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2017-02-21: Project GMT Update

Project GMT update…..

  • The second batch of case parts have started to arrive.
  • The re-order for the black/gilt and the white/gilt dials have arrived and are pending QC/QA
  • At the moment we still have to re-order the inlays and the date wheels.
  • Scheduling is largely complete. We are still waiting on a few last pre-order customers. We sent out an email earlier with the final notification. If we do not hear from the customer or receive their order by the end of February 2017 we will complete scheduling without them.

2017-03-20 (Clarification): Please note that this post is meant to be read in context with the following post from 2016-09-13 where it notes:

“Scheduling: I have been waiting to make a big announcement about publishing the entire delivery schedule but based on the last few months’ of work any projections more than a few weeks into the future will not prove to be terribly accurate. The reason for this is that the dials are quite difficult to work with and this leads to a higher level of re-work than with standard painted dials. What we will do is publish dates for those customers where shipment is expected within a 2-4 week window. For everyone else we will report on the Group # that we are working at the moment and provide a rough projection as to when the next Group # will be begun. That should allow me to provide more updates without having to spend a lot of time revising specific ship dates with all of the orders.”

 

2017-01-27: Project GMT Update

Quick update on the project:

  • I have completed the preliminary schedule for the remaining Key West deliveries. We will start updating the system after we contact some stragglers.
  • A new delivery of the white/gilt and black/gilt dials have arrived. We still need to do the QC.

2017-01-26 (3:24 pm) Addendum:

  • As noted in the ordering emails you are free to change your order up until your order reaches “3.0 Build in Process”. However please note that given that the supply of parts may be tight for some models and in fairness to the other customers, any order change request will be subject to the availability of parts. If the supply is tight for a particular model we may have to push any orders for customers that make changes to their orders to the back of the queue to ensure there are enough parts available. If we for any reason we can’t accommodate your order change we will deliver based on the original order. So the cut-off “date” for this policy to go into effect will be when the scheduling has been completed. We will do our best to be as accommodating as possible and will only invoke this policy as required.

2017-03-20 (Clarification): Please note that this post is meant to be read in context with the following post from 2016-09-13 where it notes:

“Scheduling: I have been waiting to make a big announcement about publishing the entire delivery schedule but based on the last few months’ of work any projections more than a few weeks into the future will not prove to be terribly accurate. The reason for this is that the dials are quite difficult to work with and this leads to a higher level of re-work than with standard painted dials. What we will do is publish dates for those customers where shipment is expected within a 2-4 week window. For everyone else we will report on the Group # that we are working at the moment and provide a rough projection as to when the next Group # will be begun. That should allow me to provide more updates without having to spend a lot of time revising specific ship dates with all of the orders.”

 

2016-12-07: Project GMT Update

  • The case parts that we need for the remainder of the Project GMT have largely been delivered. We will begin the QC of those parts after the holidays. There are a few exceptions. We are still waiting on the bezels and the bracelets. However this should not effect the timetable significantly since there is plenty to do in the mean time.
  • Parts still on order: White/gold and Black/gold dials as well as the bezel inlays. We are delaying the final ordering of the inlays because we want to get all the orders in so we can order enough parts to fill those orders. Since there is plenty of assembly to do in the mean time this strategy should not adversely effect the timetable.
  • The ordering emails for Group 9 and 10 will go out today.
  • I was fighting a cold for the first 3 weeks of November. I am back to full strength now but busier than expected due to the work that we have to make up. We are working on the scheduling right now and expect to have more done during January.
  • Progress: We are nearly done with the Plankowner and Group 1 deliveries. There is one Plankowner and one Group 1 order current remaining to be delivered. We are also working on Group 2 and 3 orders right now. My apologies, if it were not for November we would have had better news to report on this front.

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!

Heads up: Delays in replies

Just wanted to let everyone know that my ability to respond to the order status emails will be limited over the next two weeks. I have to complete the review of the Nassau/Key West mass production samples and get those parts into mass production. We want to bring the Nassau back and minimize any delays in shipments for Groups 6-10 of the Key West. Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.

2016-09-20: Project GMT Ordering

The Group 7 and 8 ordering emails have just gone out. If you are in either group and don’t see your email in your inbox please check your SPAM folder. Thanks!

2016-09-13: Project GMT update

Sorry for the long gaps between updates on the Project GMT. We spent the last 3 months getting up the leaning curve on the Key West GMT assemblies. In addition we had/have to re-order parts. At the moment we still have to approve the second round of case parts for mass production and re-order the bezel inlays.

  • Matte black/white dials are being QC’d and shipments of this model should begin before the end of October if all is well with the dials.
  • Plankowner delivery update: For the white/gold and black/gold dialed watches we expect to have all of the Plankowner watches shipped by the end of September. For those Plankowners waiting on a black/white dialed Key West we should have your orders shipped by the end of October if the dials pass QC.
  • Scheduling: I have been waiting to make a big announcement about publishing the entire delivery schedule but based on the last few months’ of work any projections more than a few weeks into the future will not prove to be terribly accurate. The reason for this is that the dials are quite difficult to work with and this leads to a higher level of re-work than with standard painted dials. What we will do is publish dates for those customers where shipment is expected within a 2-4 week window. For everyone else we will report on the Group # that we are working at the moment and provide a rough projection as to when the next Group # will be begun. That should allow me to provide more updates without having to spend a lot of time revising specific ship dates with all of the orders.
  • Group numbers were published here. If we have time we will try to post the group numbers in the individual orders in the E-boutique.
  • General Ordering: Yes there will be watches available. For the moment we still aren’t taking any deposits. Please sign up for the mailing list here to be notified via email when the remaining pieces are made available.

Delivery updates:

  • Group 1: Deliveries for this group will begin in September. For most customers in  this group the deliveries should be completed by the end of October. The only exceptions to this are two customers waiting on the 1005/1006 (black/white) versions of the Key West. For those two customers we will likely make delivery by the end of October but we will know more after the dials are QC’d. Roughly it will take about 6 weeks to assemble and ship the watches for each group. This estimated time frame does not include holidays, travel for Baselworld, and time required to QC new deliveries of parts.
  • We have enough parts on hand to make deliveries through and including Group 5. The parts required to complete the assemblies for Groups 6-10 are either on order, currently in process, or being QC’d right now. We organized the mass production this way so that we could adjust our orders to maximize the probability that everyone would get their first choice as far as models.