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Kunstwinder Launched Collaboration with LuxWatchWinders

Early this year, we at Kunstwinder decided to expand our marketing and sales opportunities through E-commerce channels, and started looking for a web store specializing in high-quality watch winders. While researching various web platforms, we established contact with Mark Pereira, the owner of LuxWatchWinders, an online retailer providing luxury watch winders and watch safes, as well as luxury watch storage products.

It didn’t take us long to realize that LuxWatchWinders provides exceptional selection and pricing across a range of products which, by their own statement, “suit the discriminating watch owner”.

In late September, LuxWatchWinders announced its release of a Kunstwinder limited-edition dual watch winder for luxury watch owners who seek the latest unique and extraordinary products. The Kunstwinder Ferris Wheel watch winder is now available exclusively through LuxWatchWinders.com. 

In a press release, issued to mark the kick-off of this remarkable partnership, Mark Pereira and Valentin Balter noted that “Kunstwinder creates high-end watch winders that marries aesthetics with function”. We at Kunstwinder believe that LuxWatchWinders will properly orchestrate a happy “marriage” of our products with aficionados collecting works of art in mechanical automatic watches.

Jenreviews article on choosing a perfect watch

Jenreviews recently published an article titled: How to Choose a Watch, According to Science – 8 Factors to Consider. The author talks about the different things everyone should consider when choosing a perfect watch, things like material and style, but also durability or size are key factors that will impact our choice.

With the holiday season around the corner, and many of us looking for the perfect present for our loved ones we thought it would be a relevant article to share. Enjoy the reading.

New Release: Carbon Fiber Watch Winder

Kunstwinder is excited to introduce our newest watch winder: Carbon Fiber. Incorporating a high quality, durable, and beautiful material, the Carbon Fiber watch winder is everything you have come to expect from Kunstwinder: it’s luxurious, distinct, creative, and well-crafted, with a hint of the unexpected. Read on to find out more.

What’s new about this watch winder?

For the first time at Kunstwinder, we have prominently featured carbon fiber in the base of the watch winder. Not only is this material superb in terms of quality and resilience, as detailed in the next section, it also creates a stunning pattern on the base of the winder. The characteristic curves and undulations of carbon fiber give the base a visually appealing textured finish, which complements well the smoothness and sophistication of the design.

What is Carbon Fiber?

Essentially, carbon fiber is composed of tightly interlocked and interwoven carbon atoms. The unique structure of this material gives it highly sought-after qualities; in particular, carbon fiber is very strong and durable, but also exceptionally light in terms of weight.  This is why carbon fiber is used particularly often in competitive sports cars, which benefit greatly from the material’s durability combined with its low weight.

Options for purchasing

The Carbon Fiber watch winder is available in a matte black finish, as well as red. The red is sleek and dangerous, evocative of a competitive sports car, while the black is an elegant and timeless option. Both finishes will flatter your watches and bring a luxurious, modern flare to your collection.

Interview with Kunstwinder founder on WatchWinder.com

Our partners at WatchWinder.com have featured an exclusive interview with Kunstwinder founder, Valentin Balter. In the interview, he discusses the Kunstwinder mission, philosophy, and values, and gives a behind the scenes look on how and where these luxury watch winders are produced. He also touches on Kunstwinder’s future direction and vision for the coming years.

Kunstwinder is a featured brand on WatchWinder.com, as well as a new and recent addition to their online shop. We are grateful for their continued support and partnership and look forward to what the future holds.

5 Reasons to own a Kunstwinder Watch Winder

A watch winder is a must-have for watch enthusiasts, and a Kunstwinder is a must-have for watch enthusiasts with elevated taste. There are many reasons that a Kunstwinder rises above and beyond other brands of watch winders; here are just a few of them.

1. Kunstwinders optimize the function of a broad range of mechanical time pieces.

Not only do Kunstwinders accommodate very large watches, but they also work to optimize the function of various watch brands and models. Different time pieces require different winding parameters, such as number of rotations per day and direction of rotation, in order to maintain them in the best shape possible. Each Kunstwinder has 24 pre-programmed modes to select from that will satisfy the requirements of many models.

2. Kuntswinders enhance the appearance of all mechanical watches.

The diverse patterns, colors, and motifs of the Kunstwinder collection complement any timepiece and add an elegant flair to any room. The materials of the base vary from Aluminum with different finishes — anodized, color anodized, and chrome plated — to Onyx, a natural gemstone. Each winder features a unique pattern inspired by themes ranging from historical and artistic to mythical, making it a true conversation piece!

