When I started Draken 5 years ago, I set out to create a brand of watches that would be durable, reliable and unique. Our first watch – the Tugela – drew inspiration from the rugged terrain of the Drakensberg mountains of South Africa. Since then the brand has continuously pushed the envelope with unique designs and features, most recently with the Benguela and it’s hooded lugs and multi-layered dial. 

In 2021 I wanted to push our design abilities further, with a new chronograph design that would align with the rest of the Draken line-up, but also stand out as a unique timepiece.

Taking inspiration from the case design of the Tugela, the Kruger will have the same tapered style, but this time in titanium. Titanium is super lightweight and durable, ensuring the 44mm case and bracelet will be comfortable on your wrist. The case will feature a screw-down case back and crown, to achieve a 200m water resistance.

The handset and dial are inspired by aviation, but with distinct modern styling. X1-C3 Superluminova paint will light up the dial, for super bright night-time viewing. 

The 120-click bezel will feature a matte black ceramic bezel with a 60-minute timing layout. Ceramic is also highly scratch-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about that accidental contact with doorways and benchtops.

At the core will be the SII VK63 mechaquartz movement. A couple of reasons we’ve chosen this movement. For starters, it’s really affordable. We looked at automatic chronograph movements and starting price is around $550 for one in this layout. We would have also had to tool two different cases, which isn’t feasible given the MOQs of our case factories.
Manual-wind movements were out too – having the time stop while flying a plane, or diving underwater seemed like a bad idea. 

The VK63 still gives you the smooth chronograph ticking found in automatic movements and also features a date complication, which looks great in the symmetrical window position at 6h. 

Sapphire crystal is standard with all our watches, and we’ll use a double domed piece here for minimal distortion. Anti-reflective coating will help reduce glare.

The specs at a glance:

  • 44mm tapered titanium case, 22mm lugs, 14mm thick
  • Matte dial with X1-C3 Superliminova® luminous markers
  • 120-click bezel with ceramic insert
  • SII VK63 mechaquartz movement with small seconds and date
  • Sapphire crystal with inner AR coating
  • 200m water resistance
  • Viton® gasket on screw-down case back

The next step is to finalise the technical drawings and some of the finer details such as the case back design. I’ll also be working on a few more renders of the other variants. I’m considering a full-lume white dial, panda dial, and reverse panda.

I’m super excited to have locked in this design for our next model. I’d love to hear your feedback, so please leave a comment below.

Take care.

Mike

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