Quick Post- March 10, 2018

Well. I’m not swyping that all out again.  The gist is that a lot of loose ends are finally tied up, so even though technically I’ve been artificing full time for a month and a half, it hasn’t actually worked out that way.  Things are better now, but still a lot to do to get truly settled after moving my office. Big batch of cerakote underway, including Cam’s replacement Zilla, a Mk-V or two, Luke’s black SKX, Jonathan’s SNZG bezel, a bunch of other orders, and some stock bezels and crowns, and AHW crowns.  Some of those last few will be listed on the website in the near future.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for a Sinister SKX007 that will be for sale due to the intended owner facing some health problems.

Other To-Dos for next week- -Need to find out what’s up with the engraving, that holds the final pieces for a ton of projects. -Check back in on printing for P-F, Seawolf homage, H’s ultimate 6306, and a few others. -Check on missing dials for Matt’s SARG -Lume Mk-V dials, finish Leon’s red crown stripe -I’ll be able to at least go through my forwards from Ryan next week, and will be allotting time each day for admin and email work. Speaking of Ryan – big congratulations are in order for the birth of his first child.

The watch: P’s #Seiko #Sumo SBDC001 with 22mm lugs in graphite black #cerakote, SBDC027 dial and hands (still need to color fill the S hand), #sapphire crystal, #ceramiclumed bezel insert.
Took the pics testing out my little lightbox studio, trying to get my photos to look a bit more legit.

The next update, I hope, will have a lot more news about completed projects, especially the ones with engraved components.

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Quick Post- February 17, 2018 at 03:32AM

A brutal week of trying to finalize an unfinished project mercifully comes to an end at 3am. A couple hours for a nap, then on the road get home to get some crowns shipped before the cutoff. My heavily altered OG #SKX011 served admirably though all the knocks, dust, and power tools. The #ObanDiver only saw brief action during a visit to my great aunt.
All engraved case backs, crowns, and a few clasps are underway with the engraver, and dial samples as well. Next to nail down will be bezel inserts.
Ryan, the newest #artificehoroworks team member, will be handling a lot of the email, and some of you have been contacted already. Be gentle with him, it’s not his fault the backlog is as it is. There is enough for several people to work at for a while.

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Quick Post- February 01, 2018 at 12:24AM

It’ll work for blasting, going to need a version with reliefs between the case tubes to work for coating, though.
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State of the Art: 2018

Closing Out the “Side Business” Phase

As of January 23, building custom watches for Artifice will be my (nearly) full time occupation. I still have some mission critical responsibilities with the company that I have been working for since the early 2000s, but mainly, I will be focused on getting the watches that have been delayed over time, completed and out, catching up on the 1000 or so emails and messages, developing methods for processing batches of blasting and coating more efficiently, and working out the details on designs for cases, dials, and more, that have been knocking around in my head for a long time.

This past year, managing to keep the various balls in the air has proven impossible, at least for me. Too many things slipping through the cracks. Too many watches I have scheduled for assembly, and replied to an email for status update with an ETA, only to discover that a set of hands didn’t make it on an order, or somehow the stock of a certain bezel or crystal supply has been depleted. Too many emails I’ve briefly read in the middle of doing 3 other things, and then realized a month later I never sent the reply I’d been going over in my head. These issues have been compounded by some (non-life-threatening) health problems that have limited my ability to work for periods of time. This resulted in exerting where the most need was at the given moment, and that was usually at the “real life” job. Add in some family members hospitalized, facing more serious health challenges, and more time that I might have been working was diverted to the immediate need. This is not to say that it would have been impossible to avoid the current situation of perpetual behindness (probably not a word) and unresponsiveness, just that it may have been beyond my abilities, despite the fact that I usually feel like I can figure out a way to do anything.

Over the next week, in addition to a couple days with the family in the mountains, I will be going through the orders, looking at inventory, figuring out the things that I don’t have, and preparing quoting, social media and email access for the newly minted assistant that will finally be on-board.

Starting 1/23/2018, I will be working through the last 60ish days of email and messaging. As much as I want to get to every message ever sent, at some point, I just have to have a cutoff, or it will never be finished. I will try to get the status updates answered first, though it will probably be brief. If there is a quote request I can do off the top of my head, I’ll hit those too, since it will be fairly important to keep a roof over our heads throughout this adaptation period. The goal is to be caught up within 8 weeks to a 12 week backlog, and eventually get back to something resembling a 4 week turnaround on most watches, if not less, within 6 months. It could be before that, but given how things tend to work out….

Year in Review

My immediate response is that 2017 seems like a bit of a disaster, but there have been some victories along the way.

  • First and foremost, the crowns are finally in. I started redesigning the internals for crowns early in 2016, and had a deposit placed for prototypes by that summer. After having to switch to a different manufacturer, and having to commit quite a bit more per unit, undertaking design revisions, and several sets of prototypes, they are ready to go. There are a few things about the final specs that didn’t end up quite how I wanted, and will be changed before the next run (likely sometime in 2019), but overall I am very pleased with the quality of the final product, and can rest easy when I send out a watch that the crown is good to go.

