Umbra is Latin for “shadow” and, of course, an immediate reference to the wellspring of inspiration of this watch. In contrast to the first Gnomon (the brand’s first venture), which had a solitary hand conventionally turn around the dial, the Umbra has a static hand with a pivoting time plate, more suggestive of a genuine sundial. The plan of the Solar Lab Co. Umbra is fascinating, unconventional and reasonable. It’s an advanced interpretation of the antiquated concept, functions admirably, and is currently live on Kickstarter.
Solar Lab Co. is a microbrand situated in Toronto, Canada that centers around the soonest horological concept known to man – the sundial. Its first venture, the Gnomon watch, was a solitary hand, sundial-motivated piece with a Miyota 8215 Automatic and was effectively subsidized on Kickstarter in 2017. The company is back in 2019 with its second single-hand watch, the Umbra, again propelled by a Roman sundial.
Single-hand watches are the same old thing, with brands like MeisterSinger gaining practical experience in the arrangement. The turning plate is exceptional, in any case, and helps separate the Umbra from more settled plans. Looking at the dial, only the main 66% of the circle are obvious, which was a purposeful plan component as sundials are only functional from first light to sunset (leaving a “clear” space around evening time). The plate pivots clockwise, which is quite from what might be normal with this arrangement, yet it’s simply a question of adjusting to the format.
Roman numerals and an internal moment track are imprinted on the time plate, with the numerals addressing the hours, list markers between them addressing half hours, and the file markers on the inward track addressing 15-minute augmentations. A fake moment track encompasses the peripheral edge of the dial (the single hand never turns) yet adds to the general esthetic. The actual hand is formed like a traditional sundial piece with a three-sided base extending to a limited point. The time is set by the crown, which basically pivots the plate to the legitimate position. There isn’t a date or other complications, so you’ll need to scribble your schedule in the sand like our far off ancestors.
The 316L treated steel case is 43mm in breadth and 11mm in tallness, and comes in three colors – silver, dark and rose gold. This was a purposeful color range as those colors take after materials utilized in old high quality specialties and models, including marble, rock, copper and alabaster. Alabaster and marble were basically utilized for sculptures and models, copper was the primary metal utilized in high quality work and dark stone was an image of style and force in both construction and decoration. Turn the watch over and you’ll discover engraved zodiac signs on the external steel border with a colored mineral glass exhibition window to coordinate the case color. Under the glass is a Miyota 8215 programmed with 21 gems, 21,600vph (3Hz) and a 40-hour power save. First created in 1977, it’s a promptly available, solid workhorse. The two gems are mineral glass with the front being domed and the case is water-impervious to 50 metres.
The 20mm leather lashes (narrowing to 18mm) are made in Chicago by the Horween tannery and come in three colors – coffee for the silver case, dull chocolate for the gold case, and dark for the dark case. In view of client criticism, Horween was picked over the Vintage Italian leather ties from the Gnomon arrangement and the brand is confident they’ll be significantly more comfortable and solid. Kickstarter costs start at EUR 239 for Super Early Bird purchasers (for any model), Early Bird purchasers get the silver model for EUR 255, the dark model for EUR 260 and the rose gold model for EUR 265. Various watches can be bought at a Kickstarter discount also. For more information, visit the Solar Lab Co. Kickstarter page .