Design Attracts Africa’s Young Watch Entrepreneurs

African Bead Watch

As African designers grab the fashion spotlight, with Thebe Magugu of South Africa winning the 2019 LVMH Prize for emerging designers, the continent’s watch entrepreneurs have been rising too.

Consider the 36-millimeter quartz watches with custom-designed and beaded straps that were presented to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their recent visit to South Africa by Lunga Ntuli, founder of LN Watches.

The strap of the duke’s watch — called Nkosana, which means prince in the Zulu language — featured triangles and stripes of purple, white, red and blue that, to the Zulu, symbolize royalty, purity, strength and peace, Mr. Ntuli said.

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