KANE Stories is all about featuring men who believe, live and breath the “Kai-Zen” state of mind. Through a series of short videos, we hope to give you a look into the lives of the creative and ambitious guys who choose to wear a Kane.
For our first episode we linked up with talented Amsterdam based barber, Kevin Siew who freshens up men’s hair at the Day Studios in the Daily Paper Store while wearing our best seller, the Black Out Black Mesh watch. You can watch what he had to say to us via the link underneath here of read the interview transcript below.
Hi I’m Kevin, I am 27 years old and I’m almost working 4 years as a barber.
How did you discover your passion?
I had to do something to change my life and I didn’t know what to do but one day my girlfriend came up to me and she had at that time a bob cut with a short pony fringe. I just watched a couple tutorials and I gave her a small cut with regular scissors and it made a change! And since then I was looking for hairdressing schools or a barber school and I found a pretty good barber school, since then everything went pretty quick.
Why did you choose KANE?
So the reason why I choose KANE is because it is timeless, it fits with every outfit I wear and also it fits with my job as a barber.
What KANE watch and why?
So my favorite watch is the KANE Black Out watch, which is the one I’m wearing right now, the reason I chose this color is because I like the basic colors, it fits with every outfit and for me, this watch is a daily essential that I can’t miss.
To shop Kevin’s favorite watch style, click the link below:
We are extremely proud to announce the release of our latest Spring Ad campaign titled “I am KANE.” The production was directed, shot and edited by Hollywood director Brendan G Murphy in Tokyo and Kyoto.
I AM KANE is about us men working towards our full potential.In some way or another we are all on our own journey with personal goals that we want to reach, whether they be financial, social, spiritual etc. In order for us to reach them, we work on them every single day, step by step, little by little. Our ambitions become achievable when we realise it is just about improving 1% each day. With this mindset, the effect is compounded and our efforts stack up so that when you look back over one year, two years, ten years from now we notice the development we have made. This is our potential exponential personal growth and is the basis of our philosophy, “kai-zen” that is the root of our latest ad “I AM KANE.”
Individually translated, the word “kai-zen” means; “change” and “good”. Combined it means “continuous improvement” and that is what KANE stands symbol for – your continuous improvement. In our latest film, this is represented through an iconic Japanese cultural figures, the ninja, who through dedication, focus and mastery become experts in their fields of artistry. A ninja will pass skills from father to son, embracing their ancient philosophy through discipline towards their greatest versions.
How does this translate to a watch?
KANE stands symbol for your continuous improvement and each timepiece is a stylish yet humble reminder that you are on your own path. All you seek is a higher sense of self and personal satisfaction as you achieve your goals. This attitude is translated in the clean and sleek design of each exclusive timepiece. We call this Japanese minimalism. What is important for us is keeping the essentials. Nothing more. Nothing less. Today’s digital noise can distract you from your personal journey and therefore you need to remind yourself that less is more. It is in minimalism that you can find your clear focus and boundless energy. You can discover the drive that you need to work on yourself – your mission. With a minimalist state of mind you become one with the present moment, a place where time stands still. This is the power behind our "kai-zen" philosophy, reminding us to cherish each precious moment of time! You can enjoy our latest ad campaing by clicking on the link below or by searching Kane Watches on Youtube.
Do YOU know how to wear your watch the right way? Here's your ultimate beginners guide to improving your watch style
Your exclusive looking wristwatch, is the essential finishing touch of every man’s outfit. This is because your timepiece does more than just show the time. It showcases your sense of style and a sign of confidence and success (especially in the eyes of the opposite sex).
Especially KANE’s exclusive timepieces have the incredible power to take your everyday style to the next level instantly without really having to think about what you are going to wear.
However, not knowing how to pair your watch can sometimes make it look like you have no style at all. This is why it is important for every man like you to understand how to wear a watch the right way – even if you usually stick to wearing basics like jeans and tees in plain colours
When choosing the right timepiece to go with your outfit you must take into account the level of formality of the event you are going to attend. You are not going to an extravagant black tie event or a high powered business lunch with your gym sneakers and the same goes for your watch.
Unless you are into breaking the rules and can get away with it (you know who you are) you don’t wear a casual sportive looking watch to a formal occasion, right? .
Now because you have so many options for f watch brands to choose from, each with their unique collection and styles it can often be difficult to know which timepieces are considered formal and which are not. Some look casual and yet are formal and the other way around.
Keep reading to discover how to wear your watch correctly for every occasion, and what you should be looking for when thinking about your getting your style right so you always look and feel confident. for any occasion.
