Marc Newson’s original Ikepod watch is rethought by Swedish architects Claesson Koivisto Rune

Claesson Koivisto Rune has collaborated on the new Ikepod Skypod watch

Ikepod Skypod watch designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune against starry backdrop
(Image credit: Claesson Koivisto Rune x Ikepod)

Swedish architects Claesson Koivisto Rune intertwine romantic references in their rethinking of a classic chronograph for Swiss watch brand Ikepod. The new limited edition aeronautical chronograph, Skypod, is a reinterpretation of the original 1999 Megapode piece, originally designed for Ikepod by Marc Newson.

The new piece stays faithful to the watch’s distinctive case shape, but takes its most technical form yet. A circular slide makes possible complicated calculations, such as computing fuel consumption for an aircraft or navigating range and distance for a pilot.

‘Owning old Ikepods ourselves, it felt very important to respect the original design and the features that made it so great,’ says co-founder of Claesson Koivisto Rune, Eero Koivisto. ‘So we set out to do a more contemporary take on the classic Ikepod Megapode. Two years of intense work together with Ikepod owner Christian-Louis Col has resulted in this watch design.’

Ikepod Skypod with Claesson Koivisto Rune

Ikepod Skypod watch with black dotted dial, by Claesson Koivisto Rune

(Image credit: Claesson Koivisto Rune x Ikepod)

The new starry sky design was inspired by the way the sketches of the dial looked when they were put up on the studio wall, which also prompted the name. ‘All the dial markers are dots, creating a uniform look in the dial,’ Koivisto adds. ‘Every single dot has a function. The “outer” dots of the subdials have been eliminated to create a visual balance in the dial. But always so that the readability is clear.’

Readability underlines the aesthetics throughout, encapsulated in everything from the rounded forms of the font to the elongated shape of the hands and newly round date window.

‘We wanted to redesign and modernise an iconic timepiece without losing the original identity of the brand,’ Koivisto says. ‘It’s a serious attempt to bring the traditional – and sometimes difficult to read – aeronautical chronograph into the present.’

Back of Ikepod Skypod watch case

(Image credit: Claesson Koivisto Rune x Ikepod)

Hannah Silver is the Art, Culture, Watches & Jewellery Editor of Wallpaper*. Since joining in 2019, she has overseen offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, and written extensively across the worlds of culture and luxury. She enjoys meeting artists and designers, viewing exhibitions and conducting interviews on her frequent travels.