The Arsenale Automatic is a tribute to the Venetian shipyards of yore

John Biggs

In advance of the last warm weekend I present a pretty cool crowdfunded watch that might be worth a look. Called the Arsenale Automatic it pay tribute to Venice's proud sailing history and looks just brutish enough to remind us of her violent, pestilence-filled past.

The watch comes with a Miyota or ETA movement - either Japanese or Swiss - and comes in a brush polished steel or aged PVD. The bezel rivets - with numerals at noon, three, six, and nine - are reminiscent of another Italian brand, Panerai, but they're supposed to represent porthole rivets.

The watch will cost about $600 retail. For now you can get it on the crowdfunding page for $338.

Why is this special? It's rare to find a crowdfunded watch with the right balance of features. This one is particularly interesting because of the heritage - I've never seen a Venetian watch - and the design. It might not be as fancy as an Omega or a Breitling but for less than $400 for a nicer three-hander you could do worse.

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