Luke Francis, 25, a native of Weddington, just south of Charlotte, recently invented the world’s first wristwatch made out of recycled airplane metal. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, he started working for Charlotte-based Camstar Systems, Inc, but after just 4 years, he decided the corporate life wasn’t for him.
He started working with designers overseas to get his blueprints perfect, then flew to China on his vacation time to meet with various manufacturers. Once he felt satisfied with his final watch design and suppliers, he launched what would quickly become one of the most successful Indiegogo campaigns in the history of Charlotte – this is the video he created for that campaign;
He needs to raise at least $20,000 to produce the first 400 watches. The campaign quickly blew through that number, raising over $6,000 in the first 4 hours, and eventually raising over $85,000.