Omtaler & Nyheter


Øyvind VonDoren Asbjørnsens Sjakktrekk

Til tross for mange norske klokkemerker finner du de færreste hos norske urmakerforretninger. 

Forlegger og filmskaper Øyvind Von Doren Asbjørnsen omgikk i 2017 den utfordringen ved å åpne egen butikk – allerede året etter at han startet sitt eget klokkemerke: Von Doren. 

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Von Doren URÆD

One thing ties my eclectic collection of divers, dress watches, and pilot’s watches together: a story. And the Uræd has quite the yarn. 

To prove that his enclosed lifeboat prototype was a safer alternative to the prevailing designs of the day Norseman Ole Brude and a few bold crewmates left Norway...

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Von Doren URÆD - Inspired by a Norwegian hero

Since we met the awesome team of Von Doren watches at the Aurochronos watch festival 2019 in Lodz, Poland, we were excited to see their new automatic sports watches line. Finally, after one and a half years designing, Von Doren has launched its new automatic collection “URÆD”.....

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Omtale av Von Doren URÆD

I denne klokkeomtalen har vi skrevet om det norske klokkemerket Von Doren, og deres nye dykkerklokke URÆD. Modellen har fått mye skryt i sosiale medier, og etter å ha fått muligheten til å gjøre et skikkelig dypdykk i klokkens funksjoner syntes vi det at var utrolig morsomt å skrive denne artikkelen. For norske klokkesamlere er det en rekke bonuser man bør være klar over, les videre, så får du se. Besøk Klokkekanalen her.


Det norske klokkemerket skapte ville tilstander

Kundene ble langt fra skremt av modellen URÆD.

– I går lanserte vi den nye klokkemodellen URÆD på verdens største plattform for folkefinansiering, Kickstarter, sier Øyvind VonDoren Asbjørnsen, filmskaperen og mannen bak det norske klokkemerket.

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Von Doren er for mange kjent for sine dressklokker, rene linjer og klassisk design. Nå kommer det norske klokkemerket med en ny og tøffere satsning - denne gangen en sportsklokke.

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Von Doren URÆD

Det hele startet da Von Dorens grunnlegger, som selv har bodd syv år ombord i båt, leste en
bok om en av sine barndomshelter Ole Brude.


Von Doren – URÆD, Unique Swiss Made Automatic Day/Date Watch


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Von Doren Runde

When I speak with brands around the world many are also influenced by forms found in nature. A great example is a Norwegian company Von Doren owned by the enigmatic Øyvind VonDoren Asbjørnsen.

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Øyvind Von Doren:

The Man Behind The Norway Chess Watch

If you have been following the Norway Chess Tournament, it will have been hard to miss the beautiful Norway Chess watches. These unique timepieces, featuring chess notation on the watch face and Richard Reti’s 11-move checkmate over Savielly Tartakower engraved on the back, have been exclusively designed and produced for the event, by Von Doren.

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Alle som kjenner til Von Doren er også kjent med merkets tilknytning til sjakk!

Von Doren og sjakk har med tiden blitt uløselig knyttet sammen; Von Doren-gründer og tidligere filmskaper Øyvind Von Doren Asbjørnsen har regissert “Prinsen av Sjakk” og vært medprodusent på “MAGNUS”, Von Dorens flaggskip har fått navnet Grandmaster, og blant deres ambassadører finner vi navn som juniorverderdensmester Aryan Tari.

Historiske designklokker fra Von Doren

Vår gode samarbeidspartner Von Doren Timpieces har designet en helt egen klokkekolleksjon til Altibox Norway Chess.

Det norske klokkemerket Von Doren er i vinden for tiden.

I våres lanserte de sitt nye automatiske flaggskip; Grandmaster Mark II. Vi har tatt en prat med den tidligere filmskaperen fra Ålesund og mannen bak Von Doren, Øyvind Von Doren Asbjørnsen. Kjent fra bl.a filmene om Magnus Carlsen.

