Sasha White is one of the best bespoke bicycle makers in the world. His Vanilla bikes have become collector's items - 15 a year and a backorder list about 500 deep. (it isn't that bad .. customers give up and sometimes die, so the real wait is probably closer to 15 years at this point. You start thinking about how long you will live and how long Sasha will be working.) He also supervises another line that builds 100 bikes a year and has a much shorter waiting list.
I know someone with about $40k spread across four bikes - none intended for racing. One of them is a $600 everyday commuter. He loves design, craftsmanship and perfection and notes this is much less expensive than a sailboat.
Like the Gold video, Stainless opens up with numerous beauty shots directly from the foundry floor as the molten 316L is processed into what foundries call "sticks." The molten metal passes out of the bottom of a crucible (typically located on the top floor of a multi-story foundry) through a valve and into a series of shaping steps that form each stick as the metal's viscosity rises in the transformation back into a solid. This process is very precisely controlled in order to properly form the final stick's grain structure and hardness. Apple is producing the watches in enough volume that they can easily specify the exact alloy composition of the entire crucible of material, as well as define the precise temper, hardness and stick dimensions.
Apple chooses to not show what is likely the most unique and important step in the production of the Watch; cold forging. In production forging, a blank of metal is placed between two extraordinarily hard steel dies that have the bottom and top halves formed into open faced molds. The hammer - a piece of capital equipment roughly the size of a house laid on it's end - slams the dies closed with force measured in tens of thousands of tonnes. Under such pressure, the metal reaches a state called "plastic deformation" and literally bends, compresses and flows into the shaped cavities of the die. For complex, or high-precision forging, multiple dies with successively deeper cavities are used to gradually tease the material into the desired shape.
Forging produces what's called a "net shape" part; the process is unable to create precision holes, pockets, threads and other features that will require a trip to the CNC mills. What forging does do is create parts of exceptional strength. In the textbook graphic above, we see an illustration of the grain structure for a cast, machined and forged component. We can see the forged variant has an intact grain lattice that is flowing and curving to meet the final shape of the part, leading to tremendous strength,
Kristen Camara's approach to archiving small bits and pieces you write down once, but intend to forget in a short time ... 1,100 yards of butcher paper. No product - if you want one the plans are open source.