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PoP – Watch Hands, Pt. 1

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MkII PoP – Watch Hands, Pt. 1 from Mk II Watches on Vimeo.

Pt. 1 Next Generation Mk II Sword Hands….Hopefully…

 

In essence what we are passionate about is making the best watch that we can. The “Sword”

hands, as they have come to be known, were actually a part that started our business back in

2001 before it was called Mk II and known as that guy “Yao”. Ever since we have been fixated

on making better and better versions every chance the opportunity presents itself. That means

continuously seeking out new craftsmen and new vendors. This is harder than it would appear

on the surface since the best have no need to advertise and very seldom have need for new

customers. So often times they are obscured from plain view or you have to take a chance on

an unproven vendor, person, or process.

 

Our latest experiment, far from a sure thing, is to try to marry two key qualities that we have

eluded us or at least keep us from using more than 1 out of 5 hands (on a good day) that we

purchase. The ideal for us is a hand that is curved as well as featuring strong, smooth lume. The

later is desirable for obvious reasons. The former because this profile adds depth and richness

to a watch while making the hand easier to read at more angles.

 

Even large companies have a very difficult time achieving this combination. If you are the

Swatch Group you call on a company called Universo, conveniently a subsidiary, whose quality

is famous, which is the reason you bough them in the first place. For small companies like

ours we have had to become much more resourceful about the process. So here we are….we have

purchased hands, un-lumed, from one company that makes beautiful “diamond cut” hands but

somehow lacks the skill set to lume them to our standards. We developed some packaging

for the hands to travel on. (This stuff is available in Switzerland but we had to have dies made

locally so that we could have them available whenever required.) We have inspected and prepped

the hands to be shipped off to a group of craftsmen, specialists in the application and manipulation

of luminous material, that we found. Without a doubt this will be expensive if it works and even

if it doesn’t. We undertake these kinds of trials and experiments every chance that we get and most

times they are just a write-off for the accountant. However if you want to be more than you are today

this is what you do.

 

 

 

 

【Good Finds】- “Hawker” Glassware

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This glassware was once ubiquitous in Taiwan. The sight of them always takes me back to the oppressively hot summers and
amazing open air restaurants. Usually decorated with corporate logos such as Taiwan Beer (which is not the oxymoron Westerners
automatically assume), 7 Up, Sunkist Soda, or the local root beer, these restaurant glasses were used for a variety of beverage
including Cognac, Whiskey, the local high-test hootch as well as beer, and soda. To me these glasses have become ambassadors of
brotherhood and the renewal of familial bonds. Asian restaurants have historically served their food and their alcohol “family” style
and these glasses were designed with this custom in mind. Whenever I see these glasses I always “see” a group of people gathered
around a large table in a casual restaurant or something slightly less stable than a card table, street side, burning down a few while
bullshitting each other after a long work day. My ever resourceful wife was able to help me rescue this set of glasses from the storage
locker of a friend of a friend whose family once operated a restaurant. Experience has shown that everyone in Taiwan is twice
removed from everyone else, no doubt the product of drink.

Paradive on the road – a photo journey

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Check out this Paradive review by Jon Gaffney who is a Contributing Writer for GearPatrol and Contributing Editor for Huckberry.
This year Jon and his girlfriend Gale are documenting their travels as they tour North America in a Merc Sprinter van.
Following them on Instagram…..

Jon Gaffney (www.instagram.com/thevanman)
Gale Straub (www.instagram.com/she_explores)

 

TAIWAN 2014 – R & R

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Just arrived at the Hotel Royal (Chiao Hsi, Yilan Taiwan). Fulcrum on the wrist and Paradive in my watchroll.

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View from the balcony of the clouds as they rolled over the mountains.

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The town of Yilan below. Its rare in my experience to see such a flat cityscape in Taiwan.

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When Philly is your baseline, hot and humid are an understatement.

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"You know that guy that was in that thing...." We visited a tea house and a museum in Yilan where an "A-lister" had recently shot a commercial.

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It would be interesting to create this kind of texture and patina on a watch case.

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I really enjoy icongraphy. The aging on this sidewalk sign was a bonus.

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Always on the look out for a good doughnut. You wouldn't expect it but Taiwan has too many bakeries to count and most of them are exceptional.

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Inside of the doughnut shop!

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More clever signs.....

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You can go now...I have work to do :)

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I never get tired of the architecture in Taiwan....although I am not a fan of the big fancy glass buildings.

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Something to try next year....I actually spent most of my vacation this year working on the Project 300 drawings ;) So perhaps more interesting things to shoot next year....hopefully with a Project 300 on my wrist.

Just arrived at the Hotel Royal (Chiao Hsi, Yilan Taiwan). Fulcrum on the wrist and Paradive in my watchroll.View from the balcony of the clouds as they rolled over the mountains.The town of Yilan below. Its rare in my experience to see such a flat cityscape in Taiwan.When Philly is your baseline, hot and humid are an understatement."You know that guy that was in that thing...." We visited a tea house and a museum in Yilan where an "A-lister" had recently shot a commercial.It would be interesting to create this kind of texture and patina on a watch case.I really enjoy icongraphy. The aging on this sidewalk sign was a bonus.Always on the look out for a good doughnut. You wouldn't expect it but Taiwan has too many bakeries to count and most of them are exceptional.Inside of the doughnut shop!More clever signs.....You can go now...I have work to do :)I never get tired of the architecture in Taiwan....although I am not a fan of the big fancy glass buildings.Something to try next year....I actually spent most of my vacation this year working on the Project 300 drawings ;) So perhaps more interesting things to shoot next year....hopefully with a Project 300 on my wrist.

A 369 Nassau in Paris – Part 2

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at Café de Flore

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cafe de magots

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Ernest Hemingway at cafe de magots

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Nassua at cafe de magots

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near La Madeleine

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blue door in Paris ~

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Pont des Arts

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A 369 Nassau in Paris – Part I

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Place Vendôme

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Paris street

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Shakespeare and Company

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Street Sign

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L'Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

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near Musée du Louvre

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