3. Kunstwinders are easily customizable due to high-resolution color technology.

Our watch winders owe their deep, vibrant colors to aluminum anodizing, a process that increases the durability of the material and when a correct finishing treatment is applied, greatly improves the lasting power of the winder. This process also enhances color, since anodizing aluminum in conjunction with dye application allows the color to seep into the pores of the material and merge with it in a way that renders it resistant to chips, scratches, and corrosion. Additionally, aluminum anodizing is environmentally friendly, and more so than other metal finishing techniques. Going green has never looked so good.

4. Kunstwinders are exceptionally quiet, with no discernible noise to distract from the visual effect.

All Kunstwinders use a noiseless Swiss motor and precision ball bearings to eliminate irritating and grating mechanical sounds that may accompany other watch winders. A Kunstwinder glides through its motions with a beautiful and graceful ease, leaving admirers to focus on the fluid movements without the distraction of noise.

5. Kunstwinder Watch Winders calm the mind and the senses.

Let your mind meander and your stress float away while you appreciate the hypnotic motions of  Kunstwinder luxury watch winders, whether it be the smooth pumping of an oil rig, the gentle rotation of a whimsical Ferris wheel, or the methodical and dependable timekeeping of Chronos, the Greek god of time.

Watch Winders for Heavy and Large Watches

The Rise of Wristwatches

Wristwatches were not always associated with the traits we think of now — power, importance, intelligence — but were instead thought of as silly and faddish. As watch aficionados may know, we have 20th century U.S. soldiers to thank for popularizing wristwatches and associating them with purpose, confidence, and masculinity.

The History of Oversized Watches

In the early 1900’s, pocket watches were the most popular style of personal time-telling. Some people in Europe — predominantly women — had started wearing their timepieces on their wrists, but in the U.S., this was a silly trend, something at which to poke fun. Around this same time, the U.S. was making strides in advancing warfare; technological achievements allowed troops of soldiers to more precisely coordinate strategies and attacks, making time an important factor in battle. Storing watches in their pockets just to fish them out during a time of need was not realistic for soldiers in the trenches of war; thus, they began wearing their watches on their wrists, taking after the trendsetters across the pond. The adoption of this style by soldiers lent a sense of power and toughness to the wristwatch, thereby increasing its popularity in the U.S.

Today’s Take on Wristwatches: Large and In Charge

Today, the power and masculinity of wristwatches has been taken to the extreme. The trend is big and bold, heavy and powerful, with large faces and substantial wristbands. Large watches are by no means reserved only for the most masculine of men, as women too prefer their watches bigger and heftier than before, less dainty and more sturdy.

Watch Winders for Large Watches

Whereas normal sized wristwatches average 43mm in diameter, with a 12mm thickness, the popular large watches of today may reach 61.7mm in diameter with a thickness of 17.3mm. Keeping these impressive timepieces wound and ready to wear requires a watch winder that can handle the size and heft of the piece. Never one to compromise practicality for style, Kunstwinder produces watch winders that not only accommodate these heavy time-pieces, but also compliment and enhance the unique artistry and powerful statement of large watches.

How to best keep automatic watches?

Mechanical watches are amazing pieces of machinery that will last decades if they are properly maintained. Today, we’re giving you some tips on how best to store your precious watches.

Service them regularly

Most brands offer technical services wherein you can send your watch via insured mail for inspection and appropriate repairs. Just as doctors use stethoscopes to listen to a patient’s pulse and breathing to determine whether something is wrong, watch experts place the watch in a digital piezo-electric device that listens to the inner functioning of the watch. This tool can determine if the watch is running too fast or too slow, for example — in which case, they will adjust the spring tension — or if a piece is broken and needs replacement.

During these service check-ups, experts can also clean the outside and inside of the watch and polish the face and wristband to remove any scratches. These services can be expensive, but they will ensure that your watch is in best working conditions. Check your owner’s manual for recommendations on how frequently to service your watch; most brands recommend maintenance once every 3-7 years.

Keep it clean

Water, sweat, and dust are your watch’s enemies; avoid them when possible. If your watch does get exposed to any of the above during normal wear, make sure to clean the face and wristband with a dry cotton rag.

Avoid extreme activities

While automatic watches are extremely resilient due to their construction in materials such as steel and sapphire crystal, they are not immune to vibrations and blows. If you enjoy sports like soccer or tennis, or if you like to go scuba diving, swimming or skiing, it would be wise to leave your watch in a safe place before embarking on these activities to avoid any potential damage.

