Funding Canceled Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on August 26, 2012.
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The only patented watch with expressive and removable faces that slide in and out without messing with time.

To paraphrase..."We'll Be Back!"

For those of you visiting this page for the first time or revisiting after August 26, we encourage you to sign up for our mailing list at http://www.VzaV-Watch.com/register.php so you can be kept in the loop as we plan our re-launch on Kickstarter. And just for signing up...we'll send you a lagniappe.

Our decision to cancel -- versus just let the time run out -- was not a difficult one once we conferred with the expert staff at Kickstarter and Kicktraq. CANCELING, when done by the project team (rather than Kickstarter), is a little-known and positive approach (despite the way it sounds), which ultimately has led to success for a number of projects that found themselves in the same position we were in -- well out of reach of our funding goal, and running out of time. 

We plan to re-launch soon. Before we can do that though, one critical decision we need to make is how much we can lower the funding goal, realistically. We'll make that determination as quickly as we can once we receive the new production costs based on different quantities.   

And as for our revolutionary V-ZA-V Watch, it has received praise at every step: from concept, through the patent process, and with each version of drawings, models and now working prototypes. Our latest prototype works like a dream, and we’re poised to get into production, plus we continue to field interest from businesses wanting to help bring our revolutionary, face-changing V-ZA-V Watch to market. So more than ever, we believe the V-ZA-V can change the face of the watch…as we know it. We hope you'll come to think so too.

To all our amazingly loyal backers who have already recommitted to the new project, we thank you, and we will not let you down a second time. For those of you who are new to the project or current backers still deciding to recommit, click on the "Comments" section above to check out some of the incredible words of support we’ve received within 24 hours of announcing that we would be canceling in order to re-launch.

Over the next few weeks, please follow us on our website, and on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Pinterest. And let us hear from you.

We’ll be in touch…and we’ll be back!

Jake Jacobi + the V-ZA-V Team

NEW PROTOTYPE Ready for LAST WEEK of FUNDING

The face-changing V-ZA-V Watch has entered its second revolution. Now it's more defined and stylized, but the makeover is not just cosmetic. It's now even quicker and easier to slide the watchfaces in and out -- we've traded in the sliding drawer for a rubber-like outer bezel, and reshaped the faceplates

"V-ZA-V™ seems to be rather forward-thinking,...their product creates less clutter and it’s a greener solution, as only one watch is necessary to fit all types of DIY watch faces."

--Emma Orlow in Style File of BUST Magazine

"I think your project is great, I live in Paris where watches are The Accessories to absolutely have....I don't want to buy 3 or 10 different watches....And I find your project : my dream solution. You did it !!!" 
--NB
 (France)

The rallying cry of the New Watch Movement is: Shell out less for a watch (and watchfaces) and keep more in your pocket.

Still need to check with Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman to see if he agrees with us. Think about it: Every time you buy a Facial Expressions watchface (avg. price $3, but many as little as 99¢), your understated, quartz movement V-ZA-V Watch takes on the look of a new self-expressive, fun, and stylish watch

So it doesn’t make sense (economically speaking) to buy another watch (because the watchface is non-removable) every time you want a watch face with a new look or to go with something different or when you’re in the mood to express another side of your personality.

Limitless choices, at limited cost. What could be better?

Coney Island Wonder Wheel by Emma Orlow, The Emma Edition.

"Love the idea, not actually a watch wearer myself but considering a change after seeing this Kickstarter." 

--MA (US)

We don’t know if the days of non-removable, “stuck in time” watch faces are numbered, but we’re just saying, our removable and self-expressive Facial Expressions designs--available online in real time--will cost as little as 99¢, and…in the time it takes to slide in a new face...Voilà...you’ll have the look of a new watch, without the cost (or a watchface stuck in time ever again.)

It's revolutionary, it's quick, it's easy, and it's inexpensive:

We’ll supply the V-ZA-V Watch pack, the sophisticated e-commerce website, an almost endless array of digital watchface images, our proprietary faceplates material, and you supply the imagination and the personal photo-quality printer.

