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Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-31-2017 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Watchmaker crowdfunds timepieces made from flown Soyuz rocket metal

As it turns out, there is more than one way to reuse a rocket.

Less than 24 hours after SpaceX achieved the first re-flight of a flown rocket first stage, a crowdfunding campaign has launched to land rocket parts on space enthusiasts' wrists.

The Earth Collection, a selection of limited edition watches made in part of metal recovered from a Russian rocket that launched a crew to the International Space Station, is now being offered through Kickstarter by Werenbach, a Zurich-based watch brand. Each timepiece has a dial cut directly from the outer shell of the Soyuz MS-02 rocket.

Robert Pearlman
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The 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 McGlynn
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posted 12-04-2017 03:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I 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.

Tom
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posted 12-08-2017 05:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received my watch as well... FANTASTIC!!

Tom
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posted 12-10-2017 08:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Larry, 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 McGlynn
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posted 12-10-2017 09:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom, 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.

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From 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 McGlynn
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posted 12-10-2017 02:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I have grown fond of looking at the 4.5 Megaton Chronograph.

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