"It all started out while traveling in the Caribbean decades ago. I simply wanted to know when the sun would rise the next morning. Go for a beach walk at the first rays. My gleamingly beautiful Rolex Submariner was of no use at all. So I decided to make my own watch."
At first, I wanted the YES watch to be a beautiful mechanical masterpiece. At the Basel Messe in 1997, I had lunch with an engineer from Glashutte. After a few minutes of me describing what I was looking to accomplish, he smiled, cut me off and simply stated that if I wanted to do all that in a mechanical watch, I would be carrying a back pack. Case closed. We laughed and had another beer.
Albeit steady in their eternal rhythms, the algorithms that pegs the cycles of the sun and the moon are quite complex. Depending on where you are on the planet they differ drastically. The further north or south you go the more extreme the variation become. Not until chip technology became available was it possible to harness this information on your wrist. It took John Harrison 40 years to build the first accurate pocket watch suitable for ocean navigation. It took another 200 years before mankind developed chip technology.
Hong Kong proved to be the cradle for our kind of watch manufacturing. Of the 25 plus different manufacturing specialties needed to put the YES watches together only China has all of them. I tried sourcing them in the good ole USA but found only one, a programmer in San Diego. But alas, he had no experience in watch making and was twice as expensive as experienced watch programmers in Hong Kong. The choice was clear, there was none.
In 1999, we incorporated the YES watch company in Marin County, California and got to work with our Swiss and Hong Kong partners. Creating perfection was and is a whole lot easier said than done, but 18 months later we proudly released our first collection, the WorldWatch.
It was a rude awakening. In spite of being a very lean and mean time machine, the case measured in at a solid 43x16mm. The size prompted a nearly wholesale rejection in the market place. It turned out that the watch industry was not in the time keeping business, they were in the jewelry and fashion business. Time keeping ability seemed almost irrelevant.
Those who had a practical application for the time data offered soon emerged. Astronomers gave us our first likes. Photographers, cinematographers, pilots, boaters, world travelers, military personnel and watch collectors soon followed suit. With the YES watch, they could all plan their activities with much greater accuracy and confidence than ever before.
In 2004, we sent a sample of the Zulu watch to the Chief Astronomer with the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. His scientific and historical review was stellar, and I was beyond flattered when he immediately put the watch on display in the Museum collection. That is when I knew my instincts were legit.
In 2002 the Worldwatch II was updated to include times for moonrise and moonset.
The titanium with sapphire crystal 48x16mm collections: Zulu, Kundalini and Inca.
The Tati and Luna collections have an all digital module and fits snugly to a smaller wrist.
There is no better product feed back than what you get from caring customers, from those who plunked down hard earned cash to buy. Over the years, we have listened intently and taken notes. Much of what we have learned has been incorporated into our new Equilibrium collection. It is a great leap forward both in terms of time keeping ability and accuracy, as well as in a magnificently crafted titanium case and bracelet. No detail has gone unnoticed.
On August 15, 2016, after years of development, testing and refinement, I finally held in my hands a fully operational Equilibrium v6 prototype module. It is the heart of the watch - what makes it tick - and is an incredibly intricate engineering job. It was a beautiful moment. I almost cried.
The original design from 2011 for what eventually became the Equilbrium.
The Equilibrium LCD could easily be the most complex and sophisticated ever produced. When I saw my programmer's rendering of how to connect all the segments with the chip, I was blown away. Art and tech in perfect union.
The LCD screen offers the most power-consumption effective display available. The wires shown are the invisible connections between the segments, but they are there.
Two of the four layers in the PCB that runs all operations, LCD, analog hand, back light, alarms and power supply.
The titanium case is machined to extreme tolerances in order to hold the sapphire crystal, 24 hour dial with tritium tubes, and watch module securely in place. Double O-rings on all push buttons provide 10 ATM water-resistance.
The very first photograph of the fully operational Equilibrium watch module, compared with my trusted world traveling time keeping companion, the marine Zulu.
Manufacturing a quality product is easier said than done. Ask Apple or ask your local microbrewer. The answer will be the same. It takes everything you got and then some.
We are honored to work with a team of seasoned watch development professionals out of HK with manufacturing capabilities in China. The Swiss most certainly make some astonishingly beautiful mechanical watches, but the hard truth is that you have to go to Asia for high-complication quartz and ana-digit watch manufacturing.
Various watch parts are sourced from Japan, Thailand, Switzerland and Taiwan. They all specialize in watch making and have decades of experience. Each of them works with a range of sub vendors. Our key partners are:
ALPHASOFT. A boutique programming group located on the Hong Kong island. They have been with us since 1999. Our programmer is our rock in HK. I trust her 100%. She is as detailed oriented and caring as they come.
KEY TIME. A quality watch assembly shop in HK that also specializes in tritium tubes. They have been involved with the Equilibrium development for the last three years. They also manage the titanium case and bracelet manufacturing.
UDC. A state of the art module manufacturing company. Been part of our development for the last two years.
RONDA. A state of the art Swiss movement manufacturer with factories in Switzerland and Asia. We have worked with them since 1999.
YES watch warrants all components of this product, except battery and societal time changes beyond our control, to be free of defect in material and workmanship under normal use for a period of two years from date of purchase.
YES watch will, at its discretion, repair or replace the product at no charge for parts and labor.
The warranty does not apply to failures caused by misuse, fire, tampering or any consequential claims resulting from use and /or application.