Carpathia’s co-founder, Mark Para, is no stranger to the watch world; as a long time horophile and watch designer, it was only a matter of time before he set out to start his own brand. Carpathia Watch Co. has been in the works for nearly three years now, and their long-awaited launch on Kickstarter is just around the corner.
The single most important component of The Ascent watch is, of course, the movement. The ETA 2824-2 used here is an elaboré, beautifully decorated in a top-grade finish, consisting of blued screws, Geneva strips, and an engraved rotor. The Ascent has front and back sapphire glass, which is anti-reflective-coated. The case certainly makes a statement at 42mm in diameter, yet the watch retains a subtle, classic look. You can see a Chicago influence in the watch’s Art Deco features, such as the bold lines of the sunburst dial, the sharp font of the numerals and markers, and the exaggerated size and curve of the onion crown and lugs. While The Ascent is more of a dress watch, the unexpected color variations and wide selection of straps make the watch customizable, and casual enough for daily wear. Straps will come in options including classic leather, suede, and metal mesh bracelets.
The Ascent, by Carpathia Watch Co. will come in four unique color variations. The stainless-steel case comes in four finishes: brushed gold, rose gold, chrome, and matte black. These elegant cases are further complemented by their respective sunburst dials in black, sapphire, rose gold, and ivory.
A collector of vintage small-brand watches, Para wanted to create something with character, charm, and a story behind it. His vision was to make a watch he would be excited to find at an estate sale in 50 years or one that would be worth passing down as a memento to future generations.
Carpathia Watch Co. was born from the diverse history of the founders’ backgrounds. Mark and Helena Para are both first-generation Americans who have lived their lives with one foot in Chicago and the other in southern Poland, where both their families originated. They wanted their watches to simultaneously represent the rich design elements of Chicago’s Art Deco era and have the individuality and artisanal feel of something you might buy in a small European boutique. The company name and logo pay homage to the couple’s European roots.
Carpathia is launching The Ascent via Kickstarter on February 15th, 2019. The pledge levels will offer a considerable discount, with various extras included, as well as custom strap selection. By subscribing to their email list, you can get a sneak preview of the offers available before they go public. In order to get the best deal on this limited-run model with prices starting at $549, head to the Kickstarter campaign here.
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