I picked-up the case parts on Friday. I will be reviewing them next week.
I have the pricing in and will be working on creating the survey so that we can finally figure out if we should continue with the project based on the upgraded specifications.
Sorry for the delay but with European side of the watch industry going on vacation it was very trying to get information about new projects when everyone else is concerned with buttoning up their current/open projects so that they could go on vacation.
I have completed my review of the General Orders received at the end of May. I am pleased to inform those that have submitted deposits that all of the orders placed at the time are “confirmed”. The next phase is for me to set up a mailing list for those of you participating in the General Order phase of the Kingston project. We will be providing you additional instructions through the mailing list later in the year. Depending on how deliveries of the Pre-orders proceed you should expect to receive those instructions sometime in November/December of 2010. No further action is required at this time.
Until the mailing list is set up for the General Order customers I invite you to check the blog for updates.
Finally the first batch of Kingston case parts are on their way. They should arrive sometime next week, allowing for the normal delay for Custom’s clearance.
Finally the first batch of cases have passed the second to last stage of quality control. The last stage is when I receive the parts and begin my review. I expect to be invoiced for the parts and hope to have the parts in hand before the end of this month.
The case tubes that needed to be re-worked were received a week or two ago (its a bit of blurr at the moment) and they were sent off the case manufacturer this week. So as long as their review finds no additional problems the rest of the cases can be finished in August.
Order status portal: Due to the work schedule this week I wasn’t able to begin updating the order status portal for the Pre-order customers as planned. I will begin creating all of the “tickets” for the pre-order customers next week.
Currently the case components are going through their final quality control before the supplier invoices me and delivers the case parts. This is taking longer than I anticipated but what can be done to move the process along has already been done. Once the parts have arrived I will being my own quality control and check for any potential problems.
As I noted earlier this is only a portion of the shipment of cases. The rest require the case tubes that were stuck in US Customs for several weeks. I have finally confirmed that the case tubes have arrived. After a quick once over from me I will be forwarding them onto the case manufacturer for installation into the remaining case bodies. Barring any other problems with the case tubes this delay should not affect the delivery of the General Order watches. The pre-order watches’ timetable was not affected by this issue. We have enough case bodies currently going through the final QC to fill the open orders.
For the pre-order customers…I am still going through the paperwork and organizing the orders so that I can begin working on a delivery schedule and assign serial numbers. Organizing a pre-order of this size is a substantial task so it will take probably another 2-3 weeks. In the mean time I will begin inputting the orders into the new order status portal that should be going live in a day or two. When the order status portal is updated for your order you should receive an e-mail from the new system. Please note that the delivery date will not be set by this point in time. When the delivery date is set you will receive an updated sales order with the date attached and you will receive another e-mail from the order status system once the system has been updated for your delivery date.
For General Order customers…I will be going through the verification process after I complete the scheduling for the pre-order customers. I hope to be able to confirm the open orders and issue refunds as required by the end of July. A point of clarification…I am trying to allocate the watches available through the General Order to each geographic region as divided amongst the me and the dealers. The basic regions are the Asia/Pacific, European Union, Scandinavia, and N. America. My rough guess is that only customers in N. America will be affected but that is just a guess. For the General Order customers you should not expect to have to do anything until Q4 of this year.