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.
"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" -- US President Ronald Reagan, at the Brandenburg Gate, June 12, 1987.
A scant two years later Reagan's challenge to the leader of the Soviet Union would be met. Not by Gorbachev but by the people of East and West Germany. With hammers, chisels and even their bear hands a people separated for 28 years started to dismantle the barrier that stood between them for a generation. November 9th 1989. It is one of those moments that separates history in half … the world before and the world after. One of those indelible crossroads that define us.
There is less than a week left to save 40% off the Fall of the Berlin Wall Watch. When the watches come out in July, the retail price will be $649 for the leather version and $699 for the bracelet. The best pricing is reserved for the people who are backing our project in advance.
Following our successful campaign for the Pramzius Trans-Siberian convertible pocket watch, we are super excited to offer for your consideration the Berlin Wall Signature Edition Watch. We thank everyone so much who helped make the dream of the Trans Siberian come true.
We actually started working on the Berlin Wall watch before the Trans Siberian as this project has been in development for 3 years. We hope you enjoy our campaign, engage with us again, and can join us as we make this special timepiece a reality.
The lug to lug size on the watches is 60 mm on the 48 mm case and 53 mm on the 42 mm case. Several people have asked.
Every element of the Berlin Wall Signature Edition is inspired by the event it commemorates. The graffiti art, of course, which is simply the word Berlin and the wall pieces in the crown.
Beyond this, the dial under the sapphire crystal is also genuine marble to honor the Brandenburg Gate. This natural material ensures that every unit will be unique. The Brandenburg gate is where Reagan made his challenge to Gorbachev and stood as a stark landmark splitting the East and West.
The 8 and 9 on the chapter ring are reversed to honor the year 1989 and also in graffiti style. The case is plated in a distressed finish to look as though it may have come straight from the days the wall fell.
Our goal is for this watch to be accessible to anyone who wants to have this memory enshrined in timekeeping. So we are building in two case sizes. One will be 42 mm and one 48 mm to meet the tastes of both ends of the size spectrum.
The lug to lug size on the watches is 60 mm on the 48 mm case and 53 mm on the 42 mm case. Several people have aske
We use only Swiss Superluminova brand lume with 15 individual silk screen layers. Our lume lights up the night and splits the dark
We created two dial options for you. One with the original graffiti in full color and one where it is etched into the marble, so you can go bold or go subtle.
We debated for some time the movement to use in this watch. Quartz was never even considered as we knew we wanted mechanical. We considered Swiss, Japanese and even Russian (which we thought might be misunderstood in this particular watch),
In the end, we decided this watch wasn't really about the movement, but the story and the DNA. So we went with the workhorse NH35 Seiko automatic movement. It's not the most exciting movement, we realize. But it's bullet-proof, automatic and will last for decades.
We also went with three strap options. Two leather straps, one distressed and one with a nylon upper and and bracelet upgrade. There are two package set
The packaging is a leatherette bound case that will hold four timepieces and the straps and accessories.This is a top-quality travel case embossed with out logo that you enjoy for years to come. The slots are big enough to hold oversized watches of all kind.
Every Berlin Wall Signature edition will come with a certificate of authenticity and a copy of "Moments in Time" -- a book by Pramzius co-founder Craig Hester about the making of this watch.
In honor of the year, each model will be an individually numbered limited edition of no more than 1989 per style.
Pramzius, named for the Baltic ruler of time, launches this project following the success of our Trans Siberian model in 2017 and just in time for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2019. Put a real piece of history on your wrist with the Berlin Wall Signature Edition watch by Pramzius.
The Berlin Wall Signature edition watch from Pramzius captures that momentous event on your wrist. Pieces of the actual Berlin Wall fill the see-through crown of each timepiece.
But the Berlin Wall Signature Watch is about more than just DNA. It is collaboration from both sides of the Atlantic by a group of people touched by this event perhaps deeper than most of u
John Gaps III, who lived the experience as the on-the-ground photographer from the Associated Press. He would capture some of the most iconic images of the days that followed as revelers destroyed the wall that had stood between them for a generation.
Another 27 years later he would donate pieces of the wall he collected to this special watch project, along with his art and his name certifying the elements that fill each crown.
John and Craig Hester (co-founder of Pramzius) go back 17 years to when they worked together at the Des Moines Register in Iowa. Their history is detailed in the book Moments In Time (which you will receive with the watch -- more below).
John is now a Hollywood screenwriter and Craig went on to the world of watches and to found his own watch brand. They have the kind of friendship that can be rekindled even with many years out of touch and John shared in Craig's excitement for this project.
A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1993, John has traveled the world to war-torn regions for the AP. His book, God Left Us Alone Here, is poetry about the horrors of war he experienced during and after the first Gulf War. The book is available on Amazon.
The East Side Gallery, the still standing 1.5 kilometers commemorating the wall and the unforgettable graffiti that filled nearly every inch of the western side.This open air gallery gets 3 million visitors a year and features 105 murals from artists all over the world painted in 1990. It is a monument to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful reunification of Germany.
