My name is Timen van der Horn and I am a Dutch guy living in Malmö. Since I can remember I have had an interest in everything mechanical. As a child I took apart everything I could get my hands on, just to see how things work and how they were built. I have been restoring motorcycles since my teenage years, and got interested in mechanical watches a few years back. I have recently launched a company called Chronobay AB, making luxury handmade watch stands for watch collectors and watch dealerships.
How long have you lived in Sweden and why did you choose to live in the Southern part of Sweden?
Since 2017, so I am approaching 5 years now. My girlfriend and I have been living in Stockholm for 3 years, but when I found a job at a startup in Copenhagen we decided to move to Malmö with the added benefit of being closer to both our families.
Can you tell us about your Start Up Company Chronobay?
When I damaged my watch after it fell from a shelf in my living room, I felt there had to be a better way to store my watch when I am not wearing it. This is when I decided to design and manufacture my own watch stand.
One thing led to another and after launching my company in July of this year, I am now selling handcrafted watch stands all over the world. I only use the best materials available. I use real Carrara marble and calfskin leather, handmade in Florence Italy. The steel is hand polished 316- stainless steel, the same grade of steel used in many watches on the market today.
All parts are designed, sourced and assembled by myself right here in Malmö. I personally ship all orders, and take care of marketing and customer service. Launching the company has been an intense period but I am loving it, the response in the market has only been positive and customers love the product.
I am currently working on expanding the product range and offering a wider choice to customers, so keep an eye on the website to see what is coming up.
What are your expectations regarding your membership with the Dutch Chamber?
My main reason to join is to build a network, and hopefully be able to contribute with my own network to other companies as well. It has paid off already. After being connected by a Dutch Chamber member to the owner of Glashuset, a high-end furniture store in Malmö, my products are now being retailed in that store.
I am looking forward to the coming live events and getting to know more members in the near future. If you are interested please have a look at my website and let me know what you think.