Wolf Designs 456702 Module 2.7 4PC Watch Winder with Cover
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- Rotation options- incrementally from 300-1200 turns per day The LCD screen provides a countdown of remaining rotations in daily cycle
- Watch cuff has been designed to accommodate larger, heavier watches and will "lock" into the winder drum for a secure fit
- Winder can turn clockwise, counter-clockwise or bi-directional
- Winder runs exclusively on a 33V Adapter (included)
|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Wolf Designs|
|Item weight||9.1 kilograms|
The Wolf Designs Module 2.7 4PC Watch Winder with Cover should accompany the collection of any self-proclaimed watch connoisseur. It boasts a backlit LCD display screen that powers on when the control knobs or chrome plate are touched. It rotates incrementally from 300 to 1,200 turns per day and displays a countdown reminder on the screen. This winder has been designed to accommodate larger watches, which will lock into the winder drum for a secure fit. It has the ability to turn clockwise, counter-clockwise or bi-directionally and can be powered via D-cell batteries or a 33-volt adapter.
Our story, the Wolf Story, is something we take great pride in sharing. Not just because the business bears our family name, but also because this is our family. This is what the Wolf family has done for five generations.
BEGINNINGS ON FAIRY TALE ROAD
The Wolf Designs legacy begins like the Deutsche Marchensrasse (Fairytale Road) in Hanau, Germany in 1834. It was in Hanau that Philip Wolf I, a silversmith by trade, began to produce leather-covered presentation cases for his silver products. His rationale was clear: it is only logical to protect ones investment in fine silver by storing and safeguarding it in a fine quality case. Presentation and storage cases for jewelry were not unique, however, covering the case in rich leather was something that Philip I would be credited with inventing. The process of cutting and stitching leather panels together was a laborious task. The leather was fastened onto the frame and inspected with care to ensure that every piece met Philips high standards.
In 1836, Philip was selling more presentation and jewelry boxes than silver so he moved away from making silver and concentrated on honing his skills making leather boxes. His business continued to grow as many local silver and goldsmiths discovered that their products held greater value when offered in a case made by Philip Wolf.
Philip Wolf II was born in 1869. He would come to take over the family business, but only after years of apprenticeship. By 1905, the Wolf family had immigrated to Malmö, Sweden. Visiting the region on holiday, Philip II met a beautiful woman. He decided he liked the country and chose to stay.
SEEING IT THROUGH
If there were anyone who could personify the steadfast determination of the Wolf family, it would be a woman named Ida Wilhemina. Born of Swedish descent in 1889, she married Philip II in 1910. Ida was known for her extraordinary resourcefulness, courage, and drive to see her family and the family business persevere, even though difficult circumstances. In 1926, Philip Wolf II fell ill with a lung ailment, leaving him unable to work and support his family. Ida Wilhemina Wolf was faced with the prospect of watching the family business, and their sole means of support, dwindle away. She could not let this happen. After successfully taking over the management of the Wolf business, she also took on sales. Ida understood that Wolf Designs needed its customers and customers needed Wolf Designs, so she set off on the road. Though her means of transportation were vastly different from that of todays sales representatives, the job she performed was not much different. Her primary methods of travel were horse-drawn cart and railroad car, stopping in each city, town, and village to sell Wolf Designs jewel cases. To conserve money she would stay in train stations, renting a blanket for 0.50 krona per night, and occasionally accept an invitation into the home of a customer.
THE FAMILYS BUSINESS
During this time, Mrs. Wolf looked to her sons Philip III and Ernst. They were both in their early teens when they began working full-time for the company. Though this was not unusual for young men of this time, it was unique that they were immediately placed in roles of significant responsibility. Mrs. Wolf would be gone for up to three months at a time, carrying one suitcase for personal items and another for sample products. Once each week she would mail her purchase orders to the factory, where production manager Gerda Ridell would stand at the door awaiting their delivery.
FROM SLOW AND STEADY TO FAST FLOW
The reins were passed to Philip III in 1936, during a global depression. Due to the cautious nature of the Wolf family and Swedens neutrality during the war, the Company was able to export significant amounts of product and enjoy a stable home market throughout the Depression and World War II. Throughout his tenure, Philip III was determined to establish Wolf Designs as a benchmark for professionalism and sound business practices. He promptly introduced fast-flow production methods, which dramatically improved manufacturing efficiency.
