The Thought

Our paradigm at KRYPTON is relatively simple. We want to be independent in deciding what we do and when we do it.

Naturally we all live in a time system. But apart from this physical-theoretical time-scale, the time is relative for each one of us. Therefore only the individual point of view is relevant.

Until the founding of KRYPTON Watch, for 80 years many thoughts had to be thought and various coincidences had taken place ...



In 1935, the physicist Erwin Schrödinger published his thought experiment for the very first time, which later became known world-wide under the designation "Schrödinger's cat”.

In this paradox, a cat can be - according to the rules of quantum mechanics - in a so-called superposition state, in which the cat is alive and dead at the same time.

In the same year my grandfather Kurt Löhner was in Munich as chief developer at BMW working on his patent of the so-called centrifugal separator, he also looked into the KRYPTON rare gas as a working medium in connection with the centrifugal force. Decades later this became the inspiration for the brand name.

Ultimately this fits very well with our brand core, because KRYPTON is monatomic and does not interfere with other elements. In this sense, KRYPTON is a lone wolf and therefore independent.



1936 my grandfather met Erwin Schrödinger after a lecture at the University of Graz.

In a conversation not even fifteen minutes long, Schrödinger once more realized that he thought Albert Einstein's approach - that "God does not play dice" and that a clockwork must be at the very bottom of all things - is standing on shaky ground.

On the way back to Munich, my grandfather thought about Schrödinger's remarks and noted for himself, that the reality that should function as a calculable clockwork, would be a concept that challenges the decision-making capacity of man and his free will.

As my father told me, my grandfather thought that, following Schrödinger's cat experiment, such a clockwork, which determines fate and excludes coincidence can, and simultaneously can not, exist in a superposition state. A thought I could not immediately comprehend to be honest.



In 1938 the German troops marched into Austria and Erwin Schrödinger left the country disguised as a holiday traveler. My grandfather at that time was absolutely absorbed by his work. In 1938 he started development on the Turbojet for BMW.

Until 1942, the single-shaft jet engine was developed by BMW under the leadership of my grandfather, Kurt Löhner. After starting the first flight tests in 1941 however, he saw the danger that his developments might be militarily misused so he decided not to put his service into the development of the Turbojets any longer, and moved with his family (amongst others with my father Ingolf) to Braunschweig to become active in scientific teaching.

In Braunschweig a professorship has been awarded and he headed the Institute for Internal Combustion Engines at the Technical University. The proximity to the Harz was a lucky chance because after the war he was able to live out again his passion for bobsleighing.


The Blueprint

When I was seven years old my grandfather died in the year 1978. That same year my father, who worked as a junior engineer at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, finished the following draft. This blueprint based upon his memories of the various conversations he had with his father. His father had often told him enthusiastically about his meeting with Erwin Schrödinger, and also about the idea of a clockwork that existed and at the same time did not exist.


when times get tough.

In 1981 my father Ingolf Löhner was working for Volkswagen in California to work on the issue of an "environmental friendly diesel" (something that should not be mentioned at all today with regard to Dieselgate and other affairs). As a former participant in the German Weightlifting Championships, he spent his free time working out at Venice Beach.

There - under the California sun, as I imagine it – he prepared a second blueprint of a watch that unfortunately no longer exists today. He then marked it with the words "when times get tough". In fact the subjects of time and heavy weight-lifting seem to have paired. Ultimately this wording is now the KRYPTON claim.


Krypton Watch begins

30 years later I enter the game:
Elmar Löhner.

After selling my IT company and traveling around the USA for a few years in a campervan, I came back to Germany to think about what to do with my time

When I told some old friends about the meeting of my grandfather Kurt with Erwin Schrödinger and the course of the story, the idea of KRYPTON Watch was born. I was able to allure my father who now contributes his experience and even his sometimes strange engineering notions, too.


Our first watch

Our first development was the DRAGONFISH Watch in 2012, a Deep Diver that lives up to our claim "when times get tough".


Schrödinger 1936

After exactly 80 years, we finally managed to turn the idea into a product. We can not believe how long the second hand needs to return to the visual field after 60 seconds. You get the feeling that time is stretching (and that even though we use Swiss precision movements).

This watch is a tribute to quantum physics and makes the reading of time impossible. Time is not only relative but we perceive it quite differently.

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