Local Design: Klok Watches

WORDS Mary Garner


Father and daughter duo Thomas and Verena Zilk have created their very own locally designed watch brand.

Over a bottle of red wine enjoyed at Cape Town’s picturesque Llandudno Beach, design duo Thomas and his daughter Verena Zilk decided to launch their own watch brand. That was in 2015.

The creative result is Klok, a minimalist range of watches available in 14 models, each named after a popular Cape Town beach or seaside spot: Muizenberg, Sandy Bay, Noordhoek… No stranger to the watch business, Thomas owns City Watch International, a 20-year-old design and manufacturing company. His experience includes creating high-end timepieces for companies such as BMW and Volkswagen.

Bloubergstrand watch with a Silver Lining metal strap, R2 190.

The timepieces are designed in Cape Town and the manufacturing happens in Hong Kong at the City Watch International factory, says Thomas. Quality quartz movement and solid super-slim construction have made Klok watches with their interchangeable straps of stainless steel, leather or nylon both a good investment and a fashion forward choice.

What’s next for the brand? This year, says Thomas, they will focus on new ranges with colourful watch faces and even watches made of wood.

For more information, visit klok-watch.com.