Independent brand Amant has turned to Kickstarter to fund its first mechanical watch. The new Côte d'Azur model is a simplistic take on a diver’s watch and will be powered by an ETA movement. It is being offered on the crowdfunding at a very reasonable price for a limited period.
Based in Sweden, the company draws inspiration from classic European cities to design their watches which are predominantly quartz. The Côte d'Azur’s design is a mix of the classic and contemporary and is supposedly inspired by the French Riviera. It uses a 41 mm surgical grade stainless steel case that’s 10 mm thick with flat, brushed steel bezel. It is fitted with an anti-reflective coated sapphire crystals on the front and caseback.
The brushed navy blue dial features diamond cut baton indices, the tricolor baton shaped hour makers at 6 o’clock is a nod to this model’s French’s design inspiration. The watch uses bayonet hands, inspired by the small town of Bayonne on the French Riviera. The word bayonet is derived from the French word baionette which has its origins in the town of Bayonne, where these daggers were first made.
A screw-down case back and crown provides the watch with a minimum 100 meters water-resistance. The matching stainless steel bracelet has a single fold clasp with a double lock and, a brushed finish on the front and polished finish on the side. The Côte d'Azur is fitted with ETA 2824-2 caliber, known for its reliability and robustness and has a 38 hour power reserve. The 4 Hz movement is equipped with ETA’s Etachron regulator and an Incabloc Novodiac shock protection system.
The Amant Côte d'Azur is a limited edition starting at AED 1,116 ($304)) and can be ordered from the brand’s Kickstarter campaign page.