Stranger Watches – Thoroughbred Collection
Thoroughbred Collection by Stranger Watch Company dates back to early 80’s to the city of Taraz (Kazakhstan) – the city with 2000 year old history which was one of the main stops on The Great Silk Way, the city where its founder, Jahn Karsybaev, grew up. His uncle owned a horse ranch and his primary business was domesticating wild horses. He would turn wild animals into these beautiful galloping horses, most of which would later take part in Equestrian and Polo. Growing up, Jahn visited his ranch every summer and was truly amazed by these elegant yet powerful creatures. The most amazing part was seeing the transformation process from wild stallions turn into these gracious horses. This was quite an inspiration and he really wanted to pay tribute to that in some shape or form, and this collection was a perfect opportunity. The Thoroughbred Collection includes 4 distinct models: Akhal Teke, Andalusian, Mangalarga, Oldenburg. These were the actual breeds that Jahn has got a chance to meet in person at his uncle’s ranch.
The formation of the Stranger Team dates back to 2003 and that is when a story was born of how passion for watches can break the barriers of culture, age and status. It starts with Steven and Jahn. Steven was an executive at one the most prominent banks in US, ABN AMRO, while Jahnwas just starting out as an intern fresh out of college. One at the top of the corporate ladder, the other is at the very bottom. Status gap does not get any wider, and very seldom that the two extreme ends can connect unless there is an unprecedented factor that brings them together. As you may have guessed, such factor was their passion for watches. Fast forward to 5 years, the company is thriving. The focus of the company is on developing successful micro-brands for specific cultures, one of which is Amir watches (amirwatches.com) and Miami Watch Company, and they are the makers behind several successful brands (which cannot be named due to NDAs and Confidentiality agreements). Their most recent creation is the Thoroughbred Collection which is manufactured from the quality ingredients.
The objective was to create an elegant yet minimalistic timepiece without too much sophistication and complexity in design and movement. The 42mm case features patterned side grain designs and sapphire crystal on both sides. Full attention to detail comes to life on the dial. Etched dial with horizontal patterns highlight its grace. The absence of the ‘seconds’ hand particularly compliments the simplicity, combined with the 3 sub-dials: the week, the month and the 24 hour.
Stranger watches Thoroughbred Collection are powered by the Miyota 9120. Although they tend to agree that the 900 caliber movements have become somewhat “mainstream and rather usual”, those are still very reliable and affordable alternatives to comparable Swiss movements. Stranger team has been working with Japanese movements on various collections and had no issues thus far.
Case height: 11mm | Case Length: 51mm (incl. lugs) | Water resistance: 5ATM
Currently, the Stranger watches are available for pre-order via IndieGoGo (http://igg.me/at/strangerwatches) and they are offering aggressive discounts (from $200 & up) off the retail price of ($599) and attractive rewards for early backers.