The watch industry is undergoing a transformation. Multiple youthful microbrands have sprung up on the scene, relying on crowdfunding to dispatch their (interesting or not) projects. New on the scene is a brand named Riskers, a French endeavor with models inspired by channel military watches, modernized for the occasion. In any case, what’s special about Riskers, aside from the watches, is individuals behind the undertaking – and that says a great deal regarding the present status of the industry. How about we examine the Riskers Prolog I and Chapter I.
Behind this new French brand are individuals with quite some foundation. Indeed, it is the consequence of previous Richemont Group (proprietor of Cartier, JLC, IWC, Lange and some more) executives teaming up to dispatch a watch brand… on Kickstarter! Plainly unconventional. Going by the name of Riskers, the company was helped to establish by Pierre Guerrier, who filled in as a component of Richemont’s marketing services for Piaget, and serial business person, Thomas Noël. A few other ex-Richemont representatives have likewise been involved, at different phases of the undertaking.
Riskers needs to offer accessible watches and presents itself as a group centered brand. Each watch is associated with a diplomat. Not a high-profile personality, but rather a risker – an ordinary person doing extraordinary things to ensure or help other people. Every one of these ‘riskers’ is associated with a dedicated reason to which part of the returns from the deals of the corresponding watch is donated.
For instance, the risker linked to the Prolog I model is a fictional persona, Albert Roche, an anonymous World War One channel soldier who needed to confront terrible peril. The watch, in turn, upholds L’Oeuvre Nationale du Bleuet de France , an association that assists veterans, war widows, dependents of the government, soldiers injured in peacekeeping operations and victims of terrorism. The other model, Chapter I, is delivered in association with Guillaume d’Aboville, General Manager of Enfants du Mékong (Children of Mekong), a charity that attempts to improve access and quality of education in Southeast Asia. In any case, how about we currently take a gander at these new Riskers watches.
THE WATCHES – PROLOG I AND CHAPTER I
For its inaugural collection, Riskers dispatches four watches, all dependent on a similar concept. And in light of the fact that you’re reading MONOCHROME, we are taking a glance at the two automatic watches named Prolog I and Chapter I; the two different watches, Chapter II and Chapter III, are controlled by a quartz movement.
The main concept of Riskers was designed by Malo Le Bot, who worked for a few Richemont brands and who was trained at the Group’s Creative Academy. The idea behind Prolog I and Chapter I was to revisit World War One channel watches, proposing a cutting edge interpretation of these pieces, as opposed to a nostalgic commemoration or reproduction. Much the same as the first wristwatches of days of old, the case highlights delicate bends and a rock shape – as though it was a converted pocket watch. The slightly domed sapphire gem further complements the watch’s present day retro styling. The distinctive crown shield and the drags are inspired by a pocket watch bow. The 43mm diameter x 12.35mm height instance of the Riskers Prolog I and Chapter I is made of brushed stainless steel, with polished accents on the bezel and the side of the case. The caseback is shut.
The huge, domed area dial, another tribute to antique military watches, highlights Arabic even numerals with an oversized 12. It comes in beige (Prolog I) or dim with a light sunburst finish in the two models. The hands are blued and open-worked. The tip of the second hands is slightly twisted to coordinate the dial, which is a nice touch.
The Riskers Prolog I and Chapter I are fueled by a Swiss automatic development, the STP1-11. Fabricated by Swiss Technology Production, this clone of the ETA-2824 (much the same as the Sellita SW-200) ought to end up being a strong, reliable partner. Running at 28,800 vibrations each hour, it stores 44 hours of force save when completely twisted. It displays the hours, minutes, seconds and the date – as usual, the presence of the date is questionable.
The watch is worn on an earthy colored or dark calf calfskin lash with contrasting beige or mustard stitching and got by a steel pin buckle.
Price and availability
Riskers dispatches now on Kickstarter. The price of the automatic Prolog I and Chapter I watches is set at EUR 1,190 excl. charges. There are additionally quartz variants available at EUR 490 excl. charges. For more information, if it’s not too much trouble, visit the brand website www.riskers-watches.com or their Kickstarter page .