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2017-07-14: Project GMT/Key West Update

  • All orders through Group 4 have been shipped. Group 5 assemblies have been started and are about 50% complete (that means every Group 5 order is 50% complete rather than 50% of the Group is complete. If it was the later we would have shipped those as well with Group 4.)
  • For 1001/1002s assembly is on track.
  • For the 1005/1006s assembly is on track
  • For the 1003/1004s these will prove to be the most difficult of the 3 types due to the high defect rate of the dials. We began QC of the latest batch of the black/gold dials and they look good. Depending on the scrap rate we may need to order 1 more batch of these dials to complete the orders outstanding. We will figure out that  in August/September.
  • Preliminary review of the latest batch of case parts looks good. We will dig into the case QC in more detail in August.

Thanks again for everyone’s patience and support of the process.

2017-06-02: Project GMT Update

  • We finished the QC of all of the bracelet EPs. A majority of the parts have to go back to for re-work but we have enough parts on hand to finish the pre-orders. In any event we should have enough parts while the re-work is being done on the returns.
  • We will be taking stock today of the assemblies that we have begun so that we can resume deliveries next week. This also means that we will start publishing estimate ship dates next week as well.

Thanks for your patience.

2017-05-23: Project GMT Update

Sorry this update is way overdue. I had meant to post something back in March before Basel but was prepping for vendor meeting up until the last minute before the trip and forgot to “publish” this update. After I got back I was pushing on the QC work and lost track of time. So here is a mix of updates from before Basel and a more current update:

Pre-Basel Update (the part I forgot to post in late March):

  • We are currently QC’ing parts that came in that are required for the delivery of the second half of the Key Wests.
  • At the moment we are identifying issues so that we can review them with the vendor when we go to Basel. For example we have identified some issues with the end-pieces for the bracelets. The vendor has agreed to take them back but we need to determine what percentage of the parts are affected and consequently how it will impact shipments. In the mean time assembly of the watch heads is ongoing.
  • Scheduling: I think people may  be expecting more than we have indicated we will be publishing as far as the timetable is concerned. We noted the way we were going to announce the timetable in our post from September 2016. To be more specific this section “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.”
  • Assembly: This is currently on-going while we try to figure out how the end-piece issue will effect shipments. As far as the scheduling is concerned we are assembling according to the schedule that we have put together. Right now the bottle-neck is the end-piece issue for the bracelets. We will have to complete the QC of all 1200 end-pieces before we can resume shipments. This is because we have to return the parts that don’t pass ASAP in order for the vendor to agree to re-work them. What we can say is that more is happening in the background than customers can see at this point and that we have been working a 6-7 day a week schedule for the last 6 weeks.

Post-Basel Update:

  • Assembly: We are actually working on assemblies for Group 5 at this point but because of the bracelet end-piece (“EP”) issue there are watches here for Groups 3, 4 and 5 in a state of 70% completion while we work through the bracelet EP quality control. I post the group numbers at this point at the risk of over-stoking expectations but I think everyone would feel better knowing that something was happening on the assembly front and not just the QC front.
  • QC: The EPs have been a challenge. Normally it is just a aesthetic issue that we have to contend with. Performing that kind of QC is relatively quick, even for 1,200 pieces. However based on the nature of the issues we have identified we have also had to test fit all of the EPs to test cases, which is a much more time consuming process. The good news is that we have enough good EPs to complete up through Group 5. We estimate that the QC of the EPs will be completed by next week and that we will be able to resume shipments in the first half of June.’
  • We will have a better idea of a timetable for Groups 6-10 after we start QC’ing the case bodies in June and get them through the computer measurement process as well.
  • We are still working 6 day weeks and have been doing so since I returned from Basel.

Thank you for everyone’s patience and support. I know its difficult especially with the summer approaching.

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!