GROWING UP AND OUT
At the same time, Wolf Designs implemented new distribution and sales programs that were managed directly by the company. This also proved successful and resulted in phenomenal growth. In 1939, Philip III purchased a five-story building in the center of Malmö to handle the rapidly expanding operations. This building housed all aspects of the business: manufacturing, sales, distribution, administration, and 200 highly dedicated employees. The company remained in this building for more than twenty years, until the early 1960s. At that time, they moved to a new 80,000 square foot building, designed and built just for Wolf Designs to hold modern offices and a labor force expanding to more than 350 employees. This facility produced items for retailers and customers throughout Europe.
A FAMILY WITH VISION, A COMPANY WITH HEART
Beyond Philip IIIs business acumen, Wolf Designs became known as a company with a great social conscience, with programs to assist the companys employees, community, and environment. Philip III frequently loaned money to staff members to help them buy houses. He knew that a comfortable and stable workforce would also be more loyal and productive. Philip III cared deeply about the environment. What started as a casual interest shortly blossomed into his lifelong dedication. By 1947, he had built the family business to such a stable position that he could venture to South America to volunteer his time, intellect, and energy to preserving the environment. He also gave speeches throughout Sweden to lobby the government against soil erosion, while still continuing to develop his family business. Philip IV was given the edict to go to the UK and establish the business there. His brother Richard, a professional ballet dancer, stayed in Sweden with his father to run the parent company.
FROM A SUITCASE TO SELFRIDGES
In 1961, Philip IV arrived in London armed only with a suitcase and samples. He immediately began visiting and selling to companies like Ronson and Timex. At the time, Ronson was the largest cigarette lighter manufacturer in the world. They had planned a launch for a new womens lighter, and a Wolf Designs case would be the launch vehicle. The jewelry case business also flourished with clients like Harrods and Selfridges stores in London. The Company even had its own store-within-a-store at Selfridges, staffed by Wolf Designs employees and with a large area devoted to its products. Customers marveled at the finely crafted leather-covered boxes. Once Philip IV had established Wolf Designs throughout the UK, the family decided to move there. In the spring of 1964, they moved into an office on highly fashionable Old Bond Street in London.
WOLF DESIGNS TAKES OFF!
In 1968 the Company decided to set up a production facility in the UK. Philip IV selected a site in South Wales, well known for its factory buildings and the availability of its labor. The factory opened in the spring of 1968 and was an immediate success. Products were sold all over the UK as well as in some international markets. Often, Philip IV had to travel to the factory, which was 250 miles from the sales office in London. This caused problems and put a lot of pressure on him. Fortunately, Philip obtained his pilots license and began to commute by air. Soon, clients were willing to join him, and many visits were made from the UK to the Swedish factory, as well as to France, Holland and other countries.
THE TRADITION CONTINUES
Under the wing of Philip IV, Wolf Designs continued to fly high. The winds were right for change and with the 1980s came a period of significant adjustment and transition. In May of 1980, while sitting at the kitchen table in the Wolf home in South London, Ida Wilhemina passed away from a heart attack. Her funeral was held in Malmö and attended by hundreds. In 1988, Simon Philip Wolf V left the UK at his fathers direction to open a US subsidiary in Chicago. He would labour for close to a decade to build the Wolf Designs brand in the North American market, finally succeeding in the mid-1990s when annual growth began to exceed seventy percent. In the midst of these significant corporate changes and the accompanying growth of Wolf Designs, Philip III followed Ida and passed away in 1992. If Ida was the heart of Wolf Designs through the 1930s, 40s and 50s, Philip III was the soul. He is fondly remembered for evolving Wolf Designs into a business that runs like a Swiss watch, while still caring for the environment and the people that are part of it.
Philip IV and Simon Philip V, staying true to the company philosophy, built the North American division one brick at a time, meeting personally with leading retailers in markets all over North America and establishing relationships that will stand the test of time. In 2001, Wolf Designs US celebrated the achievement of a fantastic milestone; this was the first year in which the Company sold over one million leather-covered cases in North America. While this number is great, and our family is proud to have achieved this success, what matters most to all of us in the Wolf family are the incredible people we have had the good fortune to share our passion with, and will continue to for another 175 years.
