Microbrand watchmaker Atowak recently announced a new wandering hours timepiece with a space-themed design that’s anything but ordinary.
The Atowak Spaceship, like the company’s previous Cobra timepiece, features a distinctive custom-made bell-shaped case and a wandering hours configuration powered by a modified Miyota 9039 caliber.
Presented in 316L stainless steel, with a bullhead layout (crown at the top instead of on the side), the Spaceship case measures 42.5 mm at its widest point, is 16 mm thick, and has a 53 mm lug-to-lug distance. And like the Cobra before it, the design is reminiscent of something you might see from Urwerk or MB&F at many times the price.
The see-through caseback of the Spaceship features a subtle curvature, ensuring a comfortable fit on the wrist. Every component is precisely crafted using CNC, maintaining accuracy within 0.03 mm. Delivering the power to the hours and minutes satellite is a 4Hz Japanese-made 24-jewel automatic Miyota 9039 movement that’s been heavily modified to work in this unorthodox configuration. Typically the power reserve is 42 hours, however, as a result of the increased energy required to drive the heavy carousel the maximum power reserve is reduced to 38 hours.
Polished edges and five functional screws complement the case’s matte finish which surrounds the giant sapphire crystal (which is at least twice the cost of a regular sapphire crystal). Designed to provide an exceptionally wide field of view of the patented wandering hour wheel. The integration of the second hand with the hour wheel adds a sense of slow roaming, connecting you to the vast universe with each passing second.
Made from aviation-grade aluminum, the large hour indicator discs, have been meticulously polished to create a beautifully reflective surface texture. Innovative indicators below each numeral assist users in achieving precise timekeeping.
The hour discs and minute track of the Spaceship are filled with Swiss luminous material, providing clear time observation in dim environments, and according to Atowak, “symbolizing the spirit of exploring the unknown, this luminous feature guides us forward, whether in the dark night or the vast cosmos.”
Designed for maximum comfort and functionality, the Spaceships’s strap features a quick-release system reminiscent of spaceship quick ejection systems. With a simple twist, the strap can be replaced without the need for tools.
Each Spaceship timepiece comes with a premium FKM rubber strap which is highly resistant to oil, acid corrosion, oxidation, and atmospheric aging. Perhaps more importantly, this type of strap is softer and more pliable than most rubber straps on the market. The strap measures 22 mm at the case and tapers down to 20 mm at the buckle. The length of the two-piece FKM rubber strap is 125 mm/85 mm.
There are five variations of the Spaceship: Mars Red (black case/red strap), Azure Silver (silver case/blue strap), Stardust Gray (gray case/black strap), Nebula Silver (silver case/black strap), Abyssal Blue (blue case/blue strap).
The Atowak Spaecship will launch on Atowak’s official website on October 24th, 11 AM New York time with a limited 300 pieces and a retail price of $1,899. The pre-launch is now available for sign-up here.
Photos by Atowak.