The retail watch versions will be available for pre-order in four variants - rose gold/silver indices and date/no-date dials - all with aventurine dials, upgraded blued screws micro-rotor movements too.
Please click on the links in our shop to pre-order the Starlight watches.
Céad míle fáilte – a hundred thousand welcomes to Sólás Watches. Below you will find the results of work started in 2018 in relation to creating a new Irish watch brand. We hope you enjoy reading about the journey we’ve taken to create the product we are looking to share with people
Setting up this Irish brand we wanted to insert Irish elements into a watch brand that people would be happy to own based on its:
3) overall feel and essence; and of course
4) value for money.
As a watch brand that is proudly “designed in Ireland” (deartha in Éirinn) we wanted to create something that first and foremost stands on its own as a great watch to own and wear. Our second goal, as Irish watches are not often seen in the horological world, was to add an Irish twist to the brand.
Sólás is Irish for “solace” – this name was chosen as we sought to bring comfort and joy to watch aficionados across the world with timepieces that stand out from the ordinary but remain accessible to most people.
The ultimate goal of Sólás is to one day build a (relatively) affordable 5 minute repeater microbrand model - something never done before.
When we went ahead with launching this Irish brand, we wanted it to be as Irish as realistically possible. While the case and movement are made in cooperation with my Chinese partners we have managed to find an Irish craftsman who can supply made in Ireland by hand leather straps. The leather used is real salmon skin with Italian full grain (best quality) pueblo backing. We love the fact that we can genuinely support an Irish indigenous industry when putting forward this Irish watch brand.
I first fell in love with mechanical watches during my early twenties and slowly developed this love – first through expanding, then contracting and finally curating my modest collection of Swiss, Japanese, American, English, Russian, Soviet and Chinese watches. I’m country agnostic when it comes to watches and as long as a watch (within budget) presents something interesting, quirky or unique I am open to owning it.
As for my personal background I am a naturalised Irish citizen and someone who has a close affinity with the Irish language and culture. In fact some Irish people may recognise me as the actor who played the character of Yu Ming in “Yu Ming is Ainm Dom” (my name is Yu Ming) – a tragicomedy Irish language short film about a Chinese national who emigrates to Ireland and learns to speak Gaeilge…better than the Irish themselves. If you have 13 minutes to spare I highly recommend checking out a copy of this short film on Youtube above.
We love to hear from returning and new customers so please send us a message with any questions about Sólás or our watch models.