Obaku Denmark Story, about the brand and company

Where Nordic meets Zen

Beautiful reminders to stay present

Obaku's name derives from Zen philosophy, promoting mindfulness and simplicity. Combining ancient Eastern culture with minimalist Danish designs, Obaku represents a state of mind and a way of being. With a focus on elegant simplicity and effortless effectiveness, Obaku sees beauty in imperfection. We believe in a sense of calm and balance, even in the items we use to adorn ourselves.

Obaku Denmark watch sketch of the design progress


Obaku Denmark was born over thirty-five years ago when a Danish entrepreneur with a great respect for Danish design heritage met a Chinese businesswoman who loved and understood the Zen philosophy through the traditions of Chinese culture. Together, they produced their first watch and founded a successful watch manufacturing company that continues to thrive today.

“Being involved in creating Obaku watches is a process that’s both exciting and interesting. As a designer, I have given free rein to put personal fingerprints on the different types of watches in the collection. I'm very aware of the different effects it has when working with different materials. The objective with my designs is to create products that people consider worth keeping.”

— Lau Liengard Ruge, Designer


first watch created by Danish watch brand

Lund Steel by Lau Liengård Ruge

One of the first Obaku designs, called V102 Lund. And it is still in the collection all these years later. Talk about evergreen!

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