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Update on the Kruger chrono

It’s been a while since I shared some info on the Kruger, so in this post, I would like to share a bit about the final dial design, and a few tweaks we’ve made along the way. So, for starters here is the line up! We wanted to keep it simple and utilitarian for this […]

The next model from Draken

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been working hard on the design of the Kruger pilot chronograph. Design is a part of this job I absolutely love, so it wasn’t that hard to find the motivation to work till 12AM most nights.  Chronograph design is particularly challenging. Getting all the elements to fit […]

Making of the Benguela – The Prototypes

I’ve spent the past few weeks testing out the Benguela prototypes and getting feedback from fellow watch enthusiasts. With three different band options (bracelet, rubber and leather), it was important to get a feel for each and make sure they worked with the watch head. Responses have been extremely positive! At a RedBar get together […]

Making of the Benguela – The Case Back

I really wanted to make a splash (figuratively and literally) with the case back of the Benguela, but being a deep dive watch, it would need to be at least 2.2mm thick. That means solid—no crystal display of the movement within.  For our first watch, the Tugela, the case back featured the Drakensberg mountains and […]

Making of the Benguela – The Dial

In ‘Part One’ we talked about the case of the watch, with its original hooded lugs. The dial of the Benguela adds another unique element. Understandably, the dial of a watch is it’s most recognisable feature. Think about some of the most popular dive watch designs – Rolex Submariner, Seiko SKX, Panerai Luminor Marina. All have distinct indices […]

Final Dial Design

After a long deliberation I’ve decided to change the style of the dial slightly. I really want the Tugela to be a unique dive watch design, that can stand on its own when viewed next to a Rolex or Tudor, and not be a homage. I also think the new design ties in better with […]

The Box Design

So, I’ve been debating whether to go with a travel case (a popular option among many microbrand watch companies) or a box. The advantage of using a travel case is that you can reuse the case again for storing a spare watch while wearing another watch on your wrist. The cost of a travel case […]

The Date Ring

The other detail on the dial that I am really excited about, is the date window, or more specifically, the date ring behind the date window. I have managed to find a supplier that can do lumed numbers on the date ring! the Date ring will be glowing white text on black background, and for […]