Peregrine Prototypes Nearly Complete

Hey folks. A new year and an exciting new project! The Peregrine is the new release we have scheduled for launch in March. I’ve got a few pics of some of the components to share with you. The cases will be fully brushed, in the same way the Aoraki was. We haven’t done a display […]

Looking ahead to 2024

Hey folks. I have been giving some thought to what models we will release in 2024, and started a couple of discussions on our social channels about some of our past models. In a previous email, I shared some designs for an updated version of the Peregrine, a pilot-style watch we originally launched in 2017. […]

Peregrine Reimagined

A month ago I talked about possibly bringing back an old model, the Peregrine. This updated version would resolve many of the quirks of the original. It is still in the design stage but I wanted to share with you a few 2D renders to get some feedback. The first thing you’ll probably notice is […]

Aoraki field watch

It’s time for an update on the next Draken: the Aoraki (“au-ra-kee”).  For a lot of you, this might actually be the first time you’ve heard about it. Being a tool watch company, we’ve tended to produce watches in larger sizes. We’ve done dive watches, a pilot watch, a military-style watch and a chronograph, all […]

Tugela GMT, yeah baby!

Yep, sometimes we do follow market trends, and the popularity of the Tugela Super Blue LE could not be ignored. We’ve had so many requests for the Super Blue LE since the limited 120 pieces sold out, that we had to find a way to bring that colour combo back. So, please let me introduce […]

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 […]

Introducing the Kruger chronograph

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 […]

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 […]