About this project
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Several years ago I began Padron Watch Company as a restorer of vintage mechanical watches. With each watch I've restored, I was struck by the extraordinary craftsmanship and clever designs of these old timepieces. It was through my restoration work that I was inspired to develop my own line of watches, and with your support I was able to launch my first model, the Padron Vuelta here on Kickstarter, (which I was later honored to be voted by Wired Magazine as a Wired's Most Wanted staff pick.) The next year I created, the Tessera, the first watch to be built in Minneapolis since R.W. Sears left watchmaking over a hundred years ago.
I am proud to introduce the Padron Hennepin to you now. Named for the major commercial street in Minneapolis that runs by my office, the Hennepin is my third watch, and the end result of a long development process that had its origins right here.
Like the Vuelta, I've striven to make it an elemental and pointedly understated timepiece with a clean utilitarian look, yet strongly specified with the same hardened surgical grade stainless steel, sapphire optics, high water resistance, and quality components as my other products.
Hennepin will be my first watch to be available both as a Quartz design (Swiss Made), and as a mechanical-wind, with several available Automatic movements.
A word about what I do...
Through my business I am committed to making purpose built, capable (and beautiful) timepieces. Keeping this focus has let me deliver well made, strongly specified watches that compete with established brands that sell at four to six times my price. Hopefully you'll get one, agree, and even tell your friends about it. That's the best marketing any business can ever hope for!
I'm also as much a product designer as I am a watchmaker. Every part of the Hennepin is my original design, developed first in Solidworks which I then use to create my schematics. I then work closely with manufacturers to flesh out complete engineering documents, identify correct materials, processes and techniques that best fit the overall vision while also being production ready. In fact, balancing that fine line is my favorite part of the job.
Through my work I always strive to create rational, elegant designs that when you see it, you know exactly what it is and why. That the lines which define it be few, —not necessarily minimal— but decidedly rational. That's what I want the Padron Hennepin to be about: Let it be rational; let it be beautiful.
- Case Dimensions: 45MM x 45MM x 10.5MM
- Case Material: 316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel
- Optics: Sapphire Crystal with Anti-reflective coating
- Water Resistant to 328 feet / 100 Meters (10 ATM)
- Superluminous hands and dial
- 20 MM Genuine Leather Band with Optional Deployment Clasp
- Choice of Movements (see further specs on movements below)
- Two Year Warranty
In designing the Hennepin crown, I add a central groove to let the fingers make better contact when changing crown positions. I also feel it lightens the look and harkens back to the thinner, coined edge crowns of the old vintages.
Recessed lugs and ridged case
The Hennepin, like the Vuelta and Tessera, also features recessed lugs, a feature I feel greatly unclutters the look of a watch.
Optional Ostrich grain band
A recent addition to our band selection. By adding $23 to your pledge, you will receive a honey ostrich grain leather band. In addition to edge stitching, the ostrich grain has a slight taper which looks graceful on smaller wrist sizes. It also perfectly complements with the orange sweep hand.
'Snow Emergency' caseback
For my first solid caseback design, I wanted to try something a bit different than the usual watch brand staples of yachting or aeronautics, and instead do something more in keeping with the name of the watch.
Minnesota has a well-deserved reputation for its winters, and like much of the U.S., this winter was a record setter and I found myself developing the Hennepin under a backdrop of constant snowfall. To the extent that I felt these circumstances deserve special focus.
If you're opting for the quartz movement, I have developed what I think is a pretty unconventional concept and I really hope you get a kick out of it. :-) Of course, with the automatic, you get a choice of a clear exhibition caseback or the solid version I've created here.
Optional Deployment Clasp
For an additional $12 to your pledge, you can upgrade the band with an optional butterfly deployment clasp.
The Hennepin is a 45mm diameter watch with 10.6mm thickness for a smart, contemporary look. The crown has also been offset to 45 degrees for comfort. The result is a contemporary style that goes great with anybody.
Exclusive to Kickstarter: Your Choice of Movement!
The ability to choose these movements will be exclusive to Kickstarter. The production model will be winnowed down to the two most selected.
How will your Kickstarter donation help?
Funds will be used to produce the movements, case, dial, hands, bands, and boxes. It will also help with shipping consumables such as packing foam, wrappers, labels, tape, tags, booklets, and other printed collateral. I've outlined several different pledge options that all help in this regard. Your support -- even if it's just moral support -- is hugely helpful!
Padron Watch Company has delivered two Kickstarter projects to date in 2012 and 2013. I have spent the past two and a half years traveling overseas to identify strong suppliers and cultivate business relationships with a focus on the long term. I feel in this time I've assembled an extremely talented group of people who have helped me produce strong products.
The Hennepin production plan should roughly follow my experiences with my previous two projects. I will be sourcing new movements, which I have carved out three-four months to deliver. This will be done in parallel with the case set manufacture, bands and boxes.
The talented team that helped me develop the Tessera hands and dial will be taking on some of the assembly work for this watch. Depending on the success of this Kickstarter and overall volume, I anticipate integration to take 1-2 months.
A rough outline of all steps are shown below. Please assume a margin of a couple of months for these estimates.
Risks and challenges
Production delays are the most common risk to take into consideration. Both the Vuelta and the Tessera were delivered 2 months after schedule. In both cases the PVD coating process for black cases proves to be an unpredictable bottleneck, something I now factor into planning as a result. The best I can assure you is that with any challenge I do my very best to keep pledges informed and involved.
I've spent the past few years working hard to cultivate and develop strong supplier relationships including several overseas trips to meet my contacts and see their work in action. In that time, I've also focused more on quality oversight and strongly specified the production plan to deliver greater uniformity.
I've delivered two Kickstarter projects with excellent products and many happy customers. After these experiences I feel that I am now in an even better position today to deliver strong results. I also stand behind my work always and any quality issue I've ever encountered has always been 100% dealt with quickly and efficiently.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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