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Although NORQAIN was solely established in 2018, the model has rapidly emerged as a significant power in Swiss watchmaking. Drawing upon many years of expertise within the watch trade, the minds that created NORQAIN leveraged their data and connections to create a model that embraces one of the best of Swiss watchmaking. With versatile watches designed to be worn every single day on each journey (every watch options at the least 100m of water resistance), NORQAIN emphasizes design and proportion whereas guaranteeing one of the best supplies, match, and end doable. Add in COSC-certified manufacture actions and a aggressive value level, and NORQAIN’s success comes as little shock. Over the previous 12 months, NORQAIN has proven no indicators of slowing down, with a bunch of recent releases that share a unified design language however will enchantment to all tastes.
NORQAIN has three collections: Journey, Freedom, and Independence, and 2021 noticed the model introduce new fashions in every assortment. Nevertheless, the road that obtained essentially the most consideration this 12 months was the Journey, with the NEVEREST sub-collection launching seven new fashions in an array of colorways.
Since its inception, NORQAIN has been impressed by the mountains — even the model’s side-by-side “N” brand portrays a mountain peak. Whereas all NORQAIN’s watches are greater than able to take to the mountains, no line is extra so than the aptly-named Journey assortment, and particularly the NEVEREST watches. The NEVEREST collection was named for the world’s highest peak, the intrepid souls who’ve braved its heights, and those who tragically perished on the mountains. To honor the Sherpas who died whereas guiding expeditions to the tops of the Himalayas, NORQAIN donates 10 p.c of all earnings from the NEVEREST assortment gross sales to the Butterfly Assist Undertaking, a corporation that helps households of Sherpas who misplaced their lives within the Himalayas, guaranteeing their kids acquire entry to schooling. NORQAIN has already been in a position to ship 50 kids to highschool in 2021.
Every mannequin of the NEVEREST assortment is powered by NORQAIN’s unique manufacture actions produced by the Kenissi manufacturing facility in Geneva. Each the NN20/1 (time solely) and NN20/2 (GMT) calibers are designed with a weekend-proof 70-hour energy reserve and double level level bridge fixation for additional robustness. Higher but, every is motion has obtained COSC certification, guaranteeing extraordinarily correct timekeeping. Fortunately, every watch within the NEVEREST collection contains a sapphire caseback, permitting the person to view NORQAIN’s unique motion.
NORQAIN’s latest launch within the NEVEREST assortment is the Night time Sight 40mm DLC. The Night time Sight was designed for customers who stay for nighttime adventures. With a full lume dial crafted from X1 Tremendous-LumiNova, studying the time throughout the useless of evening poses no drawback. Coupled with a compass bezel, black DLC case, and outsized army numerals, the Night time Sight is essentially the most mission-focused watch in NORQAIN’s lineup, with costs beginning at $3,490 USD.
If monitoring a number of time zones is excessive in your checklist, NORQAIN additionally affords the NEVEREST in a GMT model with a bidirectional rotating bezel with a 24-hour ceramic insert, permitting you to trace three time zones directly. Sharing the identical case form because the 40mm, the GMT is barely upsized to 41mm in diameter (48.9mm lug to lug; 14.94mm thick) to accommodate the additional complication. The NN20/2 manufacture caliber powering the NEVEREST GMT is true GMT, which means that the hour hand is independently adjustable (bounce hour), permitting you to alter the native time in seconds. Every NEVEREST mannequin is offered on an identical metal bracelet, rubber strap, or flex cloth strap, with costs beginning at $3,690 USD.
Rounding out the NEVEREST assortment is the versatile Journey NEVEREST 40mm, completed with a mixture of satin and polished surfaces, it hits the candy spot on measurement for a variety of wrists, measuring in at 40mm in width with a 48.3mm lug to lug and slim 12.55mm-thick. With a screw-down crown, crown guards, and 200m of water resistance, the NEVEREST 40mm was constructed to be sturdy, but comfortably wearable in all conditions.
