Glass Watch

The all new GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ transparent luxury skeleton wristwatches are a design EVOLUTION for our company.

 

We have pooled our extensive experience, expertise and customer feedback into our design think tank to thrash out and bring to life, probably the most most beautiful, contemporary luxury wrist watches from within the coveted Luxury Swiss Wrist Watch arena.

 

No stone has been left unturned in the 'creation' of the stunning contemporary horology design which we proudly present to you as GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™.

 

Attention to 'the smallest' of details.

 

Our meticulous and exacting attention to horology design includes Every Component Part detail, right down to the very smallest of component parts.

An example of such attention to the smallest of details is the fine Index detailing, where remarkably each tiny Index piece is made from Solid Brass Plate, which are individually super fine hand brush finished then and special 'photo-luminescent/after glow' pigment paste, is carefully hand applied to the vertical edges.

We have spent many hours of testing and created many prototype dials to perfect our unique method of invisibly attaching the individual Index Pieces to the Transparent Dials, which creates the bewildering appearance of the Index flying around the floating movement.

 

This kind of meticulous attention to design and build adds significantly to the luxurious, premium appearance of GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™.

 

Movement

Watch movements are arguably the most important part of a watch.

 

The movement is the heart, or engine of your time keeping device and for GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ we have chosen to install the completely reliable and utterly gorgeous Miyota 'Japanese' 8N24 Automatic 'self winding' Mechanical Skeleton Movement.

Silver Automatic Mechanical Skeleton Movement

Gold Automatic Mechanical Skeleton Movement

The 21 jewel, self winding' Miyota 8N24 Movement is built in both Silver and Gold finish by Miyota in Japan and will be shipped to our Swiss assembly facility, ready to be installed into our beautiful & unique GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ timepieces.

 

A thing of engineered 'moving' beauty, the beautiful unique contemporary transparent design of GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™, places the Miyota 8N24 Movement proudly centre stage, floating within the watch space and allowing 360° viewing of the moving parts and the sweeping seconds hand as it glides smoothly around the watch face.

 

With reliability guaranteed and day to day winding requirement eliminated, the only 'movement related' dilemma for you, is " what colour will you choose for your GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ Time Keeping Engine... SILVER or GOLD ? ".

Luminescent

Easy, glanceable time, at night.

 

Being able to glance at your watch to tell the time at night and in dark places, is an important feature which we have taken very seriously throughout our design process from the original GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ concept to our perfected and completed production ready design.

 

To enable easy accurate viewing of the position of the watch hands, special 'photo-luminescent/after glow' pigment paste, is carefully hand applied:

 

Into the 'Cut Outs' in each Watch Hand.

On to the Vertical Edges of each Index Piece.

The best performing photo-luminescent pigment available.

 

During R&D of GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ we worked with and comprehensively tested 'photo-luminescent' pigment samples supplied by RC Tritec Ltd of Switzerland under their joint venture with Nemo & Co of Japan: LumiNova AG Switzerland.

 

We concluded that the superior Swiss Super LumiNova® pigment was a perfect fit with our requirements for a Bright, Long Lasting Glow, which we specified must be 'zero' radio active and non-toxic.

 

The selected grades of their latest chemical compositions performed exceptionally well, however, there was a significant difference dependent on the colour of pigment that we tested in our comparison trials.

 

Note: Regardless of colour, almost all of the pigments supplied as SLN have a obvious green glow.

 

The best performing pigment by quite a substantial margin was the SLN C3 pigment which has a pale off white appearance during day time use then glowing with a strong 'green' bias at night or in the dark.

 

SLN C3 pigment is naturally what we have chosen to use to illuminate GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™.

 

The pigment material requires zero operational input from the wearer as it is naturally activated by sunlight or artificial light and then automatically glows in the dark for several hours before fading and darkening.

 

The activation and subsequent light emission process is repeated every day (like groundhog day) and the pigment material does not suffer any ageing.

 

Consequently, providing full high-performance year on year.

 

Water Resistance

GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ timepieces are genuinely designed for even the wettest of activities and are Tested & Rated to an impressive 100M Water Resistance.

This picture 'above left' shows a GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ prototype being lowered into our Calypso - Wet Pressure System Testing Apparatus, which we use during our prototype development process.

 

During testing the pressure is increased from 0-100 Metres pressure, with any leaks being detected by a constant stream of air bubbles.

 

What makes GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ so impressively water resistant ?

 

In a nutshell, GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ are genuine high end timepieces with Water Resistance being a major and important part of the design, testing and quality control processes (NOT just an 'after thought', or marketing gurus unsubstantiated claim).

 

GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ is a complex and time consuming build that combines many new and proven premium component parts.