That’s all it takes to join our cause, so that watch faces the world over can be set free, never again to be “stuck in time.”

“Finally an apparel watch that is as modular and innovatively fresh as a person changing their wardrobe...while also providing the ability to add a whole new dimension of personal fashion mixed with style.”
--
Chaz Nash, watchesonnet.com Luxury Watches blog

It won’t be long now until this year’s smart wrist will be seen sporting the simple, yet stylish V-ZA-V watch. This season’s expressive line of Facial Expressions™ for every occasion will be introduced online this Fall on the V-ZA-V website. (Your original designs could be part of the collection in our Facial Expressions Store. Send us examples to faces@VzaV-Watch.com.)

Despite--or maybe because of--the fact that almost every personal electronic device has a time display, watches--specifically analog watches--are more popular than ever. On Kickstarter alone, there have been more than 20 watch-related Kickstarter projects--including TikTok, the first monster project, and three biggies in the past couple of months: Pebble, the $10,000,000 watch project, Bia, which came out of nowhere to raise over $400,000 in the last week of funding, and Cookoo, which is a very special analog watch. We've backed them all!

Whether high-tech or high-touch like the V-ZA-V Watch, wristwatches have been “re-discovered” as cool and very expressive fashion accessories. And the reason comes down to one indisputable fact:

Ever since watches started coming out of the pocket, people have worn wristwatches to express their personalities, their moods, even their aspirations. And much of that expressiveness is the work of the humble watch face, which has always maintained its time-honored position, unmovably “stuck in time.” So...  

And that’s how the patented V-ZA-V watch got its start. To learn more about the V-ZA-V story, click here to go to our 1.0 website.  

"Love the idea behind the V-ZA-V watch...happy to throw in my two cents (more like $60 :p)..." 
--RM
 (UK)

At V-ZA-V, we believe your watch should say something about you, not somebody else. That’s exactly what the V-ZA-V watch can do, it time morphs: so you can physically change watch faces--in a matter of seconds--to complement your personality, mood, wardrobe...even your aspirations.

The wafer-thin, expressive faceplates will be made of our proprietary Faceplates™ material--a high-quality, tear-proof, smudge-proof, waterproof, durable and resilient, instant-dry substrate. The material will have micro-perforations to outline the faceplates, and a die-cut linear passage which leads the faceplate around the center shaft of the watch.

In much the same way you’d slide a disc into a DVD player, you slide a mini disc (the faceplate) into the V-ZA-V watch.

"I'm loving the project -- thanks, and best of luck!"
--MN (UK)

Our analog V-ZA-V watch looks and functions like a classic wristwatch, with some very modern and patented innovations.

Incorporating the best of the classic and the modern is a constant theme at V-ZA-V. The way the watch and removable faces work together are definitely high-touch, but the watch has been designed (and continues to be refined) using high-tech tools. And the pleasure you’ll experience physically sliding a removable faceplate into the V-ZA-V watch is all about touch and feel.  

But it’s the advances in information technology (eureka!) that have allowed us to realize our high-tech dreams -- getting an endless array of high-quality and expressive watchface images into your V-ZA-V watch and onto your wrist, quickly, easily, and inexpensively 

Dream # 1 Realized: display every imaginable (and licensable) watchface design as a digital image on the V-ZA-V website, and develop a system and method allowing images to be produced in a matter of seconds on any personal photo-quality inkjet printer.

Dream # 2 Realized: produce the images on high-quality proprietary material (faceplates™ material) having all the desirable production specifications including, compatibility with ink-jet printers to produce vivid, instant-dry color images; wafer-thin mil; durable and tear-proof; pliable and resilient, to name a few. 

And here's how quick and easy it is to change facial expressions:

1. With your thumb and forefinger, lift up the flexible outer bezel to reveal the faceplate compartment.

2. Slide in a removable faceplate.

3. Push the outer bezel back into position, sealing the faceplate compartment.

4. Voilà! You now have the look of a new watch.

Redesigned faceplate inserted into newly styled prototype.