The NEVEREST 40mm is offered in three colorways, with the Glacier Dial that includes a gentle white hue with texturing that evokes glacial snowfields as seen from above. In the meantime, the Inexperienced Dial colorway contains a shiny forest inexperienced dial with a herringbone sample. Rounding out the gathering is a Restricted Version mannequin in metal and gold. With a metal case, gold bezel, and gold fingers and indices, the Restricted Version provides a level of sophistication and class to an already versatile watch. Costs for the NEVEREST 40mm begin at $3,180 USD.
For these searching for a GMT with out the necessity to observe a 3rd time zone by way of a rotating bezel, the NORQAIN Freedom 60 GMT is simply the ticket. Obtainable in each bronze and stainless-steel, the Freedom 60 GMT is powered by the identical manufacture caliber NN20/2 because the NEVEREST GMT, however in a barely smaller (40.5mm diameter, 49.2mm lug-to-lug, 14.5mm thickness) and extra elegant bundle.
The stainless-steel mannequin of the Freedom 60 comes geared up with an opaline dial set off by an inset 24-hour ring for the GMT hand executed in midnight blue and Bordeaux. Moderately than a rotating bezel, the Freedom 60 employs a skinny, polished bezel that enables the dial shine. The absolutely polished case is complemented by a big, straightforward to grip crown that eschews crown guards to create a slimmer, extra elegant look. Like all NORQAIN watches, the Freedom 60 can be accessible in your alternative of strap, together with a Norlando strap, croco-style rubber strap, Perlon rubber strap, or a stainless-steel H-link bracelet, with costs beginning at $3,750 USD.
The NORQAIN Freedom 60 GMT Forest Inexperienced Restricted Version in bronze is a real assertion piece that evokes a basic 60’s vibe. A forest inexperienced dial with a sunburst end units off the nice and cozy tones of bronze, particularly when complemented by the gilt tones of the fingers and utilized indices. Although there isn’t a bracelet possibility for the bronze mannequin, NORQAIN offers your alternative of Norlando strap, croco-style rubber strap, or Perlon rubber, with costs beginning at $3,990 USD.
Rounding out NORQAIN’s 2021 releases is the Independence 21. Constructed to have a good time NORQAIN’s dedication to unbiased watchmaking, watches within the Independence collection are supposed to daring, distinctive items. The Independence watches are housed in 42mm instances with a 22mm lug width (wider than the 20mm lugs discovered on the NEVEREST and Freedom collections), suiting those that desire a bit extra wrist presence.
Following the success of 2020’s Independence 20, NORQAIN created the Independence 2021 in two restricted version iterations. The primary is a stainless-steel case with a scratched midnight blue dial restricted to solely 200 items, created so that every dial is one-of-a-kind, with a texture and character all its personal. The midnight blue dial is about off by a black rehaut and only a splash of purple on the dial and tip of the seconds hand. That includes the NN20/1 manufacture motion, the Independence 21 offers glorious worth, with costs beginning at $3,110 USD, although following within the footsteps of the extremely profitable Independence 20, all 200 items are actually offered out.
Subsequent, in a primary for the model, NORQAIN launched the Independence 21 with a skeleton dial, restricted to solely 100 items. Housed in a black DLC case, the dial highlights a skeletonized Sellita SW200-1 S motion that’s uniquely suited to skeletonization whereas retaining excessive shock resistance. Regardless of its DLC coating, each the case and elective bracelet showcase the combination of brushed, polished, and sandblasted surfaces. Costs for the Independence 21 DLC Skeleton begin at $3,990 USD, however sadly this mannequin is now offered out.
There’s little doubt that 2021 was a busy 12 months for NORQAIN and the model reveals no signal of slowing down. With the brand new 12 months simply across the nook, we’re wanting ahead to seeing all the brand new watches NORQAIN is certain to launch in 2022. To be taught extra about NORQAIN’s Journey, Freedom, and Independence collections, in addition to the model’s manufacture actions, make sure to go to NORQAIN’s web site.
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