My journey to craft my own artifact with a moving part to it is finally coming to the final stretch.  Though this journey was filled with challenges and learning curves, it has been a very fun and interesting experience and I am satisfied with what I gained.  My original roulette-inspired wristwatch initially inspired by the exciting thrill of Las Vegas and the rush of gambling at the casinos was quickly replaced by a more realistic aesthetic of a luxury, high-end timepiece.  The evolution of this project was necessary and out of preference.  Sourcing materials to create a roulette-inspired watch would have been next to impossible, but I also realized quickly if I ever wanted to wear this watch in the future, I would look pretty silly wearing a roulette watch anywhere outside of a Vegas casino.

Journey Recap: Embracing High Fashion
My quest began with an admiration for the elegance and sophistication of high-end watches, brands like Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe, whose designs not only tell time but also tell stories of craftsmanship and heritage.  In an attempt to draw on their legacy, I aimed to create a wristwatch that mirrors this high-fashion aesthetic while incorporating my personal design preferences through material selection, color, design, and feel.

Artistic Vision and Aesthetic Choices
From the outset, my vision was clear: to create an artifact that contains a moving part with a budget of $150. Upon moving on from the initial roulette wheel watch, my aesthetic was to be sleek and refined, using a palette of subtle yet impactful colors like black, silver, and hints of gold, ensuring each element exudes a sense of luxury. The design needed to not only keep pace with current fashion trends but also maintain a timeless appeal that would stand out in the future and the past.

Technical Specifications and Design Evolution
Selecting the components was a significant part of the process. I opted for a Seiko movement, known for its precision and durability, ensuring the watch’s functionality as a reliable timekeeper because I wanted this project to be as functional as possible for as long as possible. The case was chosen for its classic, clean lines and made from stainless steel for both its aesthetic appeal and its robustness.  I felt the case of the watch could be dressed up or dressed down while still maintaining a high-end look to it regardless.  For the face, I browsed online and found one that I like but then also bought a blank face that if I wanted to could laser cut designs into.

Involvement in the Building Process
Although I purchased the parts, my involvement went far beyond simple assembly. Each component was carefully chosen to align with my envisioned aesthetic. I browsed countless suppliers to select materials that met specific criteria for quality and style, ensuring each piece contributed to the overall design but could also be delivered on time. The assembly process was hands-on and involved further research to ensure that I was assembling properly.  It involved careful placement of each gear and pin, aligning the hands, and securing the face—all steps that required precision, attention to detail, and specific tools.

Project Conclusion and Reflection
I am very excited about how my project will turn out and I think there is still room for further customization and personalization of the wristwatch.  Although my project is still underway I already feel quite accomplished and that I have learned a lot throughout this process and I am excited to share my final project once it is complete.

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  • Cole Metcalf
    May 8, 2024 12:40 pm

    Hi Maddox I loved seeing your project and I think it turned out so well. I am wondering if you were thinking about experimenting with different colors of metal?

  • Hi Maddox, It’s interesting how your idea changed from a roulette watch to a fancy, high-end wristwatch. Picking out the parts and putting everything together must have been tricky, but it sounds like you’re learning a lot. Do you have any previous watch making experience? Seems like it’d be super difficult to make one with how small the components are. Can’t wait to see the finished watch!


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