Taking its name after the brightest star in the constellation of Boötes, Arcturus is a new watch brand that shines brightly in the universe of microbrands. Inspired by the Art-Deco of the 20s, the Arcturus LC-1 presents a stylish, modern designed that draws from Founder’s fascination in firearms and architecture.
From its dial to the watch case, the Arcturus LC-1 (short for Lion City aka Singapore) is unlike any watches we have seen in recent years. At a modern 42mm case size, it is a rather large timepiece which commands a strong presence, especially with the 12.9mm case thickness. However, it makes perfect sense when its on the wrist thanks to the relatively short lug-to-lug of just 49mm.
On the dial side, the debossed triangle patterns on each corner of the square(ish) case draw visual focus towards dial, almost like a target in the middle of a crosshair. The dial of the LC-1 comes with a either a textured sandblasted finishing- almost like leather grains – or Mother of Pearl in different tone options, and either a 24-hour or sun & moon sub-dial. More than it meets the eye, the dial is an amazing muti-layered construction which includes a base for the roman numerals, the marked chapter ring and top dial to finishing it off.
Opting for simplicity, the hands are highly-polished with a generous area of C1 Superluminova. A similar hand is featured on the 24-hour sub-dial while the Sun & Moon sub-dial is a disc that sits right on top without any hand. The date window is tucked away at the twelve o’clock position, blending in with the overall style of the dial. A power reserve indicator sits below the date, almost like a fuel indicator on modern vehicles. It uses a transparent polycarbonate hand to avoid obstruction of the date window – probably the first watch in the world to use this material.
The influence of architecture on the LC-1 is obvious on the side of the case, combining ridges on the case with strong, defined edges of the signed crown. Its lugs are short and do not curve beyond the case which makes it excellent for those with flatter wrist like mine.
True to its name, the LC-1 features a unique Singapore architecture marvel – the Helix Bridge. According to the Founder of Arcuturs, the crisscrossed design seen through the sapphire crystal case back is an exact replication of the Helix Bridge a certain position (for us to find out). Secured by four screws, the case back is embossed with essential info of the watch, and it is water resistant to 100m.
The Miyota 9132 calibre powers the LC-1. It is a reliable workhorse movement beating at a smooth 28,800bph with 40 hours of power reserve and hacking seconds. To my surprise, the 9132 features Côtes de Genève striped finishing compared to no decoration on ETA or Sellita base movements.
The leather strap that comes along with the LC-1 is smooth and supple. While I usually have complains with most leather strap that comes along with microbrand watches, this one stood out well in terms of look and comfort. Its buckle is nicely sized and stamped with the Arcturus branding.
The Arcturus LC-1 is now live on Kickstarter from S$529 to S$789. Backers can choose either the Silver collection (stainless steel) or Bronze collection (rose gold PVD) with the various dial options – Sandblasted dial or Mother of Pearl dial (three different tones), 24-hour or Sun & Moon sub-dial. Shipping of the Aruturus LC-1 is slated for July-August 2018, and will come with a one-year warranty against any defect.