“Yes I am extremely happy with the Kickstarter campaign”, says Bathys Hawaii Owner John Patterson. “We hit our goal within days and the numbers just keep going up. Unlike some crowdfunding campaigns that have an unlimited production run, ours is capped by the fact we are only making a limited edition of ten of the Cesium 133 Atomic watches - so we’re not aiming for a million dollars. By keeping the number small we think we have a much better chance of making a good product the first time around.”
Current design renderings show a sleek, rounded case with an asymmetrical dial layout. Patterson has just returned from the annual Baselworld Watch Trade Fair where the Cesium 133 attracted a lot of curiosity. “I met with one journalist who interviewed me over lunch then her next stop was interviewing the CEO of Swatch Group, the largest watch firm in the world - so there’s been a lot of interest from the industry and the media.”
Now that the project will be funded, the next step is gearing up to use some of the latest high-tech production methods, such as 3-D printing using metal. Patterson explains, “These are cutting-edge technologies - more like something you’d expect to come from MIT, not a small atelier on Kauai. But we like that challenge and that’s part of the reason we do this - to learn and move watchmaking forward. I love old mechanical watches of course, but we’ve got to look to the future for inspiration, not just the past”.
High resolution photos of the new design renderings can be found here:
The Kickstarter Campaign is here: https://www.kickstarter.com/
Their website iswww.bathyshawaii.com