Hotblack is a watch with a huge difference under the hood. Most of the time, it will look and behave like a regular watch, indicating the date on the left and top subdials, and seconds on the bottom subdial. But when the watch owner’s favorite football (soccer) team is playing, and for an hour before and after, the top dial will show the team’s score, and the left dial will show the opponent’s score. The bottom dial shows how much time is remaining. Hotblack uses a Bluetooth Low Energy radio to connect with its owner’s iPhone or Android phone to access the Sports Data Server over the internet.
The Hotblack watch uses the best craftsmen available worldwide to create what the watchmaking industry calls ‘Grade A’ quality. It comes with a jet black steel case, a jet black steel strap, and a sapphire glass that only diamond can cut. It uses Superluminova on the hands and the major chapter marks and has a proper screwdown back to protect it from the elements. Hotblack is for people who believe in rugged, enduring performance.
The Hotblack watch will cost £990, but the product launch campaign will feature Hotblack for early bird pricing of £400 <> £700. The launch campaign begins on June 23 on Kickstarter.
ABOUT THE CREATOR
Physicist Richard Hoptroff, who founded Hoptroff Ltd, is a creator of luxury watches that retain a traditional look while steaming with technology under the hood. Hoptroff Ltd is known for pioneering developments, including the highly acclaimed No.10, the first ever atomic timepiece, and 3D printing watch cases directly in gold. Richard has done nothing but create technology startups since he earned his PhD at King’s College London. Other ventures include forecasting software, Bluetooth technology and custom ASIC development.
Movement: Hoptroff No.7
Made in: United Kingdom, from parts sourced worldwide
Moving parts: Swiss
Case & Strap: Black PVD coated 316L brushed stainless steel
Dimensions: 44mm diameter, height 13mm
Water resistance: 5 atmospheres (50 meters)
Phones supported: iPhone, Android
Battery life: Estimated 3 years (CR2330 Lithium battery)
Accuracy: Estimated 10 seconds / year, temperature compensated
Media Contact: Alex Stegall
Tel: (704) 9896533