back to top

Moto Koure MK I Watches

Moto Koure MK I Watches Watch Releases Sponsored Post

We wanted to use this post speak to you, the readers and fellow watch-nerds, directly. On the 11th of January 2016, Moto Koure is launching the MK I, a watch inspired by the motoring era of the 1960s and 1970s. This watch will come in two variations – an automatic and a mecha-quartz. Pre-order link here.

Instead of following suit with many other micro-brands and talking about “disrupting the watch world” or telling you about how we created a “timeless luxury watch,” we’d like to explain the concept behind our design and equip you with the knowledge to come to your own conclusions.

Moto Koure MK I Watches Watch Releases

Our concept

The 1960s and 1970s were a defining time for the motoring world. Vehicles were incredibly multi-faceted and complex, perhaps more so than many vehicles of today. Cars such as – but of course not limited to – the Jaguar MK I gave birth to an entirely new class of vehicles, while retaining a very special blend of refinement and sportiness. Creating a watch that resembled this era was always going to be complex, because it needed to be a watch of contradictions. Contradictions that worked. It is these contradictions that gave birth to the bold and iconic designs of that era.

Moto Koure MK I Watches Watch Releases

This is exactly what we had in mind when designing the Moto Koure MK I.

The dial on the automatic version features a wooden imprint, which was created with the intention of embodying the refined wooden dash style of vehicles from this era. The mecha-quartz watch comes in two variants. The first variant includes a bold pebbled leather texture, which is also an embodiment of a popular dash style of this era.

Advertisement

Moto Koure MK I Watches Watch Releases

The second variant features a grittier design, which is underpinned by a diamond-plated texture.

The chronograph dials contradict the wooden and pebbled leather textures by injecting some racing flair into an otherwise refined dial. This is put together by racing-themed hands, brought to life by orange SuperLumiNova applied to both the hands and indices.

Moto Koure MK I Watches Watch Releases

The multi-tiered case, which was designed with the intention of mimicking a front bumper, is another step towards refinement. This complements the wooden and pebbled leather textures, but is a refreshing contrast to the racing-themed diamond-plated texture.

The automatic version will come with a Seiko NE88 movement. This is a column wheel chronograph movement and was specifically selected to infuse modern technology with a vintage themed design. The mecha-quartz will be utilizing the Seiko VK series, which continues the theme of modern technology meeting vintage design.

Moto Koure MK I Watches Watch Releases

Specifications and pricing

We’ve been very lucky to partner with one of the most respected and well-known manufacturers in the micro brand world. Our manufacturer is behind some well known micro brand watches, including the Stuckx and Fiorjin watches.

The specifications for the automatic Moto Koure MK I are:

– Colour options: Blue, British racing green, brown and champagne
– Movement: Seiko NE88
– Strap: European perforated leather
– Case: 316L Stainless Steel
– Case dimensions: 40x44mm – thickness 15mm
– Lens: Sapphire crystal lens with anti-reflective coating
– Case back: Solid case back with stamping
– Water resistance: 5 ATM
– Dial: Multi-layer dial with wood imprint. Old Radium SL Lume on the indexes 0.10 mm thick
– Hands: Shiny chrome with old radium SL lume
– Push buttons: Stainless steel
– Crown: Stainless steel

Moto Koure MK I Watches Watch Releases

Pricing for the automatic version will be:
– For the first 100 purchasers – $779 USD (Only 50% deposit payable now)
– For the next 100 purchasers – $819 USD (Only 50% deposit payable now)
– Price available until full production is completed – $879 USD (Only 50% deposit payable now)
– Retail price of $979 USD

The specifications and pricing of the mecha-quartz are:

– Colour options: Black and silver options for pebbled leather variant and silver and burgundy for the diamond plated variant
– Movement: Seiko VK series
– Strap: European perforated leather
– Case: 316L Stainless Steel
– Case dimensions: 40x44mm – thickness 13mm
– Lens: Sapphire crystal lens with anti-reflective coating
– Case back: Solid case back with stamping
– Water resistance: 5 ATM
– Dial: Multi-layer dial (one variation with pebbled leather texturing, one variation with diamond-plated imprint)
– Old Radium SL Lume on the indexes 0.10 mm thick
– Hands: Shiny chrome with old radium SL lume
– Push buttons: Stainless steel
– Crown: Stainless steel

Moto Koure MK I Watches Watch Releases

Pricing for the mecha-quartz version will be:
– For the first 150 purchasers – $269 USD (Only 50% deposit payable now)
– For then next 150 purchasers – $319 USD (Only 50% deposit payable now)
– Price available until full production is completed – $394 USD (Only 50% deposit payable now)
– Retail price of $444 USD

You can pre-order the Moto Koure MK I here.

Sponsored Posts are a form of advertising that allows sponsors to share useful news, messages, and offers with aBlogtoWatch readers in a way traditional display advertising is often not best suited to. All Sponsored Posts are subject to editorial guidelines with the intent that they offer readers useful news, promotions, or stories. The viewpoints and opinions expressed in Sponsored Posts are those of the advertiser and not necessarily those of aBlogtoWatch or its writers.

