Feynman Timekeepers was founded to advance the appreciation of mechanical timepieces, as well as deepening design thought in watchmaking. Founder Yong Keong Lim named the brand after his son, Feynman Lin, who was in turn named after Richard Feynman, the father of Theoretical Physics. The first release from the brand, the Feynman One collection, is an ode to Nature, and mankind’s creations inspired by her.
Seeking inspiration from architectural and nature’s design principles, the Feynman One models are a study in seeking balance amidst asymmetry. The section aurea, or Golden Ratio, plays a guiding part in the proportions of the watch.
Designed as an all-occasion urban timepiece, the Feynman One measures in at 39mm, with ergonomic lugs designed to fit most wrist sizes. Fully-polished edges rim the perimeter of the case, creating a tactile experience as well as a visually striking aesthetic. The knurled crown continues this theme, with a design inspired by aviation watches, capitalized upon to enhance the winding experience.
Every single component of the watch, excluding the movement, is proprietary. A simple silhouette at first glance, the Feynman One displays attention to details on every component.
The 3 dials (sub-seconds, hour and primary dial) are guided by the section aurea, lending a pleasing look at first glance. The honeycomb patterned hour dial pays tribute to one of the best examples of nature’s application of the Golden Ratio: the bee’s hive. The main dial features a radial effect, vastly different from the conventional sunburst finishing, creating a seamless aesthetic to the large circular designs of the other components. 3 numeral systems – Roman, Arabic and Chinese, dictate the various tracks.
A large part of design ethos takes reference from reptiles, one of the most enduring creatures found on Earth. The seconds hand and brand logo plate mimic the tails of lizards, while the lugs were inspired by their legs. Every Feynman One timepiece comes with a set of genuine lizard skin straps, crafted by Yi Leather, a Singaporean artisan known for her bespoke handcrafted works. The handmade straps have gone through several months of testing and amendments, prior to establishing the perfect grain and thickness required for ideal synergy with the watch head.
Every Feynman One watch is driven by the venerable ETA Peseux 7001 Swiss hand-winding movement, a mechanical heart which has seen many established brands utilizing through the decades. Since the ’70s, houses such as Montblanc, Omega, Nomos, and Blancpain have respectively capitalized on the reliability of the 7001 in their manual pieces.
The 7001 movements used in the Feynman One collection are all rated ETA TOP-Grade, and also fully decorated.
The Classic adopts a subtle color palette, optimized to exhibit the design of the Feynman One. A grey radial dial creates a strong contrast for the indices, and, when paired with the grey lizard-skin straps, provides a low-key aesthetic for everyday wear.
The last variant is the Founder’s Edition, in teal. Hues of green play a special significance in founder YK’s personal watch collection and this colorway is limited to 50 pieces, with only 35 pieces available through the Kickstarter campaign.
- Case diameter: 39mm, 20mm Lug Width
- Movement: ETA7001 Top Grade Hand-winding Mechanical Swiss Movement Case: Stainless Steel Alternating-finished Case
- Caseback: Stepped Sapphire Exhibition Caseback
- Display Hour+Minutes Primary Dial, Sub-seconds Dial
- Dial Finish: Radial-Polished Main Dial, Honeycomb pattern on Hour Dial Straps: Handmade Genuine Lizard Skin Leather Straps
The Feynman One collection will be launched on Kickstarter on the 28th of November, 2018, at 7pm (EST/GMT+8), and subsequently through its website as well as select retailers globally. Super Early Bird pricing starts at $573 and will eventually retail at $936. feynman.watch
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