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Beautifully bright, proudly South African and designed right here in Ballito… Lunga Ntuli’s stylish range of watches are unlike any you’ve seen before.

Carefully assembled by rural women from across the province, Ballito-based author and self-established businessman Lunga’s trendy LN Watches are classy, stylish and unmistakably African.

From the moment you meet 30-year-old Lunga, his appreciation and understanding of matters of the heart are clearly evident. In addition to being approachable with a warm, welcoming smile, Lunga is also hard-working and ambitious.

With a background in sports journalism, Lunga has also self-published four self-help novels, all of which speak to matters of the heart. It was after the success of his first book, Why Men cheat and Women Do It Better, that the author and father found his inspiration to create the watch range. He launched LN Watches at the end of 2016. 

“I drew inspiration from my Zulu culture and the ‘ucu’ bracelet, which is a bracelet that a man gives to a woman to symbolise his undying love for her. The beauty of these watches is that each colour symbolizes something different in the Zulu culture.”

Lunga employs a team of rural ladies from across the province who assemble the beads according to his pattern requests, and the actual mechanics of the watches are sourced locally, making his a truly proudly South African watch brand.

Having just launched his newest range, which includes a smaller or bigger face depending on the customer’s taste, the collection also has a range of genuine leather straps and a variety of new designs to his signature beaded watches.

“Our watches are for anyone who wants to gift their loved one with something special that is African-inspired and reasonably priced. Erica Platter, whom my grandmother worked for, has had some great success getting orders overseas for me, for which I am very grateful.”

Ranging between R500 and R650 (including courier), LN Watches are available at The Gentry at the Ballito Lifestyle Centre, or online on Lunga’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

“My vision is to create a global brand that can be associated with high-profile people. We have had the privilege of making watches for Sharks and Springboks star Tendai Beast Mtawarira and his family, as well as Archbishop Desmond Tutu. With that being said, I would honestly love to see more people wearing them, making it a leading South African watch brand.” 

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Text: Monique De Villiers-Delport | Photographs: Heath Thisle


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