Horage Multiply: 48 New Watches Featuring the K1 Caliber, Now on Kickstarter

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While the rise of Kickstarter campaigning in the past few years has undoubtedly changed the face of small-brand watchmaking dramatically, “ambitious” is not usually a word one could use to describe your typical Kickstarter timepiece. Most campaigners are content to use existing movements, basic designs, minimalist branding and “revolutionize the industry” marketing hype to propel their wares to success without truly breaking any ground.

The people behind Horage are not most campaigners. Since 2015, the Swiss-based micro-brand has developed their own in-house K1 caliber from the ground up, placing it in some very attractive sleeves like the Autark and the skeleton Array K1.


To learn more about the K1 caliber and the ambitious plans driving its development, read Introducing the K1 Caliber: Picking Up Where ETA Left Off and Visiting Horage in Biel, and a Look at Their New Array K1 Watch.


For their next step, however, Horage has swung for the fences; rather than a single new watch or movement, they’ve announced 48 at once. Yes, you read that correctly–48 distinct new offerings from a true micro-brand, all featuring an independently designed, in-house movement caliber. Enter the Horage Multiply: a new system aimed at maximizing the modular capabilities of the Horage K1 movement to the fullest possible extent–and now available through Kickstarter.

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In the interest of efficiency, let’s first talk about what all 48 variants have in common. Each of the Multiply variants shares the same unique case design, something I’d like to refer to as the “snare drum.” From the top, it’s an attractive, but remarkably simple design. Wide set polished lugs flanking a circularly-brushed bezel are about the only noteworthy elements, but the proportions at work play well here.

 

It’s when the case is viewed from the side that things get interesting. The case of the Multiply is a sandwich of sorts, with a sharply brushed inner case surrounded by polished outer elements above and below, including the distinctive polished pillars at two, four, eight and 10 that give the case its drum-like appearance. The large, heavily toothed crown at three is signed with the Horage dotted “H” logo.

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Other than the attractive Patek Philippe Nautilus-style hour and minute hands and simple applied lumed hour indices (color coded for each dial variant), all other parts are unique among all 48.

To give a full breakdown of the variety in store, the Multiply line is arranged like so: there are four different movement variants, each carrying a modular version of the in-house K1. These include the basic small-seconds version, a power reserve variant, a dual-wheel big-date version with central seconds, and the full function version including all of the above. Next up are four dial color variants, featuring a square guilloche pattern in both black and white, a matte medium blue, and a silver rhodium sunburst dial.

Finally, there are three strap options: black leather; gray sailcloth; and a straight end-link, H-link bracelet. All told, that gives us 48 potential versions of the Multiply, a truly staggering variety for a brand of this size, especially considering they’re offering not one, but four different versions of an in-house caliber here.Equally impressive is the price. The small seconds version of the Horage Multiply starts at just over $1,000 for early backers, which for a Swiss-made watch with a manufacture movement and some truly unique design work is nearly unheard of. The rest of the line is similarly reasonable, with the top-of-the-line full-function variant currently sitting at $1,725.

The Kickstarter is currently live and well on its way to hitting its goal. It’s slated to continue through August 23, 2017, concluding 8:04 AM EDT that day.

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Hailing from Redondo Beach, California, Sean’s passion for design and all things mechanical started at birth. Having grown up at race tracks, hot rod shops and car shows, he brings old-school motoring style and a lifestyle bent to his mostly vintage watch collection. He is also the Feature Editor and Videographer for Speed Revolutions.
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