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Forum:Hardware & Flown Items
Topic:Werenbach watches made from Soyuz metal
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Robert PearlmanThe Kickstarter campaign came to its end on Monday (May 29), having successfully raised CHF 768,039 (about $788,220 US) from 1,231 backers.
That was such a tremendous success! Thank you so much for your support. Our project did not only reach several funding goals — its is also the most funded project on Kickstarter from Switzerland!
Because of the success, Werenbach upgraded the mechanism in each watch ordered from a Japanese to Swiss movement.

If you missed out on the 45 percent discount offered by the campaign, but still desire a watch, Werenbach is now offering the watches through its website at 30 percent off its full price.

We will reduce the discount on Tuesday to 30%. Later we will further reduce it stepwise to 0% until the watches are available at regular conditions.
Larry McGlynnI received my Werenbach Model 5 Soyuz watch today. Now this campaign was an excellent example of a successful Kickstarter project. The watch was worth the risk. Very unique and well done on Werenbach's part.

After wearing this watch for a few days, I wrote a short review of the watch on my blog.

TomReceived my watch as well... FANTASTIC!!
TomLarry, I noticed your watch is from the Soyuz MS-04 launch vehicle. Mine is from Soyuz MS-02. I wonder if any were produced from Soyuz MS-03 material?
Larry McGlynnTom, it is probably based on the strap on boosters that they found out in the Steppes. The Kazakhstan tribes that inhabit the area grab those boosters and use them for shelter and home repair. So the MS-03 boosters may have landed in a different place or where found by the local tribe, who scavenged it for parts.

You could ask the guys at Werenbach via the Kickstarter comments section.

Robert PearlmanFrom their Facebook updates, it appears Werenbach is continuing to travel out to Soyuz launches to gather fairing parts. Their most recent updates mentioned Soyuz MS-05 and MS-06.

They have also now introduced a "Leonov" collection, which includes built-to-order models, where you can pick the specific face (among other components) from which your watch will be assembled. These faces include signs (some extensive) of burn marks, scratches, paint chips and the divisions between paint colors and/or the bare metal of the Soyuz rocket.

Larry McGlynnYes, I have grown fond of looking at the 4.5 Megaton Chronograph.
Robert PearlmancollectSPACE
New wristwatches with flown rocket metal link to live view from space

A watchmaker that saw success crafting timepieces from rocket-flown metal is now looking to connect outer space to your wrist.

In 2017, Werenbach crowdfunded more than $785,000 for its first line of watches, which were made out of spent Russian Soyuz rocket stages used in the launch of astronauts and cosmonauts to the International Space Station. On Tuesday (June 12), the Zurich-based company returned to Kickstarter for its next merger of space and time.

"After one of the most successful watch stories in Kickstarter history, we wanted to return to you, our supporters, with something new once again – a watch with a real piece of rocket at its heart that now also connects you to space to share the view of an astronaut in real time," the watchmaker announced.

Robert PearlmanThe Mach 33 campaign was fully funded within in its first hour.

Larry McGlynnI put in for the Gravity edition of the watch.

I have to say that the original edition of the watch has been very enjoyable to wear and the orange color makes for a unique dial face. The watch keeps excellent time. This is the best Kickstarter investment that I have made.

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