The Devil's In The Detail
Following on from the Hadfield, the Futura features the same construction but rendered in opposing white with blue accents.
The honeycomb textured upper is a subtle reference to the pentagonal tunnel down which Dr. David Bowman walks down in Stanley Kubrick's inimitable film “2001: A Space Odyssey”. The polished ring leads down over the chamfered Roman numeral track, again with XI highlighted in orange, before a deep blue minute track with white printing leads into the multi-angled white dial. Applied steel hardware, matching hands and, for the Futura a white painted seconds hand with orange tip and orbital counterweight. All hands feature the same luminous compound as the two reference dots at 12 o’clock.
In Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the lead protagonist Dr. David Bowman walks down an octagonal tunnel - white, brightly lit; cutting edge set design for its era. We took this as inspiration for the hexagonal pattern for the top surface.
The polished ring leads down over the chamfered Roman numeral track, again with XI highlighted in orange, before a deep blue minute track with white printing leads into the multi-angled white dial.
The Astro is presented in a stainless steel case that is neither a square nor circle, but a squircle. Featuring a subtle curved quirk in every side of the Astro’s “squared” face - truly unique.
Behind the exhibition caseback lies the spectacular engineering marvel that is the Miyota 9039. This automatic calibre beats at 28,800 bph and offers a power reserve of 40+ hours.
The Astro features proprietary lume on both the dial and hands to aid low light time referencing.
Our watches are produced in small batches and each watch is finished with a unique serial number.
“Great design and thought has gone into this watch - attention to detail, price bracket, and build quality is way above any other Micro brand on the planet.”
“I don’t usually like square watches, but this one has totally won me over - it’s beautiful, classy and stylish. The quality is superb and quite unbelievable at this price”
“The impressive and unconventional Astro Futura is out of this world! How on Earth do those Lunatics at Marloe do it for the money Heaven knows, but long may they continue.”
THE SPACE RACE
The Astro series is inspired by the race to space, starting with the catalyst for the race, the cold war, and ending in the present. Each model represents an important phase, not just in the technological advancement and achievement of putting humans into orbit, but also human advancement, in our attitudes and outlooks.
The Astro's case is not a square, but a squircle - a mathematical quirk in which every side of our “square” watch is subtly curved - a squared circle - with inspiration found in an unlikely place. Many other thought-provoking details exist within our Astro range, and we’re absolutely delighted with the results - a unique watch for a unique phase of humankind’s time here on this blue planet.
The case of the Astro features a lugless design, measuring 38x38mm with recessed strap mounts hidden within the case. Keeping things surprisingly thin, the case features a tri-texture finish and a modest 10.65mm thickness.
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