  • Zero Double Dome sapphire crystals also became a reality, and now I don’t have to grind ceramic inserts by hand, shattering about 1 in 3. Although installation can be tricky at best, the finished product is right what what I was hoping for when I first started measuring heights, clearances, etc. and decided to order a small batch.  Manufacturers were not initially interested in producing the design due to a “lack of interest” in ceramic bezel inserts (yeah, this whole ceramic thing will never catch on), so I guess I paid for the development costs on this concept.

  • Finally, the engraving situation has largely been resolved. The final batch of test case backs came in looking good, and the next phase of testing will be cutting brass and deep engraving aluminum for dials. I expect, having gone through it with the case backs, that there will be several batches needed to get it just right, but I am hoping that Fred, Andrew C., Chad, and some others will be finally taken care of soon. Yep, I thought this phase would be addressed by now, but here we are.

Other Stuff

  • Test print artwork has been sent to the printer, so those who have custom printing for dial projects like Andrew C., P-F, and H. will be updated shortly.

  • After a bunch of back and forth with myself about it, I have committed to a logo redesign that is a bit more dynamic, and some other branding updates. The negative space doesn’t make an A anymore, and HoroWorks isn’t featured, but I think the earth will continue on its axis despite the changes. I dropped the latter (from the official logo, at least) because I end up having to spell out “H – O – R – O – W – O – R – K – S” all the time, then explain what horology is. Plus, everybody and their brother has “works” appended to the company name, and I wasn’t the first by a long-shot. I’ll probably mirror the site at a simpler domain in the future, but that will stay for now.
  •  I mentioned some parts that I have been working on previously, and one of which will be a refined version of the SKX case.  I hope that I’ll have some prototypes in hand by year’s end.  This is a much larger investment than the crowns were, so I’ll probably run a kickstarter at some point with the first Artifice cases, dials, maybe hands, before jumping in.Notable planned features:
    1. Case will retain the slimline shape, though fractionally larger, and will be compatible with most SKX components, with the possible exception of the chapter ring.
    2. Reduced crown guards
    3. Drilled lugs
    4. Lugs will descend slightly to hug the wrist
    5. Case back will be thinned to lower the case profile height
    6. Lugs will be slightly more angular
    7. Still going back and forth on the side profile and surface finish combination… twisted lugs, or something more like the Stargate and MM300.  I’d like to keep it to something that is relatively easy to refinish down the road once the polished areas have been scratched, and the SKX case is kind of a pain.
    8. 300 meter water resistance

  • A batch of crowns have been sent to the engraver.  After a bunch of designs that I wasn’t really happy with, I’ve settled on an omni-directional compass or sun layout.  These will take the place of the A Logo crowns, so indexing to individual cases is not necessary.

I guess that’s about it for now.  I really appreciate the patience that those who have suffered through the last few months have exhibited, and to those who haven’t shown so much restraint, well, I don’t blame you.  Communication, product output, and all other facets of this endeavor will rise dramatically in the coming year, so I hope you can all bear with me through this process.



Quick Post- December 23, 2017 at 12:45AM

There’s always something. Finally have crowns after several more delays, and I think I’ve gotten all the crown orders shipped, but I’ll double check. Yeah, still lots of email and messaging that needs attention; no, don’t have that assistant yet. Now recovering from another illness, though some in the family have been dealing with much worse. Looking forward to closing the the book on this year. Bunch of other stuff that needs updating, but that’ll have to wait.
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Quick Post- November 21, 2017 at 12:28AM

Mohawk #Seiko #SRP585 “Inquisitor,” one of the original prototype laser engraved dials with SI NH38 with exposed/open heart balance wheel, partially blasted in stage 3S.
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Quick Post- November 21, 2017 at 12:19AM

A bunch of watches, dials, movements, hand removing and setting tools, tweezers, plastic bags, finger cots, low tack tape, lume supplies, timegrapher… That’s the usual Thanksgiving trip stuff, right?

Crowns are ready and should be waiting for me when I get back next week.

On the ever-present engraving front-Next set of engraved case backs are underway with what will most likely be the final settings for those. Next up is dial testing.

Email, other messaging is all way behind. Have not had much time to sit and work on responses, but I should, at least for people looking for status updates, be able to knock some of those out this weekend.

On the horizon… An assistant to handle email and general admin, and inquiries, as well as some other changes in other areas that will allow more time to focus on completing orders. – – from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2AXF3gc

Quick Post- October 28, 2017 at 01:46AM

View from the back last night. Out now thankfully. Very aggressive response from our local firefighters.

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Quick Post- October 28, 2017 at 01:35AM

SKX171 #ArtificeHoroWorksZero #sapphire #babytuna bezel conversion
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Quick Post- October 03, 2017 at 08:46PM

Reminder that #artificehoroworks custom crowns for threaded stems preorder is up. 2 styles available, works with 4R/6R style threaded stems, and will fit most large Seiko divers with screw down crowns. Available with or without a stem.

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