I first became aware of The Electricianz when I wrote about their Cable Z watch three years ago. They’ve kept with their theme of the “exposed” electronics. This time around, though, they’re upping the game by putting a mechanical movement into The Electricianz Hybrid.
At a high level, The Electricianz Hybrid sort of reminds me of an Armin Strom or even a Glashütte Original, with the timekeeping offset to the right side of the case opening. That’s actually a good use of the smaller movement, rather than trying to mask things into a bigger watch case with spacers.
To make use of the extra space, then, The Electricianz Hybrid pops in a bit of their own electronics. For this, it gives you a bit of a literal light show, with a 5-second “retrograde” flash, as well as LED backlighting on the dial. As near as I can tell, the electronics and the mechanical movement aren’t actually talking to each other, but still manage to live side-by-side in the case.
It’s an interesting look, and I’m curious about the backlighting getting incorporated with the mechanical movement. The campaign for The Electricianz Hybrid just launched today, and is running for 30 days. If you want to jump in on the watches, the early bird pricing for these starts at $411 across the variety of colors. kickstarter.com / the-electricianz.com
Tech Specs from The Electricianz
- 43mm / 51mm lug-to-lug
- Stainless steel
- Exhibition caseback with mineral crystal
- Crystal: K1 hardened mineral
- Base is a Miyota 8N24 skeleton
- Additional module for the 5-second flashing beat and LED backlighting
- Dial: printed circuit board with LED backlighting
- Strap: 220mm calfskin leather with quick-release pins
- WR: 3 ATM