In January of 2013, a company called Central Standard Time
launched a $200,000 Kickstarter
for CST-01, a sleek and minimal stainless steel wristwatch that is
only 0.80 mm thick, making it the thinnest watch ever made. The
watch (note: not a smartwatch) was an instant hit, and by
campaign’s end, the creators had rounded up over $1 million in
funding and more than 7,500 ecstatic backers.
It’s now been more than two years since the watches should’ve
shipped, but backers are confused, skeptical, furious and above
all, watch-less. Even the earliest supporters haven’t received
theirs, yet the money is supposedly gone, and with it, the faith
of the once incredibly loyal backers.
The world’s thinnest watch: so thin it doesn’t exist.