Lenvino Watch Co., launched in Hong Kong in January 2017, is described by its founders as “a group of watch addicts with the passion and constancy of traditional watch craftsmanship” who aim to “awaken people’s minds about the core function of a watch.”
In 2017, the microbrand launched its first Kickstarter campaign to fund the “World’s First Minimalist Design Rectangular Tourbillon Watch.” After 40 days on Kickstarter, it raised a total of HK$427,860, resulting in the most-backed tourbillon project in Kickstarter history. Back in April, Lenvino launched the Lecronos “Race for Vintage” collection (that you can read about here) and raised a total of HK$1,344,752. On the heels of this success, Lenvino Watch Co. returns to Kickstarter to introduce its third collection of timepieces.
A tourbillon is a historic complication invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1795 and originally designed to negate the effects of gravity on a pocket watch. Any watch featuring a tourbillon is immediately distinguished of the highest quality. To allow the largest number of fellow addicts to enjoy the grace and complexity of a tourbillon, LENVINO designed the Tour Collection 02 watch with a Seagull movement and other premium materials but is selling it for a fraction of the price compared to the Swiss watch industry.
The reliable and hand-winding Seagull TY800 tourbillon movement has a 40-hour power reserve and accuracy of plus or minus 20 to 40 seconds a day. It is complemented by a modern, minimalist design with a well-proportioned case and sapphire crystal. There’s also a selection of five interchangeable genuine calf leather straps with square crocodile pattern and a polished 316L stainless steel buckles engraved with the brand name for the backers to choose.
The initial price is USD $499 with many discounted packages available. The first 100 pieces will be limited edition and individually numbered. The watches will come engraved with “No. XXX/100” wording on the caseback.
Featuring a minimalist design, the watch strips away all unnecessary elements from the dial, focusing exclusively on the flying tourbillon. The base of the dial is decorated with matt-sandblasted finishing, giving it a grained texture effect. The indexes are kept to a minimal design; hours and minutes are indicated by the printed marks on the circular brushed subdial. Time is displayed by the skeleton alpha hands that have a hollowed base that gradually narrows into a sharp point. The flying tourbillon can be found at the bottom of the dial and is surrounded by a sharp metal ring.
The “Tour Collection 02” is equipped with a 43-mm, 316L stainless steel, circular case with a curved bezel. It’s enclosed with a domed sapphire crystal on the front and a screw-down transparent caseback from the rear, allowing you to enjoy all the kinetic motion of the tourbillon. Viewed from the side, the dome crystal joins the case back flawlessly through a smooth curved surface. The streamlined case is more than just an elegant design feature – it also allows for a slimmer profile.
The “Tour Collection 02” range comes in five different color combinations, with the chance to choose the case and strap colors as the campaign concludes. Design variations include: all silver; black and silver; dark gray and silver; dark brown and rose gold; and silver and rose gold.
The watches are available on five different color straps: navy blue, black, brown, dark brown, and dark gray. The straps have a width of 20 mm x 18 mm, a unisex functional length suitable for most customers, and 9 holes for adjustment.
Every watch is under strict quality control, undergoing a technical control check, quality assurance check, and a final quality check which involves a QC engineer rigorously testing all watches (e.g. water resistance, movement test, plating test, and drop test ) to ensure the watches are functional before dispatching the products to customers.
All watches come with a one-year warranty and are expected to be ready for shipment direct to customers by January 2019.
Modern Minimal Design
Starting price just US $499
Seagull TY800 real flying tourbillon movement
30m water resistance
43-mm stainless steel 316L case
Large square Croco pattern genuine calf leather strap with easy-change spring bar
1 years international warranty
Many discount package in rewards tiers
Free international shipping
Visit the Lenvino Kickstarter Page
About LENVINO: Inspired by legend, tradition, and innovation, LENVINO strives to create iconic timepieces by combining traditional craftsmanship and innovative design. Through “LENVINO,” the brand is offering high-quality products with unique and exclusive designs comparable to watches at department stores and luxury brands, but at only a fraction of their retail price.
hello…I suspect this is a ‘Caroussel’ – and not a ‘Tourbillon’ (strictly speaking)