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  1. No problem, if I can help with anything in that direction I'm happy to.
  2. I would give you a laugh but it won't let me. Look forward to it.
  3. Fair enough. I'll be honest and say I use my phone for telling time, also reading books, and as an alarm, but hardly ever as a phone My interest in watches pretty much stems from my interests in both art and engineering. I hardly ever actually wear a watch, which may surprise people considering my interest in horology.
  4. I am curious as to your building method if you aren't machining although I understand if you are working within the skills you have, makes it more efficient. Be interesting to see your progress, if you can manage some photos that would be cool. I'm about to start my own thread so there are a few starting this journey. Canned watch?
  5. But probably makes them quite a lot of money. And anyway, isn't the very art of watchmaking essentially at the core of that definition. It's art on a wrist, wearable art. We tell time much more effectively with our mobile phones. Wearing a watch is fun, or fashion, but not really about telling time, not anymore.
  6. On my second watch myself, so I understand the need to build. You're going all out with gold, which is ambitious. Do I assume that 'minimal watchmaking' means no actual machining just assembling? Even so, good luck.
  7. I do like these style of watches, A Lange do one called the Zeitwerk, (I know a bit different and very expensive). I like the Morphic but it's very large but pretty cheap.
  8. I thought I would do a comparison of different materials using the software I have, which allows me to measure different material mass in grams. I built a model of 50mm in diameter and 15 in depth and measured its mass in grams after I assigned different materials to it. 304 SS - 235 316L SS - 236 Steel (1020) - 233 Carbon Fibre - 52 Aluminium (7075 - Aerospace Grade) - 83 Titanium (Grade 5) - 137 Aluminium Bronze - 218 Phospher Bronze - 259 Ceramic - 68 Most of the steels and stainless steels are pretty much the same, as long as they used those materials and the watch was the same style and model, there would be almost no difference in weight in your hand. I also did a mass comparison with my own watch design as I was curious. If I made the entire watch out of SS it would weight approx. 63 grams. In Aluminium, 39 grams. With my current mixture of materials, 49 grams. This with a Sellita mechanical movement inside. Incidentally, my bezel and lug design part weighed only 11 grams in SS. I don't know too much about the watches in question, but if they say they made it out of SS or steel, or even P Bronze, there isn't going to be a lot of difference if you do a like for like comparison.
  9. Some more renders based on your suggestions. Left out the holes on the last one because the holes were supposed to interact with something on the dial which would mean a complete re-design. @Bricey - Ah, well, never saw the option anyway. I guess I'll just have to be more careful @SolaVeritate - I honestly never saw that as a thing, it never occurred to me. Having looked at the site again I do see those designers are known in some respect, whereas I am not. Also, how on earth do you even start in that field? Perhaps, as you suggested, I need to do some research. I have plenty of ideas and will work on some in the meantime. It does feel like it would be something that would fit as I also have an art background. Tokyoflash was interesting, a lot of cool retro eighties style. Forgive me for musing a bit, but I do get asked about selling my watches sometimes but am uncertain as to the best way forward, or whether there is one. Designing rather than building I hadn't considered, but may be worth looking into. Crowdfunding...well isn't Crowdfunding a watch idea/concept a bit of an overcrowded thing these days, every man and his watch seems to be doing it? And then you have to find a good company to make it, preferably Swiss (even though I work for an Engineering company we aren't a watchmaking company at all, just sub-contract). I often look at Ming watches and see how they did theirs, and how they are producing good quality watches and asking for money up front to pay for the production costs. Anyway, I might have a go at some quartz based watch designs and start another thread for watch concepts. And I forgot something. Someone asked about the crown, about the gear form. It is, in fact, based on a gear form. It's not a real gear form, that would be much more complex to produce. I have spent a little of my time as an engineer with gear cutting and it's one of the most complex areas in engineering. My gear form is just a 60 degree inclusive angle with a flat on the bottom. I will use our CNC mill at work to produce the form and use a carbide engraving tool with a flat ground on the bottom cut it. @Bricey - After only a minute or two posting I still couldn't find the edit button and wonder whether it's something to do with my having been here only a short while.
