TiMe22 Robusto is a crowdfunding project designed and assembled in The Netherlands. Just by looking at the watch you can realise it applies modernist approach where form follows function.
TiMe22 Robusto unconventional case with an integrated bracelet is made of grade 5 titanium. This means two things: the watch is extremely lightweight and weights under 130 g, and it’s going to be extremely robust. There is one catch to it, however. Titanium, although it’s very hard material and highly resistant to corrosion, scratches fairly easily when compared to stainless steel. That’s why, I’m not the biggest fan of this material being used a watch case builder. On the other hand, there is plenty of people out there who appreciate its attributes. To further emphasize it’s robustness, designers decided to use a sapphire as a crystal material, which is always a welcome feature.
Robusto measures 45 mm in diameter, including crown, which should be a reasonable size for this kind of watch. Keep in mind that the case is integrated with Ti bracelet so you if like to change straps on your watches, this might not be your cup of tea. It’s worth nothing that Robusto’s case is water resistant to up to 200 m, which is a great score for every-purpose watch.
TiMe22 Robusto is going to be available in two different colors: Mocha and Royal Blue. On top of that, each color version is going to be available with two movement options. You can choose either ETA 955.112 quartz movement or a classic ETA 2824-2 Swiss automatic movement.
Probably the most interesting aspect of TiMe22 and their project is that the manufacturer offers “limited lifetime warranty of flaws in workmanship and materials”. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I haven’t heard of any other watch company, which would offer a lifetime warranty for their timepieces. A bold move for sure.
TiMe22 Robust is currently available at Kickstarter. Prices start at €359 for a quartz version and €489 for an automatic.