New wristwatches to live view from space

According to Collect Space, a watchmaker that saw success crafting timepieces from rocket-flown metal is now looking to connect outer space to your wrist.

In 2017, Werenbach crowdfunded more than $785,000 for its first line of watches, which were made out of spent Russian Soyuz rocket stages used in the launch of astronauts and cosmonauts to the International Space Station. On Tuesday (June 12), the Zurich-based company returned to Kickstarter for its next merger of space and time.

“It started with a wild dream: to build a watch from a real space rocket. Now we set out with an even bigger dream to achieve,” Zurich-based Werenbach wrote on the crowdfunding website.

“After one of the most successful watch stories in Kickstarter history, we wanted to return to you, our supporters, with something new once again – a watch with a real piece of rocket at its heart that now also connects you to space to share the view of an astronaut in real time,” the watchmaker announced.

At its heart

Werenbach’s original Earth collection and its subsequently-released Leonov series featured watch dials cut from salvaged rocket parts. Its Soyuz collection added the option of the watch’s case is made from a melted down rocket engine.

Werenbach’s new Mach 33 collection includes flown booster metal “at the heart” of the watch, in the form of a plate on the dial.

“We incorporate real space rocket material into each of our watches, otherwise, it wouldn’t be a Werenbach,” the company said. “The material comes from a Soyuz rocket (MS-02) that transported three astronauts to the International Space Station and was recovered by hand in the Kazakh steppe.”

Soyuz MS-02 launched Oct. 19, 2016, with NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko to join the space station’s Expedition 49/50 crew.

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