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Prototype Montrex Calendar with Resonance Carousel with 2 TimeZones and Automatic Winding Mechanism
Prototype Montrex Calendar with Resonance Carousel with 2 TimeZones and Automatic Winding Mechanism

NEW STRETCH GOAL $80,000 - 2/25/2013

New Stretch Goal $80,000 and ALL watches will include sapphire crystal (glass) on the front and back of the watch rather than using sapphire coated mineral crystals! I received a comment from a backer, and after giving it some good thought, we have chosen to lower the stretch goal. My response to his comment can be viewed on the Comments page of this project, or you can read it here in quotes.

"Hi Alexey, Thank you so much for your thoughts. It's just not affordable to have the sapphire crystals on the watches unless we hit that $100,000 goal, so then we decided to offer the individual choice to people. The backing has really stagnated for sure lately, but everything will still be great with this project! :-)

Okay, after giving this some additional thought, we will choose to take the risk of offering this stretch goal of sapphire crystals on all watches if we hit $80,000 with the hopes that this will encourage enough backers to get involved to hopefully drive us up to the $100,000 mark. If we don't hit the $100,000 mark, we will be okay with the project, but will need to rely more on referrals and word of mouth and reviews and such after the kickstarter campaign is over in order to achieve benefit from having offered the lower stretch goal of $80,000 in order to achieve the sapphire crystals for everybody. I hope this makes sense for everybody who reads this. So it's set. New Stretch Goal $80,000 and ALL watches will include sapphire crystal (glass) on the front and back of the watch rather than using sapphire coated mineral crystals. Okay now let's see what happens. :-) Thanks, again for the thought!"

Montrex Calendar - New Stretch Goal!
Montrex Calendar - New Stretch Goal!

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Here are a few photos of our machining processes from our facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3310780734786.2119723.1426155917&type=3 - There are also comments under it from some of our friends.

Here is a link to our actual facebook page, too: http://www.facebook.com/watchgroup

And here's a link to our brand new facebook fanpage:  http://www.facebook.com/montrextimepieces

Each Montrex watch comes with a 2 year International Warranty.  :-)

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This is a fun, exciting project on which we've been working for awhile. We hope  this project will become one of the biggest watch projects in the history of Kickstarter.  You cannot find watches like these anywhere else in the world.  In this project, you will be able to choose the color of the watch face...  black, grey, or white.  Everybody gets to decide face (dial) color for his / her individual watch or watches during the assembly process.

Please notice that the "Calendar" Montrex timepiece has 3 subdials on it.  The Montrex "Regulator" only has 1 subdial.  This will help you to tell the difference when are watching the video or looking at the photos.

Montrex Regulator with Resonance Carousel and White Dial
Montrex Regulator with Resonance Carousel and White Dial

We've designed a great mechanism called the "resonance carousel." We have added it to automatic watch movements with Swiss Lever Escapements and it is our belief that the resonating balance wheel sitting directly below the resonance carousel helps the mechanism keep better time.

Please help us get the word out by Liking and also by Sharing this project on facebook, twitter, etc. as often as you feel comfortable.  Facebook charges a very small fee to 'promote' anything you like or share.  Please help us take this viral by using that 'promote' feature on facebook.  It will really help.  We'll be doing the same.  Your help with Social Networking will be very beneficial to the success of this project.


Prototype Montrex Regulator Resonance Carousel
Prototype Montrex Regulator Resonance Carousel

The resonance carousel movements in this project are based on a previous successful kickstarter project for the Independent Watch. We have established the trademark for Montrex here in Colorado and there is no other brand of watch that claims this name. We think it's a very catchy name similar to both Timex and Rolex. Montre means "wristwatch" in French, so Montrex is a combination of the French word for wristwatch and the "ex" at the end of Timex and Rolex. We think it is a name that will really catch on.

Prototype Montrex Regulator with Resonance Carousel
Prototype Montrex Regulator with Resonance Carousel

As you can see, we have produced several prototypes and they are very beautiful time keeping instruments. We have a good number of these special movements completely assembled and in my possession as well as quite a number of dials, hands, straps, etc.. However, we are needing to raise funds to be able to complete the project so that we can begin selling them online and hopefully in some stores as well.

Prototype Montrex Regulator Resonance Carousel
Prototype Montrex Regulator Resonance Carousel

We have secured the domain names: montrexwatches.info, montrex.us, and montrexwatches.com. We believe that these watches will sell very well at a $1,295.00 retail price point.

