Wristwatches haven’t really changed that much since they were first invented. They still consist of a single timepiece and a single band that allows you to attach the watch to your wrist. Until now, customization consisted almost solely of changing bands to give the watch a different look. But now with Evarii Modular Watches, a new Kickstarter campaign, you can interchange all the parts to create a completely new watch in a matter of seconds. Let me show you.
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Evarii watches are just like a traditional wrist watch, but it has been broken up into 4 components: the dial, the strap, the bezel and the case. All the parts are interchangeable and work together.
I was sent the Dillishaw starter kit which consists of 1 dial, 1 case, 2 bezels and 2 straps. The Dillishaw kit includes the Brewster white dial that you see above. They also included the Grim blue dial so I could see how everything can fit together.
The Brewster dial included in the Dillishaw starter kit has an automatic movement that does not use a standard battery. Instead, it converts your wrist and arm movements into power that runs the watch.
These analog automatic movements are unique because you can see the inner workings through a window in the case back.
One thing to be aware of though is that the automatic watches have an accuracy of +/- 45 seconds per day, so if you’re a stickler for the exact time, one of these dials might not be the best choice. No worries though as Evarii offers quartz (battery powered) dials too.
To assemble the watch, you just choose your dial, case and a bezel.
The dial easy snaps into the case and protrudes out of the top. You can see the threads around the edge of the dial.
The bezel then screws down over the dial securing it in place. Now you can attach a strap. Notice the pins between the case lugs. Most pins are difficult to remove and install because they are spring loaded and will accidentally shoot across the room (voice of experience here). But the pins that come with the Evarii cases have a handy lever that makes all the difference.
The pins are quick and simple to remove and reinstall.
The straps included with the Dillishaw starter kit don’t require that the pins be removed though because the straps are woven Nato straps that easily thread through the lugs.
Here’s another variation using a different combination of dial, case, bezel and straps.
And here is yet another variation. I think I like this combination the best.
The only issue that I have with the Evarii modular watches is that they are big and bulky. They are definitely designed for a more masculine wrist and swallow mine up.
The Evarii components are well made and easy to assemble and disassemble. The ability to quickly create a “new” watch from a collection of parts is fun for watch nerds who love to tinker. Evarii plans to have user contributed designs and may even enter the smart watch arena if their project turns out to be a success.
If you’re interested in pre-ordering an Evarii kit, prices start at $145 and go up to $310 depending on the styles chosen. Their project started today (9/9/15) and they have already earned more than $8000 of their $40,000 funding goal. If their campaign succeeds, they will be shipping starter kits in December.