Centric Instruments, an independent design studio based in San Francisco, recently revamped the solar-powered watch for the design set with a modern feel and surgical-grade craftsmanship. It turned us into fans instantly, which is why we're thrilled to report the company is doubling down on solar with an all-new collection of tool watches.
The Lightwell Field Watch Mark II and the Lightwell Chronograph are inspired by the utilitarian aesthetic of WWII-era military watches and are designed to do everything and go everywhere. Each one features a tastefully sized 38.5mm stainless steel case that looks great on all wrist sizes, updated luminous hour markers with SuperLuminova BGw9, a scratch-proof sapphire crystal, a Seiko solar-powered movement, and various strap combinations.
Best of all, if you're game to pre-order on Kickstarter, you'll get around 25% off its already reasonable $250 MSRP. We generally shy away from promoting crowd-funding campaigns for the obvious reasons but we've known this team for over a year and admire not just their good taste in design but their sourcing and production capabilities.