Who is into Rolex?

In the eyes of the public, chess players are often seen as ascetics who are so deeply engrossed in the 64 squares that they do not pay much attention to the everyday pleasures of life. But is this mostly the case?

Where the Midnight Sun Shines

You’ve probably heard of Von Doren by now. Not just because of this blog, which has happily posted about the innovative and stylish Norwegian watch company.

Von Doren Grandmaster Mark II – a Microbrand dress watch masterpiece


Verdenspremiere på en ny norsk klokke er ikke akkurat dagligdags, men i går avduket Øyvind Von Doren Asbjørnsen stolt sin nye Grandmaster Mark II: en modell han har finpusset på lenge.

Von Doren says…checkmate..

One of the beautiful things about the game of chess is that when a player reaches a certain level of sophistication, the moves, the pieces and the strategy have a transcendent quality. Meaning, that the game itself can be applied to life itself. A true chess player begins to take the angles, the maneuvers and the tactics of the game, and lays them against the backdrop of the world around them.

Fra film til klokker

Øyvind VonDoren Asbjørnsen fikk i desember 2016 realisert en mangeårig drøm, å skape et eget klokkemerke. Merket heter Von Doren - Fine Timepieces.

– Jeg mener at man ikke bare skal ha drømmer, men at drømmer skal realiseres, sier Øyvind VonDoren Asbjørnsen.


It's Time for a New Era. Kind is delighted to be collaborating with an exciting player in world-class timepieces - Von Doren. Not only will Kind be responsible for the overall branding of this unique Norwegian wristwatch company, we are also collaborating on the future design of the watches themselves.

The 80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is one of the most prestigious events in the international chess calendar. The "Wimbledon of Chess" attracts the very best chess grandmasters in the world, along with thousands of amateur players, live event visitors and online visitors from around the world. In 2018, the Tata Steel Chess Tournament celebrates its 80th anniversary.

Von Doren Jotunheim Lady Watch Review

Norwegian brand Von Doren launched a wristwatch for women a couple of weeks ago – the Von Doren Jotunheim Lady.

But since I’m a man, not brave enough to wear a women’s watch in public, I enlisted my dear girlfriend to wear it for a week.

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Øyvind VonDoren Asbjørnsen realiserer drømmen om eget klokkemerke.

I det 2016 nærmer seg slutten, har et nytt norsk klokkemerke nylig blitt lansert. Bak merket står den norske filmskaperen Øyvind VonDoren Asbjørnsen. Enkelte vil kanskje dra kjensel på Asbjørnsen fra hans arbeid, kanskje spesielt med dokumentarene «Prinsen av sjakk» og «Magnus», om sjakkgeniet Magnus Carlsen.

Von Doren has vintage style I can dig

Over the past year or so, we have seen a lot of “me too” sort of watch designs hitting Kickstarter, and it has started to get old.  I mean, how many thin, minimalistic, two-handed watches can we really handle?  Well, of those clone designs, I say no more.  When it comes to something like what we’re seeing from Von Doren, though?  That I definitely do not mind seeing.

Von Doren Watches Take Minimalism to New Heights


Let’s be honest — whether you’re in a classy, three piece get-up or commanding a casual look, watches more often than not rely on aesthetics than they do functionality.


Welcome; Von Doren – Fine Timepieces as new partner to Altibox Norway Chess. Von Doren has designed a one of a kind, limited edition, Norway Chess collection that will be given to the players of the 2017 tournament.

Jotunheim Lady, la montre féminine élégante


On ne voit quasiment que des montres masculines ou dites « mixtes » sur La Petite Trotteuse, mais pourtant il existe encore bel et bien des montres vraiment pensées pour les dames.

