The Padron Watch Company is a beginning up activity in a place of business situated at the edge between a light mechanical zone and a private neighborhood in Minneapolis, MN.
Leo Padron is an agreeable fiery, energetic person. He’s very much educated and more than willing to talk watches when you stroll in the entryway of his atelier. Truth be told, when I visited him a week ago I’d scarcely brought myself before he dispatched into examining the variety of watch parts spread across his bench.
To the unenlightened, it appeared as though a miniature bomb had gone off on the seat. Bits of watch developments are dissipated more than a few square feet of seat (Leo doesn’t utilize an exemplary watchmaker’s seat. All things considered, he utilizes a tall light mechanical worktable with a work zone of about 3’x4′). Leo guaranteed me he knew precisely what parts had a place with which project.
Over on a sideboard, plate of dials, developments, and different parts anticipate get together. This is the organizing territory of the Padron Tessera, the watch as of now in its last days as a Kickstarter project .
Beyond that, twin computer screens sit on Leo’s desk, enlightened by a SolidWorks CAD picture of the Tessera’s case. A void wooden Padron stogie box lays on a close by bookshelf. Leo guaranteed me he’s not mindful of any connection between his precursors and the stogie making family.
The Tessera is Padron’s second go on Kickstarter. The Vuelta project a year prior was Kickstarter’s first-since forever wristwatch financing project. It financed at 490% of objective. The Tessera will finance on August eighteenth at more than 200% of goal.
The Padron Watch Co. is right now an exclusive activity. It rapidly becomes evident that it’s energized as much by Leo Padron’s energy all things considered by Kickstarter benefactors. He does everything: mechanical and visual plan, gathering, acquisition, handles merchant relations, guarantee work, delivering and getting – all the way. Early forms of the Vuelta were collected abroad, yet he before long acquired that activity house to be nearer to it and guarantee the watches are up to his quality standard.
Leo likes to meet his providers, really shake their hands and have discussions with them. He feels this concretes the connections, guarantees phenomenal communication, and really encourages him produce better watches. To do this, he goes to the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair every September, and this year he’ll be doing industrial facility visits as well.
He’s additionally talking with watchmakers to assist with get together of the Tessera Kickstarter watches this fall. His atelier effectively has the space to house two additional specialists and it’s clear Leo expects to continue to develop. He’s previously itemizing his next watch in his psyche and on his CAD framework. At the point when I found this, I squeezed for subtleties. Leo just smiled.
The Padron Watch Company is still little, however the vision is noteworthy. Maybe most great is simply the way that Leo Padron is instructed. He’s no outsider to examine and difficult work. Brought into the world in Venezuela and raised on the east coast, he has a degree in political theory from Rutgers. He’s functioned as a web engineer and data innovation specialist – self-trained. Truth be told, that’s how he came to be in Minneapolis. He came to do a gig for Target Corp.
I inquired as to whether he’d went to the now-outdated St. Paul Technical College WOSTEP program. He said, no, he’d just went to the “University of the Internet,” to become a self-educated watchmaker and development master. (He knows about the St. Paul program, in any case. Concealed in a base cabinet of his stockpiling bureau are a few dozen watches and developments he got as extras of the program when it shut down.) When he chose to start planning his own watches, he showed himself SolidWorks, a very good quality CAD (computer supported plan) bundle, famous with mechanical engineers.
Leo started his excursion into watchmaking on a way like the one some notable watchmakers have followed – the reclamation of vintage watches. At the absolute starting point, he basically needed to fix his grandfather’s watch. Thus he began the Google look and absorbed all that he could about fixing vintage watches. As he learned, he got other vintage pieces, reestablished them and sold them. He proceeds with this action today, but at a low ebb because of his work with the creation of his new watches.
The plans of the Vuelta and Tessera were propelled by those vintage watches, especially pieces from the 1960s. This is effortlessly found in the precise tonneau shape and hooded drags – refreshed with present day mechanical plan standards and current case size patterns. The Vuelta was accessible in two forms – one fueled by a Seagull ST21 programmed with clear seconds hand, the other with a hand-wound Seagull TY3620, with little seconds at 6 o’clock, under the hood.
The Tessera is accessible in both brushed 316L treated steel and dark PVD covered spotless. The PVD variant has a peaceful style about it, with simply a trace of dark operations secret. While the Tessera not planned to be a jump watch, the case has a sapphire gem and a screw-down crown, and is water impervious to 150 meters. There’s no compelling reason to stress over wearing it in the pool – or the sea. Also, you’ve got a decision of a few dial colors.
As I compose this, I’ve been wearing the Tessera two or three days. it wears well, truly comfortable, and with a position of safety. The remarkable styling can go whichever way – dress or easygoing. In the event that you’re intrigued, the Kickstarter project runs for a couple more days.
A parcel of us might want to put something out into the world that’s exceptionally our own. Leo Padron is experiencing that fantasy right now.
by Ed Estlow