Eponymously named Von Doren Fine Timepieces represent automatic watches inspired by the brand's native Norway; the magnificent mountains and waterfalls surrounding Aalesund, and its unique art nouveau architecture highlighted with elegant lines.

Founder Øyvind Von Doren was obsessed with watches from a young age, soon after he inherited his great-grandfather's fine Swiss watch. From there it became his mission to create something with longevity to transcend generations.

Grandmaster Mark II Open Heart

Founded in 2016, the Norwegian company has produced a range of men's and women's watches, most notably the Grandmaster Mark II. It takes its name from the game of Chess, the greatest title a chess player can hold. Classic with a touch of vintage flair, the Grandmaster Mark II mirrors the game of chess itself, a result of meticulous attention, sheer patience and the application of knowledge and skill.

"I wanted to create something that lasts. Something that can transcend generations and will be passed on to my children's children when I'm gone, so that they might experience the same awe and fascination that I did."Øyvind Von Doren

The Grandmaster line offers two versions - the Open Heart, limited to 200 pieces and Regular Dial, limited to 300 pieces. Careful attention was paid to perfect the watches' specifications to the founder's liking. Both watches have an aesthetically clean and minimalist appeal, true to Scandinavian style. The cases are produced using top-quality surgical steel teamed with double-domed sapphire crystal glass, resulting in a sophisticated and refined look.

Grandmaster Mark II Regular Dial

The blue steel hands give a gentle pop of color without overpowering the white dial. The dial is neutral in design, with an understated textured pattern along the rim, surrounding the raised indexes.

Both versions are 43mm in diameter and are powered with Swiss-made automatic movements, with 44 hours power reserve. The Open Heart, elegantly exposes the inner workings of the self-winding STP 5-15 movement (26 jewels) at 12 o'clock. The Regular Dial operates with an STP 1-11 movement, also self-winding.

The watches are encased with a sapphire crystal case-back, for added visibility. The watch comes on Italian handcrafted leather straps, with the option to choose from a range of colored straps made in partnership with Norway's strap maker, Atelier Petrov. Three unique straps (burgundy leather, cork and light brown leather) have been produced exclusively for the Grandmaster Mark II.

Each strap is individually cut, sewn and finished by hand, meaning no two are the same. The leather is sourced from high quality tanneries all over the world, and made to last, perfectly complimenting the timeless timepiece.

All Von Doren watches are designed in Norway, and produced and assembled in Switzerland, designed for those who admire Scandinavian and Nordic design and appreciate unique limited-edition timepieces.

The collection is available online, at selected retailers and at their first brand store in Oslo, Norway. The Open Heart retails at 1,920 Euros, whilst the Regula Dial can be purchased for 1,750 Euros. All Von Doren timepieces come in a beautiful wooden box, together with a warranty card and booklet.

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