Arnold

            Funny that Mr Playboy Johnny knows that I work for a garbage watch company…

            A man of many talents it seems…

          • Playboy Johnny

            Please forgive me if my post was unclear.

            I only referred to you as a “PM”

            I referred to Glenn, as a rep for a garbage watch company.

            Sorry.

          • Max

            Not sure what you’re talikng about with comments, were you reading your own, perhaps? Must be the “Playboy” in you getting in the way. But I will agree – you can’t compete with me, so why try?

            The fact is – you were wrong. It’s proven you’re wrong and yet you can’t bring yourself to admit it. I feel sorry for you – at least an educated person admits when they were enlightened.

          • Playboy Johnny

            I saw everything you wrote, you are just too stupid to know how to do it.
            Get lost loser.

            Save your pennies and buy an Ayers garbage watch….I am sure that is the best you will ever own.

          • Max

            Ahh the love! Delusional to the end, but at least your true colors show. I wish you the best in your vast business and scientific endeavors, let us know when you perfect your “steel is harder than diamond” test, we’ll be waiitng.

          • Playboy Johnny

            Max just figured out how I saw ALL his posts!
            Go degrade some women and leave me alone, tough guy.

          • Max

            A guy the calls himself “Playboy” is obviously a one man #metoo movement – but at least you’re consistent on your delusions. Maybe you can jump in your steel “sports car” and troll some metallurgy symposia.

          • Playboy Johnny

            Now I get it! You and Glenn are lovers. Sorry I attacked your “partner” You are just being a good “bottom” and sticking up for your man.

            I am not trying to get in between you two. Carry on.

  • MildPeril

    I really like the design of these. The white one in particular has a white-dial Milgauss vibe that I’m on board with. At 44mm they’re just too big for me but a decent effort.

    The marketing copy is a little cringey though, we’re not stupid enough to think this wasn’t written by Ayers so telling us that it seems to hit all the right notes is a little presumptuous!

    • Glenn

      Thanks MildPeril, appreciate the support.

      We got a bit carried away with the copy, we’ll take that.

  • Al Snow (with ‘Head’)

    Ayers jumped off the cliff.

    • Chad Hangin

      I guess I’m the only one who has been to Ayer’s Cliff? Or do I just tell jokes to myself??

      • I think it is more commonly known as Ayers Rock.

        • Chad Hangin

          That’s Australia. Ayer’s Cliff is in Quebec.

          • Silly me – since this is an Australian watch company I just assumed (a leap of faith – pun intended) that they meant Ayers Rock/Uluru.

  • SuperStrapper

    Just saw these on kickstarter yesterday. I flip through a few times a year to see what’s happening. The full lume dual in partitioned colours is actually pretty cool. But I’d still rather have a sarpeneva.

    • Glenn

      Thanks @SuperStrapper:disqus. If it were a forced choice of the two I’d take the Sarpaneva too!

      Glenn (Ayers)

  • Mikita

    Not bad, honestly. But it’s just too damn huge – 44mm x 52mm (49mm diagonal) and 26 mm bracelet – too Invictish IMO. The lume reminded me the Sarpaneva Korona: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4b61723ec994e695629845e1c91a6f1322fb83865aa6d0e7d2c6aee1469a19c5.jpg

  • Kuroji

    Nautilusy, but not Nautilusy enough. 6/10 would bang.

  • Andre Braz

    hahaha, overpriced, I prefer a Tissot…

  • Omegaboy

    41 or 42mm would be better.

    • Glenn

      You’re not the first to say so, it would have a much wider appeal. We lost the proportions with a smaller dial as there’s no room to go any slimmer in this design, so 44mm it is.

      Glenn

  • Mr. Snrub

    I get the white ones, but the blue and black dials are legibility nightmares.

    Oh well, 44 is too big for me anyway.

    • Sally

      The White dials are definitely clearer. The dark dials are much clearer person than they appear in the photos, and we’ve not had any issues when wearing them at telling the time at a glance, but they’d probably be a poor choice for someone with bad eyesight.

      If you know anyone with quite large arms and 20/20 vision, please let them know about us. 🙂

      Sally

      • Mr. Snrub

        I just think the colored hands used on the white dial versions would have made more sense but I’ll take your word that legibility isn’t much of an issue as a timepiece will always make a different impression on-wrist.

  • “Ayers Watches; a new micro-brand showing real potential to be one of the brands to be taken seriously.” by whom if I may so bold as to inquire?

    Look, you can’t write an such an ecstatic one-sided “review” of your own watches. You either write it from your perspective (sans third person faux accolades) or you get someone to review it and accept the good with the bad.

    And please have someone proofread before you submit. I would personally contact some of the regular posters (who seems friendly) and would ask them to go over the post from the point of view of the average ABTW reader.

    Saying things like “the sapphire crystal aligned slightly higher than the case offers some scratch protection to the surrounding stainless steel” reads like “we couldn’t fit the stock crystal into the case so we are suggesting that the more expensive crystal protrudes on purpose, to protect the cheaper steel case from scratches.”

    What’s next, a sapphire covered g-shock to protect the resin case from dirt and lint?

    • Glenn

      @disqus_nTOMOYbNCx:disqus to have a proofread by a regular poster is honestly an idea I wish we’d though of. Actually, we may consider asking @cluedog12:disqus to write our next post for us: “The counterbalance on the sweep seconds hand looks like Big Bird’s claw, following a mishap with heavy machinery.”
      Next time around maybe.

      We were admittedly carried away with our own introduction. We have sent the prototypes for independent reviews and feedback has been very positive, so we summarised and polished (maybe with a bit too much enthusiasm).

      As for the crystal, it is more tolerant to bumps and scrapes than the stainless steel, so having it raised, in theory, should catch at least some of the bumps that the steel would have otherwise. It’s also raised as that’s what we find most aesthetically pleasing.

      Glenn

      • Hi Glenn I understand that it’s difficult to stand out in a very crowded market, but you must know your audience. A knowledgeable audience of detail-oriented enthusiasts will react better to an honest and respectful (i.e. that does not assume that it “hits the right notes”) review than straight up peacocking.

        For example “we believe that the protruding sapphire captures the elegance of vintage timepieces and adds a the right touch of nostalgia that pairs well with the orange lume of the dial” etc.

        • Glenn

          Thanks mate, agreed that’s the way we should have gone.

          Majority of start up brands are going to be one or two man shows, with full time jobs elsewhere and no budget for teams of experts. We are going to be rubbish at a few aspects of starting a brand and product from scratch, but most of us are probably doing a good job of it all things considered.

          What I mean to say is, we don’t set out be be dickheads, but we’ll forgive ourselves the occasional article that makes us look that way, and get it right the next time around.

          Appreciate your feedback

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  • ILOW

    The “classy” image being sold to us in the board room shots and the reserved case design (white-washed diver case) is at odds with the excited dial and 44mm. Is this a businessman’s stealth watch, a weekend beater or a sport watch? I’ve got no idea, and that’s why, i’m out.

  • Scott

    Would love to see the lume in person. Not going to spend $500 to see it, but would drive into town if it was carried in a store.

    • Sally

      Thanks @disqus_yl75fx5YoB:disqus, it would be worth the drive

      Sally (Ayers)

  • Ulysses31

    It’s not bad, but I think that six-pointed “star” motif is a bit too obvious on the non-white model to the point where it dominates the hands and the markers. The lume is fantastic though. I’d go for the white dial with black lume.

    • SuperStrapper

      Problem with the grey lume is that it hardly glows at all, even when fully charged.