About this project
Lets take it step by step and give those who do not know us yet a short heads up:
We, Roger Zahnd & Florian Kormann, are two friends from Bern, Switzerland, aiming to offer you quality Swiss Made Automatic watches for the best price possible.
All our watches are powered by the legendary ETA Valjoux 7751 (TOP) self winding calibre with Côtes de Genève, Perlage, blued screws and engraved oscillating weight, 41 mm 316L stainless steel or black pvd case, 10 ATM, saphire crystal and two genuine leather straps (with quick release system), backed by two years of warranty and free shipping worldwide for the BEST price you will probably EVER get for a Swiss Made watch within this quality level.
What is our motivation? This is not about the fast money. If it comes over night that's of course ok for us, but the goal of our project is to create a sustainable watch brand and not a one hit wonder and to offer quality, to learn and to improve. And it is also the story of taking a once in a lifetime chance and realize a dream. This is also how we came up with our slogan "Time is YOURS!".
In March 2017 we were running our Pre-Kickstarter sales campaign on our homepage www.timeisyours.ch and thanks to our followers and backers from all over the world, we were able to raise orders for the amount of 50'000.00 Swiss Francs - Which is amazing!! - Thank you very much again for all of your support! Without you our project is nothing and we are very happy to have you in our team.
So as you can see, you are not alone and you might have already seen us on Facebook or other medias
The first series of the ETA Valjoux 7751 were produced back in 1986 and improved ever since. This high end quality movement has propably one of the best value propositions available on the market and is used by the most prestigious brands as it ensures accuracy, reliability and service.
This high quality movement has not only one function, no it combines 3 of the most popular functions (mechanical complications):
The first officially aknowledged chronograph was invented in the year 1816 by Lois Moinet. Today it is used as a stop watch measuring seconds, minutes and hours and is further the most popular complication on the watch market
The Moon Phase:
In average it takes 29 days, 12 hours and 43 minutes to complete a moon phase. With our watches you can allways see the current moon phase, guiding you through time and space
The Full Calendar:
Our watches do not only show the current date, no, they also indicate the current day and month. Combining Day, Date and Month is what called a full calendar (triple date).
The 25 jewels movement finds its place in a classically designed stainless steel or black PVD case measuring 41 mm diameter and a thickness of 13.6 mm, a size that perfectly suits for a contemporary dress watch. The movement is featuring a customized oscillating weight with Côtes de Genève, Perlage finishing which is visible through the case back and blued screws (see pictures above).
By backing our project you will get real Swiss Made quality and luxury on your wrist for a close to unbeatable price - Take your chance - Time is YOURS! Or like our friends from "The Wrist Watch Review" said:
"...even at $2,200, you will be hard pressed to find another Valjoux 7751; and there is hardly one to be found at any price that matches the sporty design of the ZK No.1..."
Final Dial Designs
Important Notice: If you would like to have one of the "Black Series" models, please note that these are available for CHF 999.00.
If you want to have one of the Black Series models, but have already ordered, we are kindly ask you to add the difference between your existing order and CHF 999.00 to your existing order manually. Thank you very much.
We are both born and raised in Switzerland and always been fascinated by the Swiss watch making craftsmanship, an tradition which stands for accuracy, elegance, technical innovation and service.
Based in Bern, the capital of Switzerland, surrounded by more than 200 years of watch making history, we do have an easy access to the expertise and the services offered by the world renowned companies in the traditional watchmaking industry.
Unfortunately "Swiss Made" nowadays not only stands for quality and service, no, it also stands for incredible high prices with margins from 300% up to 1000% just because of branding.
We do think it is time to make a change!Whereas many other watch brands add a three- to five-times markup to their products, Zahnd & Kormann promises to keep its markup at a maximum of just about two times (or even lower), making these stunning watches more accessible to a wider range of people.
We do not multiply our costs with a factor of 3, 5 or even higher. Our production, shipping and handling costs + 16% for payment fees and administration + 5% risk margin, is making the price which we have to pay CHF 899.00. Which is also exactly our Super Early Bird price. The estimated maximum retail price will be CHF 1'499.00 making our multiplication factor <2.
But what does Swiss Made actually means?:
On 17 June 2016, the Federal Council approved a partial revision of the Ordinance on the Use of the Name “Swiss” for Watches (the “Swiss Made” Ordinance for Watches) of 1971. This revision, which entered into force on 1 January 2017, aims at strengthening the geographical indication “Swiss” for watches and watch movements in line with the new “Swissness” legislation.
At least 60 per cent of the costs of manufacturing a complete watch (as an end product) must be generated in Switzerland – unlike previously, whereby this rule applied only to the watch movement itself. The movement remains important, however, as at least half of its value must consist of components made in Switzerland, and at least 60 per cent of the costs to manufacture it must be generated in Switzerland. In addition, the technical development of a “Swiss Made” watch and a “Swiss Made” movement must also take place in Switzerland.
All our watches do fully apply and even outreach the new Swiss Made regulations.
