The annual clock survived Sandy.
So did we.
Nothing is more resilient than New York itself.
All of the annual movements made it through customs
and are now in the office of m ss ng p eces.
We have everything except the refined pieces of steel.
We received 25 final prototypes from our steel vendor on October 24th for review.
Those 25 are not part of the 2000 limited press.
The short run of 25 pieces were created for intense scrutiny by our team.
We examined the quality, indicated the flaws & made the necessary alterations to the tooling for the final press. A lot of things were off, including the width of the rim over the face of the glass. What you will see in the video is an overcorrection that has been subsequently corrected and will not be visible in the final piece. I am speaking of the edge detail which is far too thick across the face of the glass in this video. You will probably agree that it is crude. A handful of similar inconsistencies were apparent in the final 25 prototypes. But not to worry,
the tooling has been modified at great cost to meet the needs of ThePresent.
After six months of prototypes and alterations with the steel alone, I feel confident for the first time that all of the pieces are coming together. Our new contract with the steel vendor, who is a few blocks away in Williamsburg; stipulates that 2000 of each of the four pieces will be delivered no later than November 30th.
Wrapping up ThePresent (all of which I intend to have filmed)
1. Back Plate Steel Dome + Satin finishing + Stamping of ‘mp + made in new york’
2. Inner steel cup to accurately hold the Annual Movement
COMPLETE pictured in this video update
3. Outer rim bezel that holds glass against clock face + exact screw slots
4. Battery back plate with stamped ‘ThePresent’ graphic
5. Send each element of the piece to the assembler.
6. Sign, Assemble and Pack Each Piece
If you're still reading,
no one has been more frustrated by the timing of this process than I have.
I fully expected to have a finished version of the steel by September 22nd. What I have learned is that my expectations for quality are out of the ordinary, making this clock at all, is out of the ordinary.
My sense of urgency is unrealistic.
nothing could make me happier than to promise to deliver the clock by 12.21.12.
But the realities of producing an object to this degree of precision,
denies me the luxury of guaranteeing an exact ship date from now on.
The least I can do is let you know what I'm shooting for, in earnest.
Any and all feedback is always deeply considered.
scott walker thrift
currently: jumping up and down in anticipation
Where is the music from?
Why didn't you post on the full moon!?
There was a hurricane. It knocked out the internet but we still had power.