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Click image to see in high-resolution. These are actual picture of the pre-production units...everything you see is real and already exists :)
The watch responds to movement and time is only displayed when you twist your wrist in front of you.The hours are displayed on the top cursor and minutes on the bottom cursor. When minutes are not an even multiple of 5 minutes, the bottom cursor will pulse once or twice and right or left to display minutes precisely. One pulse left means that you need to subtract one minute, two pulses left means that you need to subtract two minutes, one pulse right means that you need to add one minute and two pulseright means that you need to add two minutes.
The following advanced features can be activated by tapping the front crystal (the bottom cursor blinks to indicate the advanced feature display mode).
Display day in the current month and day of the week.
Dual-intensity flashlight always there when you need it.
The travel mode is not based on GMT or UTC time zones, you simply need set the time shifts (offsets) you’ll be using during your traveling. Therefore you set your “home” time, the “west” (minus) offset and “east” (plus) offset that you plan to use (it’s most likely that you’ll be traveling in only one destination/direction and therefore use only one of the two offsets). When you reach your destination (for example, going to Paris from Montreal is going east with a 6 hours time shift), you just enable the travel mode (“west” or “east”, “east” in the current example) and the watch automatically apply the preset time shift. At any moment, you can switch back and forth between home time and east/west destination time.
Display current moon phase among new moon, waxing (young), first quarter, waxing, half moon, waning, full moon, last quarter and waning (old).
Twelve-minute chronometer with pause.
Display battery level (voltmeter). The main battery (AAA) is user-serviceable via the side door. The two screws that fasten the side door can be unscrewed using a coin as only tool. The door screws are PVD coated to resist wear (PVD is an industrial wear resistance process). The main battery lasts between 9 months and 2 years depending on usage. The internal backup battery preserves time, date and settings when the main battery runs out.
Universal time setting by light
When setting your watch, chances are you fetch time from your computer or cellphone…why not let this very device program your watch? The watch can therefore only be set by the light from your smartphone or computer display. Programming device must be a recent smartphone or LCD screen (some screen calibration/adjustment may be required and must be web-enabled. Because of this, the watch can support advanced calendar features like moon phases and automatic date change (including leap-year calculation). Programming takes about 10 seconds. For android devices, a stand-alone app is available.
Stretch goals are very important for this campaign since the number of watches sold will determine the final specifications of the watch.These are special options that cannot make it into the design unless there is a certain number of watch ordered. The features offered as stretch goals won't be available after the campaign unless they are unlocked during the campaign. Please help fund this campaign but also make the product as good as possible by spreading the word around.
A total of 1000 Type 50 watches will be manufactured. Current Division Furtive collectors who purchases a Type 50 will have the option to reconduct their Type 40 watch serial number on their new watch.
For the remaining serial numbers, backers will have the opportunity to select a serial number for their watch once the project is funded and survey has been sent. Please resist the temptation to ask special treatment as it would not be fair for other backers.
The serial number selection process will be as follow:
- Step 1 -- Campaign is funded. Hooray!
- Step 2 -- When production will be nearly completed, the campaign survey will be sent (reason to delay this as much as possible is to avoid to reconfirm shipping address if this is done right after the campaign).
- Step 3 -- In the survey, Type 40 owners will be given the choice to reconduct their current serial number on their new Type 50. If survey is not answered within one (1) week or choice is made to pick a new serial number, the given serial number will be released.
- Step 4 -- Exactly one (1) week after the survey has been sent, general serial number selection will take place on a first-come-first-served basis. The invitation will be sent to the email provided in survey, this means you won't receive the invitation until you answered the survey.
Please identify your location below and add the corresponding shipping and taxes amount to your pledge. All shipping is done using FedEx without any exception (tracking information is essential for such a unique item as a limited edition watch with an irreplaceable serial number). Past experience shipping hundreds of Type 40 watches around the world clearly demonstrated that regular mail is way too slow and unpredictable for the task. Note that FedEx does not deliver to P.O. Box.
There are no taxes collected for shipments outside of Canada but backer is responsible for ALL import duty and taxes.
- CANADA (Québec) - Add 55$ for 195$ pledge (includes 19.45$ QST and 9.75$ GST), 60$ for 245$ pledge (includes 24.44$ QST and 12.25$ GST), 70$ for 295$ pledge (includes 29.43$ QST and 14.75$ GST), 75$ for 325$ pledge (includes 32.42$ QST and 16.25$ GST),115$ for 590$ pledge (includes 58.86$ QST and 29.50$ GST) or 160$ for 885$ pledge (includes 88.29$ QST and 44.25$ GST).
CANADA (outside Québec) - Add 40$ for 195$ pledge (includes 9.75$ GST), 42$ for 245$ pledge (includes 12.25$ GST), 45$ for 295$ and 325$ pledge (includes 14.75$ GST), 60$ for 590$ pledge (includes 29.50$ GST) or 75$ for 885$ pledge (includes 44.25$ GST).
- UNITED STATES - Add 45$ to your pledge (195$, 245$, 295$, 325$, 590$ or 885$).
