Some people say that the best things come in threes. Chotovelli & Figli was created by the Chotovelli siblings, who are third generation watchmakers following in the footsteps of their grandfather, Simone Chotovelli in the late 1920s.
The Chotovelli siblings wanted to go back to something familiar and in their DNA after years of working in different industries. One of the siblings worked in the diamond industry managing sales for the biggest diamond tools manufacturers and that was where he learned the process of manufacturing. After some time, he realized that his heart was somewhere else and decided to take his father’s advice to take is knowledge and know-how of watchmaking to create watches and build a business along with his sister.
Based out of Antwerp, Belgium, they launched their Kickstarter Campaign for the watches that they have created that are engineered and designed to showcase functionality, reliability, and precision and focuses on design, production, and sale of military-inspired watches at attainable prices. Their strategy was not to just sell watches, but to create timepieces that are special, unique, and different. They operate more as a design house instead of a watch manufacturer by offering different collections for every season.
They launched their first Kickstarter Campaign for their Minimal Pilot Watch “Flieger 1919” that became quite successful and from there, they decided to launch a 2nd campaign for the “Navigator 1949” Pilot watch where they took inspiration from the classic B-Uhr Type A design and recreated it on May 12,2020. The campaign has surpassed its fundraising goal by an immense amount with support from backers all over the world.
While they have launched their Kickstarter Campaign for their watches, they are not the only products that they sell, with things ranging from watchstraps and eyewear. They also have a large variety of watch collections to choose from.
Their new watch the “Navigator 1949” Pilot watch has a satin sandblasted finish and it was inspired by pocket watches that were issued to U-boat crews and Navy Pilots during the war. These watches are the smallest size watches ever made by the company and the case back of the watch is made of solid stainless steel and engraved with the watch’s serial number and basic specs. The dial of the watches was created for maximum readability with enlarged marks and accompanying Arabic numerals for each hour.
The retail price of the watch is estimated to be around €190 but backers can pre-order the watch at a price as low as €90 through the early rewards. They are currently operating out of 3 continent, they deliver to the US, Canada and other parts of the world without a minimum order amount and would be delivered from the nearest port possible therefore offering faster and more reliable service. When people purchase any of their watches, they will receive a two-year warranty for free on all watches and a 30-day exchange policy for any watch that has not been worn but scratched or damaged.
At Chotovelli & Figli, they pride themselves on protecting the privacy of their customers and would not disclose any personal information without prior approval.
Company Name: Chotovelli & Figli
Contact Person: Chotovelli Ilan