Regardless of the product, there are pretty much two categories of Kickstarter campaign: the low frills, nothing-but-the-details sort; and the slick, well-produced campaign that communicates the details with a bit of flair. Fin Watches out of Toronto falls into the latter group. Their Kickstarter introduction video is quirky and slick, and the campaign text follows a similar pattern. All that to say, Fin does a good job of capturing your attention while they introduce their first watch, the Spire.At first glance, the Spire appears to be a relatively standard GMT, but it’s been reimagined as a 24-hour countdown timer. A red hand extends all the way to the outer track where the hours are marked counting down from 24, rather than up. The 24-hour countdown hand is intended to show the hours left in the day you have to “accomplish the things important to you.” It’s a gimmick, and it’s one that the folks behind the brand admit is silly, but it doesn’t stop you from using the GMT function in a traditional way (it can be set independently to track a second time zone). The one downside is that you can’t reasonably use the 24-hour track as a point of reference, which does impact immediate legibility.
The dial of the Spire also features a pulsometer index. Fin calls it an “old-timey tribute” to doctor’s watches where this function was more common (their campaign breaks down how it works). You’re likely never going to use it, but it’s a fun addition and aesthetically it does fit in with the overall look of the watch, which leans very much toward the vintage side of things.
Also lending to that vintage aesthetic are a stamped “guilloche”-like diamond pattern at the center of the dial, as well as the baroque type used for the 24-hour and pulsometer rings. While there is a lot of information on the dial, it’s spread across separate brushed rings that aid in clarity. The innermost ring houses the hour’s index, which is represented via Roman numerals. The Fin logo, shown here in red, is positioned at the 24-hour mark on the countdown index, hinting at the concept (“fin” being the French word for “end”).
The case of the Spire measures 41mm in diameter and features wire-style lugs. They’re not fixed—they take a spring bar—but they give the appearance of being fixed. The case is available in a brushed or polished finish, and in rose gold and matte black. A variety of strap colors is also available to complement the watch.
The Kickstarter campaign is currently ongoing, with a starting price of about $169 per unit. The campaign will run through Thursday, June 29th, 2017.