Melbourne Watch Company has quickly built up it's small empire in the watch industry. They started off as a simple IndieGoGo brand, raising just over $27,000 in their campaign. They have since released three other models, two of which were launched on Kickstarter. As we all know, Kickstarter is the most popular crowdfunding site, which can help spread the world to people who might not know about the company otherwise. Now, Melbourne Watch Company has ditched Kickstarter and has released their first watch without the aid of the crowdfunding service. The Parkville is their fourth watch and their most refined. The watch is considerably smaller than their others, measuring just 36mm in diameter. This size is certainly more popular in the woman's sect, so while Melbourne does not formely acknowledge the Parkville to be a women's watch, chances are that is who their target audience is. Inside the small case is the reliable NH35A movement, an automatic featuring both hacking and handwinding. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal. The caseback is engraved with a picture of the inconic "W-Class" tram, a famous Melbourne landmark (if you can call something that moves a landmark). The targeted release of the Parkville is currently set for November 2014. Preorder price is 379 AUD (~$345 USD) for the stainless version and 389 AUD (~$354 USD) for the gold version. The price will go up 100 AUD after the release. Pictures are all taken from the company website.
I recently wrote about Melbourne Watch Company (past article). Now, since there isn't much happening in the watch industry, I will write about them again. The Portsea is the newest watch from MWC. Unlike the older models, this one can't come from the office and right into a casual situation. This watch belongs with a suit, nothing else. Inside of the 40mm case is a modified Miyota 9120. See the picture below for the differences. There will also be a blue dial version. The rest of the information can be easily accessed on the Portsea's Kickstarter campaign. The watch is currently available for $595 (blue dial, no prototype available) or $615 (white dial).
Photos from MWC's Kickstarter Campaign
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