Oh yeah, why did it have to take 9 months long? It's like pregnancy...
Thanks for posting!
It takes that long because Bill is a one-man operation. While he sells some of the more popular or standard variants pre-assembled, for a custom job (such as this one), he assembles personally, by hand, and regulates the movement himself before shipping. To be specific: for a custom job, he installs:
In between, he also needs to set aside time for designing whatever is coming next and doing all those things associated with a small business -- handling orders, web site design and admin, accounting, parts ordering, customer service, etc. etc.
And because Bill Yao/MKII is not that well-kept of a secret, demand is really high. If you go for a custom job (from all accounts, well worth it), you have to wait in line -- and if he gets sick or there's a QC problem with parts or he has to (for example) travel to the Basel watch fair, well ...
I do like the "pregnancy" comparison -- I imagine that that new Stingray will be Allan's "baby" for a while!
Looks great, BTW, and very nice shots as well. Enjoy!