Today we’re going to introduce a relatively new brand that shouldn’t be missed. Created in Annecy, France, in 2014, Klokers was born from an encounter between Nicolas Boutherin and Richard Piras, who both shared the same vision of a future watchmaking concept.
Klokers quickly found itself halfway between watchmaking, fashion, and design. The watch-heads are attached to the straps and accessories by means of a patented fixing system – the Kloker’s key – which makes all products independent, compatible, and interchangeable. The combinations are virtually endless.
Consistently, Klokers sells the watch head by itself, since this is the central element of the brand’s universe around which all straps and accessories gravitate. By dissociating the watch head from the strap, the watch does not have to be worn exclusively around the wrist. Instead, they go from the wrist to the notebook, from the jacket pocket to the pants pocket, from the bag to the desk. So the user becomes a co-creator. That’s like nothing we’ve seen before.
But that’s not the end of innovations. Klokers has come up with a very different solution to read the time. Rather than going with the flow, showing time using hands or numbers, Klokers puts the movement back into the dial. For the Klok-01, which we will introduce here today, it’s not the hands which go round but three dials – one for the hours, one for the minutes and one for the seconds.
The creators of this approach wanted to create a visual and curiosity and change the way people habitually tell the time.
The Klok-01 is inspired by the circular slide rule, a once ubiquitous instrument employed for math operations. This was an analogue mechanical computer generally comprised of three scales, one of which slides between the other two. This process of design, called “Transitive design”, uses stylistic and aesthetical codes of an object to make another object. The original Klok-01 features a white dial, but inspired by the “Blue Hour”, the hour just before sunset and sunrise, Klokers has also included a stunning blue dial in its collection.
The technical challenge of disk dials lies in the materials and production methods and the Quartz movement allowing for powering pieces with variable geometry and nonstandard mechanical properties. The kind of movement used is situated midway between the quartz movement from the 1970s and a traditional mechanical movement. It’s a hybrid movement known as a micro-rotor controlled by processors and softwares.
Like mentioned before, the watch practically invites itself into the wardrobe thanks to the multitude of straps, colors and accessoires. And there’s a lot of attention in the details: color combinations, grain of the leather, smooth or brushed touch, accessories can make all the difference. This concept allows everyone to create their own look with the freedom of enriching one’s collection.