We’re the new kids on the block, and you probably have a few questions:
Who is Pompeak? Why are we in the watch business? What makes us different?
To answer these questions we have to go right back to 2017. I was on the market for a new watch but, didn’t want to spend thousands of pounds on something that was going to end up being too valuable to wear every day, something I am sure you can relate to. At the other end of the scale was super cheap but super low quality and poorly built watches that would be lucky to last a year. Tempting for the price maybe, but not the best looking and only really a temporary solution.
Somewhere in between is the ‘fashion watch’ bracket, currently crowded with low quality, cleverly marketed watches that have a huge mark up for really quite low end stuff.
Unsatisfied with any of my options I teamed up with my brother, Dave. Utilizing his experience in design and engineering and my background in finance, we began the mission to introduce a high quality, honestly priced timepiece to the world.
From the first concepts of the debut collection we ditched the standard mineral glass and alloy cases that currently flood the market with premium features like sapphire crystal glass, surgical grade 316L stainless steel, up to 50m water resistance and high quality genuine leather straps, all while keeping the price tag way under the £200 mark we had aimed for.
The 6 months that followed was jam packed with testing, improving and finalising our product whilst down selecting our manufacturing partner, drawing on their expertise to agree on the final design and materials to ensure that the finished product was something we were proud of – all variants looked great and could easily withstand knocks, drops, scrapes and all weathers.
So we now had a watch to be proud of, at a price to be snapped up. It was time to launch.
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website that allows the public to back projects they believe in, giving them access to products before anyone else at a favorable price, while providing creators and businesses with the funding and support they need to get their projects rolling.
Perfect, not only does it give us a chance to test our product out in the big bad world, it also gives us a chance to get our brand out there to early supporters and get their feedback. With an all or nothing system, securing funding through Kickstarter is no easy feat, as we found out, needing over 80 backers to believe in us and our product in just 30 days. Second time round, with our campaign polished up, we did it!
Thanks to the support of our backers, our vision was set into motion. The following few months were busy with supporting our manufacturing partners and getting backer rewards completed, as well as finalising our website to ensure we continue to sell directly to you at the best possible price. No middle men adding their own mark ups.
So what’s next for Pompeak? We are hard at work on our second product: the Gentleman’s Collection. Taking the mountain of knowledge we have gained over the last two years to produce a high end timepiece with nothing held back – Trust me on this, you will not want to miss this one.
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