A Very Good Year: A Roundup Of NORQAIN’s 2021 Novelties
The independent watchmaker’s most recent releases represent a breakthrough for the brand.
One of Watchonista’s favorite feel-good stories of 2021 is the ascendance of independent watchmakers NORQAIN. Established in 2018, NORQAIN surprised the status quo with a collection of timepieces with a strong design point-of-view and solid mechanisms.
In fact, the watches were so successful with enthusiasts that they are now carried in over 70 brick-and-mortar locations worldwide (they are also popular online).
The timing was perfect. As the watch world recalibrated to online sales and changing demographics, NORQAIN recognized a new kind of audience: one that valued individualized timepieces built for heritage and sport while also providing optimal performance.
This year, NORQAIN’s watches proved that they are ready to take on any challenge, so we wanted to celebrate by taking three of our favorite launches – the Adventure NEVEREST 40mm in green; the Adventure NEVEREST GMT; and the NEVEREST Night Sight – on an outdoor adventure.
Here’s our recap!
The Green Adventure NEVEREST 40mm
Not only was 2021 a big year for NORQAIN, but it was also a booming time for green-dialed watches. But this version of the Adventure NEVEREST 40mm seems to transcend the trend with a pine green and black dial that transforms NORQAIN’s signature dial pattern.
Pretty as it is, the Adventure NEVEREST 40mm in green is the perfect partner for an adventure. It’s a robust timepiece with a stainless steel case and knurled stainless steel bezel complete with a black ceramic ring. Plus, the Adventure NEVEREST is also water-resistant to 200 meters and has X1 Super-LumiNova covering the indices and hands, so you can read the time no matter how deep into the forest you might journey.
Like other NORQAIN watches, it is equipped with a super sturdy, COSC-certified automatic calibre made in collaboration with movement manufacturer Kenissi – in this case, NORQAIN’S Manufacture Calibre NN20/1, which is visible through the sapphire glass exhibition caseback.
The Adventure NEVEREST GMT 41mm
The Adventure NEVEREST GMT, launched in September, represents NORQAIN’s ability to read the room. Featuring a case size of 41mm and a thickness of 14.94mm, these three GMTs reflect the current taste for slightly smaller sports watches. Two of the three models are offered with forest green or royal blue accents and stainless steel cases with polished and satin-brushed finishing. The third model comes with sunset orange accents and a more modern steel case coated with black DLC.
Like the standard 40mm Adventure NEVEREST we already discussed, the NEVEREST GMT is also built for whatever exploits the wearer may indulge in – from hiking to biking – and has a knurled bezel edge for better grip. However, unlike the 40mm Adventure NEVEREST, which has a unidirectional bezel, all three of the GMT models feature a bidirectional rotating bezel with a 24-hour scale.
The two steel models have a black ceramic ring with white markings, and the DLC-coated model has a matching DLC-coated bezel with light grey markings for optimum legibility. Plus, the GMT models have a very respectable 100 meters of water resistance.
Finally, because NORQAIN fans value individuality, the Adventure NEVEREST GMT watches can be outfitted with a variety of strap options. These include a vegan-certified rubber NATO strap with accents that complement the color scheme of the chosen watch.
The NEVEREST Night Sight
Last but not least, the most recent addition to the brand’s Adventure NEVEREST line, the Night Sight, is exceptional because of its gorgeous glowing green dial. It’s a time-only watch with a black DLC case and a dial fully painted in X1 Super-LumiNova. And it’s thanks to this radical dial that makes the Night Sight a bold departure from previous NEVEREST watches.
The black hour markers and hands, including large Arabic numerals at the cardinal positions, have military-style stencil treatment, allowing maximum visibility in any lighting conditions (including sitting outside under the stars). And, while a fully illuminated dial has been done before, the black DLC case frames it in a whole new light.