Clodd watches are a making a slight twist on the understated casual dress watch, and their kickstarter is coming to a close. If you’d like to get in while you still can, now is the time. What makes a Skyline by Clodd worth having? They’re affordable. They’re simple. They come in six variants, so you can most likely find one you like, for as little as 59 EUR (69 USD).
First of all, the name. Clodd as a name does not sound inspiring at first listen. Clod, single ‘d’, is defined as a lump of dirt, or more informally, an abusive term for a stupid person. But you’re not stupid if you want this watch, even if it is dirt-cheap affordable. I asked Álvaro Pérez, founder of Clodd watches, why they went with this name, and he said they originally had a different name in mind, “but we couldn’t register it as that and had to think of something else. One day, I was traveling from Barcelona to Tarragona, trying to think of a new name. I wrote down all the names that came to my mind on a paper, and just wrote down “Clodd”, and I realized that was it, that was the name. We still have that piece of paper in our office.”
Making products is something you put your heart into. When it resonates with your heart, when you know it’s right, you go with it. And that’s why we have the Clodd Skyline series of watches. While I know that Clodd is similar to cloud, and that clouds and skylines go together, I have to admit, there’s something a little poetic about the interplay between clod (dirt) and the sky, something mankind yearned to reach for since the times of the ancient Icarus myth.
The Skyline series of watches is a 40mm diameter stainless steel case, powered by a Miyota 1L45 movement with seconds at the 6 position, capped off by a mineral crystal treated with sapphire AR coating. It’s best to break down the models like this: There’s a white dial with silver hands and a blue sub seconds hand in a stainless case. There’s also a black dial, black hands, black PVD stainless case, with a red sub seconds hand. There’s a stainless bracelet to match the white dial stainless case, a tan leather strap, a black PVD bracelet, and a black leather strap.
This watch is intended for a person who likes accessories and is fashionable or well dressed. Of course, I think it goes well dressed-up or dressed-down. Shorts, or just a lazy v-neck t-shirt and jeans would go just fine. At 10mm thin and 40mm wide, and quick-release bars on the bracelet and straps for easy changes, I think it’s a simple win. You can find The Clodd Skyline series of watches at cloddwatches.com or kickstarter until the campaign ends.
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