  10. In the mean time posting some older renders of a previous watch design (I have a few, to be honest) showing different dials and hands. The watch is still based on the first watch design with, what I call, a flying bezel. If you are interested I don't mind posting images of previous watch designs. Maybe on another more conceptual thread. There was a time I was entirely interested in making my hands with that curved design on the first render, I do still like that design. To address some questions from before: Both the moon eclipse effect and the planetary designs of the hand circles are interesting and I'll work on some modeling and post the results of that. The circles of the hands are actually all one material, Steel, and couldn't be made of two, not without a huge amount of work involved. It's an intriguing idea, maybe another time. The only reason there is blue on the circles is my rather ham-fisted attempt at adding Luminova to the hands. The crown in the renders is Aluminium Bronze, but I'm trying a few materials, see what works best. The rest of the parts are made from as follows: Flying Bezel - 316 SS (but am also making an Aluminium one, made from Aerospace 7075) Body - Aluminium 7075 (hard anodized to provide some scratch resistance) Back - Titanium Hands - Steel (thermally blued) Crown - Nibron (also called Copper Nickel Bronze) and another from 7075 Aluminium) Movement Ring - Aluminium 7075 Buckle and Tongue - Titanium In the renders the body appears black, because I'm hard anodizing the Aluminium body and that comes in black or dark grey. I've approximated it in the renders. I'm going to machine some different versions of most of the parts and see what works best. I even have one I'm machining from 316 SS with a piece of Aluminium Bronze pressed inside of it. WRENCH may be right in that a manual wind movement may be the best use of the crown as it is. So, a Sellita mechanical movement will be used, I will machine everything around the specs of that. I'm not against quartz, they make a very accurate watch (unless you are George Daniels and can make a mechanical watch that will only lose a couple of seconds a month (Daniels Co-Axial Escapement used), still getting my head around that), and are very cheap to buy. Some of the top watchmakers have designed some of their watches using a quartz movement also, now they are expensive. @SolaVeritate - Those project watches are interesting, some really unusual designs there. I really like the Beyond The horizons (although it can't possibly weigh 1lb?), and the Elos, earth orbit, watch, although there are so many good designs. Obviously quartz but may splash out of one or two because the prices are reasonable. I posted pictures of it here: BTW I've been trying to find the edit button, as I post sometimes and forget things, or notice a typo (drives me mad) or want to add things, but can't. Case in point, I also have an Instagram account if anyone moves in those circles. It's only about my watchmaking, so nothing too crazy.
  11. Thanks for the vote, and I'd certainly be happy to start a 'making of' thread if that is something that would interest you guys. I have done one before, on another forum, so it wouldn't be a problem. I started this thread for the concepts side of things, and to get feedback on my second watch build and wasn't expecting it to go that far, since the building itself would take over - very soon in fact, as I have already made a start on the turning of one or two parts. I will check out the watch repair thread and see what's there.
  12. @ Bricey; JayDeep; WRENCH; pauluspoalo; SolaVeritate - Thanks you for all your kind comments. With your indulgence, I will address your suggestions tomorrow or Sunday, when I have had a chance to think about them, and/or, do some modeling. Just wanted to make sure you knew I appreciated your comments.
  13. I like it, has an engineering vibe that would fit in at work especially.
  14. Hi. Wasn't sure where to put this, you don't have a dedicated watchmaking or designing section that I could see. I decided, pretty much before the first was finished, that I was going to build a second watch. I have pretty much completed all the designs, and the drawings are all finished, plus some preliminary turning on the main parts, but I have still to finish the dial design. I have decided to post some 3d renders of the watch with different dials installed, and get some feedback from different eyes, if that's alright by you guys. As usual my dial designs are not an ordinary bunch, I'll never be accused of being normal. The first is a preliminary render with older style hands, and throughout there are some different colours making up the parts. The software I use does a creditable job of approximating the metals that are used but it never seems quite right, plus I'm still learning the rendering side of it. At the end there are some renders with Rose Engine style dials. I've been thinking of trying to CNC some Guilloche dials, see if it works. I know it isn't real Rose Engine turning but unless I come into some money I'm never going to be producing Guilloche work in its truest sense. Also, at the end some of the hands have an odd blue colour around the rings, these are my attempt to create Luminova without the night to make them visible, you'll just have to use your imagination on those. If I do make use of Luminova it will be my first attempt at doing that. I'm also going to make my hands out of steel this time, and blue the hands. Sorry about the amount of images, I had quite a few ideas. Thanks for looking. Monaque
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