Norqain would possibly solely be 5 years outdated, nevertheless it has managed to determine itself as a promising impartial model producing rugged, useful watches with sufficient character to face out from the group. Norqain’s newest watch is the results of a collaboration with wildlife ambassador Dean Schneider and flaunts a classy leopard-print sample on the dial and strap. As a part of the Independence assortment, the Hakuna Mipaka is a sporty 3-hand and date mannequin however now is available in a smaller 40mm case and is marketed by the model as a girls’ watch.
With business heavyweight Jean-Claude Biver on the advisory board, Norqain launched the Independence Wild One in 2022 with an progressive carbon fibre composite materials and an attention-grabbing textured 3D laser-cut dial. The brand new Independence Hakuna Mipaka additionally includes a hanging textured dial with a leopard spot sample. Designed with Dean Schneider, 10% of the proceeds might be donated to his Hakuna Mipaka wildlife sanctuary and animal rehabilitation centre in South Africa.
That includes a smaller 40mm case dimension with a peak of 12.05mm, the 316L stainless-steel case has a black DLC coating and options a mixture of brushed and polished surfaces. As a member of the Independence assortment, the distinguished crown guards on the precise aspect of the case are balanced out on the left to supply a glance that references an iconic luxurious sports activities watch made by Patek Philippe. Like different Norqain watches, there’s a screwed-down plaque on the left case flank. The screw-down crown and caseback guarantee water-resistance of 100m.
The leopard print sample on the dial, which extends to the velvety rubber strap, is the star function of the watch. The diamond-cut rose gold-plated indices and palms are handled with white X1 Tremendous-LumiNova to make sure legibility in low-light situations. The rose gold spear-and-shield emblem of Dean Schneider’s wildlife sanctuary is featured on the dial at 6 o’clock, and there’s a discreet date window with a black background at 3 o’clock.
What’s considerably stunning, given the model’s partnership with motion maker Kenissi, is the truth that the watch is supplied with an automated Sellita SW200-1 motion. COSC-chronometer licensed, the motion has a personalised Norqain rotor, beats at a frequency of 4Hz and delivers an influence reserve of 38 hours.
The Independence 40mm Hakuna Mipaka retails for CHF 3,490. Extra data at www.norqain.com.