Based in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, Montres KF (Karsten Fräßdorf watches) surprises the world of Swiss Haute Horlogerie by becoming a Maison capable of tailoring its creations to reflect its clients’ imagination.
It took a man, Karsten Frässdorf, a master watchmaker crazy and bold enough to view contemporary watchmaking from a new angle. In 2016, this breath of fresh air in the industry led to the creation of the brand bearing his initials (KF), driven by a vision running firmly against the tide and taking the customer as the starting point for all its watch designs.
The KF philosophy is above all based on authentic expertise that dares to be modern while celebrating the past. This is a case of pushing the “Swiss Made” label to its limits for watches that are 100% developed, produced and assembled in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
A singular brand, capable of developing of any calibre, KF ensures freedom and absolute creativity in terms of innovation. It is also a playful Maison, however, which ushers its clients into the fabulous world of timepiece design by giving them carte blanche to choose the design and complications of each model. A resolutely horological, unmistakably timeless approach proclaiming each owner’s vibrant personality.
KF believes in sharing a mutual madness, mid-way between high-flying technicality and waking dreams, in order to shape the watchmaking landscape that it regards as the sum of individualities. This concept is expressed in a highly exclusive way, since each model is by definition unique in terms of both its design and its production methods. It is this “Atelier” spirit one discovers when visiting the brand located in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the cradle of watchmaking and a city featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List for its watchmaking town planning.
Watchmaking has been part of Karsten’s life for almost four decades. It all started at the age of 15 with a Junghans alarm clock that made a pretty loud ticking sound. This unmistakably horological melody has remained with him ever since, as has his alarm clock. Passionate about the grand and beautiful show staged by mechanical horology, he became a Master watchmaker, timer and developer.
Progressively learning and honing his trade as an apprentice watchmaker, journeyman and Master watchmaker, Karsten began his career in clockmaking before serving as an expert and later a workshop foreman for an auction house. At Gübelin, he discovered the world of Grand Complications, a passion that has remained undimmed to this day. He successively opened a restoration workshop and then a movement development office before launching his namesake brand in the Swiss Jura, in 2016.
Official website: https://montres-kf.com