 

The super fine tolerances that we set ourselves, gaskets, seals and meticulous attention to design and build detail, ensures that the watch case of each GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™, completely protects the fine internal mechanical movement from water and dust.

 

GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ is Tested & Rated to a genuine 100 Metres Water Resistance.

 

Unique & pioneering, single piece 'Completely Sealed' Watch Case design.

 

The 'Completely Sealed' watch case design of GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ is a unique and pioneering Single Piece of Glass.

 

The Watch Case can only be opened and serviced using the patented GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ Pneumatic Case Opening Tool (to be supplied to watch repair shops on request).

Swiss 'Screw Down' Crown.

 

The 'time setting' watch crown is a Swiss 'screw down' internally threaded Crown and Tube assembly which is specially designed to create a full seal against water and dust ingress.

GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ timepieces with GOLD finish Movement are fitted with a Stainless Steel GOLD finish Screw Down Crown.

 

GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ timepieces with SILVER finish Movement are fitted with a Stainless Steel Natural SILVER finish Screw Down Crown.

Wrist Strap Collection

We have carefully chosen what we believe to be the most suitable and attractive combination of colour and material for our Wrist Strap Collection.

 

GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ has been designed at a 21st Century contemporary 'Unisex' timepiece.

 

However for both aesthetic and comfort reasons we offer 2 Width Sizes of each Wrist Strap Style and Colour. REGULAR & PETITE.

Elite

NATURAL Stainless Steel

(brushed and polished) with Solid Links.

Elite

BLACK Stainless Steel

(BLACK PVD coated) with Solid Links.

Original

BLACK Silicone Rubber

(Semi Ribbed Profile) with BLACK Stitching.

Original

BLACK Silicone Rubber

(Semi Ribbed Profile) with contrast WHITE Stitching.

Premium

PINK Italian Calf Leather

(Padded Profile) in Vintage Look with Fine Stitching.

Premium

MUSTARD Italian Calf Leather (Padded Profile) in Vintage Look with Fine Stitching.

Premium

BROWN Italian Calf Leather

(Padded Profile) in Buffalo Grain with Heavy Saddle Stitching.

Premium

BLACK Italian Calf Leather

(Padded Profile) in Buffalo Grain with Heavy Saddle Stitching.

Premium

TAN Suede Calf Leather

(Flat Profile) with Medium Stitching.

Premium

GREEN Suede Calf Leather

(Flat Profile) with Medium Stitching.

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ELITE STAINLESS STEEL WRIST STRAPS by ORSTO™ have 'SOLID LINKS'.

What are Solid Links?

 

There are 2 types of metal wrist strap links,

Folded Links (normally found on budget wrist straps, these links are made from folded steel sheet).

Solid Links (normally found on high end wrist straps, these links are machined from Solid pieces of Stainless Steel).

If you look at the close up picture above of a Wrist Strap by ORSTO™, you will see that the individual stainless steel links are machined 'Solid pieces' of Stainless Steel.

Quick & Easy Wrist Strap Changing.

 

The method that we have chosen to attach the Wrist Straps to the GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ watch case is 2 T-Bars with End Nuts.

This fixing method is substantially more secure than normal Spring Bars and also makes removal and replacement of the wrist strap quick and easy, using the Pair of Screwdrivers supplied with the Wrist Strap Collection.

REGULAR & PETITE Width Wrist Straps.

 

GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ has been designed at a 21st Century contemporary 'Unisex' timepiece.

 

However for both aesthetic and comfort reasons we offer 2 Width Sizes of each Wrist Strap Style and Colour. REGULAR & PETITE.

Dimensions

GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ TRANSPARENT GLASS COMPONENT PARTS:

Upper Domed Crystal - Mineral Glass

Upper Index Dial - Fused Quartz Glass

Watch Case - Fused Quartz Glass

Lower Index Dial - Fused Quartz Glass

Lower Domed Crystal - Mineral Glass

The affordable £ MILLION style of timepiece.

 

There are many reasons why there are very few 'full' glass wrist watches brought to the market and those that have appeared, being in the super exclusive price range of £44,870 up to a heady £1.4 million per watch.

 

The main reason is the COST to manufacture the glass component parts which require complex and time consuming production processes compared to steel component parts.

 

During the design and development process of GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ the ultimate goal we set ourselves was to create a beautiful glass wrist watch that was affordable to all.

 

The result of this long and arduous task is the unique and beautiful GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ 'single piece' glass watch case designed to be both attractive and cost effective to manufacture.

 

GLASS WATCH by ORSTO™ will be the first Swiss built, luxury full glass wrist watch that is affordable to all.

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