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    Off Topic post 2011 Laco Special Edition Project - GENERAL DISCUSSION

    This thread is ONLY for comments that pertain to the Special Edition Project but don't fit into any of the other existing threads in this sub-forum.
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    Re: 2011 Laco Special Edition Project - GENERAL DISCUSSION

    Hi everyone!

    I would like to start off by welcoming everyone to the 2011 Special Edition Laco Project with a reminder that above all, this is meant to be a fun experience for all participants. As always, all forum rules apply here and I'd like to ask that we all respect that this is an Official Forum for Laco.

    The structure of this project is very simple. We will design our own Laco watch using the appropriate threads to discuss, design and then vote on each of the required design elements.

    To make my job easier, I please ask that you make sure to post your comments in an appropriate thread. I'd like to keep this project nicely organized so that anyone joining later on can easily follow what has been going on and get up to speed quickly. Comments placed in the wrong threads will be automatically moved without any further warning or explanation.

    There are a couple of things that we should decide upon before we roll up our sleeves and dive into this project. I'd like to hear everyone's opinion on who they feel should be eligible to participate. Obviously this project is open to all WUS members, but do we leave the floor open to everyone and anyone who visits this sub-forum, or should they be a registered participant first - or even committed to paying the purchase price of the watch?

    With a limited run of only 50 watches, do we design it democratically with whoever wants to participate and then see who is willing to buy it - or do we see who is serious about buying one and then let those people design it?

    I will create new design threads as they are needed. The first one has already been opened for the the project's theme and name. Before we dive into figuring out a dial and hands, we should decide what this project should be about.

    Subsequent threads will include one for the case, the dial, the hands, and engraving.

    Let the games begin!


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    Re: 2011 Laco Special Edition Project - GENERAL DISCUSSION

    The se should be a watxh that Laco has yet to make, and that is a 47mm buhr type b with handwinding movement, laco case/lug design, 15-18mm case thickness, 24mm lugs, solid case back, old style strap, domed saphire glass...large onion crown on extended stem like the 55mm.
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    Re: 2011 Laco Special Edition Project - GENERAL DISCUSSION

    Quote Originally Posted by fachiro1 View Post
    The se should be a watxh that Laco has yet to make, and that is a 47mm buhr type b with handwinding movement, laco case/lug design, 15-18mm case thickness, 24mm lugs, solid case back, old style strap, domed saphire glass...large onion crown on extended stem like the 55mm.
    As described in the OVERVIEW thread, the scope of this project limits us to using an existing Laco case. With a run of only 50 units, having a custom 47 mm case would cost prohibitive. Also, the movement has already been decided: a NOS (I believe) Durowe handwinding movement, which I think is from the early '60s? More specs and photos will be forthcoming.


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    Re: 2011 Laco Special Edition Project - GENERAL DISCUSSION

    I am sure most WIS, wanna know the range of the special edition of laco cost?

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    Re: 2011 Laco Special Edition Project - GENERAL DISCUSSION

    Quote Originally Posted by xlf View Post
    I am sure most WIS, wanna know the range of the special edition of laco cost?
    That's being discussed at Laco right now. I hope that they'll be able to provide us a base price - a minimum cost given what we already know. Of course the final price can vary greatly if the design becomes elaborate, but I agree that it's difficult to say you're interested without having some idea of the potential costs.


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    Re: 2011 Laco Special Edition Project - GENERAL DISCUSSION

    What I would like to see:

    Titanium case (lighter weight is more wearable)

    Thinner the better - 11mm if possible.

    Diameter in the range of 44 to 47mm

    Flat crystal, preferably AR coated. (domed crystals reflect too much light)

    Brown leather (definitely not a deployment clasp because they don't work on my wrist size)

    Hand wind is acceptable, but I love quartz. Yes quartz!

    Superb Lume but only lume the hands and the five minute stripes (nothing else)

    Hands fatter than most b uhr watches with parallel sides (for a modern touch and more readable)

    Sweep second hand - a different color (red?, orange?)

    No date window

    White hands and numerals on jet black dial
    - But consider yellow hands and printing too - Different, yet highly readable

    I like both type "A" and type "B", but if type "B" increase the diameter of the hour-ring slightly by narrowing the five-minute stripes and pushing the minute numerals outward.

    Better yet, a modern design with b uhr roots. Type "B" with minute numerals (5, 10, 20, 25, 35, 40, 50, 55) (no 15, 30 or 45), and hour numerals (3, 6, 9, 12). This would be cleaner and more readable than the classic type "B", which tends to be too busy.

    Plain bezel (no frills)


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    Re: 2011 Laco Special Edition Project - GENERAL DISCUSSION

    Quote Originally Posted by Precise View Post
    What I would like to see
    Hi Alan. It's great that you have such a concise and well though out wish list. However, please read the OVERVIEW sticky at the top of this forum. The case must come from stock and the movement has already been decided. Also, project watches need to be designed step by step, the first of which is to determine a theme for this watch. If everyone just presents their 'list' of wants we would never get anywhere; I think you'd find that no two lists would be identical.


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    Re: 2011 Laco Special Edition Project - GENERAL DISCUSSION

    Precise, I hope you do not angry at me, but your list reminds me of some "b-uhrs" you can find on Ebay....

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    Re: 2011 Laco Special Edition Project - GENERAL DISCUSSION

    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    Precise, I hope you do not angry at me, but your list reminds me of some "b-uhrs" you can find on Ebay....
    Hi Janne,

    No, I'm not in the least angry. But seriously, send me a few links to those watches. Not because I necessarily want to buy them (though I might) but primarily to see what they look like. Perhaps after seeing them I'll change my list.

    Alan

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