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2015-08-20: Project 300 update

I have completed the final review of the case drawings. There are a few minor issues we need to double check or correct before we can sign off on the drawings. These are minor things like tolerances and similar details. In the mean time I would like to see if we can nail down the case back engraving so that everything can be submitted at the same time. Toward that end:

  • We have 2 case back designs ready for review. One basic one and a second one with a design.
  • We will create two surveys: 1) for the Plankowners to voice their opinion and choose 2) a more general survey for everyone else. The reason for the 2 surveys is simple if there is any significant disagreement between the results Plankowners should have priority.
  • Everyone is welcome to discuss the design on our forum before voting but I probably will not be able to participate directly in the discussions given the current workload. For that I apologize in advance. We are trying to clear the deck of the design work that we do so that I can focus on managing the suppliers and executing the projects. I want to get the design work for both the Project 300 and Project GMT wrapped up in this regard by the end of August.

2015-08-11: Project 300 Update

Update on the Project 300’s status:

* I am reviewing, hopefully for the last time, all of the drawings for the project. I hope to sign-off on them this week or next.

* Case back engraving: I have the details on the case back done (serial number, material, movement type, etc.) At this point we just need to decide what, if any, decorative design will be included on the case back. We are currently preparing a mock-up of a design we like for your review. We hope to get this published in the next few weeks so that it can be included in the first round of the sample parts.

* MOD Sword hands: We have been testing a new supply chain for the hands. We discussed this in the post PoP – Watch Hands Pt. 1. We will be preparing Pt. 2 for release in the next few weeks. However the results were better than we expected and have resulted in the best set of MOD Sword hand that we have ever done. The downside of this process is that it will take a long time (6-12 months) to produce all of the hands we will need for this project because of all of the QC steps and frequent flyer miles that the hands will accumulate. With this in mind we will actually be starting production of the hands ASAP (i.e. before the case samples will be done).


MOD Sword hands, latest and greatest

2015-07-01: Project 300

I received the drawings for the last 3 parts I was waiting on. Unfortunately they were not received early enough for me to review before our annual pilgrimage to Taiwan to visit the in-laws (which begins in 12 hours from now). As long as these last three drawings don’t have any issues I should be able to complete a final review of the drawings after I get back on the 20th of July. The goal is to sign-off on the drawings and begin sampling by the beginning of August. We have an idea for the case back design but again we will have to present this after our return.

2015-05-21: Project 300 Drawings

I just submitted the latest comments/revisions for the case and bracelet drawings. The issues are minor. At this point, assuming no surprises, I  expect that we will be able to sign-off on the drawings and begin the sampling phase in June 2015.

2015-05-13: Project 300 Design Feedback

We received the latest iteration of the technical drawings.

2015-04-14: Project 300 Drawings

Earlier today I shipped out the changes for the Project 300 drawings. There were no major changes required. Mostly the edits were questions about double checking details. The biggest change is the addition of the final bezel inlay design and artwork. I expect that as long as the case supplier doesn’t misinterpret my instructions and start changing the case unnecessarily, which has happened in previous projects, we should be able to sign off on the technical drawings before the end of May and start sampling. So far the extra effort invested in the 3D model is paying off. Normally I would not hazard to suggest when the technical drawings might be done at this stage in the process.