We hope you agree these high-tech innovations result in the high-touch satisfaction of being able to express yourself with the V-ZA-V watch whenever you want.  

"I am so excited about your idea."
--TT (US)

Watch, Strap, and Faceplate Specs & the Team

As many of you know, with any manufacturing effort--particularly on a new product--changes and improvements, obstacles and barriers, breakthroughs and epiphanies are part of the landscape. The information we are sharing below is where we are as we enter the last days of our funding.  

Specifications revised as of August 1, 2012 :

The V-ZA-V team has been hand picked from across the USA to bring together a group of very talented and seasoned professionals from all the disciplines needed to design, develop, produce, and market the patented V-ZA-V watch and its removable and interchangeable watchfaces. We are now on the verge of heading off to the Far East to get this revolutionary timepiece manufactured. (An outline of our manufacturing plan appears below.)

The critical players of our Industrial Design and Engineering team include: the esteemed and colorful Stan Rickel, Chair of the Industrial Design Department at RIT (perennially voted one of the top ten Industrial Design programs in the US) and KEK Associates, the award-winning, second-generation Industrial Design firm whose practical and aesthetic solutions to vexing design problems originally brought them to our attention. (BTW, Scott Wilson of LunaTik and Kickstarter fame got his start at KEK.)  Click here to go to our 1.0 website to learn more about the V-ZA-V team. 

“So come on you fashion devotees and trend setting capitalists check out V-ZA-V on Kickstarter and become of part of time making history that literally changes the face of time and fashion.”--Chaz Nash, watchesonnet.com Luxury Watches blog

Every member of the V-ZA-V team has spent his or her career involved in complex and detailed projects--many of them new, innovative, and even breakthrough products for both the professional and consumer marketplaces. Part of the collective success of our team is the fascination with what’s new--not just in what we’re working on at the moment, but in finding new ways to look at, what and how, we do things.

That attitude has been present throughout the process doing what needs to get done to be ready to produce our revolutionary watch this Fall

Here’s a snapshot of what we have on schedule from now through November:

By Beginning of Kickstarter Funding (early July 2012)

We expect to have:

  • sourced the watch movement module--COMPLETE
  • sourced Contract Manufacturers (CMs)--COMPLETE

By End of Kickstarter Funding (end of August 2012)

We expect to have:

  • selected our CM
  • selected the specific watch movement module
  • completed mechanical development w/ input from CM
  • completed entire production intent assembly in 3D CAD
  • kept Kickstarter backers up to date on our progress

By End of September (2012)

We expect to have:

  • completed industrial design (ID) revisions and tweaks
  • developed detailed 2D drawing and specifications package
  • traveled to Far East to meet with CM and inspect facilities
  • begun tooling and product ramp up
  • kept Kickstarter backers up to date on our progress

By End of October (2012)

We expect to have:

  • completed tooling and product ramp up
  • completed first article inspection(s) and detailed troubleshooting
  • begun production of V-ZA-V watch
  • traveled to Far East to inspect production
  • delivered rewards (other than the V-ZA-V watches) to our Kickstarter backers
  • kept Kickstarter backers up to date on our progress

By End of November (2012)

We expect to have:

  • completed initial production run of First-Edition and Limited Signature-Edition V-ZA-V watches
  • delivered First-Edition and Limited Signature-Edition V-ZA-V watches to our Kickstarter backers
  • begun selling V-ZA-V Watches and Facial Expressions watchface designs on V-ZA-V 2.0 website
  • kept Kickstarter backers up to date on our progress

To all of you who have taken the time to learn about our project and seriously consider backing the V-ZA-V Watch, we thank you. And for those of you who have taken the next step and backed us at one of the Pledge Reward levels, we offer our sincere thanks and gratitude. We hope that every time you strap on your V-ZA-V watch and glance at it to get the time or to enjoy one of your Facial Expressions, that you are reminded that YOU made this a reality.

We’ll be in touch.  

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