Kudoke is a German luxury watch brand which is specialised in the manufacturing of hand made watches. The watch brand is founded by a talented watch maker, Stefan Kudoke.
Stefan Kudoke started studying the art of watchmaking from scratch. Two skilled masters in this handcraft taught him to understand and love the mechanical process of time showing. His outstanding talent made him finish his studies with honours. Later on he started working for ‘Glashütte Original’ in the studio for complications and prototypes and after that in the service department for ‘Breguet’, ‘Blancpain’ and ‘Omega’ in New York. But all this success couldn’t satisfy him. Before receiving a business degree he also became a master craftsman in watchmaking. In addition to his studies Stefan Kudoke began to teach himself the art of skeletonizing and hand engraving which led to the
creating of his first skeleton watch, the foundation stone of KUDOKE.
In 2008 KUDOKE presented his products at Munich time watch fair and also at WATCH 2008 in Maastricht. On April 2009 KUDOKE took part in the world watch and jewellery show in Basel as exhibitor for the first time. Stefan Kudoke was awarded Zukunftspreis Brandenburg 2009 for outstanding entrepreneurial achievements. In 2018, Kudoke presented his first in house movement.
There are many brands performing on this market, only few can create emotions like a KUDOKE does. The company believe it is the perfect combination of fine watch mechanism and exceptional design. To handcraft a piece of art like this a KUDOKE has to go through a long and difficult work process. A gifted watchmaker needs many years of experience to settle the ability of making skeleton watches. For this reason it is impossible to produce large numbers.
Manufacturing a KUDOKE requires creativity, time and pursuit of perfection to meet the high qualitative standards. Hereinafter we give you an insight into the development of a KUDOKE and the work stages accordingly. Based on the type of movement, a sketch is made, where customers may express their individual wishes which are implemented if technically feasible. Within this step it is extremely important to preserve the stability of the movement. After the movement has been disassembled into its components, the sketch is now copied on the actual movement.
Accordingly plates, bridges and the block are perforated and skeletonized by hand with a small saw. Within the next work step the movement is shaped by filing, any burr has to be removed and decorative grindings are made. Afterwards edges are filed and polished until a so called “Anglierung” has developed. For some models such as the Mysticum even the dial as well as hands are sawed out, filed and polished completely by hand. Afterwards they are blued over a naked flame. The traditional finishing of a movement contains the refinement of the screws by hand as well. The movement in its final shape is now engraved by hand. By including special patterns, writings and symbols the individual style of the movement can be intensified. Before reassembling and casing a movement the plates, bridges and the block are electroplated. By use of this technique fascinating color effects can be created.