De Rijke Watches & Co. Amalfi Series I – a Driver’s Watch with a Rotating Case

A class not regularly addressed, as qualified passages are rare, are driver’s watches. Prepared watch nerds or genuine collectors may review the Vacheron Constantin Historique American 1921 , or even the MB&F HM8 Can-Am . Nonetheless, we may have a more moderate answer for driving, ideally quick, and not grasping your hand off the directing wheel. Presenting Dutch beginning up De Rijke Watches & Co.’s Amalfi Series I.

Straddling his vintage Vespa sulked, Laurens de Rijke went through eastern Europe just subsequent to graduating as a modern architect from the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands, alongside certain companions. During his undertakings, he unearthed a nearby swap meet. Meandering through the slows down, he recognized a vintage mechanical Vostok which he purchased to monitor time while riding his Vespa.

This very watch, nothing truly exceptional, was urgent in Laurens’ fantasy about making a driver’s watch. Being a modern specialist, he dabbled with mechanics and designing and even introduced his very own watch as a graduation project. Learning the fine trade of machining through famous Dutch modern designer Bruno Ninaber in his Studio Ninaber office, machines and CNC machines were utilized in the creation of his last venture, which has since been destroyed as a hotspot for parts for future projects.

This future undertaking must be a driver’s watch, in any event as a concept. Try to deliver a watch that can be worn and read in a conventional way yet that can likewise be perused as a driver’s watch, which means making a neat dial slanted at a point. Through experimentation, Laurens began work on a case design, material prototyping, and conceptualizing the driver theme by sourcing all the fundamental information. And now, following five years of development and on-and-off work on the venture, Laurens is going to deliver his absolute first watch to the fortunate new owner.

Case and Strap

One of the main components of the Amalfi Series I, and the underlying idea for the watch that Laurens longed for, is flexibility. He imagined a watch that could be worn on the wrist constantly, sufficiently adaptable to be utilized at the same time as a standard watch and a driver’s watch. No requirement for case holders, tradable modules or other trickery.

Laurens has developed a watch that has a focal container and an external case. The focal case, which holds the development, can be pivoted 90 degrees inside the external case. Pivoting the case is simple, and a touch of spring framework between the focal case and the external case guarantees a consistent fit and a fixed most extreme slide.

The challenge is resilience, and as yet having the option to utilize it as what it is intended to be – a watch! So is admittance to the crown, regardless of whether it is situated “12-at-12” or “12-at-3”. The manner in which Laurens has designed and constructed the case is quite splendid. The crown has moved from the customary situation at 3 o’clock to the side of the top carry taking into consideration the most extreme conceivable slide. A processed out space on the case determines the full scope of the slide, moving consistently from zero to ninety degrees, so, all in all the crown is situated close to the next lug.

The steel case, incorporating the focal container with the development, gauges a sensible, nearly vintage 38mm in measurement, with a tallness of just 9.5mm. Entirely wearable measurements coupled with the low weight of the watch makes it comfortable.

The finely processed out fixed drags are a pleasant touch. It adds a cool detail to the watch, and the tie connected to it takes into account a snappy and simple change. A NATO or Perlon lash is effectively introduced rather than the fine cowhide ties with studs delivered as standard with the Amalfi Series I. On the off chance that you feel truly innovative, you can even introduce an extra-long lash and wear it on your leg, with the case completely turned to have the opportunity accessible at a basic glance.

Dial and Hands

The dial is another part Laurens has designed through experimentation. A second essential component of a driver’s watch is clarity, ideally at any point. In spite of the fact that it is essentially difficult to make a watch that is clear under in a real sense all conditions, a dial put high under a domed sapphire precious stone is one of the alternatives to maintain a strategic distance from tremendous contortions and make it simple to peruse all things considered angles.

The dark dial is hand-painted by Laurens himself and fitted with laser-cut hands, which tighten somewhat towards the tips. The silver-plated steel hour markers, similarly tightened to coordinate the hands, are applied by hand and loaded up with dark paint. A focal red seconds hand adds a bit of liveliness to the dial. The external rib of the two-section dial has a white moment track. The tight bezel takes into account a full perspective on the dial, again advancing greatest legibility.



Sourcing a development with a touch of family that fits the requirements for your model can be hard. And also costly, because of foreseen low creation numbers and an inexorably diminished inventory by certain development makers. Despite these difficulties, Laurens ended up with a high-grade Soprod M100 development for his De Rijke & Co. Amalfi Series I – essentially a Swiss-made ETA clone.

The Soprod M100 programmed development driving this watch depends on the ETA 2892. It estimates 25.6mm in breadth and a thin 3.6mm in stature. With a recurrence of 4Hz, 25 gems, 42 hours of force hold and Incabloc stun insurance, it is a serious solid development. Typically, this development is equipped for demonstrating a date, yet Laurens selected to drop it so as not to mess the dial. The development is noticeable through the sapphire caseback.


It is never simple to begin your own watch brand. Subsidizing, innovation, ability, and sourcing of parts and providers are troublesome. Notwithstanding, if the desire and the concept are sufficient, diligence can be rewarded, and Laurens soldiered on. Five years really taking shape, his De Rijke & Co. Amalfi Series I is a charming watch, with a bizarre however fascinating execution of a driver’s watch concept. While investigating the flexibility of the Amalfi Series I, by changing the point of the middle case, it becomes something beyond a watch.

Considering the item at hand, with the quantity of handcrafted parts and completing, the value stays decent. The De Rijke & Co. Amalfi Series I is restricted to 99 pieces and estimated at EUR 2,495. It is accessible through the brand’s site here .