Leo Padron believes that a good watch is one that stands the test of time.
Padron’s hobby of restoring watches — beginning with his grandfather’s, which he still wears — became the Padron Watch Company in 2011. The northeast Minneapolis–based maker of timepieces rose to notoriety when Padron launched a Kickstarter in 2012 and raised $100,000 to bring his first design, the Vuelta, to market. Since then, Padron has completed two more successful Kickstarter campaigns and now sells his small collection of sleek timepieces — which run between $255 and $659 each — on the company’s website.
Each Padron watch is hand-assembled using materials like sapphire crystal and medical-grade steel. Clear casebacks allow the wearer to see the inner workings of the timepiece.
Released last year, the Tessera model is a 25-jewel automatic watch that uses the wearer’s body motion for winding power and has enough stamina to last two days even while not being worn.
This year’s Hennepin model boasts minimal lines, an elegant design, and sapphire optics with anti-reflective coating to ensure glare-free viewing under all lighting conditions. The Hennepin is also available with an optional Snow Emergency logo caseback — it doesn’t get much more Minnesotan than that.
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While on a Boundary Waters canoe trip in 1986, Granite Gear founders Jeff Knight and Dan Cruikshank were inspired to create a tougher, more durable portage pack. They “felt that the quality of portage and backpacks at the time weren’t at their standard,” says spokesperson, Shelly Smith.