Alors que la mode est aux montres multi-sexe, une marque norvégienne, Von Doren Timepieces, a mis au point une montre féminine vraiment très réussie


Norsk klokkemerke selges til 30 land

Podcast og intervju med Øyvind VonDoren Asbjørnsen

Med overskudd fra sin film om sjakkspiller Magnus Carlsen gikk Øyvind VonDoren all in. Nå selges hans klokkemerke i 30 land.

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The Best Adventure Watches of 2020

While we’re no experts in free climbing or below-zero sledge -hauling, we do know a thing or two about watches – and what they can survive. So while you’re sorting out which ice pick can best hold your weight, let us worry about the watches to match....

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Introducing: Von Doren URÆD

You’ve probably never heard of Ålesund. Don’t worry, there’s not a huge amount to know. It’s not the largest, most populous or most important town in Norway. It’s pretty enough but not exactly Portofino. However, it does have two things going for it, the first being an intriguing place in nautical history thanks to Norwegian sailor Ole Brude.......

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Omtale av Von Doren Grandmaster Mark II

I denne omtalen tar vi for oss to klokkemodeller fra kolleksjonen Grandmaster Mark II fra Von Doren.

Navnet Grandmaster stammer fra tittelen Stormester i sjakk som sjakkspillere kan tildeles av Verdenssjakkforbundet (FIDE), etter klart definerte kriterier.

Besøk Klokkekanalen her.

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Et intervju med mannen bak Von Doren

Det var elleville tilstander da Von Doren tidligere i år lanserte sin første sportsklokke, URÆD. På et par timer ble det bestilt klokker for over to millioner kroner.

Årets klokke er inspirert av en spesiell, overbygd livbåt med navn Uræd...


OBS! betalingssak.

– Nå har det tatt av

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Kickstarter is a springboard for some of our favourite timepieces here at Coolector HQ and there’s certainly another fine example of this in the shape of the Von Doren URÆD Automatic Watch which is well and truly taking the crowdfunding platform by storm and is rapidly closing in on £500k in funding which testifies to just how attractive and impressive this timepiece is.



If you haven’t heard of the story of Mr. Ole Brude, sit down and grab a cup of hot chocolate, because it’s pretty incredible. Back in August 1904, a Norwegian by the name of Ole Brude designed a lifeboat no larger than the size of a minivan. 

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Von Doren Runde er oppkalt etter fugleøya Runde som ligger ytterst ute i havgapet i Herøy, utenfor Ålesund. Fuglefjellet der er det mest artsrike sjøfuglstedet i hele Skandinavia.Runde blir også kalt "Skatteøya", etter gullfunn fra det forliste hollandske skipet "Ankerendam" fra 1725.

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Det norske klokkeeventyret Von Doren

De eksklusive klokkene fra Von Doren har allerede rukket å bli en suksess både i Norge samt USA og Sveits.
Likevel produseres de ikke på løpende bånd.
Hver klokke finnes kun i et begrenset antall eksemplarer nettopp for å bevare det unike og særegne.

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Von Doren: Tikker mot tidsnød

Sjakk og klokker har alltid gått hånd i hånd. I det psykologiske spillet som utartet seg i London forrige helg, hadde Fabiano Caruana et norsk ess i ermet.

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It’s Your Move: Von Doren Grandmaster Mark II

As we write, two chess grandmasters are battling for world domination. They are vying for the World Chess Championship title in London. Magnus Carlsen from the home of Von Doren in Norway and Fabiano Caruana from the USA, are currently tied at 4 games all. Eight of the 12 games they have played in the world championship match are over.

Hva er din favoritt sommerklokke i år, uansett pris?

–Jeg tror mange mener at en sommerklokke nødvendigvis må være en sportsklokke eller en dykkerklokke. Jeg synes derimot at den ultimate sommerklokken må være fresh, elegant og gjerne med et klassisk preg. Det er heller ingen ulempe om den tåler en vannsprut også.

Grunnlegger Øyvind Von Doren Asbjørnsen, hva kan du fortelle om din nyhet Aksla Midnight Blue?