- EUROPE (except Russia) - Add 55$ to your pledge (195$, 245$, 295$, 325$, 590$ or 885$).
- EUROPE (Russia) - Add 105$ to your pledge (195$, 245$, 295$, 325$, 590$ or 885$).
- ASIA - Add 60$ to your pledge (195$, 245$, 295$, 325$, 590$ or 885$).
- AUSTRALIA, NEW ZELAND & OCEANIA - Add 75$ to your pledge (195$, 245$, 295$, 325$, 590$ or 885$).
- AFRICA & MIDDLE-EAST - Add 100$ to your pledge (195$, 245$, 295$, 325$, 590$ or 885$).
- CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA - Add 55$ to your pledge (195$, 245$, 295$, 325$, 590$ or 885$). Note: Brazilian tax ID or passport number required for shipment to Brazil.
* All prices in Canadian dollars.
** Pacakges will be marked as "Kickstarter reward electronic watch" for customs.
How will the Division do it and what is the current state of advancement of the project?
Division Furtive does all the design and assembly work in-house. Custom part manufacturing is outsourced to selected manufacturers (sometimes to more than one to ensure there is a contingency plan if one manufacturer let us down). Once the design work is done, the main task is to make sure vendors and manufacturers deliver the parts in time for final assembly.
For the Type 50, all the design work is over and the project is in the final testing phase. All vendors and manufacturers have been identifies and have already provided samples to make the first pre-production units. Unlike the Type 40 campaign where some design work was still remaining to be done after funding was received, the Type 50 design is ready to roll. At the moment, the different vendors and manufacturers are simply waiting for the green light (and payment) to start production of the custom parts.
How the funds will be used?
As you can see, there are no other rewards than the Type 50 watches. Therefore, a fair amount of the funds will be use to manufacture Type 50 watches. The project's goal is set to cover minumum order quantity (MOQ) for the parts. If the project surpasses its minimum goal, money will be used to develop the Division Furtive brand and support the design of new models.
Who is behind Division Furtive and what qualifications does this person have to complete this project?
Division Furtive (French for Stealth Division) is the brainchild of designer Gabriel Ménard. Division Furtive collaborates with many other people and corporations, who provide parts, services and advice to materialize its creations.
Gabriel holds a bachelor’s degree in microelectronics and master's degree in image processing from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Since 2003, he has been working as an engineer in the microelectronics (semiconductor designer) and electronics (circuit board designer) industry (designed as an employee for Analog Devices and as a free-lancer for Best Buy, Vizio, Onkyo and Audyssey). During his many trips to China to put products into mass-production, he realized his desire to engage in a smaller scale practice: creation of limited production items. Wrist-watches have been selected has the product of choice because of Gabriel's long time interest in this form of art, market openness towards independent designers and limited production, and the ability to create those watches working in small teams.
I'm from Montreal, is there a way I can see the watch in person?
Certainly! There is a watch on display at EtOH Brasserie for the duration of this campaign: 8100 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2P 2H1. If you go to the bathroom, you cannot miss it! While you are there, make sure you taste one of Etoh's many excellent local beers. Thanks to everyone at Etoh for making this arrangement possible.
Updated Nov. 1st, 2014 @ 00h35 (Montreal time, UTC-4)
Division Furtive believes it is possible to demonstrate appreciation for its backers without having to manufacture and ship cheap goodies (a.k.a. swag). Therefore, to thank you right on the spot, we will make your cat (a little) famous. If you don't have a cat it can be a relative's, friend's or neighbor's cat...it is up to you as long as it is a cat you know personally. That is our fun way to help the planet.
Once you have submitted your pledge (any amount), simply email us (cats [at] division-furtive [dot] com) a landscape-oriented picture of your cat and we'll add it to the animated GIF below (ideal format is 640x480, only JPEGs are accepted). Updates are done daily until the last day of the campaign ends (last picture accepted will be at exactly 2 hours before end).
Please do NOT tell us your cat's name...we do not want to know your main password!
Risks and challenges
Given that all the part manufacturing is outsourced, this is subject to delay from third-party vendors which would delay production of the watches (final assembly is done in-house). Furthermore, if some parts are ordered and a design error is discovered only later, this would have a high financial impact on production because redesigned parts would need to be reordered. This is why a lot of focus is placed on testing the design before production starts, again a source of potential delays. In parallel, when making more than a few units, it can be discovered that "yield" (part that are good vs. parts that are defective) is lower than expected and therefore some redesign is required to make production cost-effective. Conclusion: if too many errors are discovered too late in the game, this can become very expensive (equivalent of making the same unit more than once).
Even if prototypes already exist there are still risks inherent to circuit design and assembly of the mechanical components. It might be discovered after long-term testing that some portion of the circuitry fails or that mechanical aspect of the design could age prematurely. These are variables that are discovered along the way and may imply some redesign. However, the more the prototypes are tested, the fewer the chances of failure can occur. Being a 2nd generation watch with already a few months in "every-day life testing" without a single failure gives us the best hope at this regard, especially that there will be even more testing before actual production starts.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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