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Carpathia Watch Co. Ascent Watch

Carpathia Watch Co. Ascent Watch Watch Releases
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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. 

Carpathia Watch Co. Ascent Watch Watch Releases

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. 

Carpathia Watch Co. Ascent Watch Watch Releases

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. 

Carpathia Watch Co. Ascent Watch Watch Releases

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.  

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Carpathia Watch Co. Ascent Watch Watch Releases

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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  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    Not a bad looking watch, would prefer this at 40mm though. The case is only available plated? Why not natural stainless steel?
    (the SS grade not mentioned)
    PASS.

    • Mark Para

      Thanks for checking them out, They are 316L SS. We plan to add a Natural SS model for the stretch goal.

    • Dr.P

      They are 316L grade SS

      • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

        Thanks!

  • Agnar Sidhu

    This ticked all the right boxes for me. I wasn’t planning on getting a new watch, but the sunburst dial in chrome just looked so beautiful, so I became backer no 25!

    The text say this time piece is meant to be something to pass on thur generations. What is the lifetime of the plating on the 316?

    • Assuming it is PVD (physical vapor disposition), the most common treatments are titanium nitrite based and are harder than the 316L steel it is applied upon. Not to say it can’t be scratched with an hard enough item but pretty durable. PVD sticks very well (compared to electroplating used decades ago) and does not have the flaking problem of electroplating. So it probably has a long life ahead of it. Some rose gold PVD darken a little over the years. Black PVD seem pretty stable.

  • DanW94

    Nice movement choice. I like the rose gold sunburst dial. The name and logo look awkward though. I get the name references a region but what exactly does the logo signify? It appears to be a bird of some sort.

    • Derrick Remiasz

      The Bird is a White Stork, it’s basically the second national bird of Poland the first being the White Eagle.

  • Steve_Macklevore

    Such a shame the diameter is an absurd 42mm.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Does nothing for me I’m afraid. Short hands annoy me.

  • JonnyD

    Some fair criticism there. If they offered a 38mm and a 42mm would reach a larger cohort. Cheers.

  • Wow, that’s harsh. I think the price is more than fair for an Elabore grade 2824 based watch. You say they should lower their price – to what? And how many 2824 Elabore watches do you see for less than this asking price? 42mm is not huge by today’s standards. If you appreciate a smaller watch, great, whatever work on your wrist. But a great many people have no trouble with a 42 m watch (unless it is chronograph or dive watch thickness). It is a popular size after all…

    Comparing the thickness to a Chr Ward Malvern 595 is unfair – the Malvern has no seconds hand, no date and is manually wound, so it ought to be thinner. Again, if thinness is important to you, go with the Ward. But an apples and oranges comparison IMO.

    The reviewed watch is nowhere in the Rolex segment of the market, so I don’t get why it even entered into the conversation. Sure a Swatch Sistem 51 is less but personally, in a mechanical movement watch, I want the ability to have it serviced and adjusted – neither of which the Sistem 51 supports. Costs less, but is in the end teh Swatch is a disposable watch. It has a place in the watch world, but again, not really in the same segment as the reviewed watch. Cheers.

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