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  1. @scottswatches Thanks for your comments! Yes, it is an ultra-niche watch, indeed! But no need (and no fun) to do a design that is a copy of a "big brand". The wine glass logo actually combines a nut (horology) with a wine glass (oenology)! Credits to you! We actually considered that but getting 100% sapphire crystal in green is technically impossible! We need the sapphire glass for the scratch resistance for the front glass. For the back we can get mineral glass in green (but it is less scratch resistant but also less exposed). Thanks for your kind comment! I really like that all comments in this forum are factual and civic! Taste is not to be discussed and this is an ultra-niche product for sure. People think that I wear a World Timer but it is in fact a Wine Timer. Haha! Honestly, I think you have a point! I realized that I could get the functionality of a diver's watch for free (which is useful when you open a bottle and want to monitor how it evolves over time) but I do see that mixing the hour hand time arc with the minute hand time arc causes confusion. For sure something to fix in a Mrk II (if that happens).
  2. Hello, This is what we have been tinkering with as a hobby project for a while: Décantheure Wine Watch. We wanted to give new meaning to the internal rotating bezel (from the 1960'ies diver's watches - introduced by the Swiss company Ervin Piquerez S.A.). We added some time arcs so that the HOUR hand (and not the MINUTE hand) is used to keep track of time intervals (0.5H, 1H, 1.5H, 2H and 3H). We also added a green mineral glass as see-through back ("wine bottle colored). We are also been inspired by the Pilot Watches where a lot of information has to be presented in a logical way. In particular, we have been inspired by the font styles used and the black dial with the white print. People may not notice but we used a very "German" font for the logo (used on airplanes around 70 years ago!). Some sommeliers find the watch too gimmicky (data is, however, based on literature studies and experiments), others see it as a proof that they are true cork dorks. However, it is a serious (but affordable) timepiece in an OK quality (some really don't like the Seiko NH35 movement but it is steady as a rock - if you buy the movements made in Japan). We are also been inspired by the Pilot Watches where a lot of information has to be presented in a logical way. In particular, we have been inspired by the font styles used and the black dial with the white print. The dial is VERY busy so we have made the case as clean as possible. The watch was fun to design - and a French watch blog (Montres de Luxe from Paris) really saw the innovative ideas (which made us pretty proud)! I, personally wear one of the prototypes every day now (giving the old IWC a wrist break). Cheers!
  3. Very interesting to read this thread! In my case, I would never have been allowed by my wife to design and prototype my watch design (a pure vanity one-off project) without presenting her with the opportunity of getting (some of) the money back in a Kickstarter campaign! Regardless of the outcome of the campaign (full disclaimer: still live but will not link!), I have my prototypes - and have claimed my (modest!) place in the history of horology! From what I see, doing a Kickstarter campaign used to be a way to raise money for real design/development, now it is mostly pre-sales. As a hardware startup, I've been told, you have to do a Kickstarter campaign to get 2nd round funding. Making a startup focusing on mechanical watches does not make sense at all (there are only a few exceptions from that rule)! By the way, my wife doesn't feel scammed at all! Have a splendid weekend! Cheers!
  4. The knurling on the side of the case is a very nice detail! On a side note: All the comments are really civil and constructive!
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