A little over a year ago I was sent some renders from a brand that was in the design stages of creating their first watch. This happens from time to time, but these renders caught my eye. The watch was well considered with a restrained, vintage aesthetic. Over the course of the following year, I was sent a few more renders here and there with updates to the design as well as more details about the build and plans for the watch. Now, I’m excited to have the watch in hand (or on my wrist to be precise) and the opportunity to review it as the brand brings it to market.
The brand was Vapaus and the watch is the Veli. A 38mm vintage-inspired design with a massive domed crystal, it’s a spiritual blend of the Orient Bambino and something perhaps by Stowa or Junghans. A fun, but serious watch built with watch enthusiasts in mind, the Veli is Swiss-made and features a Sellita movement and a domed sapphire. Vapaus is currently (July, 2016) seeking £100,000 through Kickstarter to get the Veli off the ground. With a price tag under $1,000, this is a watch seriously worth a closer look.