Montrex Watch Components
Montrex Watch Components

Our initial Montrex Watches have 41 mm round cases and leather straps with deployant (butterfly) buckles. The cases have sapphire coated mineral crystals and screw down winding crowns. The cases are made from surgical grade 316L stainless steel.

Montrex Watches
Montrex Watches

Funding will be used for the completion of the websites, production of the watch cases and accompanying materials including the FOB, paperwork, instruction manuals, boxes, etc.

The Montrex Watches use an open source Suisse movement. A number of companies in Switzerland are now providing movements that are officially Swiss Made meaning that 50% of the value of the components are manufactured in Switzerland and that finally assembly of the movement is performed in Switzerland. Many of these movements contain parts that have been produced in Asian countries, but meet the criteria to be called Swiss Made.


This watch, however, cannot and should not be called Swiss Made because the resonance carousel is added later in the USA and the final assembly of the Montrex Watches is performed in the USA (by us). For a watch to be called Swiss Made, it must contain a Swiss movement (which this watch contains) and also final assembly must be performed in Switzerland (this watch is not).

The Montrex Watches have a thick gasket inside the caseback and a gasketed screw down crown to provide water resistance that We've pressure tested to 100m.

The movement in the Montrex Watches contains ruby cabochons which are friction bearings that don't wear when repeatedly rubbed by pinions. They are also cupped so that a small droplet of oil can be placed into the cups of the jewels to help further reduce friction.

Hope this helps explain it a little more. Thank you.

Specification of Montrex Watches:

1) 28,800 bph
2) 5 positioning testing +6/-4 (COSC spec, no cert as they are not tested)
3) 100 m pressure tested
4) 29 rubies for the Regulator and 24 rubies for the the Calendar
5) hack seconds for the Regulator - non-hacking for the Calendar
6) Leather strap with double folding deployant buckle (butterfly buckle)
7) Calendar has 2 time zones, day, date, and month.  Regulator has hours on subdial at 12:00 position.
8) open source suisse movement with USA modification (resonance carousel)
9) 40 hr power reserve

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If this project hits the $100,000 pledge mark, we will use sapphire crystals as the 'glass' on the front and back of these watches. Many people have suggested that they would like sapphire, and we agree. Let's do what we can to make this happen! A written assurance of the sapphire crystals will be included on your Certificate of Authenticity for appraisal purposes. So please help us do what we can to ensure that we achieve this goal! :-)  

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We have many movements already assembled and we have the vendor relationships to be able to complete these watches and build many more as well. There are risks that shipment of watch cases from the vendor could be lost or stolen, but that risk is very small. It is possible, but not probable that we could become ill, but we're in good health. The thing about which we are most afraid is that there might not be a market for these watches. Maybe those who tell us they are beautiful and amazing are just being nice. We hope we aren't fooling ourselves. Other things that we aren't able to foresee could cause delays in the project, but we don't anticipate that anything is beyond our control. We are very proud of our new Montrex Watches. The hardest part of this project of course will be the manufacturing process. There will be things that will come up, and we'll have to solve those issues. It could be anything... tools breaking, equipment malfunctioning, etc. There will be some problems, guaranteed, but we believe that we have the experience and understanding of the processes to handle any problems thrown at us.

FAQ

  • Hi... On both models (the Regulator or the Calendar) you'll be able to choose the color of the face/dial... either grey, white, or black... and you'll be able to choose if you want a brown leather or black leather strap. Hope this helps. I'm going to post it in the FAQ section of the project right now. Thanks for pointing out that it needed clarification.

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    For this pledge amount, you will receive an individually numbered Montrex Calendar with resonance carousel. This is a mechanical watch with automatic winding function.

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    NEW! as of Feb 12, 2013 - For this pledge amount, you will receive an individually numbered Montrex Calendar with 2nd TimeZone and resonance carousel. This is a mechanical watch with automatic winding function.

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    NEW 3/7/2013 - For this pledge amount, you will receive the serial number: KS#0008 Montrex Calendar with 2nd timezone and with resonance carousel. This is a mechanical watch with automatic winding function. This watch will include sapphire crystals on the front and back and an extra leather strap in your choice of brown or black.

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    NEW 3/7/2013 - For this pledge amount, you will receive the serial number: KS#0007 Montrex Calendar with 2nd timezone and with resonance carousel. This is a mechanical watch with automatic winding function. This watch will include sapphire crystals on the front and back and an extra leather strap in your choice of brown or black.

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