Independent, family-run Swiss watch brand Norqain was established only two years prior by Ben Küffer and is taking shockingly confident steps. With three collections to date , Norqain plans everything in-house and is set to acquire more prominent assembling freedom with its as of late took care of business with development maker Kenissi. The Norqain Freedom 60 Chrono we are looking at today has a strong 1960s vintage vibe and enough personality to stand apart from the crowd.
The mushroom-type or piston pushers and raised gem underscore the retro state of mind of this watch albeit the case size, at 43mm in distance across and with a case stature of 15mm, is undoubtedly a contemporary decision. The strong 316L treated steel case is done with cleaned surfaces on the generally slim, slanting bezel and the highest points of the drags and highlights vertical brushed completions on the case side. Like all watches at Norqain, there is a cleaned plaque on the left half of the case that can be engraved to personalize the watch. Water-impervious to 100 meters, the case is reassuringly strong on the wrist and incredibly well finished.
In keeping with its vintage soul, a container sapphire gem with hostile to glare covers the warm, cream-shaded, domed dial – note that a high contrast “reversed panda” dial is additionally accessible. Highlighting a tri-compax design with a date window (same shading foundation as dial) wrapped up somewhere in the range of 4 and 5 o’clock, the three marginally recessed sub-counters have snailed insides and clear dark markings: the 30-minute counter is at 3 o’clock, the 12-hour counter at 6 ‘clock and running seconds at 9 o’clock.
I especially like the two-tone high contrast applied records with the square of Old Radium Super-LumiNova at their tips. The needle style hands take action accordingly and highlight a portion of Old Radium iridescence in their middle. A tachymetre scale and a minutes/seconds track complete the dial.
The Freedom 60 Chrono is furnished with Norqain Caliber NN18, a strong ETA 7753 programmed development. With its exemplary 3-6-9 design and pusher for the date correction on the case side, the development beats at 28,800 and offers a 48-hour power hold for the hours, minutes, little seconds and chronograph functions.
As we mentioned before, Norqain has as of late marked an arrangement with watch development maker Kenissi and will be fitting a portion of its better quality watches with types created with Kenissi, the modern arm of Tudor and Breitling watches, and in which Chanel has a 20% stake. Until this point in time, Norqain has obtained two in-house COSC-affirmed developments from Kenissi: the three-hand type NN20/1 and the GMT type NN20/2 (likewise utilized inside Tudor’s North Flag in 2015).
It is generally bizarre for a particularly youthful brand to appreciate an association of this clout yet incidentally, Ted Schneider, son of the previous CEO and investor of Breitling, is essential for Norqain’s supervisory crew and Ben Küffer himself worked at Breitling prior to leaving to set up his own image in 2018. His father, Marc Küffer, who claimed and oversaw Roventa-Henex SA, a noticeable Swiss private name watch producer, additionally frames part of the aggressive Norqain team.
Design-wise and finish-wise this watch has a ton making it work and promptly grabbed my attention. The rich dial, the piston pushers, the needle hands and the bothered leather lash consolidate the 1960s vintage temperament the creators sought after. Absolutely, it enters a rather packed market with genuine competitors, so it isn’t going to be simple. In any case, the Freedom 60 Chrono is delightfully executed and planned, and has its own personality.
Strap decisions and price
Four distinctive Norlando Italian leather lash options and a steel wristband are accessible for this model. I strongly recommend the rough vintage-style leather ties in cool hearty tones with the four lines that reproduce the company logo of a mountain. The Norqain Freedom 60 Chrono retails for EUR 3,590, in addition to EUR 140 for the etching and can be requested straightforwardly online at norqain.com .