IKEPOD

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.

Contact details

DOPEKI sàrl
Chemin des Champs Prodon 4a
1453 Mauborget
Switzerland
Website: https://ikepod.com/en/

The Ikepod Hourglass by Marc Newson

Ikepod has over the years sought to convey something different to the watch collector’s world, something that introduces elements from the worlds of art and design into the world of fine horology.

It is always a challenge to cross between worlds and between cultures, but Ikepod designer Marc Newson has done so, for over 20 years, by designing everything from limited edition furniture that has set auction records to the new airbus A380 for Qantas.

Ikepod, which has produced Newson’s timepieces, now brings timekeeping, design and sculpture together in the form of The Hourglass. Marc Newson’s Hourglass is a feat of engineering made using borosilicate glass and millions of stainless steel nanoballs.

Borosilicate is a specialized and unusually durable type of glass. It is used in laboratories and aerospace applications because it is able to withstand high pressure and weight loads.

The glass blower based in Basel Switzerland individually produces each piece by hand, closely reproducing Newson’s design. The Hourglass is the consummate Ikepod anachronism, a merger of an age old time keeping mechanism crafted by hand, filled with millions of high tech metallurgical nanoballs, resulting in a 10 or 60 minutes chronometer unlike any other.

Technical details

The Hourglass HG
Borosilicate glass
Stainless steel nanoballs
300 mm x 250 mm
9.6 kg
60 minutes timer

The Hourglass HGS
Borosilicate glass
Stainless steel nanoballs
150 mm x 125 mm
1.5 kg
10 minutes timer

Ikepod Potoroo

This perpetual calendar watch from the Hemipode family unites the grand tradition of watchmaking with the famous avant-garde design of Ikepod watches. Produced in limited edition of 99 pieces, the Potoroo features a pink gold case fitted with sapphire crystal glass and caseback. The watch is also available in white gold, yellow gold and platinum versions. Equipped with an automatic Dubois-Dépraz 5133 COSC-certified chronometer movement, the watch indicates date, leap-year cycle, month and day functions.

The cut-out dial displays the different elements of the date in highly original style while the deluxe workmanship of the movement can be admired through a bean-shaped opening in the back of the case.

Technical details

Movement
Automatic Dubois-Dépraz 5133
COSC-certified chronometer
21 rubies, 28,800 V/h
More than 40-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, leap-year cycle, month, day

Case
750 (18C) pink gold
Sapphire crystal and back

Dial
Matching tones of pink
Month and leap-year indicators at 6 o’clock
Day indicator at 3 o’clock

Bracelet/Strap
Leather or natural rubber

Other versions
White or yellow gold
950 platinum

Ikepod Hemipode Gold

Equipped with an automatic COSC certified chronometer Valjoux calibre 7750, this Hemipode Chronograph boasts the distinctive design and high technical quality of the Ikepod watches. The watch comes dressed in a 43mm yellow or pink gold case. This chronograph is equipped with a second time zone and a date, both of which can be adjusted by means of the corrector located on the left of the case.

Technical details

Movement
Automatic, COSC certified chronometer
Valjoux calibre 7750

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph, second time zone

Case
Monocoque in yellow or pink gold
Diameter: 4.3 cm
Anti-glare sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
White
Date counter at 3 o’clock,
UTC indicator at 6 o’clock

Strap
Side in smooth brown crocodile and cream iguana lizard skin

Ikepod Manatee Gold Limited Edition

Introduced in 2002, this gold version of the Manatee, Ikepod’s first rectangular watch, is designed for world travellers. Ikepod has personalised the basic ETA 2893-1 movement with a turning dial that enables the wearer to read 24 time zones simultaneously. The cities on the inner dial rotate with the movement, whilst the 24 time zones are shown on the outer dial.

The rubber strap runs through the entire watch and features a clasp closure mechanism. The case is water-resistant to a depth of 50 meters. And the back of the watch bears a plastic medallion symbolising a manatee – the animal that has given its name to this model. As a certified chronometer (COSC), the Manatee Gold is limited to 999 models of each dial version.

Technical details

Movement
Automatic COSC certified chronometer
Basic calibre ETA 2893-1

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, second time zone

Case
Yellow, white or pink gold
Measurements 4.0 x 3.3 cm
Anti-glare sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Yellow, white or pink gold

Bracelet/Strap
Rubber

Ikepod Megapode Date Chronometer

Introduced in 2002, the Ikepod Megapode Date Chronometer watch is powered with a movement based on an ETA 2824-2 calibre. This stainless steel automatic watch is a COSC certified chronometer. The dial is simple and is available in seven different colours. Besides hours, minutes and seconds, the watch has a date window at 6o’clock.

These watches have a monocoque case and are water-resistant to a depth of 50 meters. They are limited to 9999 models in each dial version. The rubber strap comes in black, grey, brown, white, orange or lime-green, and a stainless steel bracelet and leather strap are similarly available.

Technical details

Movement
Automatic, COSC certified chronometer
Basic calibre ETA 2824-2

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds and date

Case
Monocoque stainless steel
Diameter 4.6 cm
Anti-glare sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Black, silver, white, red, blue, green or grey
Date window at 6 o’clock

Bracelet/Strap
Rubber, leather or stainless steel

Ikepod Hemipode Weekplaner

Intrdouced in 2002, this new model from the Ikepod Hemipode line, boasts additional new features in the form of week, month and moon phase indicators. It houses an automatic movement based on an ETA 2892-A2 with an additional complication by Dubois Dépraz. All models are COSC certified chronometers and are water-resistant to a depth of 50 meters. Besides hours, minutes and seconds, the watch has an additional orange hand showing the current week.

