Watch brand collaboration: 47Ronin x Von Doren Watch (Norway, Part 1)


About Von Doren:-

 A Norwegian watch brand Von Doren, who believes in quality over quantity reflects their uniqueness and elegance in every design of their watches. Inspired by the Norwegian heritage, Von Doren’s each and every watch brought to life with the finest Swiss movement.

Founder Oyvind Von Doren Asbjornsen not only inherited a treasured Swiss watch from his great-grandfather at the age of 12, but also inherited the atypical Horological passion which paved the path of Von Doren Watches. This young boy in his home town of Aalesund, Norway, was just at the beginning of a journey that destined to last a lifetime.

Established in 2016, Von Doren perfectly amalgamates high-quality with vintage flair. Inspired from the awestruck landscapes, Von Doren is known for their defined and classy designs.


47Ronin received a watch from Von Doren:-

47Ronin and Von Doren might differ by culture & distance apart but unites by passion -the same horological passion. Thus, when we collaborated, we truly created magic together.

For this, we have chosen Aksla Mark II Frost White model and I was dedicated to design 2 pieces of unique handcrafted leather watch straps for the watch. And guess what? When the watch and the handmade strap came together it was indeed magical, a perfect combo of tech & craft.


As Leo Tolstoy truly said in War and Peace-
The two most powerful warriors are Patience and Time”,
this literally goes with my journey to craft a piece for Von Doren, with Patience and Time.


As an artist I find solace in crafting these straps, so it is essential for the inner me to be satisfied with every aspect of the strap- from designing, choosing material to cutting and stitching it with perfection.


Introduction of  Aksla Mark II Frost White – Gold:-

A gold case & detailing with frost white face, Aksla is the other name of grace and perfection. Complementing its luxurious case, this Aksla offers understated sophistication for the discerning gentleman. As with all their timepieces, only premium components and materials, including a high-quality Swiss quartz movement, are used.


About the watch strap design :-

Since the watch casing is golden, I opted for a golden and orange theme to design the strap.

A piece of dark brown crocodile embossed calf leather is chosen, which will matches with the golden casing. 

We choose not to use real crocodile skin because some crocodiles are considered endangered, and since we ship our straps internationally,  crocodile leather might not get through the custom in some countries. Hence, we have adopted the use of crocodile, snake, lizard embossed calf leather as an alternative. They look equally good, save our planet, and we can ship them internationally for our customers to enjoy them.

For the fabric inlay, it is an orange and golden kimono fabric from Kyoto. It has patterns of Japanese paper fan which symbolises prosperity, and floral patterns from the original piece of fabric.

 The window cutout of the leather is in the shape of a traditional Japanese print of the mist or fog  霞(かすみ, Kasumi) which is viewed from afar, often during early morning or in the evening.

This is commonly used as decorative patterns in traditional Japanese houses, such as on the doors, walls, and decorative panels. This window cutout reveals the orange and golden kimono fabric underneath. 

To match the kimono fabric, a piece of 0.55mm bright orange thread is hand stitched around the strap with extra loops done near the lug. 

The original golden stainless steel buckle 18mm from Von Doren is attached.


The Watch 

Watch diameter: 42 mm

Movement: Swiss made, Ronda Powertech 5

Glass: Domed sapphire crystal, anti-scratch surface, anti-reflective coating inside

Watch case: Stainless steel 316L. 6 mm + case 2 mm (8mm total)

Water resistance: 5 ATM, 50 meters

Straps: Italian handcrafted leather, 20mm

Other: luminous hands


The Watch Strap


Leather: Croc embossed brown calf leather

Fabric: Orange & Golden Kimono fabric from Kyoto

Stitching: Bright orange stitching (hand-stitched)

Buckle: Original Von Doren buckle 18mm

Spring bar: Quick release spring bar


Length: 125mm/75mm,

Lug: 20mm

Thickness: 3.0mm

Buckle: 18mm

You can order the strap here:



47Ronin 浪人 Watch Straps are designed & handcrafted piece by piece with exotic materials from various part of Japan, such as leather, Kimono fabric, Japanese print, and interesting materials.

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