Monday, July 7, 2008

My Winning Watch Design

For a very long time I have toyed with the idea of being a watch designer and some day having my own watch manufacturing company and seeing my ideas put into production. I've always been passionate about the design of watches and have a nice (some may say too big) collection of watches that I have put together over of the years. Well I don't have my own watch company yet, but as of this past weekend I have taken a step closer to realizing my dream - one of my favorite watch designs will be going into production!

I have been sketching out my own ideas for watch designs for several years, based on all of the individual components that I like about the watches I own. My collection has gotten quite large because of my constant quest for the "perfect" watch - a watch that encompasses all of the required elements for a very functional and practical watch.

An opportunity presented itself recent to submit some of my designs into a competition to have the winning design put into full production under an existing and emerging watch brand. The competition was hosted on a very popular online watch forum to gather feedback and votes from watch enthusiasts around the world. After several weeks of voting, my dive watch design was received the highest number of votes and was officially announced as the winning design on July 6th when the competition closed.

For me this is like a dream come true! The opportunity to not only see one of my designs be made into a real watch, but to go through the process of taking my initial design through the engineering and manufacturing process and having direct input into the specifications of the final product. The watch is expected to be available at the end of this year - just in time for Christmas.

I'll try to update this blog as I go through the process and will share information on the specifications as they become finalized. Preliminary pricing for the watch will be around 167 EUROs ($350 - $400US), it will have an automatic movement, scratch proof sapphire crystal, water resistance to 300m/1000ft, and have a see-thru display case back.

It should be an exciting next few months!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Congrats! I like how you think, and it's paying off for you. Nice to follow your progress and enthusiasm through this blog.