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A super lightweight 10 grams toolbox for your pocket with 15+ functions and a lost & found pay per use service. 100% made in Switzerland. Orders: info@swiss-advance.com
A super lightweight 10 grams toolbox for your pocket with 15+ functions and a lost & found pay per use service. 100% made in Switzerland. Orders: info@swiss-advance.com
136 backers pledged CHF 12,985 to help bring this project to life.

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CRONO KEY - keychain multi tool with lost & found function

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We want to solve the unpleasant everyday situations, where you need to perform a function but you don't have the tool for it at hand. We created the CRONO KEY Multi tool – a super lightweight toolbox for your pocket with 15+ functions and a free lost & found pay per use service. 100% made in Switzerland with the latest and cleanest laser cutting and electropolishing technology. We exclusively used the finest, recyclable material: highest grade German stainless steel. 

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Peter Meyer, Urs Egli and Andrea Manchen, we are Swiss Advance! We are a Swiss outdoor brand producing in Switzerland. We are driven by design, creativity and responsibility. We are stocked around the world by reputable retailers such as Manufactum (Germany), Conran (United Kingdom), Transa (Switzerland), Homecamp (Australia) and Snow Peak (Portland, USA).

We are trying hard to act highly responsible and therefore execute our logistics with a social institution here in Switzerland. We are also member of 1% for the Planet, the Swiss Made Label and Zerowaste Switzerland

MATERIAL & TECHNOLOGY  

The CRONO KEY multi tool weighs just 10 grams / 0.35 ounces and is only 1mm / 0.039 inches thin. Despite the tool’s thinness and lightness, it's very ridged and durable. This mainly due to the use of premium German stainless steel with a high Rockwell hardness in combination with a special electropolishing process.

Electropolishing process in Switzerland
Electropolishing process in Switzerland
Laser cut and material testing procedure in Switzerland
Laser cut and material testing procedure in Switzerland

The shape design is perfectly laser cut in Switzerland to align with the most common key shapes in order to add no bulk to your existing key ring.  

FUNCTIONS

The CRONO KEY features mind-blowing 15+ functions: 3 screwdrivers, Philipps screwdriver, leverage slot for ring, hex nut M5, hex nut M3, wing nut opener, scale (cm), mini saw, scale (inch), bottle opener, wire stripper, nail remover, parcel opener, reset tool.

FREE LOST & FOUND SERVICE  

This is a pay per use service unlike the existing key finder business models in the market place. In other words, you only pay the shipping cost plus 30 CHF of operational fee if you use the service, no subscription fees.

How does it work? 1. Take a picture from your key ring including the CRONO KEY FINDER, home address and ID. 2. Save it in the cloud. 3. We hope you will never loose you key. But if s… hits the fan, send us the picture you saved in the cloud. 4. If your lost key found its way to us, we will send the key back to you. 

SUSTAINABILTY

Sustainability is at the heart of what we do. Steel is the most beneficial metal to recycle because it can be reused again and again with virtually no loss of quality. Steel also can be reused almost infinitely, a benefit that increases every time a steel product is recycled

For the packing we used water-based printing on FSC and 100% recycled paper. The packaging is absolutely plastic free, we do not want to use non-renewable resources. This means no part of the product will ever need to end up as landfill.  

THE REWARDS

The CRONO KEY Early Bird - Get the CRONO KEY, our lightweight stainless steel multi tool with a brass key ring

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The CRONO KEY & a Limited FOX Patch - Get the CRONO KEY and a vintage cotton patch

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The CRONO KEY & a Limited LYNX Patch - Get the CRONO KEY and a vintage cotton patch

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CRONO KEY plus CRONO N3 - Get the CRONO KEY and the Swiss pocket knife CRONO N3

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CRONO KEY plus CRONO N5 - Get the CRONO KEY and the Swiss pocket knife CRONO N5

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The CRONO KEY Early Bird Family Pack - Get five CRONO KEY for your Family or friends

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The flying CRONO KEY experience - Get the CRONO KEY handed over in person and enjoy a paragliding flight in Interlaken Switzerland with Swiss Advance founder Peter Meyer

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The CRONO KEY - Corporate Gift - Get your company logo engraved onto the CRONO KEY

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STEP 1: Simply scroll up and click the green 'back this project' button at the top right hand side of this page.

STEP 2: Pick a reward, and then follow kickstarter's prompts. SIMPLE!

If you need any help just contact us directly info@swiss-advance.com, we don’t like chatbot’s but we do like personal contact.

We are all set up with our manufacturing partners in Switzerland. Both are the best-in-class within their respective fields of expertise: high-end laser cutting, metal engineering and electropolishing. We have been working with them for the past 9 months going through multiple prototype developments and final product specifications for the CRONO KEY multi tool. They are all ready to start the production process. The Swiss Advance team is very experienced in terms of designing, manufacturing and developing new products. We have been doing it for the last 18 years, ever since Swiss Advance was founded in 2000. Peter Meyer, our founder, has been working as a product developer and paraglider test pilot, bringing new products to life for the last 30 years. Urs Egli has 20 years of passionate experience within the global consumer goods industry in successfully leading areas such as Product Management, Category Management and Brand Management at brand like Oakley, Mammut, Vaude and Kjus. Andrea Manchen studied Industrial Design at the University of the Arts Berlin, one of the biggest, most diversified and traditional universities of the arts worldwide and is part of the team since 10 years.

Risks and challenges

The “we can make it” campaigns have given us valuable experience in all aspects of bringing a product to life and running a crowd funding campaign. Nevertheless, this will be Swiss Advance’s 1st Kickstarter campaign. We feel that we mitigated the risks as good as possible but there is no project with zero risk. We are eager to learn along the way.
To help minimise risks we have waited until we have everything in place before putting the CRONO KEY multi tool on Kickstarter. From countless prototypes, focus grouping, testing, to developing a trusting relationship with the right manufacturers. We feel we are now ready to move forward into production with your help.

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    4 CRONO KEYS, a limited LYNX & FOX Patch

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    The CRONO KEY - Early Bird Family Pack

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    The flying CRONO KEY experience

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    Get the CRONO KEY handed over in person and enjoy a paragliding flight in Interlaken Switzerland with Swiss Advance Founder Peter Meyer (CHF 300 flight value) for the full experience.

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