Over a century ago it was believed that at formal black tie event a person’s main focus must be on the topic of conversation at all times. This is the reason it used to be considered very rude to wear a watch at such a formal event. This style etiquette has (luckily) changed over time , yet this rule does explain why the watch style for a formal event is nearly always simple and understated.
For formal events, simplicity is really key. A formal dress watch traditionally has a thin strap and a minimalist face to avoid drawing too much attention.
The goal was to ensure your formal watch it sat elegantly under the cuff of your dres shirt. And the dial of a formal watch is usually a conservative black or silver combined with brown or black leather watch strap. This gives you, an understated style without being flashy or show off. An example of an iconic dress watch that is perfect for a formal event is KANE’s Black Code Silver Mesh KANE Watch. It’s exclusive classic look and a Silver Mesh strap complement elegance and gets noticed for the right reasons.
It is not everyday you have a schedule packed with formal dinners and meetings so at times you also need a more casual timepiece. A stainless steel watch strap is an ideal choice for your casual watch option because it immediately makes it more sportive and downplays the formal look.
Your, casual watches can be a bit more attention grabbing compared to your formal timepieces. But they don’t have to be the bulky overly sportive type. Especially when it comes to a a man’s iconic blue watch you do not have to go for a heavy tough look.
Take for instance the Blue Arctic Silver Mesh KANE Watch, you can wear this with your casual pair of jeans and a plain white tee, or a comfortable hoodie and jogging pants.
Just think about your own clothing for a second, the pants you wear, the t-shirts you like and the sweater you have. Can you see how an exclusive timepiece can elevate your style? In our article ‘Choosing a watch: 3 Questions you need to answer’ you can read about the importance of buying a watch to matches your personality. This is really important when you wear mostly plain colours and like to keep things clean and simple. . whatever you end up choosing , it's important to to feel comfortable with the type of watch you are wearing and for which occasion. This must be your number one priority because if something is not congruent with who you are then it is going to look either too show off and attract the wrong attention. You do not want people to misjudge you because of your style, you want them to see the real you.
So are you still unsure about how and when to wear your casual or formal watch?
If for whatever reason you are still uncertain about your style at this point, then matching your casual or formal watch with your shoes could be a good rule of thumb to stick to. By using this surprisingly simple trick you guarantee your watch is in line with at least one part of your outfit and is never looks misplaced. The goal must always be to make you look and feel great no matter what you wear.
If you do want to go a bit more into detail about how to wear and what, then let me explain. For shoes, black is generally considered dressier, but that doesn't make it the best default choice. Because actually sometimes brown shoes are just as good of an option to wear with your suit. It just depends. Brown shoes go really well with a blue or grey suit for instance.
Basically you need options to keep your style fresh and your watch in line with what you are wearing. Have you heard of using Interchangeable watch straps? At KANE we created a revolutionary Strap Interchange System® which are a fantastic solution to mixing and matching your watch with your outfits. For instance you can have a beautiful soft vintage in brown leather strap and a satin polished classic in black leather strap for the same KANE watch. Pus there are even more options to choose from It’s like having multiple watches in one. You can wear the same watch in different ways. Like a formal watch style with the leather straps or a more casual watch style with the stainless steel mesh straps Take look at KANE’s premium Japanese leather watch straps is they give you more flexibility when matching your watch to your outfits – and ultimately elevate your style to guarantee you get compliments with whatever you decide to wear!
So whether you are trying to look sharp for your next formal event or you are just looking to boost your day-to-day casual outfits, a high quality timepiece is an absolute must-have accessory you definitely can’t miss. You are going to look so good with a clean and sleek minimalist KANE timepiece around your wrist – no matter what you wear. So what are you waiting for?
Go check out the full collection and pick your favourite colour watch face and matching strap to instantly skyrocket your style score today!
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Choosing the right watch can be a hassle sometimes to say the least. Not only is it often a sizeable investment, but the watch you choose can have a large impact on people’s impression of you. A timepiece should make a statement, conveying confidence, charisma and success. Choosing the wrong one, however, can leave you with a simply overpriced accessory that makes you feel awkward and uncomfortable. To make sure that you avoid this situation, we highlighted some of the most important questions you need to answer when making your men’s watch choice. In a couple of minutes you will be ready to shop your watch like a seasoned pro!
What does the watch say about me?
Watches are known to be helpful accessories for individuals to express themselves. Not only does a watch display tell something about your preference and styling, it also possesses the special ability to let your personality talk without saying a word.
