American manufacturing is not dead

See how we’re producing the Niall One.2

Case

Our stainless steel case is one of the most critical design components of the Niall One.2. The case is produced one at a time, using Computer Numeric Control (CNC) technology at our manufacturing partner's facility in San Diego, CA. We utilize 316L stainless due to its universal acceptance in the timepiece industry, its high strength quality and its resistance to the elements. Ghosted lugholes are laser cut with extreme precision to maximize visual appeal. The result is a seamless, classic timepiece body that will stand the test of time.

Dials

The Niall One.2’s dials are laser cut from a 0.32 millimeter solid sheet of 7075 aluminum at our production partner in Kansas City, MO. Thinner than the lead inside a mechanical pencil, our dials are painted with a military-grade flat black ceramic coating, called Cerakote. After painting and inspection, the hour marks and logo are laser etched directly onto the dial.

Our laser etching process allows us to heat the aluminum material to create markings with a silvery-white hue. Etched with a level of precision that is 1/10 smaller than the width of a human hair, the Niall One.2 dial is crafted to achieve the utmost longevity.

Bezels

Much like our cases, the Niall One.2 sports bezels that are individually crafted from a solid block of 316L stainless steel in San Diego, CA. Bezels are cut to our precision requirements (with an .008mm tolerance) and then bead blasted to a matte finish using aluminum oxide to remove any tool marks or deformities.

The bead blasted bezels are shipped to our partner in Pennsylvania, PA to be DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coated. The DLC process gives the bezels a gunmetal black color and a level of scratch resistance surpassed only by a physical diamond.

Glass

To produce the glass for the Niall One.2, we made the bold decision to partner with Corning, the makers of Gorilla Glass. During the R&D of the Niall One.2, our team found the standard industry material (sapphire glass) limited our ability to push the threshold of timepiece engineering. Gorilla Glass allowed us to change that dynamic.

The Niall One.2 uses a truncated cone glass design that is 2mm thick. Working with Corning, we were able to meet both cost and leadtime requirements, while maintaining the integrity of our custom design.

Glass

To produce the glass for the Niall One.2, we made the bold decision to partner with Corning, the makers of Gorilla Glass. In design research, our design team found the standard industry material (sapphire glass) limited our ability to push the limits of timepiece engineering. Gorilla Glass allowed us to change that dynamic.

The Niall One.2 uses a truncated cone glass design that is 2mm thick, scratch resistant and break resistant. Working with Corning, we were able to meet both cost and leadtime requirements, and maintain the integrity of the design.

Movement

Depending on your serial number, the Niall One.2 uses either an ETA 2824-2 or a Selitta SW200 automatic movement. Both of these time-tested 25-jewel movements are well tested and highly accurate. The quality of these movements has created a mass-demand dynamic in the timepiece industry. We address this dynamic by building the Niall One.2 with production mixture of both movements.

The Swiss movement that powers the Niall One.2 is the only component that is not manufactured in the United States. R&D is currently under way for an American based movement that will match the quality and value of ETA and Sellita.

Crown

While a screw down crown is commonplace in the industry, they can strip out over time resulting in a less than optimal customer experience. So we eliminated it with the Niall One.2, using a push down crown system that we call ‘Airlock’. The Airlock crown has a set of three gaskets that keep the watch locked and sealed from elements such as water and dust.

Assembly

The Niall One.2 team hand assembles each timepiece at our headquarters in Kansas City, MO. Our operations and production facility is located in a humidity controlled environment that was previously home to a 100-year old spring works factory in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, MO. Once assembled, each timepiece goes through a series of quality assurance tests and inspections before we polish, package and send it to our customers.

Finishing

We put the finishing touches on the Niall One.2 at our production headquarters in Kansas City. The Niall team of watchmaking artisans has pioneered our process for taking a raw, freshly cut case and turning it into a flawless masterpiece, combining both micro-sanding and polishing techniques. The result is an exact shine and brush finish that provides stunning beauty.

Finishing

We put the finishing touches on the Niall One.2 at our production headquarters in Kansas City. The Niall team of watchmaking artisans has pioneered our process for taking a raw, freshly cut case and turning it into a flawless masterpiece, combining both micro-sanding and polishing techniques. The result is an exact shine and brush finish that provides stunning beauty.

Packaging

Combining functionality, bold design and a high level of protection, the Niall One.2 packaging is a work of art. The case is crafted from Horween Cordovan shell leather by Sandlot Goods, our production partner. Sandlot carefully cuts, stitches and hand assembles each case at their production facility In Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, just seconds from Niall’s headquarters.