Delivered: The Xeric Trappist- 1 Moonphase Watch: Bending Time & Space
“Delivered:” is a series in which we look at crowdfunded ideas that have successfully shipped to their supporters. We dive into the final product, after its long journey from concept to fulfillment”
The Xeric Trappist-1 was inspired by NASA’s groundbreaking discovery of the Trappist-1 solar system. "The watch pays tribute to this new planetary system of seven planets resembling our own, located 12 parsecs away from us and orbiting a red dwarf star slightly larger than Jupiter." It is the perfect watch for an engineer or space lover. It contains a lot of symbolism and a lot of connections to the space program including using the same materials on the watch as Neil Armstrong.
There are a couple of different things that set the Trappist-1 moon phase watch set apart from other traditional watches. “The large cupola grille floating over the dial provide a window into the depths of space and time as distant planets slowly come into view amongst the star riddled void. Two Super-LumiNova™ planets indicate hours and minutes on the dial, and the center viewing window shows the current moon phase.The watch features a domed crystal made from Hesalite, a material that was initially developed for NASA. Hesalite is still used for watch crystals on all space missions due to its rigidity and durability even in the harshest environments of space. The straps are made from U.S. Horween leather and the ridges are modeled after texturized space gloves.”
There is a lot of symbolism that is woven into the Trappist-1 watch. The grille of the watch is meant to look like the window that astronauts look out into space on their observatory decks. The inner luminous planet that circles the outside rim of the watch represents the hours whole the outer luminous planet shows the minutes, all while orbiting around the central axis. The domed crystal is made of a space-age material developed for NASA known as Hesalite. It was introduced in the 60’s and was used on Neil Armstrong’s watch.
“The straps of the Trappist-1 watch are made using full grain leather from Horween, one of the oldest continuously running tanneries in the United States. Since 1908, Horween has been making the highest quality leather from their Chicago location on the corner of Elston and Ashland. The Trappist-1 straps are textured and stitched to pay tribute to the articulated ridge-lines seen on space gloves. The straps can fit wrists up to 9.25 inches.” To find out more information about this amazing watch or to see their Kickstarter campaign please review the links below.