Friday, December 7, 2012

Tropik wax model

Before a working prototype is created, we fabricate a wax model to double check dimensions and proportions. Below is the wax model of the Tropik next to a Laguna for a size comparison. The Tropik B (bronze) and stainless steel Tropik both share the same case, so the reference can be used for both.  












Top to bottom: Tropik wax (14mm), Laguna (15.25mm), Puck (16mm)












I have had no formal training as a hand model, but I decided to throw caution to the wind and go for it. My wrist is a not-unmanly 7".

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tropik B Early Pre-order

The very first Halios watch made from bronze, now available for pre-order. 






















Technical Specification:
Case diameter: 41mm
Thickness including crystal: 13.5mm
Lug-to-lug: 48mm
Lug width: 22mm

Case material: Bronze
Crown and caseback: Stainless steel
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 300 metres
Luminous material: BGW9 blue
Dial colours: Tobacco Brown, Olive Green, Brushed Grey

Movement: Japan-made Miyota 9015 automatic winding
Antimagnetic rating: 4800 A/m

Included accessories: Halios x Horween handcrafted leather strap with bronze buckle; wooden presentation box

Pre-order details and FAQ:
When will the watch be ready to ship?
Estimated delivery will be between May - July 2013. Production delays do occur, so this timeframe is not a guarantee.

Why a pre-order?
The benefits are two-fold: 1) the customer is able to reserve a watch that will be produced in low annual numbers; and 2) we are able to develop new models quicker with the additional funds from the deposits.

It is important to reiterate that delays may occur, but our goal is to make the process as exciting and enjoyable as possible. The $250 deposit is 100% refundable - you can cancel your pre-order at any time.

How many watches will be available? Is this a limited edition?
The initial batch will consist of 100 of each dial colour, for a total of 300 watches. Each dial variation will be numbered from 1 to 100, and it is possible to select a favourite serial number.

At this early stage, it is not clear whether a second run will be produced. However, subsequent runs (if produced) would bear a standard five digit serial.

Where can I get updates and progress reports?
All pre-order participants will receive an email update on the 5th of each and every month beginning in January. If you do not receive one, please check your spam folder and add the @halioswatches.com domain to your approved senders list.

Why isn't there a "special pre-order price"?
In order to offer a pre-order discount, the "regular", post-pre-order price would have to be inflated. We understand that discounts are a very strong incentive, but our preference is to keep the pricing as fair and consistent as possible.

So do the pre-order participants get anything special?
Pre-order participants will receive an additional leather strap with bronze buckle. Our straps are handmade in Canada by a master saddlemaker using genuine Horween leather. When the watch is ready to ship, customers will be able to choose from 3 or 4 different straps.

Much more important than an extra strap though, is the fact that you're investing your passion in the project, right along with me. I am personally very excited about this watch, and I'm going to share its progress as best I can.

Pre-order the Tropik B here.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Shipping update

Black Lagunas and black Pucks ship on July 4th, with a handful of DLC Pucks.

Blue Lagunas are delayed until July 23rd and blue Pucks are delayed until July 30.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June Batch - Laguna and Puck

We've run into a slight production delay, so the release date for the June batches of the Laguna and Puck has been pushed back a couple of weeks to June 30th.
Pre-orders (with full payment due) will open on June 15th. This will allow us to focus on final testing and shipping when the watches are ready to go.

Blue Puck:
 


Live pics of the DLC Puck are not available yet, but hopefully the rendering below can fill in for now. It will ship with an Isofrane and a Zulu strap, but no bracelet:


 Blue Laguna rendering:
  

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Isofrane Lucky Draw

Here are the winners for the Lucky Puckers Isofrane draw! Shot with a staggering budget of two strawberry jam cookies and a cup of milk, this video captures all the raw emotion and drama of the exciting excitement:



Congratulations #75 and #186 - you've each won a 24mm Isofrane rubber strap to accompany your Puck. You'll have your choice of black or orange. Please get in touch with me to claim your prize!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Lucky Puckers

If you ordered a Puck from the first and second batches, you'll find a small piece of paper with a number on it in the Pelican case. It also says "KEEP ME", because that's your lucky number for the draw we're going to be doing for a free ISOfrane strap in March!

By the way, batch #2 ships in a couple of weeks.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Puck availability update

UPDATED FEB 3, 2012

The second batch of Pucks is now sold out. If you've already sent your pre-payment, your watch will ship in mid-February. We'll send out an email to notify you.

Next batch of Pucks lands in the summer!