Hi Drop of a Hat,
Originally Posted by Drop of a Hat
Thanks much for the show of support! It was a work of love and we were excited to finally get them out! Looking forward to seeing happy faces when our friends start trying them out.
Our guys are already planning a Techno version using Swiss quartz movement - probably will be one of few DLC coated watches going at USD400; and we are in the process of putting together a titanium cased automatic and a sand-blasted classic watch which will see substantial amounts of hand modification (at least 30+ man hours work) to its 6498 movement to add to our portfolio. If you are interested, I can give you a heads up when we have pictures of those ready!
Anyway, I got a question from a member of another forum. Thought I might share the thread with you (see below) to give you a sense of who we are and how we have been doing it.
Is that a stock ebauche or have you all modified/finished the movement yourselves?
Good question! Indeed, the 6498-2 movement is a very stable and mature technology that is widely used in the Swiss watch industry.
In our case, we have made substantial modifications requiring high hand touch which gives it that special edge. This includes hand disassembling the barrel, gear train and balance wheel by hand. We also bevelled the edges of the bridges by hand. We don’t use machines but we use the traditional ways of hand finishing with peg wood and our special polishing paste. Once the finishing is done, we plate the bridges with Black Rhodium in-house. Assembly usually takes half a day per piece because we have to take apart the balance, the incabloc and we have to do timing all over again. We are very confident no other micro brands undertake such modifications and finishing by hand because it is simply too time-consuming.
What we have offered here is usually found in very high end watches only. We envision and are able to sell our pieces at very competitive prices for two key reasons.
- First, our business model is designed to bring independent watch making to the masses. We believe its not fair that other micro-brands simply take a Chinese manufactured watch case, buy a USD2 dial, USD3 hands and pop in a prepared 6498 movement for
EUR700; hence our desire for the hand touched value add.
- Second, our operational model is very lean hence allowing us to pass cost savings to our customers. On that related note, you may find it interesting that our team at EHF consists of watchmakers currently working at the big brands. In our workshop, we have contracted work to build minute repeaters, hand built tourbillons, chronographs, silicium escapements and so on. Our watchmakers are on board EHF because its simply unfair as they feel it unfair that they are paid very little for the work they do, while their employers rip customers off with their “supposed” in-house construction.
You can find pictures of our assembly process here at: Hand Touched - EHF Horlogère
I hope this answers your question.