frequently asked questions
How long has your company existed ?
The WH&T project is much more than a company; it is a veritable adventure begun one year ago (in the summer of 2018) by Le Carrousel Formation with the support of several regional external partners.
Wild Horologists and Team notably includes the following: Concepto Watch Factory SA, whose team developed and manufactured the movement and which will also assemble the watches and carry out final inspections; Agence Neue, for the graphic and photographic elements; Toast Production, which produced the video presenting the project. Last but not least, to boost the visibility of our unprecedented venture, Lucente Lab has taken on responsibility for overall communication, creating our website, and managing our social media.
So WH&T isn’t a brand ?
No. WH&T is an acronym that stands for WILD HOROLOGISTS AND TEAM. It is a codename that brings together all the skills required to develop, produce and distribute the first industrialized school watch in the history of watchmaking. WH&T aims to give the students of Watch Business Lab (a study program offered by Le Carrousel Formation) the chance to put their learning into practice by carrying out all the design, production and distribution stages of a high-end product in real life.
What does WH&T intend to do after this first project ?
It is very difficult to say at this stage. Once this first fundraising campaign is over and if we meet our objective, we might offer future groups of students the chance to create a new model in a different aesthetic style and fitted with another type of movement. This initial experiment will no doubt determine the future of our dream team, so we are counting on you to ensure it continues after the first production run !
Do WH&T watches come with a warranty ?
Yes ! You will receive a two-year international warranty valid from the date you acquire your new chronograph. This warranty covers all manufacturing defects that may affect the correct operation of the watch.
Once the warranty period has expired, WH&T commits to ensure that the exterior parts can be repaired for five years (case, dials, etc.) and the movement repaired with no time limit (CAL C3057 for model LCF888). All repairs will be subject to a quote that must be approved by the owner of the watch before they can take place.
Can I swim or take a shower with my LCF888 chronograph ?
Yes! All WH&T chronographs of reference LCF888 are water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters; in other words, they can withstand pressure arising from immersion in water of up to 10 atm.
Whenever the watch is used in a wet environment, ensure that the winding crown is always in its initial position, touching the side of the case (manual winding of the mechanism) in order to guarantee effective water-resistance.
Is the LCF888 chronograph model a mechanical or quartz watch ?
The LCF888 model is fitted with the C3057 caliber (movement), which is entirely mechanical and is wound automatically. Initial winding takes place manually by turning the crown around 35 times (position 01 – initial). After this, the wearer’s natural movements will wind the movement automatically thanks to the rotation of the central oscillating weight, which visible at the back of the movement.
This caliber has approximately 48 hours of power reserve. If the watch is not worn for two days, it will stop. If this occurs, simply wind manually once again and your chronograph will be entirely operational once more.
What are the differences between the versions offer ?
The differences lie only in the choice of materials and color of the finishes.
For instance, the upper bezel of the LCF888/01 model is in 316L stainless steel, while we have chosen to fit the five other versions of the chronograph with a scratchproof ceramic bezel. You will find the detailed technical descriptions for each version at the following address: www.what.ch/chronograph-lcf888.
Can I choose a particular serial number for my watch ?
Each watch from this unique production will have its own personal identification number. The first will be No. 0001 and the series will end on the number of pieces that we produce for the campaign.
Unfortunately, it will not be possible to assign particular numbers to our backers insofar as they will be consecutive and assigned in succession for the versions produced. There will therefore not be a No. 0001, No. 0002, etc. for each model.
Last but not least, we do not want to favor one backer over another. We want to maintain a community spirit around the WH&T venture and wish to remain accessible to as many people as possible.