Janus Watch by William Volcoff

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Janus

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Watch

INSPIRATION:
Janus was born from this deep satisfaction of holding a high quality product. Something that feels right when wearing it. Not everything must be connected. The extra boost you need sometime to get things moving the way you want and to connect with a distant past where machines were crafted.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This is probably the world first Automatic watch combining dual-dials with interchangeable strap. User can flip and/or switch dials, change straps to match their daily outfit and activities. With its iconic case and oversized lugs, it has charisma and provides extra functionalities for analog watch lovers.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Operate the watch like a normal watch, use the crowns to set time on both sides. Un-clip the lugs to change strap.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in September 2014 in Shanghai and finished in November 2018 in Shanghai.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
We offer a mix of automatic and quartz movements within one case. One side is powered by Chinese Peacock automatic caliber SL1701 while the other side is powered by Japanese Myota quartz. This gives the opportunity for dual time zone and double the space to develop creative dials. Our unique clipping system has no extra moving parts and only use specific material resistance (from an invisible insert made of PP) to create the clipping spring feature. The design solution is striking visually and drove the design style from inside out, as we didn’t try to conceal it. The watchcase and lugs are made of high quality steel (316L) with over 8h of polishing process (usual watch are polish under 2h). Our straps are made of genuine leather. Our NATO strap are made of a double-layered polyamide thread combining 3 strain of color to add depth and texture.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Watchcase: 34mm x 14mm x 43mm Watch strap: 180mm x 24mm Watch box: 180mm x 185mm x 65mm

TAGS:
Dual-dial, Automatic, Analog, Wristwatch, Light luxury, Man accessory

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Heuristic design research based on guts feeling that something could still be improved in the watch industry. Initially our design had only one dial but we soon realize the potential to duplicate dials and offer dual time zones. The final clipping system for the strap with our semi flexible lug took over 2 years of refinement. We tested ourselves prototypes by wearing them and then adjusting details.

CHALLENGE:
Key challenge was to convince watch factories to produce prototypes and test again and again the various ideas we had. We designed every details, from the screws head to the handles so we had to run prototype for each parts, opening molds and doing refinements a the same time.

ADDED DATE:
2020-03-04 14:27:52

TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
William Volcoff, Kang Jing, Bastien Henry and

IMAGE CREDITS:
Images #No1 - No 5: Photographer Kang Jing, 2018

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Patented. CN 304970078 S. 2018. China Patented. CN 208446774 U. 2018. China

Visit the following page to learn more: https://www.wolkov.design/
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
WOLKOV

PROFILE:
French inspired and brewed in Shanghai, we create limited edition of high quality products for analog lovers, worldwide. We create dual-dials watches that start a conversation and make heads turn. We care about quality, innovation and style. Shanghai cultural melting pot is our source of inspiration. Each collection is deeply influenced by our multicultural experiences and our love of pop-cultures, from legendary singers to Beijing opera icons, we keep our eyes wide-open, all the time. Connecting several like-minded partners, we provide original and design-oriented products that make men feel amazing when wearing them.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Janus Watch by William Volcoff is a Nominee in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Janus Watch by William Volcoff is Winner in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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