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  • KS again - the Opifex Venture

    So I seem to be developing a thing for multilayered dials........................

    This is another KS venture - this time coming from HK rather than the Klynt from Switzerland. While that has a number of implications, the biggest will be the impact on the price as this is coming in at around USD 320.

    The dial design is pretty full on with some interesting features. Firstly, it has a fully visible skeleton date wheel, a power reserve at 12. a seconds sub-dial at 6 and overall it has a semi-skeleton dial efffect, giving a view onto the automatic movement. The lugs are manufactured separately to the case and are available in a number of colours. The titanium case is black plated and 44mm in diameter. There is a textile/leather strap as standard, but a titanium PVD plated bracelet is an optional extra.

    The water resistance is only 50m but to be fair it is not sold as a diver and even my IWC Big Pilot is only rated to 60m, so no great shakes there.

    The ‚Äč FE01M is Opifex's first calibre. They mainly work on the skeleton date disc and hour wheel guard to ensure the uniqueness of Venture. For the other components, they have cooperated with Hangzhou Watch Company. They then assemble the calibre and inspect it in their own Hong Kong workshop. The accuracy on the 3Hz hacking movement is only between -20 and +40 seconds per day, so not a great prize winner but who knows till it is on the wrist how it performs?

    As usual it is available in a number of colours. And as a picture is worth a thousand words:









  • #2
    I was just looking at that, but went more conservative, and this time I'll go with the blue dial.

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    • #3
      Yes, I think it needs a pop of colour. I have enough stealth black on black watches. I was going to go for the blue on this model.

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      • #4
        I think the blue on this looks really nice - I approve!

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        • #5
          I would like a bit of lume on the 3, 6, 9 and 12 indices plus a double index at 12 if possible, just to match the lume on the dials but to give it a sense of perspective. Let's see a) if it gets funded and b) what the creators are happy to change!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by bfltd0 View Post
            And as a picture is worth a thousand words...
            Well, not always...

            Originally posted by bfltd0 View Post
            The accuracy on the 3Hz hacking movement is only between -20 and +40 seconds per day...
            ...as 16 words tell me all I need to know.

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            • #7
              So after a little reflection (and a couple of other new pledges) I have reduced my pledge to 10 dollars. The project is currently 12,000 dollars over the target with 17 days to go so it may be OK. However, that only represents 4 watch pledges so who knows.

              Basically with the Klynt (and another couple of other received KS watches) that has multilayered dials, perhaps this is one deep dial too many. Plus the mainly Chinese movement tipped my balance..........

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              • #8
                I think thats a fair call bfltd0. Plenty more fish in the sea and all that.

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                • #9
                  With 60+ pledges on Kickstarter, I think you've got the habit far, far worse than I have!

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                  • #10
                    Hello kettle, this is pot. You are black, over!

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                    • #11
                      I'm nowhere bad as you! Shall we attend the watch launch together next month?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ChrisEdu View Post
                        I'm nowhere bad as you! Shall we attend the watch launch together next month?

                        So
                        1. How long have you been registered on KS?
                        2. How many pledges have you made in total (including all those you have cancelled)?

                        It would be good to have a mini TURF GTG at the Farer do!

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                        • #13
                          1) I don't know!
                          2) Maybe 1 or 2
                          3) A mini GTG would be cool and quite amusing. I could imagine us all looking at Rolex during the launch of something else.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ChrisEdu View Post
                            1) I don't know!
                            2) Maybe 1 or 2.
                            3) A mini GTG would be cool and quite amusing. I could imagine us all looking at Rolex during the launch of something else.
                            Clearly all your noggin bashing has affected your short term memory. Having been on KS for a month or so, you have backed 5 watches from 4 successful projects with another one (the Geckota) still fundraising but likely to be successful. There have also been a number of other bursts of enthusiasm (the Carbon Renegade, the Slide Rule watch, the TSAO etc) that were let go before completion.

                            But hey, this is one of the beauties of Kickstarter!

                            We will definitely have to liaise before turning up at the Farer launch regarding what to wear (on the wrist). Couldn't be caught wearing the same watch!


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                            • #15
                              As it happens, my shrink thinks my medication might actually be causing me some memory problems. Now, who are you?

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