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The Stage Watch features a swappable bezel and nested octagonal dial

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Watches funded on Kickstarter certainly are a special breed, ranging from extreme overbuilt machines to minimalist design studies. The Stage Watch, currently about halfway to its funding goal, seems to lie somewhere in the middle – a moderately complicated watch taking its time to explore a number of interesting design ideas and construction techniques.

Says Stage Watch..

“Inspired by the history and architecture of the Roman Colosseum, the STAGE WATCH begins with an elaborate geometric octagonal dial. Its bold (44.5.mm) design adds a unique statement of style and creates a memorable presence on your wrist. Plus its automatic Swiss movement keeps perfect time with up to 42 hours of power reserve. The STAGE WATCH is fashioned in PVD coated 316 L stainless steel and its high-quality bezel swaps out easily so you can further customize your timepiece to your individual taste.”

Geometric Colosseum Design

There’s a lot going on with the dial here – on first glance it appears to be a concentric mix of octagonal, circular, and traingular shapes, with hours on the outer ring, minutes on the inner ring, and a center rotating seconds disc. It’s a lot to look at and get used to, and for my sensibilities, it’s a little busy. It ISS exploring the design idea to the max, and for that I appreciate it. Also visible on the dial is a small day window, with optional magnifier. Apparently the dial is made of of “Over 40 different parts” – lume not being one of those parts.

Quick Changeable Bezel

The bezel has its own story too – it’s “quick changeable”, with currently five color options to choose from, seemingly all with the same design. That’s a cool feature, but honestly, how many times are you going to be changing out the bezel of your watch? I remember back to my first Technomarine Watch back in 2001 – I loved changing up the rubbery bezel pieces between neon orange, blue, and clear – but that was a fun and funky sports watch, not a design study piece. Maybe they’ll see what sells best and refine their product line from there?

Also, if I’m reading this right, the bezel piece of this watch will also be swappable with bezel pieces from upcoming models – that’s certainly new – but does it severely limit their design latitude for the future?

Swiss Automatic Movement, Exhibition Caseback

Stage Watch is using a Sellita SW200-01 Automatic movement for this piece. That gives it +/- 8 seconds per day, and a nominal 42 hour power reserve – not bad for a watch of this caliber. As you’d expect with a design study watch like this, there’s an exhibition caseback, sure to impress your friends.

Packaging

The retail display and “unboxing” experience seems to have been thought out in minute detail. A displayable wood box come standard, and features little holsters for extra bezels and leather straps – nice.

Final Thoughts

Want to get involved in the production of a new watch, and share in the excitement of tracking it through to final delivery? Go fund this watch on Kickstarter. Look forward to owning a piece of something you helped create, with all of its quirks and vaguely ostentatious design elements. But don’t look forward to a piece with as much technical, cultural, or style ooomph as you may be wanting for an enduring classic of your collection.

Tech Specs

  • Case Size – 44.5mm
  • Sapphire Crystal – 3mm
  • Bezel – Quick Changeable
  • Warranty – 2 Years
  • Material – PVD 316L Steel
  • Movement – Swiss Sellita SW200-1
  • Strap – 22mm / Quick Changeable
  • Hour Hand – Diamond Cut
  • Power Reserve – 38-42 Hours
  • Water Resistance – 30m
  • Preciseness [sic] – +/-8 S/D
  • Case Thickness – 12.2mm

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Wrist Watch Review Writer Jeffrey Donenfeld lives in Colorado and reviews products at his website. An accomplished adventure traveler, antarctic expedition director, and rescue scuba diver, Jeffrey has tested and reviewed watches in a multitude of challenging environments. Jeffrey loves exploring design, construction, materials, and utility aspects of horology, and gets a kick out of both classics as well as fresh new ideas. He typically tests extensively watches he writes about, and provides readers with a real-world, practical take on diverse timepieces. In addition to writing about time, Jeffrey also works as a venture capital investment manager at a growing startup accelerator in Boulder, Colorado. In his free time he travels (70+ countries and counting), snowboards, rock climbs, runs, sails, scuba dives, and occasionally relaxes.

1 COMMENT

  1. I fear that restrained, elegant, classical watch design is lost on the micro brand world. Guess I’m just not the target market for these things. I’m a 40-year-old guy who’s passionate and obsessed with mechanical watches. If not me, who then? Between this piece, the Elegantsis JSK, the Opifex Venture, and all the other overdone pieces out there, it appears that these Kickstarter brands are just throwing every element they can think of at their offering rather than putting any actual DESIGN effort into it. Everyone is “inspired” by some inane, non-watch related object, and more often than not their watch looks nothing like, nor does it invoke thoughts of that inspiration. Between these things and the six million micro dive watches out there, it’s rare to see anything truly elegant or inspiring come out of this market. The Axioms of the world do give me some hope that all is not lost though.

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