The legend of Amelia Earhart persists to this day, not only because of her remarkable achievements in life, but also the mystery surrounding her disappearance and death. Earhart was a trailblazing pioneer in aviation and one of the most recognizable icons of the 20th century. With its design inspired by Earhart’s famous Lockheed 5B Vega plane, the Xpeda Amelia watch commemorates the record-breaking endeavors achieved in it. The Kickstarter campaign to launch this new model will go live in early September, 2019.
Traces of the Lockheed 5B Vega can be seen riddled throughout the watch design, with particular attention paid to the color schemes that were chosen to evoke the era in which the plane flew.
In an attempt to integrate technology commonly seen in the aviation industry but as yet untested in the world of watchmaking, Xpeda has fitted the dial with an “Umbra Lens.” This special lens reveals the beating heart of the Seiko NH-38 movement and is made from the same photochromic glass used in pilots’ visors to protect their eyes from harmful sunlight. As such, the lens will darken when exposed to UV light, obscuring the balance from view.
Three watch heads are available on a choice of three straps each for a total of nine combinations. The 316L stainless steel cases measure 42mm across and 12mm in thickness. The bare steel version is called the Amelia Vega Red and features a cream dial, a red bezel insert, and a mixture of polished rose-gold Arabic numerals and stick markers. The Xpeda Amelia Vega Red is available on a stainless steel mesh bracelet, a military green/white/red striped NATO, or a burgundy leather strap.
Both the Amelia Sahara Black and the Amelia Jet Black are coated with black PVD for a much stealthier look. The Amelia Sahara Black is available on either a brown NATO with a cream stripe running down its center, a black leather strap, or a PVD-coated black mesh bracelet. The dial features faux-radium hour markers set against a bright blue seconds hand and bright blue text above the 6 o’clock marker. The fusion of these colors references both classic and contemporary fashions.
The broodiest of the bunch is the Amelia Jet Black, also coated in black PVD. The dial on this model, however, is a mid-gray, and the numerals are all black. The hands have a black outline and gray centers to coordinate with the dial.
The Jet Black model comes on either a black and gray NATO, a black leather strap with contrasting stitching, or a black PVD mesh bracelet. All watches are water-resistant to 50 meters and are fitted with a high dome mineral crystal treated with an anti-reflective coating. The Xpeda Amelia will be priced at $299. To stay up-to-date with developments you can sign up for the brand’s updates. You can learn more about the watch and Xpeda at xpedawatch.com.
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