ALL WATCHES ARE RESERVED!
Please do send in your reservation! We will maintain a waiting list, as we know from experience that some people will cancel before delivery. Cars break down, partners get angry, jobs are lost.... There is still hope. We will accept 25 members to go on the waiting list maximum.
SPECIAL OFFER: WATCHUSEEK EDITION RATTRAPANTE “CHALLENGER”
Manufactured by TNT
[edit: added final renderings of the two winning production colors: black and blueberry. See under "THE PROCESS" for reservation instructions. In the meantime bezel markings have changed after member's valuable comments.]
SPEC SHEET (with latest bezel design)
We are delighted to present a unique watch that will be only available through the Watchuseek forum, for members only.
TNT developed this flieger style, fixed lug rattrapante in close cooperation with Watchuseek. Only 75 pieces will be made at a price of € 899,00 incl. value added taxes (European Union), or € 742,98 export price (for non-EU countries).
We will try to set out all relevant info in this long opening post. In case you have further questions, please do leave a comment or send a PM and we will answer and/or update the opening post as soon as time allows.
As the production of each new watch is a journey, we will share news updates, pictures, drawings and any hick-ups openly during the trip. For us this project only will be a success if you can also enjoy riding the roads towards the destination with us.
The watch has a 316L stainless steel case with a diameter of 43mm. It houses a Swiss made Valjoux 7750 with AROLA Alfred Rochat & Fils RAT1 module. This movement is a “top execution” with côtes de Genève and perlage. The movement will have a skeletonized rotor (not in our drawing yet). Please have a look at this wikipedia page with a basic explanation of the “rattrapante/double chronograph” complication.
[edit: we added a picture] A picture of the actual movement:
Here you can see the rotor still with the name of the original buying company that went bankrupt: immediately showing the reasing why we have been able to purchase the movements at an incredible price. The rotor will be changed by us, a design will be shown as soon as possible.[edit end]
We chose for the non-typical placement of the crown and pushers to have the sub dial with the time indication on the 12 ‘o clock position. The subdials:
- “3” position: 12 Hours counter
- “6” position: Permanent seconds counter
- “9” position: 30 Minutes counter
The lugs are fixed and the lug-to-lug size is 50,5 mm. The exact curvature of the lugs and lug-to-lug size will be wrist-tested before finalizing specs. This watch is intended to be worn on zulu or nato-type straps. The watch will be delivered on a nylon strap, but a leather optional strap will become available before final order date as well.
The crystal is made of borosilicate glass. This material combines a hardness close to that of sapphire (8 versus 9 score on the mohs scale) with a higher resistance against thermal stress. It will hardly show fingerprints compared to the easy smudging of sapphire.
The sketch shows the 2 dial colors that were selected by the members in a poll.we propose to you. So in total, 75 pieces with a split in 2 colors will be produced. Limited is limited: you will not find this watch with this movement anywhere else.
The case production, dial and hands are procured in Asia. Assembly, regulation and quality control will be done in the Swiss Jura region. The watch will carry "swiss made" on the dial. The spec sheet above contains all relevant details. If you would like additional information, please do not hesitate to ask!
TNT (Torsten Nagengast Timepieces) is run by its name-giver, a well-known German watch specialist with over 20 years experience and many projects written to his name. Torsten has a way of discovering old NOS movements and small qty’s of interesting new movements that are “floating above the market”. This is the reason why TNT can produce this WUS edition watch at a price level never seen before for a rattrapante model. Good hunting skills combined with a keen eye on designing a complete new watch.
TNT has great experience in the manufacturing process and quality control of limited edition watches. TNT offers a warranty of 2 years and has facilities to service any watch.
FORaSEC, trading name of JWood Watches with a background in selling small boutique brand watches (Magrette/Halios), is responsible for the sales and all customer communications in this project. The goal of FORaSEC is to enable community driven watch projects.
We will try to cover all process steps below. If changes occur or will be required in the process we will update this info. If customers already have registered with an email address, we will communicate via email as well.
1. Publication of the TNT CHALLENGER Rattrapante WUS project (DONE)
2. Poll to select production colors (DONE: the poll is closed, final production colors will be BLACK and BLUEBERRY).
3. Production of a 3D computer rendering to create a life-like image of the finished product. Publication in this opening post (max 2 days after poll closure). (DONE)
4. Reservations will open: UPDATE: ALL WATCHES ARE RESERVED NOW!
We are still able to receive your reservation data, but we will put these on a waiting list. We will have a waiting list of max. 25 members in case some customers will cancel their reservation/order before delivery. At the moment (Sep. 11th), about 20 spots on the list are still available. The email address is [email protected]. Please limit the email to the following data:
PLEASE REGISTER ME FOR PURCHASE OF THE CHALLENGER RATTRAPANTE VIA WUS:
- Family name
- Email address
- WUS user name
- Color dial (black, blueberry or both)
PLEASE REGISTER ME FOR PURCHASE OF THE CHALLENGER RATTRAPANTE VIA WUS:
Restricting the mail to this format really helps us a lot. We will add you to a mailing list, so we can inform you on the next steps (see below). Timing of step 5 to be announced. [EDIT close]
5. We will ask to pay a deposit of € 300 (EU, incl. VAT) or € 247,93 (non-EU, so excl. VAT). This payment will be processed via a web site/web shop order. There are various payment methods depending on your country (PayPal (incl. CC), bank transfer, sofortüberweisung, iDeal, Mr. Cash etc).
With the request for payment, your personal serial number will be confirmed. We will keep reservations 76- 100 on a reserve list, in case some members will back out of the project later.
6. We will publish pre-production sample pics of the case and other components during the proto/sample/production process when available. Also (additional) strap options will be presented during the process.
7. Delivery is expected in January/February 2014 (to be confirmed, factories have a tight schedule due to winter season sales).
Shortly before delivery the second and last part of the payment needs to be paid.
This will include any extra strap options and the shipping fee. Shipping costs will vary depending on the destination country. EU: € 15,00 (incl. VAT), non-EU € 25,00 (excl. VAT). We ship with UPS and you will receive track and trace information by email. Note that all import duties/taxes and related costs for import in countries outside the European Union will be the responsibility of the receiver. FORaSEC does not pre-pay import taxes or duties. Shipping will not start before we get confirmation from our payment provider that the full amount has been paid.
8. After a brief waiting period (UPS delivers within a few days), you will receive the watch to wear and enjoy!
We are very excited to be able to carry out this project with the members of Watchuseek. A special thanks to Ernie Romers for his kind support and cooperation!
With kind regards,
The general terms & conditions of FORaSEC will apply to your purchase. We included them as PDF to this post.