I am always excited to get my hands on something new in the watch world. Recently, I was able to get a glimpse of an exciting new brand getting their start on Kickstarter.com, LIV Watches. I have had the opportunity to speak with the owner of the company over the phone, and have also had the opportunity to exchange emails with other company representatives. Through this contact, I was able to gather a good idea of the vision of this new watch company. LIV was founded by Sholom Chazanow (Chaz) who, in the early 1990’s, worked for a Swiss watch manufacturer. He found that one of the biggest gaps in the watch industry was the presence of a Swiss Made chronograph at a reasonable price with quality materials. Thus, began the quest resulting in the founding of LIV Watches and the first model the Genesis X1. Currently the Genesis X1 is available through the Kickstarter campaign HERE for $390 USD. After the Kickstarter campaign is complete, the watch will have a full retail price of $590 with the following basic specifications:
- Swiss Made
- 316L Stainless Steel Case
- 45mm case diameter
- Sapphire Crystal
- Swiss Ronda 5040.D Quartz Movement
- Silicon Rubber or Leather Strap
- Screwed Down Case Back
I want to start out by mentioning the sample provided for the review is a fully functioning PROTOTYPE, not the final production model, as there will be some small changes. Please disregard any scratches, imperfections under the crystal, etc. LIV will be providing a production model once available and I will provide an update here on WatchReport.com with a short video. Since the sample submitted for review is a prototype, I wasn’t provided any branded type packaging, so I hope to briefly be able to show a finalized example of the actual packaging in the follow up video as well. Based on what I am seeing via the Kickstarter campaign, the packaging looks like a clam shell rather than something a bit more functional, such as some sort of travel case. Hopefully, LIV will consider more functional packaging down the road for future models.
As noted above, the watch case is comprised of 316L stainless steel and will be available in multiple finishes. The sample provided has an evenly applied black IP coating, and as a sample, it looks like it held up to wear rather well, which is always a concern with IP plating. I admit, I am not a huge fan of IP plating. I prefer DLC coatings as they tend to be more durable based on past experiences. However, of course, cost will be impacted even further with that sort of upgrade. The case measures middle of the road at 45mm when measuring from the top to the bottom, however, when factoring in the crown/function pusher guards it jumps up ever so slightly to 47mm. I decided to go ahead and obtain the measurements including the function pushers and the crown, which were 50mm with the crown and 51mm with the pushers. Combined with the 14mm plus thick case, the above noted specifications should let you know well ahead of time that the Genesis X1 is going to provide a substantial amount of wrist presence. The watch weight is less than 150 grams, however, will keep the watch from feeling overly cumbersome on the wrist.