What do you wear when you want a blast of color to match your outfit? What about when you like to change your color choices often, but don’t have a lot of money? You could go with a nice watch and swap out straps, or maybe you invest in a few watches that you can wear with a variety of options. Or.. you could go with bright, inexpensive watches that really pop. This is what the SlideIdentity Slim Collection on Kickstarter is all about. Their project puts out low cost Italian made quartz watches with polycarbonate cases that come in at a svelte 8.5mm.
How low cost you may ask? The base watch in the 38 or 42mm case is $35. Prices go up from there if you wan the bracelet (above) instead of the strap, or if you want the chrono version of the watch, but all the rewards are pretty inexpensive. With that, you have to make some sacrifices, so the movement is a low cost, Japanese Hattori Y121E movement. But it is a $35 watch. You could fund the 3 for $100 pledge, give them all to your kid, and introduce him or her to watches in an inexpensive and kid friendly way. There are 8 color choices for both the 38mm and the bracelet version (they call it a band), and 11 color choices for the 42mm. That is a lot of color.
I do feel obligated to pass along my standard warning about crowd funded products, especially from someone based oversees and without a track record on the site. I have not seen a prototype, nor have I reached out to the creators, so you might do a little checking on you own. One of the credited creator shows a lot of watch products on his facebook page, along with plenty of ideas for this brand, and he appears to be connected to another watch company (NICE/COOL) that also produces inexpensive watches. With the low cost, they need a lot of backers to hit the funding threshold, so this is in no way guaranteed to make it, but there is a long time left for the project. kickstarter.com/projects/slideidentity
- Brand & Model: SlideIdentity Slim Collection
- Price: $35 and up
- Who we think it might be for: The rave crowd and kids of watch lovers.
- Would I buy or recommend it just on the photos?: If I were trying to get a kid into watches, I would think about it.
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: For a few more $, get a name brand movement.
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: Color!