Von Doren – Official Timekeeper for Norway Chess


We are proud to have the Norwegian watch brand Von Doren as the Official Timekeeper for the sixth time.

The man behind the Von Doren brand; former filmmaker Øyvind Von Doren Asbjørnsen, is passionate about chess. Among other things, he has directed the film “The Prince of Chess” (2005), and was co-producer on “MAGNUS” (2016). In 2016 he followed his childhood dream of starting his own watch brand – however,  chess continued to have a prominent role also in this venture. Von Doren’s first collection of mechanical wristwatches was named Grandmaster, inspired by the strength and effort required of a chess player to achieve the title of Grandmaster.

Il Tempo Gigante Automatic Chronograph

Von Doren’s latest model is a high end chronograph inspired by the race car Il Tempo Gigante from the Norwegian stop-motion animated film “Flåklypa Grand Prix” (“The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix” in English). Part “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” part “Speed Racer,” and part proto-“Wallace and Gromit,”. Case in brushed and polished stainless steel, radar hands, diopter sight on the chrono second hand, and Swiss Super-LumiNova BGW9 that glows even in the darkest night.

The movement is a La Joux-Perret Top Grade Caliber L112 with a 60-hour power reserve. Subdials for measuring seconds, minutes, and hours. Only 150 watches with a black dial and 150 with a brown dial are produced. Read more about the watch here.

First-class craftsmanship combined with a solid foundation in chess makes Von Doren the natural choice as Official Timekeeper for the sixth time.