"We believe big changes start with small actions that don’t compromise one’s lifestyle and habits."
It all started with a simple, yet ambitious vision.
A few years ago, university friends Samuel Leroux and Alexandre Desabrais embarked on a journey to find a business idea that would have a positive impact on the world we live in.
Watch lovers at heart, they spent a lot of time analysing the sector. This analysis, combined with their curiosity, their passion and their burning desire to have a meaningful impact on the world have made them realise it was time to challenge the status quo of an industry anchored in overconsumption.
A no-compromise approach
Since the beginning, Solios aims to prove that it is possible to reconcile design, elegance and sustainability. No compromise here: each timepiece features carefully curated materials, ethical processes and, most and foremost, timeless and minimalist aesthetics.
That’s what we call a small accessory with a big impact.
A bright idea doesn't happen overnight. Ours took years of discovery and ambition. Here's our story...
It all started in Montreal.Sam and Alex, two Montreal-born university friends, decide one night to watch Before the Flood, a documentary on climate change. This is a life changer: entrepreneurs at heart, they realize they need to create a business that would have a positive impact on the world and challenge our current life habits. The right idea was the missing piece.
Hello GreeceThe light bulb moment. Somewhere between Paros and Ios, our founders notice how minimalistic fashion is the go-to trend. Being watch fanatics since their young age, a product idea then emerges under the bright Greek sun: a statement accessory that would combine minimalism, sustainability, and solar technology.
Researching materialsIn the heart of trendy Brooklyn, Alex and Sam discover a unique material that wasn’t really used in fashion; silicone-based leather. This fabric was revolutionary: unlike vegan leathers that were commonly utilized in the fashion industry at the time, this material was truly eco-friendly.
The Solar technologyBecause they want the best for their watches, our founders fly all the way to Japan, where the first quartz timepiece was created. Surrounded by experts in the field, they discover how solar technology works and how it can be applied to a watch. They leave the country elated: after all, they now had all the necessary pieces to start creating and manufacturing Solios watches.
Meeting new expertsA few months later, after realizing how complex their idea was, Alex and Sam go to their first trade show, where they meet partners from all around the world. Their new network gets them excited: these experts could help them build solutions to turn their idea into a reality.
KickstartingTwo years after watching the documentary that changed their lives, our founders launch a Kickstarter campaign in Montreal in front of 550 guests. Their innovative concept is applauded and massively supported by their peers: in one night only, they get three times the campaign’s targeted amount - without any marketing investment.
A Watch Without
Where thoughtful design, sustainability & solar come together.
A perfect blend of minimalism and elegance, to make sure your watch will adorn your wrist for years to come.
Every component of a Solios watch has been carefully curated with Mother Earth in mind. We are pretty sure she would approve.
Powered by a clean, renewable energy to avoid planned obsolescence, and encourage a brighter, greener future.
Always looking at the bigger
picture of sustainability.
Certified B Corporation
Proud to say we are the first.
We created Solios with the burning desire to make the world a better place: getting a B Corp certification was therefore a no brainer. We are now proud to say that we are the first watch company to get the certification.
Making tomorrow better and greener
Giving back at the core of our values
All of Solios’ partnerships are built around a shared vision: to make the world a better place. Thanks to the Rainforest Trust’s unique and cost-effective approach, we can ensure efficient and sustainable results when it comes to the long-term protection of endangered lands
Renewable energy at its best
Soak Up the Sun
Have you ever had a watch sitting on its own in one of your drawers? Opting for a solar-powered watch could prevent the production of 1 billion toxic batteries.