Xeric’s latest retrograde-ish project: Evergraph

Love ’em or hate ’em, Xeric are doing interesting things with time telling. Since their original pseudo-retrograde watch hit Kickstarter in 2013, they have earned a dedicated following. This latest iteration of their unique design was funded in hours and has surpassed their $50,000 goal many times over.

Like the Soloscope, the Evergraph takes Xeric’s retrograde-style display up a notch, so from the outside it is not immediately obvious that it’s playing a trick on us. In a true retrograde display, a hand travels across a half or quarter dial and the hand jumps back to the beginning when it gets to the end. In other words, you get all the information of a round dial in a fraction of the space. Xeric uses a double-ended hand with unequal length ends and two registers to mimic a retrograde display with a standard 360-degree movement. The Halograph displays this best:

The Evergraph hides the unused portion of each hand behind a big chunk of metal that looks like an automatic rotor but isn’t. The Miyota 82S0 is powered with a conventional tail rotor, visible through the appropriately half-sized display window in the case back. The balance wheel is also visible through a cut-out in the dial, which allows a view clear through the watch.

A broad skeletonized arrow counts the hours and a thick needle marks the minutes. The second “hand” is a disk at the center that spins in a mesmerizing spiralgraphic pattern. They were going for a retro-futuristic look and I think they nailed an understated steampunk aesthetic. It looks interesting without looking like cosplay.

Straps are Horween leather from Chicago with a pin buckle or stainless 5-link bracelets with butterfly clasps. The bracelets have straight end links, which I suppose match the vintage angle but end up looking unfinished to me, especially with the polished 5-link bracelet.

Shipping in July, you can still snag an early bird at $279 on either strap in silver, black, or rose goldtone, which seems a steal for a well-made automatic with all this custom metal work. kickstarter.com

Xeric Evergraph

  • Price: $279USD (Early Bird)
  • Who’s it for? The steampunk-curious.
  • Would I buy it? I’m not cool enough to pull this off, and at 44 mm it’s bigger than I usually like.
  • What I’d change? Add some end links.
  • Standout feature? Spiralgraph second hand on a one-of-a-kind dial.

Tech Specs from Xeric

  • Case Material: 316L Stainless steel
  • Case Size: 44 mm x 14 mm
  • Lug Width: 20 mm
  • Movement: Miyota 82S0 Automatic
  • Crystal: Sapphire-Coated K1 Mineral
  • Band Material: American-made Horween leather or 5-link, solid stainless steel metal bracelet with a double pusher, butterfly deployant clasp
  • Overall Fit: Fits up to 8.5” wrist (215 mm)
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