Nkarhi, Exceptionally & Fairly Crafted.
We believe that watches are a true juncture where luxury and art cross.
The Year was 1980!
That’s the year Khoza Snr enrolled into a watchmaking and repairs course, and successfully completed his diploma in 1983. Several years later, his eldest son, Elmond Khoza, was born. When he was 6 years old, he received his first lesson in watchmaking and repairs.
When Elmond was 12 years old, his dad arranged him a holiday job at a Jewellery store, called Nu Shop in Pretoria. At Nu Shop Jewellery shop his duties were to help keep the space clean, but to also occasionally assist with repairing clocks and watches, mostly just replacing batteries.
It would take another 36 years since Khoza Snr completed his diploma for Elmond to launch Nkarhi Timepiece in 2019, following in the tradition of his father who dedicated his life to time machines.
Nkarhi is an African timepiece brand, inspired by Africa and designed for the world. Nkarhi celebrates African cities and draws its features from the characteristics of the cities. The culture, architecture, soul and history of the cities, are all on display. It was while travelling the African continent installing solar energy systems that the founder, Elmond Khoza, noticed the distinctive characteristics of African cities. “African cities are alive with a heart and soul of their own, and hold hopes and dreams of many, like myself who left their home to seek a better life in the city”. He then vowed to one day create a product that celebrated and paid homage to African cities.
Nkarhi is a word from the Xitsonga language meaning time, with emphasis that “Its Africa’s time to shine”. Our ultimate dream is to manufacture most of our watch components on the mineral-rich continent of AFRICA.