Get a watch winder

If you have more than one automatic watch, you may consider acquiring a watch winder that compliments and elevates your collection. A watch winder not only provides a dust-free place to store your collection, it also winds watches regularly so that each one is ready to wear at any time. Watch winders are a simple and beautiful way to maintain the precision and accuracy of your pieces’ complicated mechanical workings.

Now that you know how to care for your mechanical watches, we invite you to take a look at our collections and choose one or more to treasure.

How to use a watch winder?

Whether you have just acquired a watch winder, or have been using one for a long time, it’s worth reading a few tips regarding how to best take care of it and how to use a watch winder.

The first question is how to place the watches in the watch winder, for that, please take a look at our short video with detailed instructions.

You should also consult with your watch manufacturer about the sense of rotation for your watch, and the recommended turns per day. Kunstwinder watch winders come with 24 combinations of speeds and rotation directions that should adapt to any watch needs.

Kunstwinder watch winders are universally compatible with any electricity outlet, 90-260 VAC. We include a European adaptor. If you want to read more about Kunstwinder watch winder specifications, take a look at our specifications pdf.

About the place for a watch winder, we believe that an office desk, living room or bedroom are great places for our watch winders. Whichever place you choose, just make sure it’s indoors and without direct sunlight. To maintain an optimal appearance, carefully clean the dust that may accumulate with a cotton rug, don’t use water or solvents to clean the watch winder or your watches either.

Kunstwinder watch winders are built in robust materials that will last for the years to come, and we only use brushless electric motors. Among other benefits like reduced sound and vibrations, brushless motors don’t wear out, the only rubbing part is the bearings which are engineered to minimize friction and built long lasting materials.

If you plan on not using your watch winder for a long time, it’s preferable to put it back in it’s case and store in a cold and dry place. The same applies not just to your watch winder, but also to your watch. Humidity corrodes metals, and temperature accelerates about any chemical reaction.

Other than that, make sure that you enjoy your watch winder!

What is a Watch Winder?

A watch winder is a device that rotates automatic (also known as self-winding) watches to ensure their power reserve doesn’t deplete. But first, before we go any further, a little bit of history about automatic watches…

The history (and science) of automatic watches

Automatic watches date back to 1776 when Abram Louys Perrelet, the church elder, made the first practical self-winding watch in Le Locle, Swizterland. (If you want to find out more about the history of automatic watch winders, here’s a great document.) Incredibly, the essence of how these marvelous timing machines work hasn’t changed at all in the past few centuries. Basically, a weight underneath the crown rotates with the wearer’s movements. This weight is connected to a rotary spring that only allows it to rotate in one direction from its input and in the opposite direction of its output. The output of the spring feeds into the watch mechanism, which transforms a constant force into a discrete stepping movement.

How does a watch winder work?

Now that we know how automatic watches work, it’s easier to understand how watch winders work. Watch winders vary greatly in forms, capacity, style, and price, but they also have many common elements. Despite their differences, a watch winder will have at least one holder where the watch can be attached. By construction, and almost without exception, automatic watches need to be wound by rotating them around the normal axis of the crown when the watch axis is perpendicular to the force of gravity. So, translated into normal English… the position of the watch holder is always perpendicular to the ground. This perpendicular rotation also minimizes internal friction in the watch.

Watch winders offer several modes of rotation, which include speed, direction, and idle time. All three of them are important. Speed has a direct and quadratic correlation with internal mechanical watch stress — too little and the watch will lose energy faster than it’s harvested; too fast and overwinding and weakening of the mechanism will probably occur. Direction is important because some automatic watches only collect energy in one rotation direction. Finally, idle times are important to avoid overwinding and mechanical stress.

Watch winders are most commonly fed by electricity through a cable and an AC/DC transformer. Magnetic energy transmission (like those cool new induction pads you may have seen for charging phones) is not a possibility since the variable magnetic field would likely disturb, if not completely break, the watch mechanics. Some watch winders offer batteries, but that increases the weight of the watch winder and also requires periodic recharging.

Why are watch winders important?

Watch winders are gaining importance in the horologe industry. Today there are thousands of people with personal collections of at least two automatic watches. Watch winders help the public in at least three ways: Firstly, they ensure their watches are wound and ready to be worn at all times. Secondly, if not worn regularly, watches will suffer; the tiny amounts of lubricant in critical components of the watch tend to solidify, preventing a proper lubrication that would harm the mechanism. Lastly, watch winders have become a compliment to any watch collection as a way to show them off. Whether it’s in an office, a bedroom, or a living room, a watch winder is the perfect way to showcase your time pieces.

Can all watches be wound with a watch winder?

