With one more week to go, the new project has reached its goal! Thanks to all the backers, you are making this project a reality! Kickstarter campaigns
usually get a boost in their last week, so I'm still hoping we can make the second stretch goal.
If you've been on Instagram recently (@DivisionFurtive), you've noticed that I've started to post a series of pics with the Type 50 in action. There's
a lot more to come so stay tuned :)
I naturally spend a lot of time on Kickstarter these days and I came across a really neat game: M.O.R.E (Military. Organisation. Research. Economy.).
The project's has already reached its goal and the development is well under way so if you are into epic space strategy games, this is definitely
It's been precisely one year since the Division Furtive dual linear wrist watches Kickstarter campaign has been funded! The year went by SO fast!
Right after this update is posted, an email will be sent to all the people who reserved a Division Furtive Type 46 watch. Things are getting real and the deposits are required to move forward since I cannot make new progress without buying actual production parts, especially the Swiss-made miniature motors. Below are pictures of the final prototype No. 000 (you can see the high-resolution version of the picture if you click it).
With respect to the original design presented in this Kickstarter campaign, here are the things that will be different in the production units based on things I've learned during development:
- Li-ion rechargeable battery instead of AAA (spare battery and charger included). The rechargeable battery life is just as long as the non-rechargeable battery (still hoping between 6 to 12 months depending on usage). Non-rechargeable AAA battery cannot supply enough current for reliable motor operation therefore the motivation to move to li-ion.
- Stainless steel casing with black PVD instead of sterling silver with nano-ceramic coating. Moving to stainless steel because silver is too soft.
- Sapphire for the front and back crystal (instead of front sapphire and back mineral glass as originally announced). Why not :)
- Piano finish black wooden box (as shown below) instead of safe box. The safe box shown in the campaign's video turned out to be impractical for many reasons, especially during shipping.
This is the last official update for this Kickstarter campaign (all the terms of the campaign have been met). In the future, I'll be in touch with the Type 40/46 collectors via email. If you wish to contact me, please visit the Division Furtive website and use the contact form.
Thanks to everyone for the support, I'll be forever grateful to every single person that contributed and made this project a reality...I cannot thank you enough.
It's been an exciting few weeks since last update. The Type 46 is shaping up and if everything continues to go well, I'll be able to present the final pre-production unit before Christmas and collect the deposits to get the production started. Therefore, the next update you'll here from me will be a big one :)
Casing -- There has been some development regarding the casing. The initially announced sterling silver casing with nano-ceramic coating is not rigid enough and I see this as a huge reliability issue. I am therefore announcing that all Type 46s will all be made equally, that is with a stainless steel casing with PVD coating (which is what I'm currently developing with). If you wonder what will happen with the existing 14 silver casings (those I mentioned in the original project description), I had the idea to use them for a special edition Type 40. Because the Type 40 has no moving parts, I'll be able to cast them in epoxy like the current Type 40s. These 14 units will be subtracted from the 1000 Type 40 units meaning there will still exist only 1000 Type 40s (986 with plastic shell and 14 with silver shell). This project is still in early stage but if you are interested you can send me an email and I'll make sure to contact you when these units are manufactured later in 2014.
Mechanism -- That is what I'm most excited about! In the original Type 46 design, the cursor movement was kept along a linear line using a fiber-glass rail and end position was detected using micro-switches. This was fine for the proof-of-concept but I soon realized this was going to be a reliability issue: in some rare cases, the cursor would lock up with the end switch. Because the motors have so little torque (they are only 6 mm in diameter), once they screw the cursor with the end-switch there was no way out of there electrically (I had to open the watch and unscrew the cursor from the end-switch). The solution I'm currently exploring is a sapphire rod rail with golden tips (that act as end-switches). This approach has two main advantages:
1) There is no discontinuity and when the cursor makes contact with the golden tip, it has not reach the end of the lead screw and cannot physically lock itself up.
2) It looks really nice (my photographic skills and equipment are limited so I cannot really express the natural beauty of the components in the picture below). Note that the miniature plates that will show the brand, serial number and back scales are still is in production (this is why we can see the battery in the middle).
Sapphire crystals -- I've decided to upgrade the back crystal from mineral to sapphire. I do not anticipate the back of the watch to be exposed to wear like the front but there is no reasons (except cost) not to put the best crystal on the back as well. From experimentation, in addition to the obvious improved wear resistance, I've realized that:
1) Sapphire looks and shines nicer than mineral glass...I think this is important for a luxury watch.
2) Sapphire sounds better than mineral glass (let me explain this one). If you tap or scratch the mineral glass on the back of the current Type 46 prototype (as you would naturally do when putting on the watch), it sounds hollow and flat. However, a sapphire crystal has as distinctive tone with a higher pitch and a "richer" sound. The devil is in the details :)
Road-map -- Because the Division Furtive watches could not exist without its collectors, I think it's important to let you know what is going on internally. Therefore here is Division Furtive's road-map for 2014 (please keep in mind this is still a very small operation so this is not a big list):
- Start Type 46 production and make all 46 units. - Continue production of Type 40 and ideally sell all remaining units in 2014. - Develop and produce the special edition Type 40 with sterling silver casing with nano-ceramic coating (14 units).
Unclaimed Type 40 Units -- I still have 5 watches ready to be shipped from the Kickstarter campaign for which I have not received address confirmation or accelerated shipping payment (if applicable). I've sent many reminders but received no replies...at this point I'll therefore simply wait and hold on to the watches until these collectors get in touch with me. If you haven't received the Type 40 you paid for, please get in touch with me.
I feel it has been ages since my last update. I've always tried to make my updates very visual but since I've been working to improve the Type 46 mechanism and mainly sourcing new parts, there is not much new to show at the moment. I've made some important changes to the dual linear movement and I'm very proud how this is transforming the design (the visual appearance of the dial remains unchanged). These changes were made to improve reliability but they also complement what you can observe thru the back window of the watch...I really can't wait to show this off! Teaser: sapphire rods :)
My focus at the moment is to close the design before Christmas so I can get deposits from collectors who reserved a watch and mass order the required parts. Most parts are custom-made and will take about 2 months to manufacture (let alone the actual assembly and unforeseeable variables) so I feel the clock is ticking.
Type 40: I still have 8 watches ready to shipped for which I have not received address confirmation or accelerated shipping payment (if applicable). I've sent many reminders but no replies...at this point I'll therefore simply wait and hold on to the watches until these collectors get in touch with me.
I'm very happy to announce that all Type 40 rewards have been fulfilled! That's more than 300 watches shipped! If you have not received yours already please refer to the chart below for shipping delays based on your reward level, selected shipping method and geographical location.
I have 11 watches ready to shipped for which I have not received address confirmation or accelerated shipping payment (if applicable). I've sent many reminders but no replies...at this point I'll therefore simply wait and hold on to the watches until these collectors get in touch with me.
Until the end of August, I'll be busy making some more Type 40 for friends, family and marketing events. It will also be the moment where I'll be able to determine how many extra units I can make with the left over parts so I can partially take care of the waiting list which has been getting longer every week since the end of the KS campaign.
Starting in September, I'll be working full-time on the Type 46. During the 9 months of the Type 40 design and production, I've maid small but crucial progress regarding the Type 46 development and production plan. I've also had plenty of time to determine the final tweaks required for the Type 46 movement and I'm very excited to finally have the time to get back at it and make the final pre-production units. When this is done (I'm hoping before January), I'll be able to collect the deposits and start production. Note that 41 units out of a total production of 46 units have been reserved. If you are interested in reserving a Type 46 (estimated price: 3600$CA + 75$CA reservation fee), it's not too late!