Ikepod is Back And Launches a New Affordable Collection on Kickstarter (Hands-On Pics)

By rolex
June 1, 2021
6 min read

Ikepod… A strange brand, with a plan that the vast majority of us can without much of a stretch review. Indeed, Ikepod was about that: an extraordinary plan! Established in 1994 by Oliver Ike and Marc Newson – who planned the watches, and was subsequently associated with the plan of the Apple Watch – the brand was famous for its plate formed/stone molded watches – watches that would become current symbols. However, the story had its good and bad times, and Ikepod halted creation in 2012 when Newson left the company. Until now… as this religion configuration is back in 2018, with new financial backers, new individuals and fundamentally another procedure of reasonableness. Meet the new essence of Ikepod, with a collection just dispatched on Kickstarter. 

Ikepod – a faction watch, a complex story

Ikepod, harking back to the 1990s and 2000s, was positively among the coolest watches you could get. They were extraordinary, willfully over-planned, enormous, and blending advancement in with somewhat obsolete plan components – a purposeful 1950s UFO style. This astonishing formula, crafted by planner Marc Newson (one of the two organizers of the brand), made it to the wrist of originators, specialists, engineers and Silicon Valley business people. It was the item to cause you to feel extraordinary and cool, while simultaneously having a genuine Swiss Made, mechanical watch on the wrist.

The brand was established in 1994 and delivered different models, from the Megapode, the Seaslug, the Hemipode, the Horizon or the Solaris – more often than not with a comparable recipe: a smooth, super clean rock molded case, complex dials with optical dreams or 3D surfaces, vivid components and programmed movements.

The company had its ups and downs. Ikepod was pronounced bankrupt in 2006 yet was relaunched in 2008 and afterward put on pause in 2012, when Marc Newson left the company he helped to establish to move to associated watches. Newson was engaged with the advancement of the Apple Watch Series 1, which is the reason you locate a similar 1990s Ikepod elastic tie on this tech object. The brand was dormant from 2012 to 2018 – however another section is going to be written.

Ikepod – The comeback, with Kickstarter

For its third dispatch, Ikepod will have a pristine procedure, despite the fact that the plan will feel natural to the majority of us – and that is uplifting news. During the 2000s, Ikepod had a top of the line methodology, with gold or platinum watches, complex developments (chronometer-affirmed chronographs, tourbillons) and costs that were in accordance with this system. Unquestionably, this didn’t assist the brand with enduring. In 2018, Ikepod abstains from the Swiss Made name, the complex developments, the lavish materials, and returns to nuts and bolts and to plan. If you like this new system, the market has changed.

What is the new substance of Ikepod? After a few gatherings/financial backers showed revenue in relaunching Ikepod, the brand was at long last gained in April 2017 by three new financial backers, including greater part investor and new CEO Christian-Louis Col – with a foundation of extravagance marks in watchmaking, adornments, shoes and beautiful objects.

While these gentlemen might have applied a similar procedure as utilized already, they have chosen to depend on the developing idea of miniature brands and reasonable costs. The debut watches – Duopod and Chronopod – hold the patented round-formed watch plan, the first UFO logo on the dial and the Hemipod (outlandish quail) logo on the crown and the feeling of plan so dear to the brand and its collectors.

What has changed, nonetheless, is the situating of the collections. No more USD 10,000 watches except for all things considered, an emphasis on reasonableness and plan. The watches are planned in Switzerland however amassed in Hong Kong, with Japanese quartz developments and steel cases as it were. For evident reasons, the top gathering (development encased from the dial-side) has been discontinued, because of the requirement for explicit instruments to open the case and administration the watch.

Where the new Ikepod stays consistent with the first idea is as far as plan. In reality, the watches have been planned with the assistance of Emmanuel Gueit, one of the watch world’s top fashioners (the man behind the Royal Oak Offshore and the overhauled Rolex Cellini).

The new Ikepod watches will be offered from the outset through a Kickstarter crusade, beginning today . The watches are dispatched at sensible costs: beneath CHF 400 for the time-just form and underneath CHF 500 for the chronograph model.

The new Ikepod Duopod and Chronopod, Quartz-Powered (for the moment…)

We had the chance to see the whole collection half a month prior and here are our impressions. To begin with, these watches are not totally MONOCHROME material, essentially because of the quartz movements. However, we should take note of a few empowering points.

In terms of plan, the two watches stay devoted to the smooth UFO-like case planned by Newson, which adds to the coolness of these watches. Estimating 42mm (time-just) and 44mm (chronograph) in width, they wear a lot more modest than anticipated – something that has consistently been valid with Ikepod. The cases are top notch, with exact gathering and pleasant wrapping up. Once tied to the wrist, the first Ikepod feeling is back, no uncertainty about it.

As for the dials, they go from a clean monochromatic style (silver model) to substantially more unique variants – particularly the finished model, which is, as far as we might be concerned, the coolest alternative. Hands and dials are top notch. Concerning the tie, the new Ikepod group has chosen to utilize a somewhat unique model, and not the first elastic tie with circle connections planned by Newson. The principle reason is that this lash is utilized by Apple and, despite the fact that the plan was first made for Ikepod, it is astute to stay away from such clashes. Nonetheless, unique Ikepod ties can be fitted on the new watches.

One valid statement is that, despite the fact that the Duopod and Chronopod are quartz-controlled watches, they don’t highlight a focal seconds hand – implying that there is no seconds beating hand demonstrating the presence of a battery-driven movement.

As for the fate of the brand, note that a programmed rendition, no doubt controlled by a Japanese Miyota development, and estimating 46mm, is presently a work in progress. On the off chance that the current mission demonstrates fruitful, it will be dispatched in 2019 with an objective cost of EUR 990.

Ikepod 2018 – Availability and Price

Through the Kickstarter lobby, 5 distinct models of Duopod (42mm time-just) will be offered – silver, dark with 3D surface and orange lists, blue, white and dark – just as an exceptional release for the mission – dark with 3D surface and white lists and orange hands. These watches will be offered at a cost of CHF 330 (early bird). Deliveries are normal in May 2019.

Also, 5 distinct models of the Chronopod (44mm chronograph) will be offered – silver, dark, blue, weapon dim, white – just as an uncommon Kickstarter version – dark with 3D surface and white lists and orange hands. The cost for the chronograph begins at CHF 410 (prompt riser). Conveyances are likewise expected in May 2019.

You secure one of these watches through the Kickstarter page . More subtleties on ikepod.com .