We are travelers, engineers and watch & cigar aficionados. We love the touch and feel of high tech materials and the typical minimalist, experimental, innovative, quirky, and humorous Dutch design. Born and raised in The Netherlands, a country where technology keeps our feet dry (literally), we value technological innovation and creative solutions. After several years of dreaming, imagining and planning we started this small Dutch brand to design high quality Titanium wristwatches.
We were looking for a high quality timepiece that would withstand, not only, the test of time but also the burden of daily wear and tear. A timepiece that is engineered to the highest specifications, build with the best materials and designed to be robust yet elegant. We didn’t find what we were looking for, and what we found we couldn’t afford… Designing and engineering our own watch was the only way to follow and so the TiMe22 story started.
The 1970’s, a time when technology was rapidly changing and a decade where self-expression and individuality were hallmarks of the time. A time where high-tech futurism and radical experimentation with form were a reaction against the sleek mid-century modernism. The architects “had exuberant spirits; they reveled in form, function, and funkiness.” and watches “had fantastic and futuristic designs that got you noticed. ”
Stefan and Marc, both born in 1970, grew up in this era and their first design, the TiMe22 Robusto, has an awesome retro style and strong aesthetic influences from the decade of their childhood.
Our mission is to contribute to a sustainable world through creating durable applications and aim to make every moment count.
We also believe that crowdfunding is the best way to bring our new products to life. We have chosen to launch our first product with a Kickstarter campaign on the 12th of September, 2016 and invite you to join our adventure and become a backer and the lifeblood of our company. With your help, TiMe22 will be a success!
We’re a team of 2 persons, friends for over 30 years. Both of us work on the design of our watches and we love what we do!
Stefan Wessels (Co-founder)
Born (1970) in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. I spend up until my teen years in Hengelo where I went to kindergarten, elementary and secondary school. My parents and I moved to ‘s-Hertogenbosch where I completed my technical education in electronics. After obtaining my degree I did a fair share of traveling around the world as a field service engineer in the High-tech industry (mainly Semiconductors). I also lived abroad in Israel for four years where I worked for a semiconductor company and even now I’m still active in the Solar and Semiconductor industry as service manager at Tempress systems. In 2012 I got married (yes on 12-12-12!) to my wife Josephine and we have a lovely daughter named Elise. For the little spare time I have left I like to spend this on the golf-course and/or smoke cigars with my good friends. My favorite cigars are the Padron 1964 Aniversario Exclusivo Maduro and COHIBA Piramides Extra. In 2015 my friend Marc and I started talking about our own unique watch design with unprecedented specifications and now we are ready to bring it to market together with you.
Marc Schot (Co-founder)
Born (1970) in Hengelo, The Netherlands. After finishing my military service and obtaining my degree in Telematics Engineering I co-founded several successful companies in the Online technology and Online services industry. So far I have lived and worked in 10 (or maybe 11 – I lost count) countries and travelled to many more. I have several years hands-on experience in the watches industry from the setup and management of the online distribution for a Swiss watch company. The little time I am not working I like to play a game of tennis, go for a ride on my mountain bike or spend some time on the water windsurfing. And I like food, especially the Peruvian cuisine! My favourite cigar is a Cuban Montecristo No. 2 and when I am not wearing a TiMe22 watch I wear vintage Tag Heuer from the ’90s. Stefan and I have talked for years about starting a company together, several plans (some good, some not that bright) were cooked up and now our shared passion for timepieces (and cigars) inspired to TiMe22.
Creating something is fun. Especially if you get to design something that you are passionate about. We believe that design is an integral part of product development. Designers are included in the earliest phases of innovative processes and the production development cycle. We also believe that there is always a better way to solve a problem and that is why we never stop trying to make great ideas better. Lastly, we believe that people who use and love our watches deserve a lifetime guarantee.
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