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.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Update (28-NOV-2017): Due to lack of support, this project is being voluntarily withdrawn.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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."
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
Skeleton ratchet wheel
Brass ebauche available in 5 finish colors: Rose Gold, Anthracite, Rhodium, Black, and Yellow Gold
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.
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).
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.
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.