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Rebel, a SWISS MADE Automatic Chronograph timepiece, LIMITED EDITION. Assembled by HAND from the finest materials.
Rebel, a SWISS MADE Automatic Chronograph timepiece, LIMITED EDITION. Assembled by HAND from the finest materials.
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Hurricane Irma Update

Posted by LIV - Swiss Watches (Creator)
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Dear Backers,  

Thank you all for your messages and comments, asking us how we have been during this time. We so appreciate your concern, and at moments like this, it truly does feel special to be a part of the LIV family. So thank you!  

At this time, we would also like to extend our best wishes to those of you who have also been impacted by Hurricane Irma.  Our thoughts are with you, and we hope that you have been minimally affected and can get back on track as soon as possible.

Since many of you are asking where we were during the storm, and how we made it through, here's a brief recap of the past week, from Esti's perspective:

Wednesday: Mandatory Evacuation Orders

Miami-Dade County issues mandatory evacuation orders* for coastal cities ahead of Hurricane Irma. Since the law goes into effect at 7 AM the following day, there's a desperate demand for bottled water, flashlights, batteries, and gas. Supplies in all the local stores run low and are difficult to get. We spend the day scouring for all of the above, successfully hauling out bottles of water, and filling up our gas tanks. Flashlights are completely sold out.  

*A total of 6.5 million Floridians were under mandatory evacuation orders.

Thursday: The Panic is Real  

We continue to search for supplies, as we plan our evacuation route and figure out the best time to leave. Traffic is horrendous, so we decide to wait until the early hours of the following morning to begin our drive to Orlando, four hours away from Miami, and at that point, not meant to be impacted by Hurricane Irma.  (One team member decides to drive out as far as Indiana, a seventeen-hour drive at a staggering 1,850 kilometers from Miami.)

Friday: Fleeing to Orlando

We leave for Orlando in the wee hours of the morning. Thankfully, we had planned well, because there is little traffic. We spend the day tracking the storm and are horrified to learn that Orlando may also get hit. 

Saturday-Sunday: Irma Strikes

Our eyes are glued to the TV, as we watch Hurricane Irma begin pounding the US, starting with the Florida Keys. We are prepared for the worst and hoping for the best. We spend a long day indoors and begin to hear howling sounds in the evening.  We pray that we don't lose power. By 2 AM Sunday, we feel the impacts of Hurricane Irma in Orlando, as high winds begin hammering our hotel and topple over trees and power lines.  By the morning, the worst is over.  

Monday: The Aftermath

After inspecting the local area, and reviewing news reports, we are ready to head back home.  As we begin our journey back down to Miami, we remember the fallen heroes of September 11th, 2001. Once again, gas is hard to come by, and you have to wait in line for hours on end to fill your tank with fuel. As we drive into Miami, we are shocked by what we see. Boy does it look like this place took a wicked beating! Power is out for half the city, and large trees are strewn all over the roads. At this point, a curfew is in place across most of the State of Florida, in which being outdoors is prohibited between the hours of 7 PM and 7 AM.  When we attempt to enter our neighborhood, the local authorities inform us that we cannot access our home until the following day. After a long and arduous journey, we are forced to head back north and stay over in Broward County for the night.      

Today: Home at Last 

We are the first people at the police checkpoint to get into our neighborhood. We are relieved to get home and find that we have power. Our next stop is the office: we are elated to find that there is minimal damage there as well.  

This is great news as members of our team are slowly coming back together with renewed vigor, ready to begin shipping out the Rebel shortly! We will post an update as soon as we're able to get the ball rolling.  

A few notes regarding delivery & communication:

  • Regarding our projected delivery schedule, please see our previous update.  
  • It seems that there is confusion regarding July delivery. We did not charge extra for the proposed July delivery.
  • Please expect some delays in our responses to your emails and messages as we are understaffed at the moment, due to Hurricane Irma. We do apologize and appreciate your understanding.  

Thank you all for your patience, we can't wait to get your watches out to you! 