The meaning of a watch however, differs from person to person. A high quality gold watch such as our Gold Rush Classic Black KANE Watch might spell formality for some, while meaning freedom and joy for others. During your ongoing watch search, it is essential that you choose a watch that projects your image - and not someone else’s. A quality timepiece is an investment, so take the time to choose an exclusive men’s watch that makes you feel self-assured, rather than self-conscious.
Watches tell stories - What’s yours?
Keeping our first point in mind, it's important that we ask ourselves what story we would like to tell others. KANE for example is based on the Japanese way of life – known as ‘kaizen’ (改善) – each KANE timepiece is a stylish symbol of a man’s continuous improvement. This message gets carried by our happy customers every day. Finding out what story you want your timepiece to carry can be a valuable element in choosing your perfect men’s watch.
This ties back to knowing your personality and deciding how you want to be perceived by others. Are you a real classic type with a more formal presence, in this case, our Silver Steel Vintage Brown KANE Watch might suit you. Or do you recognize yourself to be more sporty and casual looking, if so, taking a look at the Black Out Black Mesh KANE Watch might help. Either way, a comfortable modern looking men’s watch seems to never be a wrong choice.
What features does my watch need?
To choose a quality men’s watch that’s right for you, you’ll want to consider the features it offers. Does a dial with date and multiple functions suit your style? Or is our modern minimalistic dial more your thing?
Your choice should be influenced by your lifestyle and interests. A male barber for example, might prefer a slimmer dial because he can wear it during his working shifts, while a racing fanatic might want a timepiece with a chronograph or tachymeter, so he can calculate and track lap speeds. Again, it’s wise to evaluate if your men’s watch choice reflects your personality, lifestyle and interests - it makes very little sense to buy a watch with numerous indicators and complications that have no need or you may never use.
All these choices, leave me choiceless..
After considering the points mentioned above, choosing the right watch could still be a little overwhelming at times. This is where our collection comes into play. All our watches consist of interchangeable straps which make it possible for every watch to be suitable for any occasion. How? With it’s easy click system you can switch your unique watch straps in seconds. No tools required. It’s like having five exclusive timepieces for the price of one with clean combinations for any occasion – from classic to street style.
Our Japanese inspired collection of watches are designed to provide flexibility in today’s world of fast fashion. An integral part of what makes our Timepiece’s flexible is the use of sleek and clean durable watch straps that can be instantly customized to elevate your look. The modular design of our bands makes it incredibly quick and easy to interchange between leather and mesh straps using our special click system so that all you need to focus on is which style you like most!
Designed to look sharp, our range of genuine leather straps are made from high-quality Japanese cowhide that are oil-tanned meaning unlike other watchbands, these are actually durable. Each leather strap comes with silver, gold or black buckles matching effortlessly with your chosen watch dial. These tough and long-lasting leather bands are a true classic available in three unique looks; Vintage Brown, Classic Black and Urban Grey.
Woven to perfection, our modern Milanese Mesh bands are created with polished Stainless Steel. Designed to strip the weighted bulk from traditional metal links, the strong Milanese steel is fused for a smooth textured feel that wraps comfortably around your wrist. These Mesh straps also include an innovative “Triple lock security buckle” that means you will never loose your Kane if you are our and about. Give your timepiece a breath of new life with one of our Mesh straps available in black, gold or silver.
Two watch straps for under $50
Yes! You read that correctly. We believe in giving you multiple styles for your Kane watch, letting you elevate your style daily and so we are giving you any 2 straps for less than $50! To claim this exclusive strap offer, all you need to do is sign up to our newsletter at www.kanewatches.com by Wednesday 27th February. You will receive an email from us with your personal gift to access our limited time bundle pack featuring any 2 straps of your choice. Be quick, as this offer ends on Monday March 4th.
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The best thing about the time that we have is not only making the most of it, but sharing our precious moments with the people who are special to us. And that is what Valentine’s is all about: showing appreciation towards the people who truly deserve it!
We know that you are busy and that finding the right Valentines gift can be challenging. So we have put together a few of our favorite watch styles to help you choose the best gift for your deserving man! Also, we have matched our recommended watch to the style and fashion that they pair with best so that you can select the ideal timepiece that suits your man.
Black Out Black Mesh
When you go black you never go back and this really seems to be the case with our hugely popular Black Out Black Mesh watch. This robust and powerful piece redefines modern street style while maintaining a strictly minimal and monochromatic look. The Black Out is for the guys out there who enjoy smart simplicity, appreciate contemporary street wear and don’t have time to mess about. If your man loves the black on black look then this is the absolute perfect watch or him!
