YEAH !! we listened to your advice and launched the production of 200 see-through backcase . You will be able to see the Movement if you want. You will just need to tell us what backcase we will assemble before shipping. ;). Nous avons décidé d'écouter vos conseils et nous avons lancé la production de 200 fonds transparents. Pour ceux qui le souhaitent , il suffit d'ajouter 20€ et de nous préciser quel fonds vous souhaitez à l'arrivée de la montre ;)
After the real success of the Piranha Black , we decided to make a new Black DLC watch , the MANTA DLC Black, with silver hands and silver index on a black dial. Unfortunately we only have less than 20 black DLC bands... Different from the "phantom" style of the Piranha Black. Nous avons aussi décidé de lancer un nouveau modèle Noir, avec un cadran à indexs couleur acier ainsi que des aiguilles acier . Attention il nous reste très peu de bracelets titane + DLC ...
We trust our product so much that we decided to make this new warranty. You will just need to make the servicing with us at a very special price (still negociating the price with our horologist) , then we will extend the warranty for 2 more years ;) . Nous avons tellement confiance en nos K-02 que nous avons décidé d'améliorer la garantie de nos montres. A la fin des 3 ans de garantie il vous suffira d'effectuer votre révision (payante) avec nous et nous prolongerons la garantie de 2 ans !
We realize you have many different questions , and sometimes you just want to know who is behind this project . We decided to give access to our Skype so We will try to be online as much as possible , even very late until the end of the campaign to answer all your questions , and its always pleasant to have a direct chat with our backers !! ;)
Pictures done by Myself and by the talented Pierre Le Targat ! - http://www.pierre-letargat.book.fr/
We made a Presentation in our first Kickstarter that you can find here : https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/akrone/the-akrone-k-01-french-ceramic-automatic-watches/description
This first project was a really good surprise , because we had a lot of backers of course, but also because many of them gave us very good comments and advices for our next products. The K-01 was sold out after Few months , so we decided to come back with a new model , and to always follow what WE like in term of design , materials etc...this is our Mantra.
but if we want to summarize our team in few words it would be : Friendship / Passion / Creativity ;) . When we decided to launch our Brand , we all came with our different personality and strengths, but with the same idea : To make well designed watches at an affordable price.
There is many different ways to make a watch . You can either choose to make "homage" designs, that really copy famous Brands or choose into a catalogue of "stock" hands / cases / dials etc...and create a "Unique " design...
This is not our idea , so we claim the fact that we entirely design each single part of the watches we create. For this new model we had the help of a young Designer called Maxime, whom totally understood our Philosophy and vibe so we instantly Hired him for the job ^^
Here you can find some of the first sketches :
Each details has a story behind :
- The case in Titanium has Contrast with Brushed Titanium everywhere except for the mirror polished angles. It does give amazing light reflexion and a lot of style.
- The Matte Black Bezel is made in Ceramic with 3D numbers and index with Lume and paint. we had to make a unique mold for this.
- The hands are inspired by the "marker buoy " that you can find in the sea . The idea here was to keep visibility of a diving watch with large hands , but to give a bit more lightness to the whole. Of course this is a watch inspired by the sea which also connects with the dial.The blue hand is our Akrone Touch , we like colours ;)
- The dial is also inspired by the sea with some light waves engraved, and the applied indexes are designed with lots of contrasts
- The Crown is also connected to the sea and the diving world as it represent a valve unit with our logo engraved in the center.
To us, it was very important to find a "diver watch specialist" , so we had the help of Nicolas and his team . This French guy has been making watch components for over two decades, working for a numerous amount of well known and established brands, even "Swiss made" brands . It was obvious that we could trust him in this journey to make "our vision of a diving watch" .
For the assembly / control / After-sales aspect , we decided to continue to trust our team of well known French horologist based in Besançon . They also work with some of the best known brands on the market so it was again obvious to let them assemble and control our K-02.
The last of our partners we count on, is Damien and his team of leather Craftmanship , also based in Besançon , that realize all our amazing watch bands .
When we decided to build a diver watch , we had in Mind what some people would say : "this is not a real diving watch" like many other brands it is just tested with machines... Ok ... so we decided to go one step further and prove that our K-02 can go deep , VERY deep !
We had a chance to Meet Frederic Swierczynski, considered as one of the Top 10, best cave diver in the World. We decided to follow him in his Try to Blow the French cave dive Record. SUCCESS !! -267m !!!! and the K-02 was perfectly working after this. Finally , we decided to change the writings on the dial and the caseback as an "homage" = 267m and not 200m . Well done , Fred , and Akrone is with you for the World record ! ;)
This baby has a lot of good specs so here you will find the major ones :
last infos :
weight : WITH the titanium band : 130 grams
size = 41mm / lug = 20mm
We decided to go for the first time with a SWISS MADE Automatic movement , because the ETA 2892A2 is very reliable, very good quality, and It is used by a lot of the biggest brands in the world. We decided to make it affordable , so many more new users will arrive into this amazing world of Mechanical Automatic Watches.
We push the quality one step higher with a TOP Version . It means a fine adjustment (-10s) + nice decorations with "cote de Geneve " / blued screws ...something you would usually find in Four figures watch with other brands...
It is a mechanical movement with
- automatic winding
- Frequency : 28800 (4hz)
- hacking seconds
- power reserve of about 42 hours.
all watches are engraved : here on the Black DLC :
Please note that the titanium band is limited to 250 pieces , and the external A-R limited to 250 pieces as well.
We love to make limited edition watches , we mean "REAL" limited , because it gives something more to the watch itself. This version is individually engraved with its Number from 001 to 500 . We offer the possibility to choose this number only to the 100 first backers.
We also have a VERY Limited edition of our K-02 called "the Viper edition" limited to 50 pieces and Officially Certified Chronometer by the French Institute of Besançon . Due to the difficulty of success , this limited edition was pre-ordered only on our Own website and isnt available now.
FREE DELIVERY FOR FRANCE
25€ DELIVERY ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD
We choose to make a special offer for our NON-Union European backers , as they will be able to order WITHOUT VAT.
Please be aware that international customers are still responsible for duties charged by their respective countries. You can have more infos on : www.dutycalculator.com
You get a 3 years INTERNATIONAL Warranty , it does mean even if you have a small problem with your watch , we can find a solution for you in the best delays. We now have the K-01 experience in after sale service so we can deal with any situations. Moreover , even after these 3 years , it will be very easy to maintain your K-02 as the Swiss movement is a well known caliber in the Watch industry.
Risks and challenges
We now have experience with our first Project. We had some issues with delays due to suppliers problems, so to be sure NOT to have the same problems this time , we changed some of our suppliers, and now we are only working with a French team. All of them are working in this business for a long time know and they are Serious partners for us.
We have been working and trying to anticipate everything but in this kind of manufacturing products we can face unexpected problems .
We did want to make a perfect product with a lot of small high quality details that implies different suppliers and partners. Manufacturing, assembling , movement settings , are not done at the same place , which is more complicated , but it does add a lot more quality in our opinion.
We did carefully choose them, we have been moving to meet them, see how they work , discuss about the project and we started to build trust . Over the few months we have been waiting for the Prototypes, there was a lot of communication, and everything went fine, even when we decided to change plans of some details at the very last time.
In the end , what is most important to us is communication , and if you are part of our adventure, we will bring you with us in every step , you will know everything , all the time .Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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