HIKARO - Modern Industrial Take on Wooden Watches
HIKARO - Modern Industrial Take on Wooden Watches

Our Story

I was pardoned by the fact that the current wooden watch market had little to no “flavor” in terms of style and character. As I was heading home from an exhausting day in the office, I was taken-back by some of the modern and industrial architecture of New York City’s skyline. Conjoining two thoughts together, I contacted Daniel, a childhood friend, to share his interest in developing a wooden watch that resembles city life, modern and industrial. What originally started out as an idea between two friends who grew up in Washington D.C., has now turned into a full-fledged venture. Hikaro represents our passion and commitment to deliver the best fashion accessories that the industry has to offer.

The Specification

  • Case Diameter: 42mm 
  •  Case Thickness: 11.7mm 
  •  Lug Width: 22mm (strap) 
  • Movement: Swiss Ronda 540D 
  • Sapphire Crystal (scratch proof) 
  • 3 ATM (30m) water resistance 
  • 316L stainless steel case and caseback

The Design  

When we started to design our watch, we had 3 goals in mind:

Affordability -  A price point below $250 without sacrificing quality 

Style -  A design that is unique and different from the competition

Versatility -  A  watch that is wearable in both casual and formal setting

It all started with one sketch at the beginning of 2015 which lead to many events from working with several different manufacturing companies, producing countless prototypes and collaborating with designers. At the end of 2015, we finally decided on the suppliers and manufacturers we wanted to collaborate with.

Each component of the watch was manufactured by different facilities to ensure that we are sourcing the best components.

After collaborating between our New York and French designer, we were able to design a watch that is inspired by rustic and industrial architecture.

We performed extensive testing on the type of wood that should be used. We had to measure the density and quality of the wood. Based on our research, we decided that Nara and Rosewood would fit this criteria.

When you walk into a industrial loft, you will notice the integration of wood and steel. We wanted to follow this concept by choosing high quality stainless steel that is coated with PVD or circular brushed non PVD to be integrated with the wood.

The leather strap has to be comfortable on the wrist. Something that is not too stiff and soft enough to wear every day. We wanted to offer conservative colors such as black and brown so that you can wear in casual and formal setting. To top it off, we also are offering an orange strap for those that like a pop of color.

While a mineral glass would do the job, Hikaro is constructed with a more expensive flat euro sapphire crystal for better scratch resistance.

 

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