Blue Arctic Silver Mesh
Sleek and radiant, the Blue Arctic paired with a silver Milanese Mesh strap exudes effortless elegance. With its rich royal blue sunray dial and silver details this watch is for the sharp modern gentleman. Casual or formal, at work or at home, this combination quite simply always works. And for only €99 this piece elevates your style, bringing you towards another level of class – a must have for any on the go gentleman.
Gold Club Vintage Brown
If there was ever a time for Gold it is now. With just the right amount of shine, the Gold Club Vintage Brown combines a black face with subtle hints of Gold for a classy statement piece. Does your man enjoy the energy of the city during the night? Well the Gold Club, inspired by Tokyo nightlife, is for the guys that take time to look dapper and boy do they do it well! Every man needs a piece of gold in their wardrobe and we think this timepiece is that!
Black Code Classic Black
This timepiece is for the man who appreciates timeless fashion and style. He knows what he wants and likes and is happy to stick to those principles. The Black Code Classic Black does just that with its sharp and clean lines that come alive within a jet-black onyx watch face. The Black Code is an ode to the traditional while maintaining its stature in the modern era. A real classic.
So now you know what elegant timepiece to get your special man this Valentines. If you are looking for a different style then don’t hesitate to take a look at our full collection. And if you haven’t already, be sure to sign up to our newsletter in order to receive a special Valentines offer that shouldn’t be missed! All in all, we hope you manage to find the perfect gift and happy Valentines.
Holiday SALE: Receive a FREE extra strap with your watch!
The perfect holiday gift can sometimes seem a world away and often requires multiple trips to different shops in search of that ideal present. Nobody wants to feel that they didn’t gift the appropriate gift to their deserving loved ones and family members, however with a little help in the right direction, Christmas can become what it is meant to be – the most joyous time of the year. So avoid the last minute dash to the shops and feel safety in the fact that you still have plenty of time to gift the good stuff if you shop online!
To help you in this hectic time before Christmas, we decided to bring to you a Gift Guide that shares with you our favorite watch styles and combinations to show you why a watch is an essential Christmas gift this year.
Firstly, we want your gift to be the best it can be. That’s why we are giving you a FREE leather strap (worth €29) with any watch helping you to create the ultimate Christmas Gift Pack. This is how it works:
Can’t decide which watch and strap combination to gift? Here are a few style that will really light up his wrist as well as his smile!
Black Out Black Mesh + Vintage Brown strap
Blue Arctic Silver Mesh + Urban Grey strap
Gold Rush Gold Mesh + Classic Black
So what are you waiting for? Get the perfect Christmas present with the KANE Gift Pack. Choose your favorite watch. Then add a FREE leather strap to your cart and use the code: SANTAKANE. You also get FREE shipping, guaranteeing that you receive it by Christmas.
Design is where it all begins. In fact, at KANE, functional design is one of the most important aspects for us when it comes to the creation of a watch. Designed in the heart of Amsterdam and inspired by the minimalist lifestyle movement in Tokyo, Japan, each KANE is forged with the same identity as the cities that stimulated its design; forward thinking and dynamic.
Our select range of smart and beautifully crafted watches provide flexibility in the world of fast forward fashion through a versatile and modular design. We like to challenge the idea that an expensive or flashy watch defines who you are by creating elegance through simplicity and clean lines. Ultimately, every man has a right to look good – that is why our collection is available for as little as €99 so that they are accessible to everyone.
Minimalism is centered on the idea of removing unnecessary clutter from one’s life and placing focus on what is truly important, your time. In essence, it is all about making more out of less, and this is what we aim to offer to anyone who wears a KANE. We create watches with simplistic beauty in mind, making sure that the most essential aspect of the watch, the timepiece, is well defined to make sure you keep on time throughout your day.
Japanese Quartz movement by Seiko
We only work with the best, which is why we collaborate with one of the oldest and largest watch specialists, Seiko, to develop our efficient Quartz movement. The movement (you can read more in-depth about this in our previous blog post) is the mechanics that make your KANE function efficiently. Powered by Quartz, the batteries inside our watches will last for 3 years while providing you with the most accurate time along the way. By partnering with SEIKO we can confidently provide you with extremely accurate and functional watches.
