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    Discussion about a possible forum project

    While we're waiting for a technical solution to the problem with the polling function, I thought that we might as well keep the discussion going around the possibility of getting another forum project started.

    The idea surfaced during these recent discussions:
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f72/gr...s-5080963.html
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f72/ch...c-5086637.html
    ...and there seems to be a bit of interest, particularly around a micro-rotor powered watch.

    Are you interested in participating in a forum project?
    Would you like to assist in the delivery of a project?
    What would you like to see in a Chinese Mechanical Watch forum project?
    Are you wondering what exactly a forum project is?

    This is the thread for you.

    (And just to be clear; I am not running a project. I am just the moderator of this forum)
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    Re: Discussion about a possible forum project

    When will the micro-rotor watch project start? Any projected date?
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    Re: Discussion about a possible forum project

    So far the buzz has been about creating an original design around the Hangzhou 5000 micro-rotor movement, and some investigation has been done around cost and availability.



    The other idea was to do another new-watch-with-vintage heart, like the previous ST-5 project, but using a ZuanShi SM1A-K. Movement rebuild cost is unknown.

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    Re: Discussion about a possible forum project

    Quote Originally Posted by lvt View Post
    When will the micro-rotor watch project start? Any projected date?
    No. There is no project.

    This thread is to discuss the possibility of a project and to see if there is any interest. And to investigate the feasibility of the ideas discussed.
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    Re: Discussion about a possible forum project

    For those who are not sure of what we are talking about, here is the first part of my unofficial Project Primer:

    What is a Forum Project?
    A forum project is a collaborative activity with the aim of producing a limited series of watches for forum members. Forum projects are hosted by Watchuseek Forums but are initiated and run by the membership.

    Who can participate in a project?
    Projects are open to all Watchuseek members. Watchuseek membership is a prerequisite of project participation.
    Participation in a project is at the member’s own risk. Watchuseek accepts no liability.

    How does a project get started?
    For the protection of the membership and the reputation of Watchuseek, projects may only be run once the project proposal has been reviewed and approved by the site owners, with advice provided by the moderating team.
    Approval should not be taken for granted. Watchuseek is a privately owned site in which the membership enjoys the services provided for free. The site owners determine what constitutes acceptable activity on the forum.
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    Re: Discussion about a possible forum project

    Next, you'll want to know...

    What kind of project is likely to be approved?

    The following criteria is not prescriptive, but it should serve as an indication of the kinds of questions to be addressed in proposing a forum project:

    Suitability
    Does the theme of the project align with the theme of the forum in which it is launched?
    Does it respect intellectual property rights?
    Does it enhance the reputation of Watchuseek?

    Originality
    Does the project offer original design, style or conceptual elements?
    Does it offer a unique opportunity to the members that is not available elsewhere?
    Does it bring something new to the watch industry and market?

    Viability
    Is there enough interest from the membership to sustain the project to its completion?
    Does the builder have an established reputation appropriate to the work involved?
    Does the timing of the project avoid negatively impacting the viability of other forum projects?
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    Re: Discussion about a possible forum project

    Chascomm, thanks.
    This is a good start.
    Perhaps when they get the polls working we can start with the choice of the two ideas that have been proposed and go from there.

    1. A Hangzhou micro-rotor automatic. (I really like your idea of a minimalist design with the Hangzhou pavilion)
    2. A VCM inspired watch using the SM1A movement.

    Both are great ideas.
    My two cents, we can do one this year and the other next year if there is enough interest in both.

    FYI, I messaged the artist and directed him to the other thread about your design idea.
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    Re: Discussion about a possible forum project

    My own feeling is that the micro-rotor will likely be the stronger concept at this stage, and that the vintage concept needs more research and a longer lead time.

    Going back over the 2013 project makes for interesting reading. it's inspiring, but daunting, too.
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f498/

    This thread in particular shows what a labour of love it was:
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f498/2...ng-778497.html


    (by the way, I'm very keen to see what the artist thinks)
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    Re: Discussion about a possible forum project

    I'm interested in helping with this project. I'm not extremely knowledgeable with Chinese watch manufacturing and movements, but this seems like it would be a great learning experience. I think if the price is feasible, we should go forth with the micro-rotor movement since it's (somewhat) unique and would offer a great viewing experience with a display case back.
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    Re: Discussion about a possible forum project

    Quote Originally Posted by Chascomm View Post
    Is there enough interest from the membership to sustain the project to its completion?
    What's the minimum kind of demand required to go forth with a project like this? I'm aware of the fact that factories probably will not make a very limited run of pieces, so my guess is at least 200 members signing up to say they want one?
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