Designing/engineering a watch movement is among the most difficult of watchmaking ventures. For a production level surpassing manufacturing movements, it takes anywhere from 7 to 10 years to go from concept to production models. Once you get there, however, you can significantly decrease that timeline for future projects.
In 2009, we decided to put everything on hold and begin the process of developing our own movement, the K1 automatic. Stephen Kussmaul, former Eterna engineer, took on the challenge and following three years of development, he passed the torch to Jonas Nydegger and Florian Serex to carry it to the finish line. In 2015, the first HORAGE watch designed and engineered at our home in Biel/Bienne was launched on Kickstarter with the name Jonas-K1. The watch soon evolved into the Array, featuring centre seconds, a power reserve indicator and big date.