All the best,
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I would not be writing this review if that was the case. The Wolf policy is that they will absolutely not help you unless you can provide the original receipt. Even after I informed them that I still have the original box and the UPC sticker ($1999 list price) for the winder.
Come to find out this supposedly high end product is not serialized. Why should I be required to keep a receipt if they don't care enough about their product to put a serial number on it? Childrens toys I buy for my todler have a serial number but a $2K winder does not.
In all fairness if I had the receipt they said they would send me a free replacment. Since they manufacture the items in China and the COG's (cost of goods) are probalbly $50 to manufacture it that is not a surprise that giving me a free replacment is their policy. They do not offer any type of repair options. Now that I know it is made in China I certainly would not pay $2000 for a winder it -in all likelyhood- cost them about $50 to manufacure.
I just received this winder from Amazon and am very pleased with it. The price was right - almost 50% off retail. The 4 cuffs can be individually programmed (or turned off if not needed) and the winder is whisper quiet. Programming is a breeze and will literally take you less than a minute. I have only had the winder a few days, so if anything goes wrong, I will certainly update my review. But one of the reasons I settled on Wolf was they are a name brand with a 2-year warranty (unlike the inexpensive nameless winders you can find on Amazon).
If you've bought any Apple, Nest, or Dropcam product, the "box experience" is similar. Wolf has given some thought into the user experience of opening the box and inspecting the product and it arrived completely safe and secure.
Please be aware that the product dimensions listed in the description are WRONG. The ACTUAL product dimensions are 6.5 inches deep x 12.7 inches tall x 10.5 inches wide (NOT 19.5 inches wide as shown in the Amazon listing). This should easily fit on just about any bookshelf or dresser.
The Viceroy cuffs are a bit stiff when new, so fitting the watch around them was a little awkward at first . I expect them to loosen up a bit over time. They do snap into place, rather than squeezing on the "ears" to lock them in. It's a little different from my other winder, but that's not a big deal. I have average size watches (mid to upper 40 mm) and they fit just fine (smaller cuffs can be ordered separately for women's and children's watches).
I wish Wolf made a quad model with some on-board storage. This one is winders only. They do offer other models with storage, but not in a quad format (yet).
A NOTE ON CRITICAL REVIEWS
Some reviews are critical of the price. While the Wolf is not inexpensive, it is certainly not as expensive as other brands (such as Orbita). Sure you can buy cheaper winders, some for less than $100. But they are not as customizable in their programming, they usually require two watches per cuff, the motors are extremely noisy, and they don't last very long. You get what you pay for.
There is one very critical review that has taken Wolf to task because they didn't honor what he considered to be a warranty repair. This reviewer has posted the same critical review for every Wolf listing on Amazon. However, in that case the winder was a hand-me-down, with no receipt. Unless the warranty was registered or if there was an original receipt, the manufacturer has no idea if this is a legitimate claim or not. I don't blame the company in that case. I would say the responsibility is all on the owner. Take the time to register your product for the warranty and print a copy of the receipt (if bought online). You might need it if repairs are necessary.
"The Expandable Automatic Watch Winder" ACC-W1BKBK. I was given the Accuratic as a gift and there is no comparison. The Accuratic is good but it will not accommodate large watches and wound up scratching the edges of my leather band on my Edox Grand Ocean Watch that barely fit inside. I would rate the quality of the Wolf as a 9 out of 10 and the Accuratic a 7 out of 10. The Wolf's green LED light blinks slowly when the unit is on. The Accuratic's LCD screen is very difficult to see once the backlight goes off after a few seconds. I can't easily tell if it's ON and just between cycles like I can with the Wolf while it's not turning but ON. The Accuratic is also making a very low clicking sound one time on each turn. The Wolf is practically silent. Wolf's customer service was great in my experience with them. Look for these being sold by Amazon's Warehouse Deals for some great deals on opened box or damaged packaging. I DO NOT WORK FOR WOLF, ACCURATIC OR AMAZON.