Celebrating 10 years of pioneering in 3D metal printing

Holthinrichs Watches

In 2013 Michiel developed the idea of designing and creating his first watch after years of collecting and restoring vintage timepieces. The pursue for architectural and sculptural design lead him to a deep investigation into 3D metal printing. Five years later the Ornament 1 saw the light and the brand Holthinrichs Watches was born. This O1 Specialty pays tribute to our venture into 3D printing and the Ornament 1 with its ground-breaking and iconic skeleton design.

Ornament 1 series

The Holthinrichs Archetype

Our most classic watch with great balanced proportions.

RAW Ornament series

Horlogerie Brut

Derived from our love for early modern architecture.

Liminality series

A brutally optimistic watch

Epic forces that pierced through the dial. Featuring selectively positioned, hand-set natural diamonds, representing resilience and an unprecedented power of hope. Under pressure new beauty is formed.

We at Holthinrichs Watches pursue making objects of beauty above anything else. Timepieces as wearable art. We take inspiration from architecture, and approach our designs as a three dimensional object, a piece of miniature architecture where all components should be integrated and working together.

DESIGN & INSPIRATION

Our watch designs are strongly inspired by the elegant and three dimensional shapes of the Art Nouveau, clear lines and proportions, materialistic expression found in Art Deco and early modernism. Great architects like Victor Horta, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Eero Saarinen, Santiago Calatrava or car designer like Battista Farina all show us that a holistic approach, exceptional sense for spatial composition, simple but refined lines, clear materialistic expression and craftsmanship can result in pure art.

Michiel and his team developed an obsession for detailing and for the artistic expression and craftsmanship found in the ornament. The Holthinrichs Watches are therefore named after the ornament, for it does to the wrist of the wearer the same as beautiful ornaments does to the building: it is a small but powerful expression of the sophistication of a developed taste, with a strong impact on the appearance of the whole.

A NEW CRAFT IN WATCHMAKING

Stands for our approach in watchmaking, in which we utilise state-of-the-art 3D printing technology combined with artisan craftsmanship to realise our creative, ornate and sculptural watch designs. 

Through extensive experience we've discovered that pioneering with production methods meant we required extensive manual finishing to create the most convincing and appealing timepieces. An apparent contradiction that we soon started to embrace and love. No computer controlled machine can reach the flexibility of the human hand and deliver us the sharp details we want. 

In our watches we use the intrinsic beauty of textures derived from the 3D printer and smooth finishes made by the human hand as contrasting aspects that empower each other, and elevate our designs. It is our ambition to excel as a creative brand, which includes excelling in manual finishing. For this purpose we even developed our own training programs. 

CONFIGURATOR

Discover all available options in our Ornament 1 and RAW Ornament line and create your custom timepiece. Over the years we have developed many dial variants in various designs, metals and colours. We invite you to dive into our possibilities and see what we can build for you.

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