Famous for its cult disc-shaped design watches, IKEPOD was founded in 1994 by Oliver Ike and Marc Newson as a luxury, Swiss Made watch brand.
Ikepod unleashed several trends in the watchmaking of the 1990s by boldly increasing watch size and promoting craftsmanship and limited editions. Preempting the vogue of concept watches and independent manufacture, Ikepod adorned the wrists of artists, designers and Silicon Valley stars. The brand is often remembered for its cult 1998 Hemipode watch of elliptic forms and UFO allure.
By 2008 Ikepod was swimming against the tide of the watch industry crisis and it maneuvered a repositioning of its brand in the luxury market with exclusive collections in gold and platinum and cool collaboration with artists Kaws and Jeff Koons.
Despite global distribution in leading premium retailers (Colette, Westime, The Hour Glass) the brand was put on hold, the creator left Ikepod but the brand retains its legacy for innovative watchmaking design and its allure for collectors of iconic timepieces. In 2017, the brand was acquired by new investors.
In 2018, Ikepod made a grand comeback with a highly successful Kickstarter crowd funding campaign. Bygone is the era of Swiss Made and complicated mechanical movements. Designed in Switzerland and assembled in Hong Kong, the new Ikepod timepieces boast the same iconic cases and pushers but house quartz movements. The ikepods from the re-launch collection were designed by famed watch designer, Emmanuel Gueit.
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