Best regards, 

Team LIV

P.S. In case you didn't see it, here's a snapshot of Hurricane Irma in Miami; this video was captured during the heart of the storm, half a mile from our office:

 

Palm trees and street signs down right after Hurricane Irma hits Miami
Palm trees and street signs down right after Hurricane Irma hits Miami

 

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    1. LIV - Swiss Watches 4-time creator on

      @lam wai ki As per the above update, members of our team are slowly coming back together with renewed vigor, ready to begin shipping out the Rebel shortly! We will post an update as soon as we're able to get the ball rolling on that.
      We are still hoping to begin shipping this month, according to the schedule set out in our previous update https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chazanow/the-most-rebellious-swiss-automatic-watch-ever-liv/posts/1971831 and can't wait to get your watch out to you!
      We'll be continuing to update backers via Kickstarter updates; so stay tuned for that :) - If you have not been receiving our updates, please make sure to check your Kickstarter account to see which email address is associated with it, to make sure you are actually getting the emails.

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      lam wai ki on

      when I get my watch ? when you guys going to ship ?

    3. LIV - Swiss Watches 4-time creator on

      @Jeff Greth Thanks, and we can't wait to get the watches out to you as well!

    4. LIV - Swiss Watches 4-time creator on

      @Eric Thank you!!!

    5. LIV - Swiss Watches 4-time creator on

      @John Jones Thank you, glad you appreciate it!

    6. LIV - Swiss Watches 4-time creator on

      @Dennis Morales You're very welcome. You are SO right, we are SO SO lucky!! Thank you for your kind words.

    7. LIV - Swiss Watches 4-time creator on

      @Mike Bygrave So true, and thank you so much!

    8. LIV - Swiss Watches 4-time creator on

      @David Hothersall Thanks as always!

    9. LIV - Swiss Watches 4-time creator on

      @Jonas Wahlberg Thank you so much for your kind words, very touching!

    10. LIV - Swiss Watches 4-time creator on

      @Kai Beste Thank you!

    11. LIV - Swiss Watches 4-time creator on

      @William Thomas Yes it's really been crazy! Let us know when you're in Miami next :). Thanks for the good wishes.

    12. LIV - Swiss Watches 4-time creator on

      @Tim Ross Thank you! We're aiming to start shipping ASAP. We're still waiting for everyone to get back into town and for everything to be back to normal here in Miami, and then we'll be able to get the ball rolling. Should be sooner rather than later. We'll be keeping you guys posted via an update!

    13. Tim Ross on

      Glad you are well. Shipping soon?

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      William Thomas on

      I'm glad to hear that you all made it through relatively unscathed. I spent a fair bit of time on a boat in Epic Marina, Miami and I recognise all the places I used to hang out and go jogging etc when I've seen the flood footage on the news. All the best to you and the team and I hope things get back to normal ASAP.

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      Kai Beste on

      Glad to hear you're well!

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      Jonas Wahlberg on

      All the best wishes to you all! Hope you can soon star the recovering the process both personally and professionally!

      Really hope you all survived Irma without anyone getting hurt!

      Full understanding, no worries!

      Looking forward to receiving my watch!

      Take care!

      Br.
      Jonas

    17. David Hothersall on

      So glad you guys are OK, scary stuff.

      Looking forwards to receiving my Rebel but fully understand you may well have issues with logistics outside of your control.

      Main thing is you guys are OK. :)

    18. Mike Bygrave on

      The most important thing is that you guys, your family and friends, your homes and offices are all OK. Very glad for you.

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      Dennis Morales on

      Thanks for the update. I'm glad you guys are all ok. I'm from Puerto Rico and I have seen the destruction a storm can bring. Even though Iris caused some mayor damage to the state of FL, it could have been so much worst. Thanks again for the update.

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      John Jones on

      Great update guys, glad you're in such good shape.

    21. Eric
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      Glad the LIV team is OK. =)

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      Jeff Greth on

      Glad you guys made out with minimal disruption. Can't wait for the watches. :)