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Mark Carson Octagon Limited Edition Watch (Canceled)

Unique watch design combined with a newly engineered Swiss movement. A limited edition of 100 timepieces for serious watch collectors.

Mark Carson Octagon Limited Edition Watch (Canceled)

Unique watch design combined with a newly engineered Swiss movement. A limited edition of 100 timepieces for serious watch collectors.

pledged of $42,000pledged of $42,000 goal
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 28 2017
Last updated November 28, 2017

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

Update (28-NOV-2017): Due to lack of support, this project is being voluntarily withdrawn. Feedback received from aBlogToWatch.com indicates that revisions to the design may result in  wider acceptance (and backing).

Background: Mark Carson has been designing unique and award winning watches since 2010 with his first watches delivered to customers in 2012. His watches have been featured on aBlogtoWatch.com, WristWatchReview.com, TotalWatchReviews.com, WatchPonder.com, OracleOfTime.com and mentioned in a number of blogs and watch forums. And Mark has completed 2 successful Kickstarter projects.

Mark Carson Ka La Reference 10341 Watch
Mark Carson Ka La Reference 10341 Watch
Since introducing the ground breaking "Ka La" watch in 2012, Mark has gone on to design his international "A Award" winner" winning "Ka La Sport" watch.
Mark Carson Ka La Sport Watches
Mark Carson Ka La Sport Watches

 After meeting Richard Paige in 2013, Mark designed the case for the Rpaige Watch Co. "Duo" watch based on a concept Richard had for wearing a watch either side up.

Rpaige Duo watch with case design by Mark Carson
Rpaige Duo watch with case design by Mark Carson

In addition, Mark designed the iconic art deco "Crash of '29" watch which was produced in collaboration with Richard Paige of the Rpaige Watch Co. and was funded via Kickstarter.

Rpaige "Crash of '29" watch designed by Mark Carson
Rpaige "Crash of '29" watch designed by Mark Carson

 

 Mark and Richard then went on to produce the "Micro Brand Award" winning art deco "Skyscraper" watch - which was again one of Mark's designs.

Rpaige "Skyscraper" watch designed by Mark Carson
Rpaige "Skyscraper" watch designed by Mark Carson

The Crash of '29 was successfully funded via Kickstarter in 2015 and the Skyscraper was successfully funded via Kickstarter in 2016. Most recently, Mark designed the case for the art deco "Speakeasy" watches by Rpaige Watch Co.

Rpaige "Speakeasy" watch - case designed by Mark Carson
Rpaige "Speakeasy" watch - case designed by Mark Carson

This Project:   Now Mark is back again with another bold design - The Octagon Watch. Its unique case, dial and hands are combined with a newly engineered Swiss movement. The result is the Octagon Watch by Mark Carson/Individual Design. A Limited Edition of 100 pieces. We are offering 98 of the 100 in this series (2 are reserved for our personal use).

Prototype Octagon Watches - Anthracite and Rose Gold movements
Prototype Octagon Watches - Anthracite and Rose Gold movements

If you are looking for an aviation or auto racing "inspired" backstory, you will have to go elsewhere. This clean sheet design was not inspired by any other watch - it is not an homage (rip-off) of a famous brand's iconic watch nor is it a "bauhaus" or "minimalist" generic watch churned out by a nameless Asian factory. This watch was designed in Hawaii and each one will be assembled in Hawaii by a professional watchmaker.

Movement with Rose Gold Finish
Movement with Rose Gold Finish

 

Movement with Anthracite Finish
Movement with Anthracite Finish

 

The Octagon Watch by Mark Carson charts its own course by combining an original design with a classical composure and a newly designed Swiss hand wound movement. As Mark has long said: "Do you wish to express your individuality or blend into the crowd? If your individual sense of style requires a timepiece that stands apart from the ordinary, we offer uniquely designed luxury watches."

Swiss BL-109 Movement
Swiss BL-109 Movement

Movement: BL-109

  • Newly designed and produced in Switzerland
  • Classic hand wound mechanical movement
  • 37.20 mm by 4.50 mm
  • 46 hour power reserve
  • 3 Hz (21,600 bph) frequency
  • Small seconds hand at 6 o'clock
  • Stop seconds time setting (hacking)
  • Precision swan neck escapement regulator
  • Offset circular Côtes de Genève decoration
  • Perlage decoration on the top side of the movement
  • Blued Screws
  • Skeleton ratchet wheel
  • Brass ebauche available in 5 finish colors: Rose Gold, Anthracite, Rhodium, Black, and Yellow Gold
BL-109 Movement Color Choices
BL-109 Movement Color Choices

 

 

Dimensions: The case is 42 mm wide by approximately 56 mm long and 9.8 mm thick. The angled lugs and flat bottom make the watch sit snugly on even average to smaller wrists.The weight is 66 grams (watch alone) or 81 grams with a strap & buckle.

