The NORQAIN Adventure Sport is the brand’s most value-oriented offering, a Swiss made mechanical sports watch that is both versatile and distinctly NORQAIN. The driving motivation that Ben Küffer, Ted Schneider, and the team at NORQAIN had when conceptualizing and designing the Adventure Sport was to create a well-rounded sports watch that can adapt to almost any environmental condition or social setting. With a starting price well under $2,000, the NORQAIN Adventure Sport is an achievement the brand founded in 2018 is proud to share with both seasoned watch collectors and newcomers alike. NORQAIN has a very strong retailer network and the brand believes that consumers should see and handle the product before buying, rather than relying exclusively on e-commerce. The Adventure Sport is one of the best value three-hand watches out there and you’re encouraged to check them out in the metal at a retailer.
(We previously had an image of the lume that was pre-production. This is an updated lume shot provided by NORQAIN)
The dial of the Adventure Sport is defined by a design touch that is unique to the brand and Adventure collection. The “NORQAIN pattern” across the gray dial plays with the light to create a visually textured and attractive look to the watch. Beyond the pattern, there is a date window at 3 o’clock that matches the gray dial, and the orange-tipped seconds hand adds a touch of color. The polished and faceted indices as well as lume-covered faceted hands are all applied by hand.
The Adventure Sport runs on the automatic NORQAIN calibre NN09, which is a modified ETA 2824 movement. It has a 38-hour power reserve, operates at 28,800 vph, and features the useful quick-date adjustment function. It also has an oscillating weight personalized by the brand.
The Adventure Sport comes in a 42mm-wide and 12.8mm-thick steel case that is water resistant to 100M. The case is satin finished with polished details and the finishing is done with great attention to detail. Both the dial sapphire crystal and sapphire exhibition case back are done with double anti-reflective coating. On the crown, you’ll see the NORQAIN logo, which is designed to evoke two stylized N’s creating a mountain peak. And of course, on the left side of the case is the polished NORQAIN plate that can be customized by the buyer.
The unidirectional rotating bezel of the Adventure Sport featured a matching gray ceramic ring. NORQAIN kept ease of use in mind when designing the knurled bezel. It adds to tactile functionality, but also the knurled pattern adds some visual texture to the case. The quality and the sound of the 60-click bezel is solid and there is almost no recoil when activating it.
In many ways, the spirit of the Adventure Sport can be tied to the brand’s proud partnership with the NHLPA. Sidney Crosby from the Pittsburgh Penguins has been spotted with a NORQAIN watch on several occasions and Swiss professional ice hockey player Roman Josi, current captain of the Nashville Predators, is a proud brand ambassador and enthusiast of NORQAIN. The connection isn’t limited to brand ambassadors, as Stanley Cup winner and Swiss ice hockey legend Mark Streit is on the board of NORQAIN and also in charge of the brand’s business development in North America. Looking to the future, the youthful brand wants to ensure that the long history and roots in watchmaking (as was discussed in this article introducing NORQAIN), as well as input of sports-oriented people like Mark Streit, are both leveraged.
The Adventure Sport is one of the first collections from NORQAIN, and it was created with the intent to appeal to the kind of buyer they hope will become a lifelong collector. Truly versatile and bold the Adventure Sport Auto is available in a few different configurations. The model on Nordura fabric strap with leather inner in gray (as seen in this article) or blue is priced at $1,830. The version on a steel bracelet features a black dial and is priced at $1,990. The black DLC model on khaki Nordura strap is priced at $2,170. Finally, the steel and solid red gold two-tone model on a rubber strap is priced at $4,380. All NORQAIN watches come with a two-year warranty and can be found at retailers like Tourneau, Westime, Bucherer, and Govberg. (Please find the full list of retailers here.) To learn more please visit norqain.com.
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