The day indicator is at the 4 o’clock position, with a date indicator at 8 o’clock. The dials are available in varnished blue and grey. Each version of the dial is being produced in a limited series of 9999 in stainless steel and 999 in gold. The rubber strap comes in black, grey, brown, white, orange or lime-green, and a stainless steel bracelet and leather strap are similarly available.

Technical details

Movement
Automatic, COSC certified chronometer
Basic calibre ETA 2892-A2 with additional complication by Dubois Dépraz

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, week, month, moon phase

Case
Monocoque stainless steel or in yellow, white or pink gold
Diameter 4.3 cm
Anti-glare sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Varnished blue and grey or in matching tones for the gold models
Moon phase at 12 o’clock
Day at 4 o’clock and date at 8 o’clock
Week and month indication on the outer diameter

Strap
Rubber or leather

Ikepod Isopode Rose Gold with Diamonds

Introduced in 2002, this ladies’ chronograph watch features a monocoque case in pink gold, and a bezel set with 172 diamonds. The precious metal and diamond setting of this sober looking watch ensures a bold match for the natural-rubber bracelet with its patented fastening. The watch is powered with an automatic chronometer movement. This model is produced in a limited series: 999 watches in pink gold. Versions in yellow or white gold are also available.

Technical details

Movement
Automatic, certified chronometer

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph

Case
Monocoque, in pink gold
Bezel set with 172 diamonds
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Counters for 12 hours and 30 min, and small seconds, date window at 5 o’clock
Bracelet/Strap Natural rubber

Other versions
Yellow and white gold (999 watches in each metal)

Ikepod Isopode Dual Time

Introduced in 2002, the Isopode Dual Time watch model combines innovative lines with a mechanical movement from the grand tradition of Swiss watch-making. The monocoque steel shell houses a highly sober dial, with a second time zone displayed at 12 o’clock. The Isopode Dual Time watch is available a limited series of 9999 watches in each dial colour (white or black).

Technical details

Movement
Automatic, certified chronometer

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Second time zone

Case
Steel
Sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Black or white
Second time zone at 12 o’clock
Date at 6 o’clock

Bracelet/Strap
Steel, or natural rubber

Ikepod Hemipode Tourbillon

This tourbillon watch from the Ikepod Hemipode was introduced in 2001. The tourbillon complication is visible at 6 o’clock on a dial with a highly original three-dimensional effect. Equipped with an automatic movement in a steel case, it comes in a limited edition of 999 pieces. The Ikepod Hemipode Tourbillon is also available in limited series in gold (99 watches in each colour) and platinum (23 pieces).

Technical details

Movement
Automatic, 28’800 V/h
72-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, tourbillon

Case
Steel
Antiglare sapphire crystal

Dial
Characteristic “Hemipode” dial
Tourbillon at 6 o’clock

Strap
Rubber

Other versions
Limited series in 750 (18K) gold, 99 watches in each colour
Limited series of 23 in platinum

Ikepod Manatee Automatic

Introduced in 2001, the first rectangular model from Ikepod has a plastic plaque on its case back depicting the manatee, the animal after which it is named. Equipped with an automatic movement, this watch displays the time in the 24 time zones simultaneously. This edition in steel is limited to 9’999 watches in each dial colour of white, yellow, red and blue. The watch is also available in limited editions in gold (999 pieces in each colour) and platinum (23 pieces).

Technical details

Movement
Automatic
36-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes,
24 time zones

Case
Steel
Antiglare sapphire crystal
Personalised “Manatee” back

Dial
White, yellow, red or blue
24 time-zone display

Strap
Rubber

Other versions
Limited series in 750 (18K) gold, 999 watches in each colour
Limited series of 23 in platinum

Ikepod Platypus

Introduced in 2002, the Platypus is Ikepod’s first woman’s watch and also the first square case in the collection. This COSC certified chronometer watch houses an automatic movement based on the ETA 2671 calibre. This ladies watch comes dressed in a stainless steel with steel-coloured or black PVD coating, or in yellow, white or pink gold case measuring 32mm X 32 mm dimensions.

The dials are available in four different colours (red, blue, green and silver). Besides its hours, minutes and seconds, the watch has a date window at 6 o’clock. The Platypus watches are water-resistant to a depth of 50 meters. Each version of the dial is available in a limited series of 9999 in stainless steel and 999 in gold. The rubber strap comes in black or white, and a leather strap is similarly available.

Technical details

Movement
Automatic, COSC certified chronometer
Basic calibre ETA 2671

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds and date

Case
Stainless steel with steel-coloured or black PVD coating, or in yellow, white or pink gold
Measurements 3.2 x 3.2 cm
Anti-glare sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Red, green, silver or blue
Date window at 6 o’clock

Strap
Rubber or leather

Ikepod Hemipode Grande Date Automatic Chronograph

Introduced in 2000, the Ikepod Hemipode Big Date features a remarkable one-piece steel case by designer Marc Newson. This chronograph watch is fitted with a Dubois Dépraz 4500 automatic movement. As well as the traditional hour and chronograph indications, it shows the date in a large window at 12 o’clock. Fitted with a double sided anti-glare sapphire crystal glass, the watch is water resistant to 50 meters.

Technical details

Movement
Automatic

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Chronograph

Case
Steel
Double-sided anti-glare sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial
Silvered
12-hour and 60-minute counters
Small seconds
Large date window
Luminescent hands

Strap
Black rubber