300 days – sufficient time for a spacecraft making the journey from earth to the 5,500km-away Red Planet, Mars.
Human missions to Mars is not a new idea throughout the humankind history. The possibility of human missions to Mars has been being studied since 1950. The same goal is shared among many government space agencies including NASA and ESA. NASA even topped its priority over moon mission in 2010 expecting a manned Mars mission in the 2030s.
The dial is certainly the most ambitious move of Mars Mission. A 3D Mars coated with red Swiss luminescent Super-Luminova is implanted in the centre of the dial. Upon light absorption, the implanted 3D Mars glows in reddish iron in darkness. The implanted Mars is filled with aluminum, covered with embossing techniques to create a rugged surface effect. The dial is surrounded by 3D indexes to further energize the watch. Random Brush technique together with vintage effect is applied onto the dial ring to resemble the rocky appearance of Mars.
“How are the Hands assembled?” This is the most commonly asked question the designers faced in the past year and the reason why countless hours were spent in the development process. Instead of following the existing norm like others, the designer has embraced the technical challenge with the revolutionary idea - placing the Hour Disc underneath the 3D Mars and the curvy Minute Hand on top of the 3D Mars. Via the glowing 3D Mars in the dark, the shadow of Minute Hand laying on top tells the minute while the luminescent-coated Hour Disc underneath tells the hour.
The frustum-like crown is etched with layers of scaling grids. The design concept comes from the unique appearance of NASA’s Orion-MPCV. The Orion-MPCV is a NASA spacecraft built to take humans farther than they have ever gone before.
Simply by looking at the wrist, wearers could find where the case perfectly joints with the Sapphire Crystal. This concept is derived from the UFO’s streamlined design. The 43.5MM case Diameter is fitted with 316LStainless steel material to demonstrate the perfect scale design. Inspired by “The Mars Rover Concept Vehicle” by NASA, both sides of the case are embossed with a unique honeycombed pattern.
A blue sunray dial is assembled into the case back. Through the skeleton case back, you could take a glimpse and enjoy the rotor movement. This design is derived from the solar arrays of NASA’s Insight Mars Lander. The Mars Mission logo is etched through in the centre of the case back.
The craziest ideal comes to the thrilling reality as the Sapphire Crystal curve exquisitely accomplishes the case angle like a dream. It forms an almost seamless curve on the dial. The double-layered dome is made of raw European Sapphire materials following by a special cold grinding procedure to achieve such an extreme curve. In order to reduce excessive reflection, the crystal is treated with an anti-reflective coating which enables wearers to read the crystal clear dial from any angle.
Movement: Seiko NH70A
Glass: Scratch resistant and double domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflection coating
Case: 316L Stainless Steel
Crown: Steel + Aluminium
Water Resistant: 3 ATM / 30m
Dial and Hands: A 3D Mars coated with red Swiss luminescent Super-Luminova as the dial; Curved minute hand with luminescent-coated hour disc underneath.
Strap: soft and tender leather strap handcrafted with German nylon stitching lays; quick release-spring bars; 22mm.