IKEPOD | MUSEUM
1 9 9 4 I K E + P O D
The fusion of IKE + POD was the symbiosis of a dynamic duo and the resulting Seaslug, a dive watch. The Ikepod style markers emerged: organic forms and “lugless”. POD was the original brand, evolved to Ikepod in 1994
1 9 9 9 - 2 0 0 6 C U L T
The Ikepod cult develops around the world in the high luxury segment in the best watch boutiques, (Hour Glass, Chronopassion). The factory is located in Bassecourt CH.
1 9 9 8 H E M I P O D E
The « chef d’oeuvre » is created paying tribute to a lot of 70ies watches with the “lugless” concept. Visionary in the watchmaking world, Ikepod unleashed several trends during the 1990s including large diameter watches, exclusive limited editions and a return to true craftsmanship, each timepiece being a work of art.
2 0 0 8 - 2 0 1 2
T H E L E G E N D
After some ups and downs the watches are modified (including a new logo) and assembled in a small workshop in Gland, only precious materials as used, like titanium, gold and platinium. Produced in very small number really are and exclusive.
2 0 1 7 N O W T H E R E V I V A L
The brand is realunched by new owners at affordable prices. Gen 3 watches are still and forever Time Machines.
THE IKEPOD WATCHES ARE ICONS (Gen 1 & Gen 2)
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Two guys met in a furniture fair and decide to make watches. Two ET's in the watchmaking business. They invented the concept watches ten years before all other independent brands. In 1994 the Ikepod watches in Zurich register the brand POD and begin the production of a diver watch with an unique look. The first POD are produced. Prices are from CHF 1 500 to 15 000. On average 5 000.
1 9 9 6 S E A S L U G
A real rupture in the diving watch.
The watch loved by early fans. We fell the admiration for different time zones, that will be like a motto in many Ikepod watches with GMT or 24 hours function.
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The chef d’oeuvre is launched.
Hemipode appears on the watch market like an UFO. Big size with 46 and 47mm and especially with big dial opening the watches appeared really big, only Panerai at this time was on the market with 47mm. A blast into the horology market!
Assembled by the top, the rotor is visible through a small “Hublot”, the watches are fitted with ETA 7750 plus bespoke modules.
1 9 9 9 M E G A P O D E C H R O N O
The Perfect flight tool is launched. 7750 plus date module. Inner ring for calculations.
NB : the straps shown here are no longer in collection, they are “vintage straps” which design was took over in 2014 by a big electronic company.
2 0 0 1 M A N A T E E
A rectangular shape with integrated strap.
2 0 0 2 T H E P L A T Y P U S
Square Chronometer watch.
2 0 0 2 M E G A P O D E
Gen1 watches equipped with “vintage straps” by default, strap no more available in collection.
Then we have some iterations and many limited editions, Grand date, Dual Time are launched with success.
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T H E L E G E N D S
After the technical bankruptcy Ikepod is took over with a part of the team and with one of the founder (the designer) in the team as consultant. The brand is relaunched with precious material and higher prices. (from CHF 6 000 to 50 000, 12 000 on average) New products are introduced.
2 0 0 8 H O R I Z O N
A pure re-design of the Ufo with a new logo.
2 0 0 8 S O L A R I S
Poetry. Two movements, two time zones. A great inspiration from the past, either Lip and Dieter Rams and a design gesture for the future of the connected world. Produced in less than 200 copies, the Solaris is like an good bye of the brand.
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Great artist collabs
Launched at Colette Paris, a great work done by Kaws X Ikepod. Future auction stars. Launched at Colette Paris, a great work done by Kaws X Ikepod. Future auction stars like all artwork of Brian Donnelly. Less than 120 produced.
See Phillips Refresh auction results here.
Number one best selling artist in the world at this time (2010)
10 watches in Platinium plus Titanium limited edition.
The proceeds from this model “Canonballs” were transferred to the Koons Family Institute, a branch of the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Jeff Koons X Ikepod 2010.
2 0 1 7 - 2 0 2 0
Duopod & Chronopod quartz, Megapod Automatic are part of the revival, more to come Original logo is now back on ikepods new models)
S O M E M U SE U M P I E C E S
It could be strange to qualify Gen1 an Gen2 Ikepods of vintages watches or of Museum watches. On our side we really believe that they are piece of art, especially Gen2, pure objects of design.
All Ikepod are not represented in this document, only the one we have with us in our company Museum.
So for example you will not find the Cunningham chrono, or the Wallpaper edition or Dubai special issues, Marcus specials etc. This is just an attempt of sharing our passion for the brand and to make a virtual exhibition. We know that some of you are nostalgic of Gen1 and Gen2, when we bought the brand around 350 NOS (New Old Stock) watches were available around the globe, now on Chrono24 we can only see 40 on average, so the passion is back!