Singapore based BADGER Watches launches its first watch series called the Islander, named after the country’s status as a tropical island nation. The modern dress watch is more business casual than formal, meshing contrasting details that are both elegant and utilitarian.
BADGER Watch’s first timepiece aims to reflect its vision of creating distinctively original watches in the microbrand category, and is designed in a unique tonneau case shape. To avoid bulkiness that often comes with rectangular watches, the Islander’s tonneau case deviates from the classic single-piece construction. The case is layered with a bezel, middle case and 8-screw caseback, designed with gradual slopes on each layer
to complement wrist curvature.
The watch case comes in modern proportions, measuring 38mm in diameter (sans crown) and 48mm long, housing a self-winding Sellita SW200-1 movement with a 38-hour power reserve. The 3-handed watch comes with a date window at the 6-hour position.
Meticulous detailing continues under the Islander’s robust stainless steel case and sapphire crystal, which is second in hardness only to diamond. The double-layered dial is finished with a sunburst guilloché pattern, coherent with the Islander theme. With the logo minimized to the top of the dial, the stunning dial pattern is uninterrupted by branding.
While the Islander Automatic is a dress watch at its core, it was designed with versatility in mind. Paring down the formal vibes are the playfully designed teardrop-shaped hour and minute hands, complimented by legibly sized and outlined hour indexes. Both hands and indexes come with BGW9 Superluminova. The collection’s strap options include smooth grained Italian calf leather straps and Italian suede leather.
The Islander series will come in 4 variations of dial colors – onyx black, azure blue, sage green and an ‘origin edition’ satin silver dial with navy blue accents limited to 99 pieces.
- 316L Stainless steel case
- 5ATM Water resistance
- Sellita SW200-1 movement
- Sunburst guilloche dial
- Sapphire top crystal with AR coating
- Superluminova BGW9 hands & indexes
- Italian suede & leather strap options
- Case width without crown – 38mm
- Thickness – 10.9mm
- Lug to lug – 48mm (strap ends are 44mm apart)
- Strap width – 22mm
WHAT IS BADGER
BADGER is a new watch startup in 2019 that focuses on creating distinctively original and well-crafted mechanical watches. The brand will produce each series in limited quantities, as a motivation to keep creating from new and original ideas.
WHO ARE WE
Leroy Xavier Zhong is the designer/founder of BADGER Watches. He started designing timepieces in 2012, and for the past few years have had the pleasure of creating more than 50 designs for a couple of brands.
BADGER is his vision of a limited-production watch company. The opposite of a mass production brand, watch collections will be made in limited runs and never repeated.
Each Badger watch collection will tell its own story. One chapter to the next, a story is kept alive in the brand’s creative journey.