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Solar-Powered Watches

Matte Works Release the Solution-01 Watch Collection

— August 30, 2022 — Eco
Matte Works, a contemporary Hong Kong company that specializes in timepiece designs, debuted a solar-powered watch called the Solution-01.

For the aesthetic, the brand focused on science fiction sensibilities by incorporating "an accurately calculated heliostat pattern" into the design. Heliostat refers to an apparatus that contains a movable mirror that reflexed sunlight in a fixed direction.

Matte Works incorporated a solar cell under the dial of the solar-powered watch which performs the conversion from light into electrical energy. This, in turn, is stored in the timepiece's rechargeable battery.

The Solution-01 collection features a variety of straps materials and colors, to answer the various style preferences of contemporary consumers. Matte Works has launched the Solution-01 capsule through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. The brand was founded in 2021 and it maintains its design focus is "on sustainability and wellness."

Image Credit: Matte Works
Trend Themes
1. Solar-powered Watches - Opportunity to create more sustainable and environmentally friendly timepieces with the use of solar power technology.
2. Science Fiction-inspired Designs - Opportunity to tap into the growing market for visually creative timepiece designs that reference science fiction aesthetics.
3. Crowdfunding for Timepiece Launches - Opportunity to leverage crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter to fund and launch unique and innovative timepiece collections.
Industry Implications
1. Watchmaking Industry - Opportunity for watch companies to transition toward more sustainable manufacturing processes and environmentally friendly designs.
2. Crowdfunding Industry - Opportunity for crowdfunding platforms to expand their reach by catering to the growing market for unique and visually creative timepieces.
3. Fashion Industry - Opportunity for fashion brands to incorporate visually creative and sustainable timepieces as part of their accessories lines.
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