Watch Brands

Explore

Comments

Disqus Debug thread_id: 4480366592

  • DanW94

    Nicely done and reasonably priced. I like the dashboard themed background for the sub-dials. Excellent choice using the Seiko column wheel movement. Only thing, the rectangular date window surrounded by the circular cutout looks a bit unbalanced.

    • I have to agree with you DanW94 — If they had just left the circular cutout alone without the rectangular frame I think it would have been fine.

      I’d take a mecha-quartz one if I had the cash !

    • Coert Welman

      I actually like the dual surround of the date window. It is something different and, at least, it is symmetrical.

  • I_G
  • I’m not a driver, not into racing, and think the whole ‘racing inspired chronograph’ trend is as trite and boring as the deluge of dive watches, but man, this is a good looking design. I think the green one knocks it out of the park. Also, “Contradictions”. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means

    • BNABOD

      would agree the green one is pretty darn good looking. the whole tv screen case is usually not my thing but here it works. good movement, good price, good deal

  • Richard Baptist

    Wow beautiful designs! I’m wondering how the wood will age over time. Also I would love to see the prototypes, but this is a clean, neat, uncluttered design. Beautifully done. I am thinking about this.

    • Richard Baptist

      Also would the automatic have a display back?

  • SuperStrapper

    Interesting, and I’m a fan of the movements chosen. I don’t get the whole ‘motoring’ connection, I feel like that is just something to say in order to get people to look in your direction. Straps with rally holes don’t a motoring watch make.

    I like the dial layout and colourways, and don’t mind the tv shaped case, but I turn away from the lugless design. I find that personally, lugless watches just sit on my wrist like an awkward lump. Not a fan.

  • cg

    Really nice! I’ll buy one… OK the Jag is an icon for sure when is a manufacturer going to do a homage to either the famed Triumph Bonneville or mc racing? I’ll wait…

  • Ulysses31

    These designs are beautiful and refreshing, melding the better aspects from other similar designs. Coupled with a respectable movement and a fair price, I think these watches will do pretty well.

  • Mitko Dimitrov

    I can only say: Wow, wow, wow! The design is all for my taste. I’m into car racing, racing watch design and everything aside of mainstream. Great work, guys!

  • Chaz

    Just placed an order for the brown dial auto version…

    • iamcalledryan

      Report back with a wrist shot!

  • spiceballs

    Nicely integrated design, well-selected movements and fairly priced. Should do well and I look forward to the braceletted versions, with perhaps a revised (circular?) date frame.

  • JimBob

    Need a wrist shot so we can truly appreciate the value of the giant holes in the strap.

  • JPonce

    There should be more watches with this seiko automatic movement! Job well done!

  • Roberte Chuloei

    These are just images, no actual watch has been made. Why would anyone order it?

  • Nelson

    Really great design. This is one of my favorite affordable racing inspired watches. But please make prototypes before opening up pre-orders. How can we know the quality, the finish??

  • Svetoslav Popov

    Pre-ordered the green version. I hope the quality of the actual watch will not disappoint.

  • commentator bob

    It has a tachymeter (to, for example, calculate laps per hour based on the time for one lap), which is more than can be said for some other race inspired watches (e.g. Monaco).

    • iamcalledryan

      True, but is “laps per hour” a measure that is ever used or in the least bit useful?? Genuine question, it seems like a pretty useless statistic.

      The tachy is more commonly used for average speed, which is more useful but only when you have a clear base of i mile or 1 km to measure it against. In any case electronic race data killed the Tachy a long time ago – give me a telemeter or even a pulsometer over a tachy any day!

  • Stunning look!

  • JP. Coqueran

    Beautiful watch!

  • Jonathan W. Fink

    Monaco meets Panerai…

  • Roman Klime

    I like this watch. Long time I’ve been craving for Glashütte Original Seventies. Unfrotunately, my wallet doesn’t permit me to buy GO. But MK 1 could be a nice substitution for ten times lower price.

  • This Dude

    Pre ordered burgundy mech one. What I do not get is this: my order number is like #1125 but it was still at $269 USD which price was supposed to end at order #150?

  • alex ioancio

    I bought a similar watch from a micro company. I want to say and warn everybody that almost certainly the watches won’t be ready at the expected time , I got mine after 1 year and 3 month after the deadline, the watch furthermore is very very fragile, and the finishing quality is average. Nonetheless the mean error rate is somewhere among russian watches 2040 sec per day. One over another i am satisfied but if I had been aware of these troubles I woyld think twice before I buy something similar. So think twice and buy once, cheers everybody

    • Svetoslav Popov

      The watch is actually really nicely finished and it looks massively beautiful. Keeps great time also 🙂

  • Ranchracer

    Would love to hear from someone who’s actually purchased, received, and worn one of these.

  • Gosens

    I bought a Moto Koure MK1 watch, but the watch is still not delivered (seven weeks now). Hope I’ll get a refund as it is difficult to get in contact with Moto Koure by mail, facebook etc. Sad as I really like the retro look of the watch and the micro brand watch…

  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, png.