Øyvind VonDoren Asbjørnsen
I am a Norwegian, watchmaker, film producer/director, author and entrepreneur.Today all my passion and time is dedicated to Von Doren Watch Company and to create distinctive, high-quality timepieces with a touch of vintage flair.
On this site you will find detailed information about my work and interests. Links to some of my films and books, causes I care about and organizations I support.
On my 12th birthday I was given my great grandfathers Swiss watch, a watch my great grandfather himself had received on his 70th birthday. Since then, I have had a profound fascination and passion for fine wristwatches, an admiration for the precision and their sheer beauty and complexity.
After pursuing a career in filmmaking and publishing, my dream:
- to design my own watches - came true.
I studied film production at The London Film School from 1985-87.
Later I worked at NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation). I was also part of the Norwegian TV revolution when I held the position as producer and part owner of Thule Film &TV.
We produced a lot of programs and commercials for the very successful TV station TV-Norge. We produced the 50 first episodes of the game show: "Casino" that changed the television industry in Norway.
After that I produced a vast number of commercials and TV series, short films etc. and I also founded the production company Main Island Production who now owns the rights to most of my films, including The Prince of Chess. I am Executive producer and cinematographer of the award winning feature documentary "Magnus" World premiered at Tribeca Film Festival april 2016. Main Island Production are Co-Producer of the film.
I have also been a keen watch collector since mye early teens and have rotated my collection with different fine brands. Like Jaeger Le Coultre, IWC, Omega among other. I also have a fondness for vintage watches from Doxa, Waltham, Hamilton etc. My most precious one is the Certina DS Automatic Turtleback I received when I was 12.
Today I am proud of our Von Doren Grandmaster Automatic series.
I grew up in the Art Nouveau city of Aalesund, West Norway
A fantastic place to grow up. Fjords, mountains and clean air.
The below photo is from Alnes on Godøya an Island outside Aalesund.
For more information about the region click here
Photo to left:
Photographer Arne Beck