Story of the bear
Bjørn is my birth name, and in Norwegian language means bear. Hornnes is my mothers birth surname, it was given from her father Bjørn Erik Hornnes. He was a very wise man and beleived in family traditions and unity, he passed away too early. His death left a little scar, hard to grow. We often spent time discussing different topics of history, politics and beliefs. Time would go on and my grandfather Håkon from my fathers side would reach out for help with computers, and this turned into nights with drinks of good whiskey, country music and stories from his youth. My name is Bjørn Haakon(Håkon), it is a combination of my mother and fathers first name. In me both live. Bjørn Hornnes is a tribute to Bjørn Erik Hornnes, to keep the memories and his legacy alive.
I am educated as a artist and Bjørn Hornnes is my artist name.
This is some of my art, a blue cow. Made i ceramic with special blue glaze.
Picture of Bjørn Erik Hornnes
Picture of ceramic cow
The watch dial is inspired by art deco, a period that show great detail in every part of a design. The case is inspired by the portholes on the cargo boats that you could look out of to the sea. This watch is unique since it also has symmetry of the crown and the sidepiece, giving the watch balance. Weight on left and right side gives balance and harmony. The watch looks heavy, but the caseback is rounded so it feel light and comfortable on the wrist and small. The case looks big on the paper, this is because the crown and sidepiece is giving a lot of width the diameter but the bezel is 42 mm.
The Håkon watch is designed to be retro and rustic. The watch is made of stainless steel. The watch is intended as a tribute, preserving the memory of both my grandparents. The design is unique, just like him.
The watch will have:
- Stainless steel 316L
- 10 ATM water resitance
- NH35A movement
- Leather strap
Video of the watch
Little about the watch
Case is made out of Stainless steel 316L and the pieces with gold crown is gold plated.
The dial pattern is pressed, making it shine different depending on the angle of the light. The dial is art deco isnpired.
The watch will be delivered with automatic movement NH35A.
Backside is engraved with "Håkon Grunnleggerutgave" funders edition as tribute to you, the backer. Small production of 100 pieces will be made in the first time, making them quite rare and unique.
1939 is the birth year of my grandfather Håkon. In early years he traveled out on the sea. The boats he served at had portholes that you could watch out from. As he could see out, now you could look inside.
The watch will be delivered in a small cardboard box with brand name and logo. It will be delivered with a leather strap.
Håkon watch is sold for NOK 3333,- (aprox 360 USD) with shipping worldwide.
Tax,vat is not included for outside of Norway.
The watch is a pre-order and will be shipped out in july 2020. All watches will be sent to Norway, and quality checked by me before shipped out to backers.
Best regards Bjørn Hornnes
Håkon watch specification
Case size: Ø 46.2 mm. Thickness 12.65mm 50.3 mm lugs to lugs. Diver screwed in, case-back with 6 notches.
Movement: Automatic SII NH35A self-winding movement. 24 Jewels, 21 600 vibrations.
Complications: Hacking Seconds, Hand Winding, Diashock, Magic Lever.
Glass: Flat sapphire crystal with AR coating inside.
Watch case material: Polished 316L stainless steel. Screwed in crown.
Power reserve: 41 hours.
Bezel: Solid bezel. Sapphire crystal.
Bracelet & strap: Delivered with perlon strap (Metall strap could be unlocked, flushed to the design)
Lug width: 22mm.
Water resistance: 10 ATM, 100m = 300ft
Why trust Bjørn Hornnes
It is hard to trust someone online nowadays, and i get it. I am unknown to you, but i will guarantee that you are safe with me. I will always be transparent with you, if you ask me i will answer you in best manner. I have worked long with art and sculptures, and i never put a product out if quality is not there. I will inspect each watch before shipping, assuring that each is working correctly. That means i am taking a heavy tax fee in Norway just to check all the watches. I will always be as transparent as i can be, and if you contact you will always be answered as fast as possible from me. I can not guarantee money back if not satisfied, as i am a business, but i will always try my best.
Story of Håkon
As a young boy he would come home after school and work at the saw mill with his dad, helping the family out. From the work he would become quite sharply for his age. At the age of 14 he grew tired of working at the mill and wanted more from life, arguing with his dad to board a ship. This was not legal as you had to be 15 at the time, however he started couple months before he became 15. Life at sea was not easy and you had to become callous and be able to receiving some harsh language or bottom line work. New York would be his first stop, were those who cried or could not do the job be sent home while the captains would find new workers. My grandfather stayed put, and worked hard.
(LTK00119490520001 FERNSIDE. Bilde fra Ragnar Iversen.) Fernside the first boat my grandfather boarded. They could have 12 passangers and it should be clean and no rust, here you would become a man learning from tough men who was honest.
One special story that i want to share was his trip to Cuba in 1956-57. He would travel to Cuba to load a cargo of sugar. As the adventurer he was he could not stay stil and wait in the boat as the loading would take at least a day or two. He would take the trip into the city, there he met two guys who led him into a bar. They would start drinking, and talking, but conversation would turn sour fast as they would talk about politics. The bar owner would become offended and call the Batista police, the police took him out and dragged him far away. The Batista had these batons that was slightly curved. They beat him real good, and he had to walk back home. Lucky half way he met a American that was chief of the loading docks that loaded the cargo ship he worked for. My grandfather got a lift back to the ship, and the captain was furious. Where have you been!? My grandfather turned around and showed the captain a back all red and beaten. The captain said "That serves your right". As my grandfather talks about this story he laughs hard, how foolish he was and how deserving the punishment was.
Me and my grandfather (Håkon)
We became really good friends as i became older, talking all night, drinking, and singing old cowboy songs. Introducing me to classic country songs. We traveled to Rome and France.
(The trip to France, standing in front of Eiffel tower)
April - Production time
May - Production time/Shipment to Norway
June/July - Last inspection in Norway before shipping to costumer
Backing Bjørn Hornnes
If you pledge 3300 NOK aprox, 360 USD included shipping(Not Sales tax/vat).
Not everyone got the whole amount to back every project. Therefore i will give all partial pledges over the amount of 60 USD the amount back as gift cards, to use in my web shop.
Risks and challenges
I have already received and tested several prototypes from the factory in China, the risk associated with late delivery is very low. Since every watch is hand-assembled in China there is could be risk of manufacturing delays. I will keep in personal touch with the factory to ensure quality throughout the entire process, and will ALWAYS update you with both good and bad news. For customers in Norway VAT and taxes are included in the backing price. All orders outside of Norway may be subject to VAT and taxes depending on the destination country.
Bjørn Hornnes watches are guaranteed for 1 years worldwide against any manufacturing defect. The warranty takes effect on the postal (to you) date of the watch.
The straps, crystals will not be included in the warranty. Neither is damage to the case or movement resulting from mishandling. Also not included are defects due to inappropriate treatment or problems caused from repairs done by any other third party than ourselves.
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