3D printed watch start-up opts to go it alone over help from brands


Filippo Martini, who has launched a self-funded prototype 3D printed watch, has decided to continue is chronological project without the aid of established watch brands.

Martini plans to develop the watch through crowfunding and will soon launch a campaign on Kickstarter, rather than seek investment from larger watch companies.

He commented on the decision: “I presented the prototype to several companies, which have recognised the merits, but in order to preserve the original design, I have so far decided to self-fund.”


Filippo Martini’s M149 timepiece, made entirely from digital fabrication technologies (3D printing) is designed to be completely customisable for the wearer who can choose materials, colours and stencils to design their own piece.

The M149 watch houses a Swiss movement provided by Ronda 515 and has a laser cut leather strap, which can be customised in terms of shape and colour.

The case consists of four parts – the case, caseback, crown and dial – all of which are fully customisable, designed to make each watch entirely unique.

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