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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. @ 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.
  4. I like it, has an engineering vibe that would fit in at work especially.
  5. 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
  6. Very nice, I love the clash of colours. I get that with Audemars Piguet, I like the 11.59 watch but dislike almost everything else they do.
  7. I don't take apart movements so not so bad for me.
  8. You buy a lot of diver watches, I don't mind the Direnzo. I could make you another watch box, just for one watch, but might not be cheap.
  9. That price seems incredibly low, even with CNC manufacturing processes, I wonder if they are making them in very large numbers, and/or, getting them made in China. Quite a lot of people are doing that these days. The watch isn't my cup of tea but wish all those buying well.
  10. I use Isopropyl Alcohol mostly, it generally does most things without leaving a residue or staining. I do have an Ultrasonic and have a special cleaner for that.
  11. I think that shows everything. I inlaid some black leather at the bottom to seat the watch, and there is the step around the outside that the top runs along. The strength of the wood top, made from Katalox, allowed me to keep the wall thickness to only 2mm. The bottom part was made from Kingwood, a Rosewood, which had a beautiful figure but had many flaws in the form of cracks and breakouts. I managed to get rid of most of them but lived with the rest. I hadn't meant to add on the pockets, just didn't have the heart to cut off the the beautiful grain.
  12. Thank you, Bobby123, yes it does open and I'll post some other photos to show. Your wish is my command, I'll post some more when I get home.
  13. Someone asked if anyone made their own. This is mine. Only for one watch.
  14. Me too, odd that. Much better name for a watch brand. It's very clean, and the Geneva stripes on the dial do make it stand out a little. Personally I prefer the polished hands on blue dial. The pink/red on green strap has an almost complimentary colour vibe to it. (having checked my colour wheel I see that it is a complimentary colour). I often compare these types of watches to another kickstarter/crowdfunding watch starter called Ming Watches. His watches do stand out, there is an interesting design to his body and lugs, and his dials are...different, in an understated way. Perhaps yours are a bit too clean, not quite enough difference?
  15. The dial on those does look nice, it has to be said. Don't know too much about the whole crowdfunding process either, but curious to know more about it. I mean, it's so crowded out there isn't it?
  16. I like your renders, very nicely done. What software do you use? Don't know a lot about divers watches, can only echo the common view that it doesn't necessarily stand out. From a design stand point, and I know it's a minor point, but I always like to see the lugs at least flush with the back of the watch, if not extending beyond a little. I think it helps conform the watch to the wrist, but that's just my opinion. I also think it would help the sell if you had a choice of some things. I know it complicates the manufacturing but a lot of people do offer alternatives and multiple choices. A leather alt. to the strap for instance, buckle instead of deployment, things like that. From a manufacturing stand point a ceramic bezel is going to be a lot hard to make than a conventional one, which would punch your price up, and if you are aiming at an aluminium bezel then it would have to be hard anodized, although I'm sure your manufacturer has advised you about both points. I know a lot of people are doing the whole, design it then crowdfund it then make it, thing, hard to stand out in all that, so wish you well.
  17. Who you calling short? Oh, hold, not what you meant...but you are correct, only one watch in existence, but that one isn't for sale. That short Icelandic watchmaker really does make his own watches. They don't say what movement they use, only that it's Swiss, and is "execution top".
  18. Ha, definitely not going there. Thanks, Colin. Appreciate you coming by.
  19. No, rings, finger rings. I used Blackwood, Tulipwood, PI, Ebony, Cocobolo, Black and White Ebony (really rare now they don't allow exports from Laos), Buloke (said to be the very hardest wood in the world), and Lignum Vitae. Maybe some more there, can't remember.
  20. Ah, that's a shame. But yes, the UV inhibitor is the thing I was thinking about. I'm also curious as to just how much light causes the change in wood colour. I have had a lot of PI and PH and still do, none of it has lost its colour, but it doesn't get direct sunlight where it is stored. Perhaps its direct light that does the damage. Made these a while ago out of various woods. I'm guessing they will fade if worn, although the African Blackwood has nowhere to go really.
  21. Only one watch total? Not sure I could that. None of your three are my cup of tea, but all the best with your choice.
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