Solid State Watch

Created by cw&t

A watch, but also an art project inviting us to think about consent within the context of electronic obsolescence and decay.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

In Production
about 1 month ago – Sun, Jun 07, 2020 at 11:52:33 PM


Just wanted to drop a quick note to any of you who are still waiting for your Solid State Watch. We are making them and shipping them in batches of ~16 everyday. We're about half way through! 

Thank you for your patience!  

Making Solid State Watch Live Tomorrow
2 months ago – Wed, May 06, 2020 at 09:38:56 AM

Making Solid State Watch Live tomorrow

Tune in tomorrow, Thursday May 7 @ 4PM EST for #CWTIO (Che-Wei + Taylor Inside Outside), our weekly instagram live. We'll be sharing the process of making Solid State Watch and chatting with fellow Brooklyn based designer Hunter, the founder + lead designer of Craighill.

 Follow CW&T on Instagram, and at 4PM, you'll get a notification we're going live.

Add the event to your calendar.


Look forward to seeing you tomorrow. We'll be fabricating the watches in small batches. You should expect yours in the next 6 or so weeks (hopefully sooner!).

Stay safe + well + love,

Taylor + Che-Wei


If you haven't filled out your survey, here's the backerkit link: Use your kickstarter email address to log in.

Catching up + BackKit Survey
3 months ago – Thu, Apr 02, 2020 at 02:02:12 AM

We're breaking this update into two parts, Life + Solid State Watch.

 Life catch up

Wow. The world looks a lot different today than it did a mere month ago and like many (hopefully all) of you, our family has been hunkered at home for the past 20 days. Our kids have been doing a morning zoom hangouts with their schools, and the phrase "I have my meeting now" has entered our 2 year old's vernacular. Weird.

CW has been working non stop with Helpful Engineering designing an open source modular respirator alternative to help offset healthcare worker shortages. They are currently refining the design for an injection molded version to be able to rapidly deploy at scale.

Here's a recent prototype that uses a Mason jar lid to hold varying thickness filters in place.

We're super grateful to be able to devote time to this project, and you should please know that your support during normal times is what makes this possible. So thank you.


Solid State Watch Update

Please look out for a BackerKit email in the next week or so to fill out your survey. Use your kickstarter email address to login.

In this survey, we'll ask for your:

  • wrist size
  • UTC timezone offset preference
  • time mode (am/pm or 24hr)

To measure your wrist, please measure the circumference of your wrist in the place where you wear your watch. Sizing is available in 5", 5.25", 5.5", 5.75", 6", 6.25", 6.5", 6.75", 7", 7.25", 7.5", 7.75", 8", 8.25",8.5",8.75",9". If you are on the fence with your size, Nick Mankey Designs recommends choosing the larger increment.

Select your UTC timezone offset. Here is a wikipedia list of UTC timezone offsets. Please select your offset from this list. If where you live uses daylight saving time, please be sure to account for this in your selection. 

If you live in New York City, and would like to set your watch to fall/winter, UTC offset is -05:00. If you'd like to set your watch to Spring/summer, UTC offset is -04:00.

Choose your time mode. Choose if you'd like your watch to use a 12 hour (am/pm) clock or a 24 hr military style clock.


That's it for now. We'll update more on fabrication process in the coming weeks + likely do an IG live session where we'll answer questions while making your watches.

Please stay safe + stay home.


Taylor + Che-Wei

Thank you~! Making. Extra cases.
4 months ago – Thu, Mar 05, 2020 at 12:59:03 AM

We did it! Thank you. We are super grateful whenever you support the stuff we love + want to make.

Making in progress

We took a bit of a jump start with fabrication and have 50 movements in house we are prepping, and another 350 should arrive by the end of the week. We'll send out a backerkit survey once kickstarter funds transfer. At that point you'll pick the Timezone you'd like your watch set to (UTC), your wrist measurement, and whether you'd like your watch set to 24 or AM/PM mode.

Movements in a part tray
Cases fresh out the wash

Wondering what we are doing with all these extra watch cases?

Super fun kid art activity ! We're filling the insides with sparkles or other things suspended in oil. Still working out the leaks, but it is crazy fun for ALL ages.

Turns out kids LOVE watches, and especially ones you can decorate on your own and don't tell time. We're filling the insides with oil and sparkles, goldfish (not real) and other fun stuff. Let us know if you have any ideas or feedback on this. We'll likely do a decorating workshop in June for this. But open to any ideas :)

Love + hugs,

Che-Wei + Taylor

We don't take this lightly
5 months ago – Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 02:19:43 PM


We wanted to reach out and thank you for supporting this project. We hit our goal sometime around 11:15am today. Thank you thank you!

Transforming a perfectly functional watch into a less functional watch is not something we take lightly. We went back and forth a lot deciding whether or not to bring Solid State Watch into the world. Ultimately the experience we've had wearing it made up our minds. We see this project not so much from a functional perspective, but more like capturing a beautiful specimen in amber and observing it throughout its life and eventual demise. There's something beautiful about this. And the idea that no matter what I do, it will just do its thing. 

Thank you for getting it. Thank you for believing in this. We're looking forward to turning our workshop into a temporary watch making factory :)

yipeee ok time for bed,

Che-Wei + Taylor