Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Prototype Hour and Minute Hands

Here is a photo of the hour and minute hands in all three finishes (rose gold, blue and red) for the Ka La watch. The lume on the red hands looks uneven, but that is an artifact of reflections. The second hand/disk prototype will be done in about a month. Stay tuned!

The rose gold and blue will be ion plated while the red hands will be enameled. And yes, there are two blue minute hands (and no hour hand) in the photo.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Carbon Fiber Band

For the Ka La watches which black dials and red hands, I have settled on delivering them with real carbon fiber bands which are trimmed with red leather. With either a stainless steel or PVD black case, the carbon fiber & red leather band looks best with a black deployment buckle (vice using a stainless steel buckle with a stainless case).

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dials and hands are ordered

Dials and hands have been ordered and engineering revisions are done. Prototypes are being prepared.

The blue hands and the dials with blue markers will all feature IP Blue finish. So they will be Ion Plated, not enameled. The marker on the second "hand" disk will also be ion plated, so all elements will match.

The rose gold colored hands and dial hour markers will also use ion plating. The watches with red hands will have the hands and the 12 o'clock hour marker enameled. On all Ka La watches, the marker on the second "hand" disk will be an applied element, so it will have visual depth.

All of the dials (with both round or roman hour markers) will have applied (raised) elements. The hour and minute hands (in all colors) will feature super lume to enable viewing in the dark. The round hour marker dials will also feature super lume on 11 of the 12 markers (with the 12 o'clock marker being a solid, non-lume, color which will match the color of the hands.

The date window on the dials may have edging in a matching finish (either silver or IP rose gold) to harmonize the watch's details.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Production Date

Watch case, dial and hand production are all scheduled to be done by May 31, 2012. After shipping to Hawaii where assembly and calibration will occur, customer deliveries should begin in June.

Prototypes cases (in Stainless Steel, PVD Black and PVD Rose Gold) and dials (6 styles/colors) and hands (3 colors) will arrive in April. If no final design changes are called for, fully functional prototype watches will be completed in late April.

Straps for all of the 12 initial styles of the Ka La watch been chosen. The sportier styles, with black dials and red hands, will feature a real carbon fiber strap trimmed with red leather. The other styles will feature genuine crocodile straps (black or brown) or genuine lizard straps (in black). All of the watches will have deployment claps buckles in a complementary finish (Stainless Steel, PVD Black or PVD Rose Rose).