The FLAGSHIP LE from Manchester Watch Works (Canceled)
Modern military inspired field watches that can go anywhere you go. Proudly assembled in the USA. "HALF NOW, HALF LATER" PLEDGES OPEN!
Choose either the "Vermont" dial (mixed Roman/Arabic numerals dial; below left with green & blue logo) or the all Arabic numerals dial (below right with all white logo) for your Flagship LE timepiece. Just specify your preference in the Comments after you pledge!
Special Bonus also added (6/29/2014) see "Updates" or scroll down to get details.
Assembled in the USA (for Kickstarter backers only).
More good news - now that the Kickstarter backed watches will be assembled here, estimated delivery is December 2014.
The Time Bum's review is in! Check it out here - http://www.thetimebum.com/2014/07/preview-manchester-watch-works-flagship.html
I've loved watches for as long as I can remember. My watch fascination is not just for fashion either (although watches are the only "jewelry" I wear), but for the remarkable engineering marvel of a mechanical machine that can keep accurate time without batteries but with springs and gears. And they can go with you under water, into space, up mountains and into jungles but, best of all, they can be worn on your wrist.
My experience comes not only from the hand-building, repairing and modifying of timepieces, but also from owning hundreds of them from obscure brands like Neatnik to infamous brands like Rolex - ranging in price from $20 to $8,000 and all different types from diver’s to dress with materials from plastic to platinum and with in-house mechanical movements to quartz and with complications from jump-hours to chronographs.
Years ago, I began to build my own watches. However, even though I sourced my own parts, I was still limited by pre-made catalog parts - so concessions were made. Then the ideal plan finally dawned on me - design my own watch from the ground up with no compromises.
This is the fruition of my passion; the launch of my own line of timepieces – ManchesterWatchWorks: Modern Original Pieces With Historical Inspirations.
ManchesterWatchWorks' top priority is to produce high quality, functional, comfortable, well designed, fashionable time instruments. As such, we will cut out any unnecessary costs (not including any watch production costs of course) which only drive the consumer price up. So, you will receive an exceptional product at an affordable price.
About the Flagship LE Design:
I was inspired/influenced by all of the watch elements I have appreciated over the years and this has culminated into one single timepiece. Every angle of the case, every marker on the dial, hands, chapter ring, colors etc. were all custom designed to achieve a true no-nonsense, versatile look. As such, these are all custom designed and custom made for the Flagship LE; these are not “off the shelf” catalog parts (except for the movement). To summarize - There is no other timepiece like the Flagship LE.
The ManchesterWatchWorks' trademarked logo consists of 4 triangles. The green triangles on top make the letter “M” for Manchester, my town, but also symbolize the Green Mountains of Vermont, my state. The bottom two blue triangles make the letter “W” for Watch and Works, but also symbolize the above mountain’s reflections on a glassy Vermont lake.
The dial design and layout were inspired by vintage Aviator/Pilot watches and were painstakingly created to ensure a timeless, balanced look that is interesting everytime the wearer checks the time.
The final design you see on the prototype is what I have affectionately dubbed the Vermont dial in deference to the famous California dial which also utilizes Roman and Arabic numerals but that's where the similarities end.
The hands are broad and white with lume for extreme legibility and match the dial perfectly.
Made by Citizen of Japan, the Miyota 9130 automatic movement (based off of the excellent, robust and reliable Miyota 9015) has a high beat rate of 28,800bph, hacking, hand-winding and a power reserve indicator. However, it does not have any unnecessary decorations to jack up the price. This movement requires no batteries (which equals zero waste) and has a running time of more than 40 hours when fully wound. As such, the power reserve indicator directly under 12:00 shows an estimation of the available running time remaining. So, if you see your Flagship LE running on fumes, give it a gentle shake or hand wind it to power it back up. This gauge is usually reserved for watches costing much, much more. There is also transparent glass on the back of the watchcase to view the workhorse in action.
The Flagship LE's case was inspired by vintage Navy diver's watches and machined out of solid surgical grade 316L steel. This means your watch will be highly corrosion and heat resistant. Not to mention chloride resistant. No wonder this type of steel is used in the medical and marine industries. The case was designed to securely house the Miyota movement in the thinnest and most comfortable manner possible. In addition, the case's straight ends creates a shape which has elements of a traditional round case and a cushion type (rectangular) case to give the owner the best of both worlds.