Dial & Hands: The skeleton dial has a sun ray metallic blue finish with white printing. The applied hour markers have Swiss C3 Super-LumiNova. The beveled dauphine style hands are metallic blue and also feature C3-Super LumiNova for easy reading in low light conditions.

Case: The case is 316L surgical stainless steel. The top sapphire crystal has anti-reflective coating on both sides and the exhibition back is also a sapphire crystal . The oversize 9 mm crown at 12 o'clock makes winding a pleasure and complements the bold look of the high polished case. Water resistance will be rated at 50 meters (165 feet), so while this is not a dive watch, the occasional splash of water won't do it any harm.

Warranty: The warranty is 2 years and covers the watch's movement, case, crystals, crown, dial, and hands. Not covered: straps (except warrantied to be delivered free of defects). Also not covered: loss and scratches, breakage or other customer caused damage.

Straps: Each watch will be paired with a 20 mm leather strap and will be sent in a leatherette travel case. The high quality waterproof strap with stainless steel roller buckle comes in your choice of brown or black leather.

Brown and Black Leather Straps
Brown and Black Leather Straps

Obligatory Pleading for Funding: It should go without saying, but Kickstarter backers are needed in order to produce this watch. We already have the production dials and hands, but funds are needed to produce the watch cases and to order the oh so cool Swiss BL-109 movements.

Retail price: $2,000 USD - but the earliest Kickstarter backers can pick up one of these beauties for just $1,400 (a 30% discount).

Movement with Anthracite Finish
Movement with Anthracite Finish

 

Movement with Rose Gold Finish
Movement with Rose Gold Finish

 How the production watches will differ from the prototypes:

The prototype cases are very close to what the production items will be with the following exceptions:

  • The top lugs will be 2 mm shorter. This will bring the upper strap closer to the crown. This will help the appearance and it will also reduce the overall length of the case which will result in it fitting better on average to smaller sized wrists.
  • The lugs will be drilled through so that strap changes can be accomplished without damaging straps.
  • The prototype cases do not have anti-reflective coating on the top crystal (which the production watches will have on both sides). This means that there will be fewer reflections that seen in the photos here on Kickstarter.
  • The case backs will feature engraving (serial number, materials, water resistance, etc.)
  • I've decided to go with waterproof leather straps which feature roller buckles as they will be very durable and long lasting. The roller buckle extends the life of the strap by not creasing the long end where it is buckled. Most of the photos are of another style of strap (a padded oil tanned strap) which I may offer as an option if people prefer it.
Movement with Rose Gold Finish
Movement with Rose Gold Finish
     
Movement with Anthracite Finish
Movement with Anthracite Finish

 

Movement with Rhodium Finish
Movement with Rhodium Finish

 

Movement with Black Finish
Movement with Black Finish

 

Movement with Yellow Gold Finish
Movement with Yellow Gold Finish

 

 

Movement with Anthracite Finish
Movement with Anthracite Finish

 

Movement with Rose Gold Finish
Movement with Rose Gold Finish

 

Movement with Anthracite Finish
Movement with Anthracite Finish

 

Movement with Rose Gold Finish
Movement with Rose Gold Finish

 

 

 

Hawaiian Honu (turtle) Petroglyph logo on the crown (anthracite movement)
Hawaiian Honu (turtle) Petroglyph logo on the crown (anthracite movement)

 

Hawaiian Honu (turtle) Petroglyph logo on the crown (rose gold movement)
Hawaiian Honu (turtle) Petroglyph logo on the crown (rose gold movement)

 

Movement with Rose Gold Finish
Movement with Rose Gold Finish

 

Timeline
Timeline

 

Risks and challenges

With the success of the previous Crash of '29 and Skyscraper projects, we are uniquely positioned with components and experience to start delivery of Octagon watches 75 days after being funded by Kickstarter. First shipments can start as soon as February and the balance of the limited series will completed and shipped in March 2018.

We have reserved movements with our Swiss supplier. The movements are available in 5 color finishes but each color is limited, so backers will indicate a preference but it is possible that not every backer will be able to receive a watch with their first choice of movement color.

Our case maker has already produced 2 stainless steel prototype cases and is standing by to begin production. They estimate 6 weeks for the production time.

Other parts are either already on hand (dials, hands) or readily available or have been pre-ordered (straps, travel cases) .

As Kickstarter projects go, this one is low risk based on our track record and by having our parts suppliers involved in the project even before this Kickstarter project launched.

However, case and movement delivery dates are estimates and could change.

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