KLOK-01: Inspired by the side rule
Klokers timepieces are neither vintage nor retro but part of a transverse reality. They offer a means to travel between yesterday and tomorrow, being resolutely focused on the future. These are the Klokers Machines To Travel Through Time.
Before the advent of cheap pocket calculators, slide rules were the fastest method for working out complex calculations. Travel through time as Klokers pays homage to this iconic, form-followsfunction instrument with the brand’s first watch, the KLOK-01, featuring three rotating disks displaying time along a vertical line.
The KLOK-01 display is a graphical representation of a slide rule using three rotating concentric rings to display the time along a vertical red line. The rings — one each for hours, minutes, and seconds — rotate at different speeds, making the whole dial a symphony of motion.
KLOK-01 is Swiss Made and features a high-tech movement with a high-precision quartz movement. The rotating disk displays are driven by high-efficiency, bi-directionally functioning Lavet micromotors that boast low power consumption. These disks display the time on a vertical red line at the top of the dial. An integrated magnifying lens in the crystal ensures maximum legibility when reading the time.
The 44 mm case of KLOK-01 is made from a composite metal polymer offering high strength and low weight and ensuring that the timepiece fits comfortably on wrists of all sizes. What’s more, the KLOK-01 is also waterproof up to 5m. A pusher at 8 o’clock on the case band releases the watch from the docking “jewel” for ease of changing watches and bracelets.
KLOCK-02: Push button time travel
Until the end of the 19th century, most towns and cities throughout the world had their own time. And while that might seem a recipe for chaos now, back then the fastest form of transport was the horse and here was no need to a more structured system. However, with the advent of the railroads opening up much of America, it became evident that train timetables needed to be harmonized, not just for travelers but also avoiding trains travelling in different directions on the same track at the same time.
Then in 1884, the timezones we know today was established. While time zones were essential in enabling fast and reliable train transport, they were even more so when international aviation (quite literally) took off. Today, many if not most of us have regular connections, either physical or digital, with friends, family, and colleagues in various locations and time zone around the world and KLOK02 makes it easier than ever to know not just where they are, but when they are.
While it may be the large arc of the retrograde minutes and seconds sweeping across the top section of KLOK-02 that first catches the eye, it’s the small windows underneath where the real magic happens. A circular opening displays jumping hours, to the right of which is a window showing cities, each city in one of 24 time zones around the world. A short press of the pusher on the case band at 4 o’clock changes the city/time zone and the hour in that city’s time zone automatically synchronizes. A longer press of the pusher causes the date to display.
KLOK-02 features a high-precision, quartz regulated, Swiss Made Soprod SOP 813 mechatronic movement with displays driven by high-efficiency/low power consumption, bi-directional Lavet micromotors. The KLOK-02 just like the KLOK-01 is also waterproof up to 5m.
The slim 43 mm case of KLOK-02 is made from a composite metal polymer offering high strength and low weight, ensuring that the timepiece fits comfortably on wrists of all sizes. A pusher at 8 o’clock on the case band releases the watch from the docking “jewel” for ease of changing watches and bracelets.
Klokers watches are highly evocative, triggering memories and personal stories from iconic objects of our past. They are like time shuttles for the wrist, reviving timeless style elements and channeling them into fresh, contemporary, playful timepieces respecting the origins of their inspiration.
Klokers will be available on 14th February 2017, for the first time in Southeast Asia, at Antė @TANGS Plaza and Antė @Takashimaya. The KLOK-01 retails for $699 and the KLOK-02 retails for $1,499.
Also published on Medium.