–I tillegg til vårt automatiske flaggskip Grandmaster Mark II som nylig ble lansert, har vi den rykende ferske innstegsmodellen til klokkeverden: Aksla Midnight Blue..

Von Doren – Fine Timepieces er Official Timekeeper for Altibox Norway Chess 2018

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Arne Beck ble årets fotograf med bilde fra Von Doren Watch Campaign. Modell: Enok Groven.


Verdenspremiere på en ny norsk klokke er ikke akkurat dagligdags, men i går avduket Øyvind Von Doren Asbjørnsen stolt sin nye Grandmaster Mark II: en modell han har finpusset på lenge.

World Junior Chess Champion, Aryan Tari is new Von Doren Ambassador

We are very happy to announce the official partnership with our new ambassador; 

Junior World Champion & Grandmaster Aryan Tari. 

Here posing with his Grandmaster Mark II together with our founder Øyvind Von Doren Asbjørnsen. We signed a 3 year sponsor deal with Aryan, who has a a great passion not only for chess, but also for watches. He is delighted and happy for the...


Chess is a game of precision and timing and the same is true of high end watches so it makes sense for a timepiece to be inspired by the legendary game that is a battle of wits. What you might not have expected, however, is for the finished product to be quite as dazzling and luxurious as the stunning Grand Master Watch from Norwegian watchmakers, Von Doren. If you love horology and chess, this is the watch for you.

Christmas gave me a great excuse to do a hands on review of a ladies watch (no prizes for guessing what my wife got for Christmas) after  I spotted the Jotunheim Lady when I did a review on them in 2017 when they launched.

Our latest model

We have been working on the production of our new automatic timepiece: The Von Doren Grandmaster Mark ll for quite a long time. All the way we have been uncompromising to adjust and improve the design and quality of the watch. IT`S TIME!

The Vikings are coming – and damn those Watches look good – Von Doren

As time progresses you will learn that I love all watches, mechanical, automatic, or quartz. Subs to dress, modern to classic, I am always looking, looking for something to catch my eye, something that is worth my time to put on the site because it qualifies to be remembered as a moment in time.

Adoring…Von Doren.

In a previous blog post I mentioned my family’s Norwegian roots. The family name ‘Rockne’ came from a group of my ancestors centered around Voss, Norway. So, naturally, I have a fondness for Norwegian art, culture and timepieces.

Von Doren | Viking Art Nouveau Inspired Timepieces

When it comes to watches, there are a few requirements that have to be met. They need to have style, possess a sense of finesse, and be elegant. They should also carry with them undertones of magnificent inspiration. 


Scandinavia has become a veritable hotbed of awesomeness so far as timepieces are concerned and so it has proven once again with Von Doren Watches, a Norwegian watchmaker that takes its influences and design inspiration from Viking culture to deliver a series of timepieces which are as bold and striking as they are well made and stylish.

Review – Von Doren Aksla

Von Doren is a Norwegian watch company founded by Von Doren Asbjornsen.  It began on Kickstarter on December 14, 2016, and as a new company they have really taken off.  Four watches are offered under the model name Aksla, named after Mt. Aksla, which overlooks the town of Aalesund.

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Von Doren presenterer Norway Chess klokken 2019.
 Øyvind Von Doren Asbjørnesen er gjest på den internasjonale sendingen.
Von Doren is official prize sponsor for " The Wimbledon of Chess" Tata Steel Chess. Here our founder is talking to commentator and Grandmaster Eric Hanson. See video in link below
Von Doren er offisiell premiesponsor for Altibox Norway Chess 2018.
Her er Øyvind Von Doren Asbjørnesen gjest på den internasjonale sendingen.
Founder Øyvind Von Doren at TV2s live broadcast from Tata Steel Chess 2018. Von Doren also signed a 3 year sponsors deal with World Junior Champion Aryan Tari
Gründerhistorien vår er et av kapitlene i denne boken om en rekke gründere.