Movement: ETA Valjoux 7751 (TOP)
Complications: Full calendar (triple date), Moon Phase, Chronograph
Case material: 316L stainless steel (black: PVD)
Case width: 41 mm
Case thickness: 13.6 mm
Water resistance: 10 ATM (100 meter)
Sapphire Crystal: Inside ar coated
Straps: Within the regular sales packages all watches will be delivered with 2 interchangeable straps (20 mm) with buckle
If you would like to get a Bracelet or a Folding clasp, please add the following amounts manually to your already existing pledge:
For one (1) Bracelet please add CHF 33.00 to your already existing order
For one (1) Folding Clasp please ad CHF 13.00 to your already existing order
The regular sales package does include 2 leather straps with buckle. But you would like to get both straps with folding clasp? Please add the amount of CHF 26.00 (2x13) to you existing order. Thank you very much.
Or you would like to get a Stainless Steel Bracelet in addition to the two leather straps? Please add CHF 33.00 to your existing pledge. Thank you very much.
If you would like to get more than one of each, please multiply the amount accordingly. Thank you very much.
Hands and hour indications: Illuminated SLN C1 (when in the dark)
Warranty: 2 years
Free shipping worldwide: Free Shipping world wide is included
VAT is not included: The VAT is unfortunately not included in the sales price and has to be paid based on each and every countries tax regulations during the process of import.
Exclusive: First 300 watches per design will be numbered
Limited: Maximum production quantity 2'016 watches per design
Why are there differences between some descriptions and the pictures?
First of all we do apologize for the confusions this might have caused. The reason for the differences is that on the pictures above you do see our first prototypes. As we are allways trying to learn and to improve, there are the following changes compared to some of the pictures:
- All watches are 10 ATM (100 meter) water resistant not 5 ATM
- All watches do come with the ETA Valjoux 7751 version TOP not standard version (see original picture above)
- On the dial there will be written "Bern" (our hometown and capital of Switzerland) not "Automatic"
About the ETA Valjoux 7751
ETA stands for Elegance, Technology and Accuracy. Founded in the year 1793 the Swiss watch manufacturer ETA SA is one of the worlds biggest supplier of mechanical and non mechanical watch movements.
We decided to go with the ETA Valjoux 7751 as it offers technical complexity, high accuracy and reliability.
The ETA 7751 comes with three complications (Moonphase, Chronograph and Full Calendar) and has one of the best value proposition on the marked and is used by the world most famous watch brands to guarantee quality.
Our watches are delivered together with two 20 mm leather straps. Thanks to the easy release system you can change the style of your watch within seconds without any tools. From a classic to sports look within seconds. This system works with every 20 mm strap on the market using the easy release system. Our watches do fit to (almost) every occasion in life.
If you would like to get both leather straps with folding clasp, please add CHF 26.00 (2x13) to your existing order. Thank you very much.
How to get Stainless Steel or Black PVD Bracelets?:
Within the regular sales packages all watches will be delivered with two (2) leather straps with buckles. If you would like to get a Stainless Steel or Black PVD Bracelet in addition to the leather straps, please manually add CHF 33.00 per Stainless Steel Bracelet to your existing order. Thank you very much.
The thickness of the case is 13.6 mm giving a lot of space for an individual personalization like for example initials or further numbers (next to the serial number on the case back). So if you would like to get your case individually personalized just add another 20.00 Swiss Francs to your pledge and we will contact you as soon as the campaign got funded. Thank you very much.
Further we get alot of requests for butterfly clasps (folding clasps) and stainless steel straps. Yes it is possible to have folding clasps and yes it is also possible to have braclets as well as other options. But everything is limited by the fact that we need to order minimum quantities. For example we would need to order a minimum of 300 folding clasps as well as a minimum of 300 stainless steel bracelets. So lets take it step by step. Means we run this campaign together and get it funded. As soon as we reached our goal we will make a survey about the options (bracelet and clasp) and take these numbers to see what we can do. Deal? Thank you very much.
We estimate that the first watches will be ready for delivery in August 2017.
The shipping costs to anywhere in the world are included in the sales price (Taxes and customs are not included).
All our watches do come with a warranty of two years. Our supplier does have worldwide network of service points. So if your watch really should be damaged, you simply call or text us and we will provide you with the details of the point of service next to you. We also do recommend to get the watch checked every 2 - 3 years.
Zahnd & Kormann watch brand was founded by Roger Zahnd and Florian Kormann in order to create and offer you high quality automatic timepieces bearing the prestigious Swiss Made label, in a most transparent and modern way.
“Time is YOURS!”
Represents the fact that we only have one life and one chance to fulfill our dreams and this is now. With backing our project you will receive a watch that will last a lifetime.
Thank you very much for your support!
Risks and challenges
No matter how detailed your planing is, there are always risks you can't foresee. In our first attempt our project was not funded but never the less we did not give up, worked hard and negotiated with our suppliers and were able to re-start our project. Means that we really do all that we can to make the production of your watches possible.
Next to the fact that there is the risk of not getting funded, the risk of a delay in the process of production and delivery of the watches is the biggest risk we might face at the moment.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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