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Wind-Up 2017

Why are we doing Wind-Up? It’s a valid question since we have more than enough orders and work to keep us busy for the next year. In its 3rd year, we have supported Wind-Up since the first show, but only were able to attend the 2nd in 2016 and 3rd starting Friday, this year. We believe in the team behind Wind-Up and its potential as a showcase for interesting, sincere, and affordable watchmaking. We would go so far as to say that it has the potential to be more important to the future of watchmaking than what many big brands opt to do. We believe our participation can help the show’s development and make your investment into Mk II, as a brand, more valuable in the long term.

At Wind-Up, we will offer a small selection of our ready-to-wear lineup in hopes of somewhat defraying our cost of attending. Our goal is to get rare and valuable face time with customers both new and old, learn more about the retail process, and gain valuable experience for the future growth of Mk II. Ultimately we want to build Mk II for the long run, to leverage our strengths and improve our weaknesses. Wind-Up NYC is a step on the journey towards that vision.

2017-09-13: Project 300 Update

We are preparing the ordering email and ordering pages for the Project 300 customers at this time. We expect that the email will be able to go out tomorrow. For the 2nd stage pre-order customers we will begin asking for your final selections and payments in October/November 2017.

Updates on the project’s progress and other administrative details:

  • Project updates are posted on the Mk II site and will not be sent by email.
  • Case parts QC/QA will begin soon. If the QC goes well we hope to begin deliveries in Q4-2017 or Q1-2018. It is unlikely we will be able to make any deliveries in time for the holidays – I know that’s in Q4 but better not to get any ones hopes up, a lot can happen during QC. Also we don’t want to rush the assembly of parts we haven’t worked with before. (All QC and assembly work is performed in the USA)
  • Case parts continue to arrive.
  • The dials have been approved for mass production and are due to be completed in Q4.
  • The hands are in process
  • Order and logistics details:
    • Scheduling will be performed based on the sales order number for your earliest deposit for this project.
    • When customers place their final selection orders the new sales order number that is generated will be the order they will follow through delivery.
    • The address on the final order will be the one we will deliver to unless updated. The address information in the final order will supersede all previous address information.
    • 2nd Stage Pre-ordering will close in October 2017.

Thank you very much to the Project 300 supporters – the Plankowners in particular. This project has required more time than any of us expected so we are so glad to be entering the final stages. The Project 300 will represent the last of our legacy projects (i.e. Using our old funding methods and project structure). For any future projects we will be able to restructure the process to significantly reduce development times. Again thank you for your patience and support!

 

2017-08-24: Project 300 Update

Quick update:

  • Dials: Just signed off on the mass production of the date and non-date dials. I had to give them some comments but I don’t believe there is any use in going through another round of samples. Hopefully they feel the same and mass production will begin. Either way I will update the status later on.
  • Hands: Finally over the jet lag. I want to pack up these hands in the next week or so and get them on their way to the lume-specialist to get the hands glowing. The new hand cards held well while I was away so it looks like the new packaging will be ready for their first big test. (I had a card of hands on the bench standing upright for the last 5 weeks and all of the hands stayed on 😉
  • Case parts: Bracelets have arrived and more cases have arrived. Following up with the vendor on the remainder of the parts we ordered.
  • QC: I hope to begin QC of the case parts in earnest within the next couple of weeks.

 

2017-07-31: Project 300 Update

Here is a long overdue update:

  • Non-date dial is ready to be approved for mass production
  • Date dial….I have been reviewing these while I have been in traveling in Taiwan. They look good overall and should be ready for approval for mass production. I will go over them one more time when I get back to the shop.
  • Hands – We have been testing the packaging for the next part of the production process, luminizing. I had hoped to get these off to the vendor in June but a review of a second test batch of hands they did revealed some problems with the packaging that we were providing. The packaging caused a high rate of scrap. We are going back to the type of packaging we used in the first test batch but needed to make improvements to that packaging. The testing of the packaging delayed the shipment of the parts but we should be ready to send the parts out in the next 4-6 weeks.
  • Case parts: Parts have been coming in. The remainder of the batch that is due is expected to ship in September.

I have to apologize in advance if this update raises additional questions I did not anticipate. Normally I have the time to put more thought into these updates but this one was so overdue that it was better to get this posted than to wait until I had more time.

As always thank you for your patience and support!

2017-02-21: Project 300 Update

Here is the current status of the Project 300:

  • Case parts have begun to arrive.
  • Bracelet is still in production. The EP (end-pieces) are still in production. We had some comments on the finishing and saw an updated EP last month and sent them our feedback earlier this month.
  • We have finished the review of the non-date dial sample and that should be going into production in March. Right now we are prepping the sample for the catalog photos so that we can finalize the ordering page.
  • We are still reviewing the date version of the Project 300 dial.
  • We will resume the production of the hands next month. We had been testing the supply chain and are comfortable with proceeding with the mass production of the hands. This will take more time than normal since we are sub-contracting with a specialist in lume application to finish the hands. To compensate for this we will start the production of the hands as soon as possible.
  • QC will begin soon and we will start contacting Plankowners to submit their final selections and payments next month. We have to shoot the catalog photos before we can open final selection.

As always thank you for your patience and support of the Project 300.

2017-12-07: Project 300 Update

  • Case parts are in the final phases of manufacturing
  • The bracelet end-link has been approved for mass production and production is currently in process
  • Best estimate right now is that we will begin QC of the case parts in Q1 of 2017. If all goes well delivery should be able to begin in the summer of 2017
  • We will be taking photos and preparing the web site for receipt of final selections and payments. We expect that we will start ordering for the Plankowners in February/March of 2017. We will follow the same process as we did with the Project GMT where we will open up ordering in batches. The expectation is that we will contact one group approximately each month.

Thank you for your support and patience.

This will likely be the last update before 2017 so we wanted to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and all the best for 2017!