Flagship LE Specifications:
-316L surgical stainless steel brushed finished case
-40mm diameter without the crown
-48mm lug to lug measurement
-20mm curved (for comfort on any wrist) and drilled-through lugs (for easy strap changes)
-7mm screw-down engraved crown
-13mm height (fits well under sleeves)
-Flat front sapphire crystal (inside anti-reflective coating)
-Screwed down, see-through, engraved caseback
-200meters of water resistance
-Swiss Superluminova lumed hour numerals and all hands (looks white, glows green)
-Black genuine leather strap with engraved steel buckle
-Or a solid stainless steel brushed finish bracelet with engraved buckle and solid fitted end links
-Or a NATO style strap specially chosen to complement the Flagship LE
-Special Limited Edition (LE) of 200 watches. Sequential serial numbers will not be engraved on the watch. Instead, the warranty cards will have the serial number printed on them. In addition, these Limited Edition watches will be identified not only by the "LE" printed on the dial, but the name - "Flagship" - will also be retired after this production run.
-After this Kickstarter promotion ends and if it is successfully funded, the remaining unsold watches out of the original limited edition number will be priced as follows online: the Flagship LE leather strap version will be $629USD without shipping and the Flagship LE with steel bracelet will be $669USD without shipping.
- All backers will also receive special discounts and first news about any new products from ManchesterWatchWorks.
- To do our part to aid conservation, the Flagship LE will be shipped in safe, secure 100% recycled, recyclable and re-usable packaging - no gaudy, glitzy, fancy, cluttering, useless boxes. This also allows us to pass these savings on to you.
As of the launch of this project we have completed the design and planning phases for the production of the Flagship LE. We have also received the fully functional and approved pre-production sample shown on this project page (which has been reviewed here: http://slappedonthewrist.com/2014/06/26/mwwflagship/). The next phase is fundraising, which (if you are reading this) we are currently in.
If this Kickstarter project is successful, the manufacturer will receive the green light to start full production and sourcing of all components described here and shown on the sample Flagship LE (with the production design changes listed below). These parts will be shipped to my watchmaker in the USA where his team will assemble and QC all KS backed watches. Once this campaign is over, I will keep all backers abreast of the progress through Kickstarter and our Facebook page:
Once the watches are assembled, they will be shipped to Vermont, USA, where I will package each item and ship them out to my backers. Watches will ship via FedEx within the USA. International shipping will be provided by USPS Priority. Each watch will be nicely packaged and wrapped securely to travel safely to your home. If all goes without a hitch, production should be completed by November 2014. However, unforeseen issues may arise. As such, the projected delivery is January of 2015, but KS backers may have their Flagship LE by early December 2014.
The unsold/non-KS backed pieces will be sold through our Facebook page and all company news/upcoming projects will be posted there as well.
We need to hit our goal of $29,000USD in order to be able to progress the Flagship to full production. We will be using a combination of revenue from this Kickstarter project and my own personal investment to fund production of at least 200 watches.
Special bonus (added 6/29/2014):
Any pledge $300 USD (without shipping) and over will receive, in addition to their leather or steel strap, a green/blue nato style strap shown on this KS campaign page if the project is successful. So, let's get this funded!
Simply put, I believe in crowdfunding. This allows the creator to create without too many cooks in the kitchen. And if the project is or is not funded, I will have gained more valuble insight from the consumer than I could have from a bank executive or loan officer.
In addition, starting a new watch company (or any company) takes a staggering amount of capital. My long term plan is to take any profits and put as much as I can back into my business to take the "training wheels" off and be fully independent. As such, I decided to raise the funds for this watch release by selling more for less instead of less for more. Plus, there is no middle man, no sales agent, no marketing costs, no advertising costs and no retail price increases.
So, as a Kickstarter backer, you can save over $300 per watch and help ManchesterWatchWorks start up. So, tell your friends, family, co-workers, and all your Facebook/ Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest friends about this exciting project!
Design Changes to be Made on the Production Version:
- The crown, strap and bracelet buckles will be engraved with the ManchesterWatchWorks logo
- Sapphire front crystal with inner anti-reflective coating will be used
- The steel strap will flow more smoothly with the watch head and wrist and will feature a flip-lock safety clasp; lugs will also be more refined to better accomodate the bracelet
- Lug holes will be moved further away from the case
- Caseback engraving will be in same font as dial text
Risks and challenges
As with any project, there are always risks and delays that can arise due to a variety of factors beyond my control including supply chain and quality control issues as the watch is assembled in the USA but the components come from different manufacturers/suppliers all over the world. However, I am confident that I am well able to deal with any issues that may arise with the production.
I personally interviewed 4 different companies and I have selected a manufacturer who produces their own well received line of watches and is used by many, respected brands all over the globe. As such, they have a proven track record when it comes to quality. Plus, they were the only ones who agreed to create this watch without asking me to make compromises.
I have also made sure to select a proven movement from Miyota of which there is generally ample availability. So rest assured, quality control will be high and customer service will be a priority.
In addition, your ManchesterWatchWorks timepiece will be covered by a twelve (12) month warranty effective from the purchase date. The warranty covers manufacturing and material defects.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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