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History

History

A native of Baltimore, MD, who now calls New York City home, Steven Richardson is a watchmaker and high-end designer of elegant one-of-a-kind timepieces.For more than a decade, Richardson has designed, crafted, and manufactured exquisite limited-edition timepieces. What sets Richardson apart from other horologists is that he personally handcrafts every watch; expertly sculpturing and engraving the inner-workings of each exclusive timepiece. He calls his special craft “mechanical art,” and his clients include watch connoisseurs, collectors, and celebrities, including Maya Angelou, Malik Yoba, Ovie Mughelli, Keith Robinson, Ray Lewis, Tracy Morgan and Larry Miller.Richardson began his journey as a jewelry designer in 1995, working in gold, silver, and precious stones, and later traveled to Thailand, Brazil, and Japan to study new methods andgain inspiration from other cultures. Returning to the US, he combined his knowledge of gems and jewelry design with his growing fascination with timepieces, studying horology under a master watchmaker in New York City.

Mentorship

Mentorship

In 2000, Richardson established the NKIRU Watch Company. NKIRU is a Nigerian (Ibo) word meaning “looking ahead”. While NKIRU is highly appropriate for a timepiece company it also speaks to his commitment to introducing young people to the world of horology. He is not only a talented watchmaker, but a dedicated tutor of his craft, teaching the art of watch making to students at Riverside high school in the Bronx – Richardson’s curriculum, “Art of Horology” is the first and only curriculum of its kind to be taught in the New York City public school system.Richardson’s students graduated from his class with specialist skills enabling them to maintain, repair, and build a quartz watch from scratch. He believes the skills his young students learn: precision, attention to detail, and an understanding of math, astronomy, and other core subjects, will stand them in good stead for the future, potentially helping them to attain rewarding and fruitful employment as watchmakers.

Sustainability

Sustainability

Richardson’s unique journey has taught him that every action is accompanied by far-reaching ripple effects, bringing him to conscious and responsible living. For these reasons, through projects such as “The Red Tear Collection,” he plays his part in combating issues like that of the conflict diamonds, which have devastated and destroyed millions of lives in Africa. Naturally this commitment extends to NKIRU, which uses exclusively Kimberly-certified, non-conflict diamonds.

Values

Values

Through consciousness, philanthropy and his art, Richardson experienced first hand the unparalleled benefits of living a life aligned with one’s soul path. He sees his craft and himself as an inseparable unique whole that is tuned to the frequency of the universe. To him, the timepieces he creates are not only functional works of art, but also healing mechanisms a way to tune the human body. After all, the body is a collection of particles, some of which are the exact same minerals and beams of light that exist everywhere in nature, including the timepieces that Richardson so carefully and masterfully creates. The mechanical mechanism of a timepiece generates a vibration at the frequency of 8 beats per second, which is picked up by the elements within the piece and then through contact automatically transmitted to the elements within the human body; thus guiding the body to tune itself, like the frequency of a timepiece, as one – bringing balance of mind, body and spirit.