Tourbillon Limited Edition Project

***Update August 08, 2014*** The limited edition has been sold out for a while now, sorry for not updating this page. The production is well underway.

If you missed out on the limited edition and wanted one of these watches, I will be making non-limited edition tourbillon watches as well. I’ll be posting an update soon about how to pre-order a regular version of this watch.

 

***Update April 27, 2014*** The project has received enough supporters to move forward! Thanks so much to the people who have signed up to get a Limited Edition Tourbillon watch! You have made this happen! I still do have 7 watches available in the limited edition, so if you are interested, please contact me! Also please note since the project is going forward, I will not be taking just a deposit for the remaining watches available, I will be taking the full payment.

 

The Project

So you may have recently seen my prototype Lydian Tourbillon watch through my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages. I’ve decided I would really like to be able to offer this watch in stainless steel, but I need your help. In order to make this happen, I’m going to be creating a limited edition run of these watches to help fund the creation of the stainless steel cases. As many who regularly follow me on social media know, I don’t make my own stainless steel cases due to the cost and storage of the necessary tools(ie, very large, loud, and dirty CNC millng machines and lathes). So I have someone make these cases for me which also helps to keep the price of the watches at a reasonable level. I do most of the rest of the watch myself including the dial making, assembly of the watch, and the testing of the watch. I don’t currently make my own straps, but there will be more to come on that front, later this year hopefully.

What I am looking to do is create a limited edition of 30 pieces of the watch pictured in this post with some very minor changes. Here are the specs for the watch I am proposing:

– 44mm diameter(15mm thick), 316L stainless steel case, 5ATM water resistance, 7mm diameter crown with the my logo etched on the end(current crown pictured without logo), caseback is currently devoid of text but the stainlees steel version will have text which reads ‘Tourbillon movement’, ‘stainless steel case’, ‘5 ATM’, the number within the edition(ie. 01/30), and also my logo.  Caseback will also change from having six screws to being a full screwback with square notches where the screws currently are.

– front sapphire crystal with interior AR coating, back mineral crystal

– 1 minute flying tourbillon movement, 28800 vph, silver colour, 40 hour power reserve, Chinese made (gold colour movement is pictured, but this will change to be silver)

– oxidized brass ‘Lydian’ style dial with Swiss super-luminova in the hour markers, seconds markers, logo, and hands

– my premium leather strap in your choice of brown or black, 22mm lug width, with stainless steel dual deployment clasp(regular tang clasp available if you don’t want the deployment)

– my standard 2 year warranty

Please note that all pictures in this post are of my prototype watch for this project which is made out of solid sterling silver. I intend the stainless steel version to be near identical to this, other than the points mentioned in the specs listed above.

Pricing

I really wanted to be able to give those who are wanting to support me and this project a very special deal. Normally I don’t give discounts or such because I try and price my work as low as I possibly can and still make money to put food into me and family’s mouths. But for this project, to get it off the ground, I’m giving some special pricing. The price for each watch will be $850 in Canadian funds + shipping or any applicable taxes. After this my normal price for a tourbillon watch will fall in the $1100 – $1200 range.

Timeline

An ideal time frame for this project would be about 4 months from start to finish. It really depends on if and/or how quickly I can get supporters. 4 months is the ideal timeline, but there may be unforeseen circumstances which may arise that pushes the timeline back a bit.

Payments

If you are interested in having one of these limited edition tourbillon watches, I will taking deposits to secure your position starting immediately. If for some reason the project doesn’t not reach the supporter goal, your deposit will be fully refunded. I’m looking to have the project open for taking deposits for maximum 6 weeks from when I take the first deposit, so if the project doesn’t get enough people within that timeline, your deposit will be fully refunded. After the deposit stage is complete and I have the minimum number of supporters, I will require the remaining balance to be paid in order to fund the project. At that point, I’m looking at the time frames for building which are discussed in the Timeline section above.

In Conclusion

I would really love to be able to start making tourbillon watches, but I really need your help to get this project off the ground. If you are interested in having one of these limited edition timepieces handcrafted by me, please send me an email(scott@wilkdesigns.com) or give me a call(416-880-4960). Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support of my watchmaking endeavours!

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