Only automatic watches can be wound with a watch winder. As long as your watch is an automatic one though, the brand doesn’t matter. Your watch could be a Rolex, Omega, Panerai, Ulysses Nardin, Seven Friday or an Hublot, to name a few.

Do I need a watch winder?

If you are a watch aficionado, you will most likely benefit from having a watch winder. If used properly, a watch winder will probably pay for itself by saving you money in costly repairs. Not only that, it will also give you the ability to switch watches in a heart beat, removing all the necessary hour and date setting along with manual winding.

Watch winders are also great conversation starters. Place a couple of your time pieces on a watch winder in your living room or office desk and you will surely draw attention and curiosity towards your collection… including your winder ;).


Choosing the Perfect Watch Winder

Over the years you’ve built a collection of automatic watches that you love and you want to display them at your home or office for everyone to see your good taste. You would also like to make sure they are ready to be worn at any moment (i.e. they are fully wound and display the right time). Finally, it’s a well known fact that automatic watches suffer if not worn regularly. Without regular use, tiny amounts of lubricant harden inside, resulting in potentially costly repairs.

So, once you have decided that a watch winder is right for you and want to invest in one, the question is which one. The watch winder industry continues to be a niche market, however, in the last few years, there has been an explosion of options in the market: brands, style, watch capacity, security, and, of course, price. In the following sections, we will guide you through a few key points that can help in making your decision.


The first thing that you should be concerned about is the style of the watch winder you want. You have probably already seen a few of them, even if just in photographs to get an idea of what watch winders look like. Not surprisingly, most watch winder makers have opted for the overly simple box style. They are perfectly functional watch winders that offer some room for personalization, in particular, the skin color. They are a very valid option if you are on a budget and you are looking for strictly functionality, aka keeping your watch on time. They fail, however, when it comes to showing off your watch collection and encouraging conversations. They’re not very eye-catching and, even though they can be personalized on the outside, they may fail to convey the idea behind your collection.

Another type of watch winder is the secure box style. Besides the standard functionality, an advantage to these watch winders is that they hold multiple watches at the same time inside a safe box. They are based on the premise that you want to secure your collection at all costs (and they are very effective at doing so). There are two disadvantages to the secure box style watch winder, however. The first one is the price tag: they are by far the most expensive watch winders in the market. The second is the display: because of the 5 cm thick metal walls, your beautiful collection will be hidden from the eyes of friends.

Lastly, there is the unique watch winder category. These are watch winders that break apart from the rest. The craftsman of unique watch winders focus on design, just like watch makers do. These watch winders might also come in a limited production series and they might have patented design and technology. The premise of these watch winders? Your watch collection is beautiful, and your watch winder should be, too. They cover the functional part like the box and safe type winders, but they are a piece of art on their own. A sure eye-catcher for anyone around, a great conversation starter, and overall an ideal way of winding your treasured time pieces.

Watch Capacity

Another important feature to consider is the watch capacity. This will depend largely on your collection size and your usage patterns. If you only have 1-2 time pieces, a single or dual watch winder, with a 1 or 2 watch capacity, respectively, will likely suffice. However, if your collection is larger, you might need to consider buying more than one watch winder. Kunstwinder offers both single and dual watch winders.


Another key feature of a watch winder is its rotation features, which includes speeds, directions, and modes. Most automatic watches are best rotated clockwise (CW). There are, however, exceptions to this rule depending on your watch maker, so you should read the recommendations for your particular watch model in your owners manual. All of the Kunstwinder watch winders offer clockwise, counter-clockwise and mixed modes. Our watch winders also have different resting settings, where the watch is winded and then rested for a variable amount of seconds. Continuous rotation is available for display purposes, too, but note that it might put unnecessary stress on your watch, so ideally a watch winder would include a mode of rotation and rest.

A full explanation of Kunstwinder’s rotation features are available here.


Often overlooked, noise is actually a key feature you should consider when selecting a watch winder. Noise stems from motors that are not equilibrated and produce vibrations that, along with creating noise, put stress on your watch. It’s the audible representation of those vibrations that over continuous use will wear down different pieces of the internal watch mechanics. Noise can also be important if the watch winder will be in a room where silence is required, like an office or a bedroom.

Kunstwinder has done extensive research on optimal motors for our watch winders. Our final choice was a Swiss company that manufactures brushless direct current electrical motors. They are tested to work thousands of hours, keeping vibrations and noise to an industry minimum.


Now you’re ready to buy the perfect watch winder for your automatic watches! Make sure you take into account display style, watch capacity, rotation features, and motor noise before you buy.