We believe in empowering individuality so that you may live by your own design rather than by default. With this in mind, each watch is designed to cater to a collection of freely interchangeable straps. The functionality of these straps enable you to customize the look and feel of your watch to match your personal style or mood. Our straps come in both Stainless Steel Mesh and genuine leather and are available in six unique color ways.
Through functional design and driven by KAIZEN principles of continuous improvement, we seek to inspire you to grow and become the best version of yourself, one day at a time through our essential range of Japanese inspired minimalistic watches. Why? Because it’s your time!
Its Official! This week, KANE's short film "Its Your Time" was premiered at the prestigious and world famous Hollyshorts Film Festival in Los Angeles. In addition, the short film has also been nominated for awards in 2 other Festivals; The Amsterdam International Filmmakers Festival and The Hollywood Dreams Festival in Las Vegas. With nominations in the categories Best Short, Best Cinematography Short, Best Music Video, Best Music & Best Title, we are extremely proud and would like to extend a huge thanks to everyone involved in the project. Most notably, Brendan G. Murphy, Kieran Murphy, Nikki Stegink, Cayley Thompson and Greta Natkaité.
At the start of this year, KANE became the first Watch Start-up to produce a Hollywood directed short film titled “Its Your Time.” With innovation and constant improvement lying at the core of our “Kaizen” philosophy in everything we do, we wanted to create a cinematic experience that was unlike your regular commercial. We felt that by testing our limits in only our first year of business by producing a short film that reflected the brand alongside Hollywood based Director, Brendan Gabriel Murphy, was the ultimate challenge. After 6 months of persistence we were delighted to officially unveil “Its Your Time” at our New Year Launch Party onboard SupperClub Cruise in Amsterdam. Now, we are beginning to reap the awards of our efforts.
Your Time is essential
Intertwining the themes of illusion versus reality and set in both 1950’s and modern day Amsterdam, the short film follows an aspiring individual who with his women alongside him and a KANE on his wrist, fights towards reaching his dream. Like our minimalist watch designs, “Its Your Time” depicts just how vital it is to seize the moments that are important to us in order to work towards the best versions of ourselves.
Each KANE watch is forged with the exact same thinking as the meaning behind the short film; to recognize the importance of your time. By keeping everything tight, the essence of the watch emerges: time and style. With specially selected materials of Japanese leather and steel mesh for the interchangeable click straps, you can easily upgrade and customize your look day in and day out. This gives each KANE watch an exclusive appearance that you can wear In confidence knowing you will always be on time!
And vibes it is with the Summer season now in full momentum and our Summer Sale just beginning. Following on from our Tokyo Transcendence campaign, LA Vibes is all about the sensations we experience in Summer and the importance of making the most of this warmer time of the year. It is also about creating good vibes, auras, energy or whatever you want to call it, and our watches are specifically designed to help elevate your style and boost your confidence as you work day in and day out improving yourself.
So for our Summer campaign, we linked up with two of our laid back LA Friends, Richard & Jonathan who hit up the palm filled, sun-kissed neighborhood of Venice Beach with a selection of our nicest summer watches. Now you too can look this fresh! So why wear a KANE in the Summer?
Water Resistant to 5ATM
One great aspect of our watches is that they are all equipped with water-resistant capabilities up to 5ATM. Most watches are water-resistant up to 3ATM, however just in case you enter the shower with your KANE on wrist, we didn’t want you to ever worry, which is why we made our watches resistant up to 5ATM. So what do these numbers mean? It means that each KANE will resist water getting inside until the pressure of the water is 5ATM. In other words, your timepiece is water resistant to 5 atmospheres, which translates to a water depth of 40 meters. So yes, if you step into the shower or dip in for a swim equipped with your KANE you have no reason to worry. This also means that, if you head out to the beach and get your watch covered in sand, it can be easily washed with a sprinkle of water.
Anti-Scratch Hardened Mineral Crystal Glass
Each KANE is fitted with a hardened mineral crystal glass that helps protect against any scratches and wear and tear. We all hate that feeling when we purchase a new watch and then we slightly damage the face because of a clumsy movement. However, you wont have to worry about ever experiencing that with a KANE watch so you can enjoy everything you do during the summer without feeling restricted.
Summer Super Sale
Finally, you can get yourself a watch that is actually practical, functional and aesthetically pleasing, completing your Summer look. In fact, our Summer Sale just dropped so this week only we are giving you:
€20 OFF Any Watch + FREE Priority Shipping (1-3 days)
Simply use the code: SUMMERTIME20
at checkout to claim your Super Sale! Hurry while stocks last!