Antwerp-based designers Jeroen Depuydt and Nicolas Faes have created a fine collection of unisex timepieces together; combining strong lines, quality build, and some top-notch craftsmanship alongside an innovative use of materiality.
Released in May of this year under the duo’s brand name Jakhals, the line consists of eight handsome watches that feature hand-crafted cellulose acetate by family-owned company Italian Mazzucchelli 1849, the sort of material famous for giving tortoise shell sunglasses their distinctive look; each piece given an entirely one-off look by the serendipitous manufacturing process of acetate sheets.
Minimalist in aesthetic with delicate hands and numbers, Jakhals’ are watches designed to age with you. Each face is covered with a scratch resistant and clear sapphire crystal glass, and the case made of brushed stainless steel, a material that creates an interesting contrast with the polished acetate edge that surrounds the metal; choose between vegetable tanned leather or Milanese straps to personalise and complete the overall look.
Depuydt and Faes’ restrained approach, elevated by their intelligent touch with materials, makes for a burgeoning brand with some serious design chops — expect to see more from these talented Antwerpers.