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  1. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Sep 11, 2019

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    ..................Material.

    Nick Hacko, an Australian Watchmaker in Sydney has just announced the release of his NH2.
    Unique in the sense that the main plate, bridges and cock are made from Timascus and the visual effect is rather stunning. The patterns are generated in a manner similar to that obtained in Damascus steel.

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    More info on Australian watchmaking here if you're interested.

    https://nicholashacko.com.au/

    and here

    http://nickhacko.blogspot.com/
     
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  2. larryganz

    larryganz The cable guy Sep 12, 2019

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    Nice watch all around, but the coolest part will be that which only the wearer is thinking about after he puts it on, the movement.
     
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  3. lindo

    lindo Sep 12, 2019

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    That is a splash of colour. Good luck to him.
     
  4. mayankyadav

    mayankyadav Sep 12, 2019

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    Priced at around 9000 dollars !
     
  5. Ebuster

    Ebuster Sep 12, 2019

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    As an Australian I have followed nh for a while now, he has good attitude
     
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  6. KingCrouchy

    KingCrouchy Sep 12, 2019

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    Looks very nice, can you use this watch to fight aggressive Koalas?::confused2::
     
  7. Qwertyqaz

    Qwertyqaz Sep 12, 2019

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    That’s nice to see Australian designers competing at the main stage.

    All brands started small.
    Rolex, Longines, Omega etc
     
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  8. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Sep 12, 2019

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    Used in the knife world a fair bit

    Knife clips

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    And pry bars
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  9. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Sep 13, 2019

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  10. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Sep 13, 2019

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    Good on him, he has a few apprentices doing apprenticeships and learning the trade of not only fixing watches but making watches. :thumbsup:
    He’s a character and opinionated. Yes, but he gives to the watch world. I’ve learnt a few things from he’s blog over the years ( and had a laugh or two at him )
     
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  11. eugeneandresson

    eugeneandresson Sep 13, 2019

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    :eek:

    (Because nobody has yet...HAGWE folks, and don’t forget to have a laugh and smile)
     
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  12. aginoz

    aginoz Sep 20, 2019

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    Great to see an Oz designed watch. The use of Timascus is interesting but I’m not sure what it achieves for the watch in terms of accuracy, reliability, longevity etc. The movement is not made in Australia and I’m struggling to see how this justifies the A$8.8k (US$6.1k) price tag. I’m a strong supporter of watchmaking innovation but innovation that moves the art/craft of watchmaking forward. Not convinced that using a new material in the movement qualifies. We are not talking abt a new material for the mainspring that extends the runtime (as an example). On balance, I applaud Nicholas for having a go, but this feels like it misses the mark.
     
  13. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Sep 20, 2019

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    Incorrect. The movement is made in Australia at NH's Brookvale facility.
     
  14. aginoz

    aginoz Sep 20, 2019

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    The rebelde microsite states that they are working to get to 50 percent of the movement parts being manufactured in-house in Australia. My reading of the site has them making 10 percent of the parts currently. When they do get to the “Made in Australia” threshold - that will be a red letter day for Aussie engineering.
     
  15. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Sep 20, 2019

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    Everything about finishing Timascus is a challenge, but seeing the colours pop makes it all worth it.

    Every time I see the finished parts, I get reminded about how special this project truly is... Expressions of interest welcome for a 4th quarter 2019 release.
    The first and only Timascus watch movement ... manufactured in Australia.



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    http://nickhacko.blogspot.com/2019/09/timascus-for-nh2.html
     
  16. aginoz

    aginoz Sep 20, 2019

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    I’ll call Nicholas on Monday and ask him.
     
  17. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Sep 20, 2019

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    I suppose it's baby steps at the moment, but the Timascus has enough content to be labelled "Manufactured in Australia" or else the ACCC would be on the case.
     
  18. michael22

    michael22 Sep 21, 2019

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    How about the case & dial, where are they made?
     
  19. yande

    yande Sep 21, 2019

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    There is more to Nick Hacko as a watch brand than Timascus. That is a recent addition, modification to the NH1, Brand..
    I just do not understand the "hate" for Nick Hacko. Fair enough, with WUS, the feeling was mutual, but I mentioned him here once and guys just put him down, "guys" who really, I thought better of. I am seeing it here again. What is it? I've a friend, and just because he does not like the Californian Dial, just can't bear to hear his Nick's name mentioned. Talk about closed minded.. Anyways, in Australia we have a term for it, "The Tall Poppy Syndrome."

    I have avidly followed Nick for some 7 or more years. I am definitely not a fan of his second hand prices, but I am a fan of his dedication to us watch enthusiasts. He has fought hard against Rolex, and Omega's spare parts "Cartel" mentality here in Australia. He has invested $100,s of thousands in Kern Lathes, tooling, parts etc., and yes, who else is employing Apprentices in this industry to think for themselves. Yet, lesser men who have done actually nothing choose to point the finger and say "hmmph, he's a blow hard.. Pot calling the kettle Black?..... Need I say more..?
    Anyways, during my working day, I look forward to, and enjoy, taking a couple of minutes off every afternoon to learn something about Horolgy that I did not know before reading Nick's daily newsletter..
    You can read many more posts here http://nickhacko.blogspot.com/ and perhaps have your questions answered about where everything comes from.
    I loved this post of his from Feb 2019. It's a little long, but bear with it....

    ""Industrie 4.0" is based on FAST data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, The Internet of Things, cloud computing and cognitive computing. Or, to put it simply, we are no longer dealing with insulated computers and insulated robots, but billions of ‘things’ – from smart watches, smart fridges and microwaves, smart cars to robots which build robots, to robots which learn how to think – all interconnected, capable of ‘talking’ to each other.

    Just one example: all four CNC machines in our workshop can be remotely operated from Germany, Japan and Switzerland. Actually, they can only do operations enabled and approved by the manufacturer for their intended use and purpose. On our Citizen lathe we cannot make machine guns - only watches – because Citizen does not allow its machines to be used for military purposes. Every machine is accounted for in time and physical place. We cannot cheat; we cannot on-sell the machine to a gun maker; we cannot even move it two metres away from its GPS-locked location without Citizen’s approval. And, in countries like Germany, Switzerland and Japan, our CNC lathe would be talking to raw material suppliers, distribution networks and couriers, as well as sales departments awaiting the finished product. A fully networked machine would be able to produce parts on demand, in the exact quantity at well pre-established price, with the part delivered to the end user – without any human interaction. This is Industrie 4.0 and this is already happening as we speak.
    This morning, I got the phone call from our workshop: our internet, our bloodline, was down.
    The TPG helpdesk offered help: “Have you tried to restart your modem?...

    Regardless, the guy is having a go. A typical immigrants story in Australia and I applaud the man!! Love to hear what his detractors have done!
     
  20. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Sep 21, 2019

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    I think he makes his own cases now, but not sure (can @aginoz find out when he talks to Nick?).

    Like many other watch manufacturers, he sources his dials from a dial supplier.
     
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