Good day civilians!
Please buckle up for quite a few images of the ACE prototype. And pay attention, please. You’re about to go on an important mission, you know.
Progress of the prototype
Meet the screwed-in grade 5 titanium caseback. Still without its laserengravings of course. It’s like a porthole. Like.
In the image bove, the bevels on the lug curves are still unpolished. Can you see the “countersink”, in which we feel the crown will sit and therefore look better? Just a minor little detail.
Polished lug bevels
Hereunder, you see the case is placed in some sort of secret machinery to undergo the polished bevel treatment. A polishing material called “Diamantine” is used in the end to make it shine like a mirror.
We’ll give the bevels on the buckle the same polishing treatment, because we really like these little details on an otherwise dark, beadblasted piece.
Ace of spades
In the following 3D image, you see what we mean by “you can have an ace of spades engraved between the lower lugs”:
This is what it looks like after a brief visit to our undisclosed laserengraver’s at The Hague last week:
These engravers really know their business! Thanks for helping us out with this prototype, guys. Please note the buckle looks lighter in color than the rest of the hardware, but this is due to light conditions. Being the prototype, having build number 00 engrave in the crown perfectly makes sense and it matches both zero digits on the dial. We used the same font too.
Now an image of the crown sitting in the case before having been laserengraved:
Mounting the hands
It takes some engineering before the hands can be perfectly mounted on the hours, minutes and seconds axles of the Isoprog IP13. My watch assembler has made quite an effort to make this tiny part:
This is a small coin, guys! The tiny silver watch part depicted in the middle is only 0.75 mm high, 3 mm across and has a hole of just 0.27 mm in diameter. This hole was drilled with a homemade drill. Respect. Close all windows before it blows away please.
The do-it-yourself BGW9 lume kit we purchased from RC Tritec of CH a few weeks ago does its job just nicely. Here you see the subdial and hands set with their very first layer of lume.
You know we aim to fit that black Isoprog IP13 if we sell 50 copies of more, but since there’s an MOQ of 50 copies, we looked out for a good alternative. Until now, we only had the Sellita SW210-1, because we just couldn’t find an alternative that would be the same 16.5″ diameter as the Isoprog. Good news, ’cause we found one. It’s equally priced and shares the same base movement (ETA/Unitas 6497-1) as the Isoprog. It also has a central hacking second, but can be ordered in 10-40 copies. Sorry, Sellita… Maybe you’ll find a place in one of our next models, but not in the ACE.
This modified former pocket watch ticker derives from a well-respected Swiss modifying party, has a Swan Neck regulator, hacking seconds, Glucydur balance, 17 jewels, 18,000 rph (second hands ticks 5 times per second), a power reserve of a whopping 56 hours and a daily seconds deviation that is well within COSC standards. Is this a suitable alternative, or what?
Fair point: the matte black Isoprog looks better, but that’s a matter of taste and now we really found a perfect alternative movement should we make less than 50 copies. Case closed for now.
Extended funding timeframe
Once the ACE prototype is finished, it will travel to Asia (Singapore and Hong Kong) and possibly even the US of A. Since this will take a few weeks, it’s only fair that we extended the funding timeframe accordingly. We will need and take sufficient time to have potential funders and media meet the ACE in real life. Therefore, you can now fund your copy in March and April. €500 Early Birds discount in March, click here. We’d love to welcome you aboard too and join our 2017 mission!
We end this extensive Pre-Flight Mission Briefing with the following images, which stand on their own:
Yep: even the small bevels on the buckle are now polished to perfection… Like?
More to follow in the next Pre-Flight Mission Briefing.
Over & out