"I made the exact kit I wish I had when building my first watch," said Jennifer Zhang, co-founder of Rotate Watches. Rotate just hit Kickstarter this past Tuesday and surged to fully funded within just two days. The first goal may have been hit, but that doesn't mean they're stopping there - Kickstarter is the first step in Rotate's long list of aspirations.
But hold up - what's Rotate?
Rotate offers all-in-one kits to build your own mechanical watch. Each kit includes parts, tools, and a beginner-friendly guide. Rotate was founded by a group of artisans and watchmakers who saw inefficiencies in the age-old industry of watchmaking. Anyone who decides to learn watchmaking in the current day would have to go through a ton of stressors, dealing with different suppliers, lengthy shipping, and broken pieces.
Rotate is an innovation in watchmaking, specifically made to cut out those stressors and create a peaceful learning experience for beginner watchmakers. As Evan Malachosky, editor at Cool Hunting writes, "this easy-to-follow kit opens the door for customization and preservation of the talent."
So how do you get one?
Rotate is offering pre-sales for only the next few weeks - the last day to place an order November 13th! Simply back the project on Kickstarter here and select your order. Likewise, you'll be charged at the end of the campaign, so you have plenty of time to adjust your order. The orders will be fulfilled by the holidays - perfect if you have a father, daughter, boyfriend, or anyone you want to gift to!
"Our team has grown to love watchmaking, and we are so excited to be sharing our passion with the world. We hope you enjoy building watches as much as we do!" - Jennifer Zhang, Rotate Watches Team.
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