Independent Swiss watchmaker Norqain launches the Independence 22 Skeleton, a limited edition steel version of its black DLC model that quickly sold out last year.
The newest version features a 42mm stainless steel case with brushed, polished and sandblasted finishing. But the real draw is how Norqain frames its ruthenium-colored, COSC-certified, Sellita-based caliber NN08S with exposed gears, wheels and bridges.
Each supporting bridge within the architecturally designed movement is held by at least two arms. This creates a particularly rigid movement, according to Norqain, which offers a “exceptional shock resistance and a high level of robustness.”
Under the Norqain-logo-printed sapphire crystal you’ll see two skeletonized hands and a red-tipped seconds hand. All are coated in top-quality white SuperLuminova.
Norqain adds a blue dial limited edition model to its 40mm Freedom 60 GMT collection, one of the independent Swiss watchmaker’s most popular designs.
With its 1960s-style domed dial and an easy-to-read GMT scale in the center of the dial, the watch has serious vintage appeal. Norqain seals the appeal when it applies Old Radium SuperLuminova to the bronze hands, and frames it all with a bronze case.
Norqain underscores all this retro eye-candy with appropriately modern technology, most critically the use of its chronometer-precise, in-house-designed Caliber NN20/2, an automatic movement (below) produced together with movement-maker Kenissi.
The movement boasts a jumping hour to easily set the time and date forward or backward. Its long power reserve of seventy hours is among the most impressive we’ve seen at this price point.
Also very up-to-date is Norqain’s decision to offer only non-leather straps or metal bracelets for all its watches. For this new model Norqain offers three different bracelet options, including a vegan-certified Perlon blue rubber strap with a pin clasp that matches the case. The watch is also available with Norqain’s own Nortide strap and an Alcantara strap, both of which include stitches that resemble mountaintops near the lugs.