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Developed as an all-rounder sports watch, the Norqain Adventure Sport collection of watches delivers some exciting elements in its design and overall character, echoing a powerful yet incredibly refined visuals, ready for a lifetime of adventures the watch is intended for. At its core, the Norqain Adventure Sport 42mm Blackout - Khaki Nordura presents an understated three-hander design, executed to a high level of detail in every aspect.
|Norqain Adventure Sport 42mm Blackout - Khaki Nordura Strap Ref. NB1000B01A/B102|
Founded by CEO Ben Küffer in 2018, family-owned and fully-independent Luxury watch manufacturer Norqain is based in Nidau (Bienne) at the heart of the Swiss watch industry. Built on the abundance of experience and deep ties in the Swiss watchmaking industry of founder Ben Küffer and the Küffer family, Norqain explores the brand’s passion for Swiss mechanical watches with a bold sense of authenticity, uniqueness and rebellious character trait for those who are not afraid to carve their own path in life. Despite being on the market for a relatively short span of time, Norqain has brought a huge shake up in the luxury Swiss watch manufacturing industry, rapidly growing with an impressive range of creative dial designs and performance-driven Swiss mechanics.
Crafted out of 316L stainless steel and then DLC treated, the full black case of the Norqain Adventure Sport feels just like what you’d expect to get from a luxury sports watch, from its excellent finishes to the gentle curves and pleasing proportions. Coming in with a diameter of 42mm, a lug to lug distance of 50.2mm and a case thickness of 12.8mm, these dimensions welcome a whole range of wrist sizes with a comfortable and versatile fit while at the same time, showing off a fair dose of wrist presence indicating that the 100m water-resistant watch means business.
|Alluring black dial with fine satin brush DLC case|
For the most part, the case is meticulously finished with fine satin brushing across the top of the lugs and the side of the case. However, a closer look reveals a highly-polished chamfer along the lugs, reflecting on the brand’s close attention to detail to ensure no expenses were spared despite being a rather young brand. Keeping in line with the rest of Norqain’s timepieces, Norqain’s distinctive screw-on polished plate rests at the left side of the case. The watch is presented on a rugged khaki Nordura strap to complete the sporty and military appeal. Furthermore, the grippy knurling found on the black 60-click unidirectional ceramic bezel allows optimal handling.
Zooming in on the dial, the Norqain Adventure Sport Blackout unveils an alluring black dial sporting the brand’s distinctive herringbone-like texture that brings a great deal of character and depth to the dial. The finer details just gets more impressive with a set of hand applied and finished faceted indices and X1 Super-LumiNova treated handsets, reflecting on the brand’s incredible mastery in watchmaking. For an additional dash of color, red accents found on the tip of the second hand and dial text brings forth some additional flair for a compelling look. To top it all off, the dial is protected by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal, treated with double anti-reflective coating for an ultra-clear view of this magnificent dial.
|Old Radium Superluminova luminous marker on indexes|
Under the hood, the Norqain Adventure Sport 42mm Blackout - Khaki Nordura houses the Norqain Caliber NN09 Swiss-made automatic movement, a reliable workhorse engine based on the well-regarded SW200. Running at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) with a power reserve of 38 hours, the movement can be viewed at the back of the watch through a sapphire exhibition caseback, revealing the inner workings of this magnificent movement and a custom Norqain rotor in all its glory.
In terms of value for money, the Norqain Adventure Sport 42mm Blackout - Khaki Nordura packs a serious punch with all the right elements for a luxury Swiss-made timepiece. Combining the years of experience in the world of Swiss watches by the Küffer family, this offering from Norqain definitely boasts magnificent craftsmanship alongside Norqain’s unique, yet really attractive styling.