Wrist porn: Automotive-inspired Straton Legera launches on Kickstarter

Your average male has fewer options when it comes to wearing bling, so that task usually falls to a watch. Fortunately, the advent of Kickstarter has meant you can get one hell of a time-teller without paying IWC prices.

A particular favourite of mine is the Straton Watch Company, which is now on its fourth Kickstarter campaign with the chunky, unashamedly bold Legera. It's a nod to 70s chronographs, with a hint of automotive goodness in there.

Available with either a quartz movement or an automatic (for more money obviously), the Straton Legera also gives you a choice of having the crown on the right at 3 o'clock, as per most watches, or at the top in 'Bullhead' style.

Packaging wise, you get a fetching, high quality light brown box to keep the Legera safe and dust-free. For a few quid extra, meanwhile, a stainless steel bracelet can be yours if you fancy a slightly shinier look.

Kyle, who founded the Straton Watch Company in 2015 and has since served more than 6,000 orders, is a self-confessed classic car enthusiast. That explains why each watch features little automotive details such as the chequered flag surround on the Syncro model.

Should the Legara Kickstarter reach certain funding goals, extra straps will be offered as well as two extra watch colours, red and yellow. You can get one for a mere £269, thanks to a noticeable Kickstarter-only 33 per cent discount.

Is it worth it? Based on the quality of the Straton I've been testing, I'd say yes. If you're sold on the looks, the Legera will no doubt prove a worthy addition to your wrist. Plus it comes with a 24-month warranty for a little extra peace of mind.

The Straton Legera starts from US$244/€290 euros/£266 for the quartz movement, increasing to US$933/794/£702 for the Legera automatic with both the standard leather strap and stainless steel bracelet.

Those interested should strike quickly because, despite the fact funding only started a day or so ago at the time of writing, it's already hit £70,000. Well over its £11,564 goal.

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