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Mechanical watches inspired by Earth’s little navigators.


Reviews – Biotic Watches

Media Kit – Biotic Watches

Inspired by Nature’s amazing navigators (Ants/Formicidae), the Biotic Formicidae is our interpretation of a versatile compass-bezel field watch. Powered by an automatic movement, the Biotic Formicidae combines style with functionality – having 200m water resistance, a set of dual screw-down crowns, an internal rotating bezel and a flat sapphire crystal.

The Biotic Formicidae’s design was inspired by Ants.

Ants navigate with their internal pedometer by visual landmarking. This ability to navigate is represented by the internal rotating bezel in the Biotic Formicidae and is adjustable using the left crown which is marked with a North Star Symbol.

The right crown (marked with the Biotic Watches Logo) is used for setting time.

The 39mm round case is constructed from 316L stainless steel with a height of 12mm, including the flat sapphire crystal. The result is a bold, clear face which shows the time and date with clarity.

 Graphical Design by Design Atelier

Tilt the watch at an angle to view the curved lugs which are inspired by the mandibles of an Ant. The 47mm lug-to-lug length and 20mm curved lug-to-lug width caters to most wrist sizes. The case sides have been finished using both the vertical and sandblast techniques to showcase the contours of the Ant’s body.

Finally, the Quick release push button style bracelets and drilled lugs allows you to switch straps conveniently to suit your style requirements.

The Formicidae provides an exemplary wrist presence with its 39mm case diameter. Downward angled lugs keep the watch at a compact 47mm lug-to-lug length. Cutouts on the sides of the case were used instead of the usual plain ones 

There will be changes to the production crown as shown below.

An internal compass bezel was chosen to keep the design sleek while giving the watch a sense of depth and texture.

The internal rotating bezel is bi-directional. It is operated by the secondary screw-down crown located at the 9 o’clock position, which keeps bezel operation precise after use.

There will be changes to production bezel to the correct degree as shown below.

The Pie-Pan dial is designed to be clean and legible with a Sunburst Fume effect. The date window is positioned at 6 o’clock position and integrated with the dial. 

Powered by the Miyota 9015 automatic movement which beats at 28,800bph (4Hz), the Biotic Formicidae offers a 42 hours of power reserve. Hacking and hand winding functions enables one to synchronize the time with extreme precision. A quickset date complication keeps it practical for everyday wear. 

 Caseback Option 1: Adventurer

Caseback Option 2: Display Caseback

Protecting every movement is a screw-down case-back with an art piece of the Ant as an adventurer and a Display caseback as an option.

The Biotic Formicidae is your versatile companion from Biotic Watches built for the adventurous and stylish individual. Available in four alluring colorways, the Biotic Formicidae is designed for your active lifestyle, taking you from your office to your adventure.

Quick Specs Graphics by Design Atelier

Case Size: 39mm

Case Thickness: 12mm

Lug Size: 20mm

Lug to Lug:47mm

Movement: Miyota 9015 Automatic Movement

Water Resistance: 200m (660ft) / 10ATM

Crowns: Screw-down crown with engraved logo

Dial Fume dial with applied indices

Hands: Pencil hands

Lume: Swiss Superluminova (C3+BGW9)

Lens: Sapphire Crystal with inner-side AR

Caseback: Sapphire Glass Caseback with Artist Designed Adventurer/Clear Case Display Caseback

 Bracelet: Solid H-link bracelet with female endlink with Quick release springbar, sizing link in screw pins and safety clasp with logo engraved (20mm tapered to 18mm)

Waxed Canvas Watch Roll

Final production changes are highlighted in our Journal

STEP 1: Click on “Back this project” at the top of the campaign, or “Select this reward” on the right of the campaign. Select your reward of preference. At this stage, you would only need to decide on the number of watches that you would like to have i.e. 1,2,3 or 4. The color(s) and caseback choice will be decided through a survey (by email) at the end of the campaign.

STEP 2: After selecting the appropriate reward, the pledge amount will be updated with the shipping fee once you confirm your location. Click on “Pledge”. All amounts will be shown in the native currency of the project (S$, Singapore Dollars).

STEP 3: You will be brought over to “Configure reward” page. Here, you can choose to add-on any of the available add-on options. If you do not wish to add anything to your pledge, click on “Continue”. If you wish to add an add-on to your pledge, click on “Add”, choose the quantity of the add-on that you want, then click on “Continue”.

STEP 4: Input your preferred payment method and click on “Pledge”. You will not be charged until the end of the campaign. If the campaign fails to be funded, you will not be charged.

STEP 5: You are done! At the end of the campaign, we will send you a survey, via email, where you can select your choice of color(s). If you did not initially and later decide to add-on a watch, follow the additional steps below.

Apart from an extra watch, you can also add-on any of the following straps. 

Stitches and Buckles Calf Straps (Add on SGD25/USD18/EUR17)

 (Brown Calf Leather/Black Calf Leather)

Yi Leather: Eco Friendly Coconut Straps (Add on SGD98/USD71/EUR67)

Your add-on strap from our collaboration with Singapore-based bespoke strap maker YI LEATHER, comes in 3 sizes and 4 unique colors! Personalize your Formicidae, choose a strap size and color that best represents you. Each strap can be added at the original price of only S$98 and comes with quick-release spring bars. Size and color options will be decided through an email survey at the end of the campaign.

The best part is that this customization to your add-on YI LEATHER strap with Alcantara backing is at no added cost!

(From left to right: Madder Red, Dark Indigo, Light Indigo and Khaki Green)  

Coconut Straps Review by Jonathan T Review

STEP 1: After you have made your pledge and wish to add-on an additional watch, strap, or change your reward tier, click on “Manage your pledge” at the top of the campaign.

STEP 2: You will be brought over to “Change your pledge” page. You will be shown your current pledge summary. To change your payment details, click on “Update payment method”. To update your pledge, click on “Change your pledge”.

STEP 3: Amend your pledge accordingly or reselect your reward tier. Once that is done, the pledge amount will be updated with the shipping fee once you confirm your location. Click on “Pledge”. All amounts will be shown in the native currency of the project (S$, Singapore Dollars).

STEP 4: You are done! The color(s) will be decided through a survey, via email, at the end of the campaign. All items will be shipped together.

1. Free Black Summit Quick-Release FKM Strap (Activated at SGD75K)  

2. Unlock Additional Model: Biotic Formicidae “Citronella” Orange (Activated at SGD100k)

Biotic means “pertaining to life”. A biotic factor is any living thing that has an effect on an ecosystem.

Biotic Watches is co-founded by Stitches & Buckles in 2021, and is based in Singapore.

Stitches and Buckles is established in 2014 and is an authorised dealer for many Microbrands and watch supplies. 

Our first project wouldn’t be possible without these special friends:


Edgar and Song


Andy Kyaw 


Ken Taw


Gio Min


  • Shipping fees will vary according to your destination and will be automatically added to your pledge, once you confirm your location.
  • For pledges under the double, triple and collector’s packs, shipping will be at S$50 per watch (except Singapore) and be added to your pledge amount automatically once you confirm your location.
  • For additional watches under “add-ons” for an existing pledge, shipping will be at S$50 per watch (except Singapore) and be added to your pledge amount automatically once you confirm your location.
  • Free shipping within Singapore.
  • All backers are liable for their own country’s Duty/ VAT/ GST charges.
  • Please see “Risks and challenges” at the bottom of the campaign for more information.


  • One (1) year international warranty from the date of receiving your Formicidae. The warranty only covers manufacturing defects.

If you have any queries, kindly contact us at support@bioticwatches.com.