This collective group of dedicated artists keeping this important piece of history alive have provided the art for the dial. The dial art is the actual graffiti that you can still see at the gallery in Berlin today. A portion of the proceeds from this project are going to keep this reminder of this critical part of our history still standing.
Being an open air gallery, the up-keep of the wall and the murals on it is a full-time job for the volunteer artists who keep this cooperative alive. It is a museum that never closes and with its mammoth size, it is an immense challenge to police the entire length. Pramzius is proud to play a small part in keeping this vital memorial standing.
Berlin here we come! We are currently in Berlin. As co-founder of the brand, I (that's me, Craig Hester), an traveling with Tim Temple of Talk About Watches -- he is also a professional photographer -- and Marton Radkai, the editor of Wrist Watch Annual. We visited the Brandenburg Gate and East Side Gallery yesterday and are headed to Checkpoint Charlie today. We also visited East Side Gallery Executive Director of the East Side Gallery Kani Alavi.
Tim has been taking tons of pics and videos. Marton came along because we will be featured for a second time in Wrist Watch Annual in the 2019 edition. Marton was also an eyewitness to the fall of the wall and we will be sharing his story by video. Once we get to Basel, Switzerland (the world's largest watch fair) we will connect with Mike Davis also of Talk About Watches and share feedback from folks who get to see the prototypes in Basel. So stay tuned to our Kickstarter page for more as we pull everything together
You can't get very far into any guide to best practices in crowdfunding that they don't tell you to write your project in first person. The backers need to connect with the creator. I get that. And "we" can make you sound like a bigger organization than you are. I get that too.
But I can't in good conscience litter this campaign with "I". And if I have given you the impression we are a big organization, boy did I fail on that score too.
What I will tell you is there are a lot more people than "I" who have brought this project this far -- not just the people who actually work at our company. There is a group of friends and colleagues, most of whom have no financial stake in this whatsoever, whose ideas, guidance and feedback were invaluable in this process. I call them the "Pramzius Brain Trust." They deserve far better than "I" -- both in these prose and in my gratitude.
We aren't the World's 1st anything and we aren't trying to be. We aren't even the first watch to incorporate part of the Berlin Wall. That was Romain Jerome. And you can own one for the small sum of $15,000. We would absolutely LOVE to be the first watch you think about putting on in the morning. But we will leave the real firsts of the world to people like Neil Armstrong and Marie Curie.
We have no interest in "disrupting the industry" or disrupting anything for that matter. All we want to do is build quality watches with a great story that we like and hope you like too.
We aren't trying to create some pricing structure that "cuts out the middle man" or makes it sound like you are getting a better deal than you are. As watch distributors and manufacturers, we believe distributors play a vital role in the industry and it is perfectly okay for them to make a profit. We hope to have distributors all over the world some day. We already have distributors in the UK and Canada and are in negotiations with Singapore. Our goal is to build a great watch at a fair price -- nothing more.
We aren't interested in categories. We don't want to be exclusively dive watches or pilot watches or military watches or dress watches -- well, you get the idea. If you are having a hard time putting Pramzius into a category, that makes us smile. We want every watch to be an event and we are perfectly okay if the next one looks absolutely nothing like the last one.
If these are the things you are NOT looking for in a watch either, then Pramzius just may be the brand for you. And we are perfectly okay with the fact that it isn't the brand for everybody.
Copyright and Usage Notification
All photos courtesy of John Gaps III or licensed through Shutterstock or Alamy photo services with commercial rights secured. Certification of rights available upon request.
Berlin graffiti used with permission of East Side Gallery, Berlin. Certification of rights available upon request.
Reagan footage courtesy of the Internet Archive and certified for public domain use, including commercial applications, by Creative Commons. Certification available upon request.
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Risks and challenges
We are on our second Kickstarter watch, with the first one successfully funded, manufactured and delivered. Also, as mentioned above, our company has been in the watch business for the better part of two decades. We know the watch business and we know what it takes to build a successful watch. We won't let you down.
That said, all watch production comes with risks. The watches you are viewing in these photos and videos are prototypes of what will become the final product. At least some minor changes will be made. We will also be looking for feedback from our backers.
Our goal is to produce 100 to 200 of each dial. A project like this usually takes 3 months to complete. However, unforeseen things can and do occur. That is why we are stating our completion time frame as July of 2018 to allow for four full months of manufacturing time between the end of the Kickstarter campaign and delivery.
You can rest assured that we will keep you informed every step of the way as you can see from the updates on our first project.
Includes 3 Berlin Wall Watches with bracelet and two straps. (Dial choice and size choice to be made after campaign during survey). Includes bracelet, two straps, 4 watch case and the book for all 3. This is the same for all the multiple levels.
Includes all 4 Berlin Wall Watches with bracelet and two straps. (Dial choice and size choice to be made after campaign during survey). You can mix and match if you prefer. Includes bracelet, two straps, 4 watch case and the book.