PoP - Watch Hands, Pt. 1
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.