I wanted to tell you how impressed I am with the Exos I received yesterday, and give you my personal feedback in the hopes that it helps you thrive - which you richly deserve to do.
The case and dial of the Exos are really spectacular. As somebody that has turned into a collector mostly by being seduced by photos of watches on the internet, I would say that Exos is the rare watch that wears better than it looks on-line. Prior to having the watch in hand, I was especially impressed with the subtle indicator design, but shared the opinion of the Worn and Wound review that wanted more dimension to the hands. Once I was physically handling the Exos, though, I didn't feel that this was the case at all - the hands have an almost ghostly quality that is perfect. You have made an extremely elegant watch that looks fantastic on the wrist.
I also thought that the movement alterations might qualify as gimmicky. I mean, how hard is it to set a watch to the correct time zone? The way you have done this, though, isn't gimmicky at all. It seems completely natural, and made me wonder why this isn't a common complication. I've had trouble explaining why being able to set the hour hand independently while the watch runs is a handy feature, but that's just through lack of communication skills on my part. Once you actually set the watch yourself, you realize what a useful and pleasing feature this is.
I did change the strap, and knew I would prior to purchase. I can see why you went with the green strap - color wheel theory is real, and green absolutely brings out the purple of the dial. For me, though - and maybe I read too many comic books in my youth - those shades of purple and green scream The Joker or The Hulk. I went with a black leather strap with no visible stitching and less of a taper (I work with my hands, bigger sized wrist, less taper looks better). In my opinion, the subduing the purple with a conservative strap adds to the elegant allure of the design. These are, of course, personal preferences, but I thought you might want to hear them.
Finally, as a matter of trivia, my grandfather was an engraver and part owner of a jewelry store on Stephen Avenue (he always called it 8th Avenue) in Calgary in the 1950's. He had a fascination with time pieces, and I'm sure he would be ecstatic that such interesting work was being done in his hometown. And - more trivia - my girlfriend loves the Exos and has already named it (her?) Dr. Who. As in "Time" and "Traveler."
I wish you all the best moving forward. I'm thrilled with my purchase, and very much look forward to your future projects."