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The Norqain Adventure Sport Chrono Gets Trendy New Colours

An eye-popping blue dial for the Adventure Sport Chrono and a mountain-green dial for the chronograph with day/date functions.

| By Rebecca Doulton | 5 min read |

In a relatively short span of time, Norqain has consolidated an attractive portfolio of watches designed for rugged outdoor activities. Grouped into three collections – Adventure, Independence and Freedom – the brand releases new colours on two limited-edition chronographs from the popular Adventure family.  

Adventure Sport Chrono 44mm

Norqain expands the colour range of its Adventure Sport Chrono 44mm with a bold new dial colour. Described by the brand as cerulean blue, in certain lights, as you can see from our photos, it is closer to a turquoise or Tiffany blue. Be that as it may, the vivid colour of the dial is eye-catching and contrasts remarkably well with the dark chronograph counters and black DLC-coated case.

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The chronograph has large dimensions with a diameter of 44mm, a thickness of 16mm and a lug-to-lug distance of 52mm. However, the black DLC coating on the steel case attenuates the size somewhat. Fitted with a screw-down crown and pump-style chronograph pushers, the watch features the signature and customisable Norqain plate on the left side of the case. The unidirectional rotating bezel is also coated with black DLC; it has grey markings and a luminous pip at noon and is knurled to enhance grip. Fitted with a double-domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal on top and a flat sapphire glass on the caseback, the chronograph is water-resistant to 100 metres.

As mentioned, the turquoise blue dial stands out a mile and displays the signature Norqain embossed pattern of mountain slopes. The three black sub-dials are snailed with white markings and white varnished hands. The configuration is classic, with the 30-minute chronograph counter at 3, the 12-hour totaliser at 6 and running seconds at 9 o’clock. The large, faceted indices are applied and filled with X1 Super-LumiNova, matching that found on the hour, minute and central seconds hands. The date window, positioned at 4:30, has angled numerals but features a blue background matching the colour of the dial.

Powered by Norqain calibre N19 (Sellita SW510), the automatic chronograph movement beats at 28,800vph, delivers a 62-hour power reserve and has a personalised Norqain rotor. There is a separate push button to adjust the date.

A limited edition of 300 pieces, the Adventure Sport Chrono 44mm retails for CHF 4,250 on a black rubber strap and CHF 4,800 on a steel DLC-coated bracelet.

Quick facts: 44mm diameter x 16mm thickness x lug-to-lug 52mm – stainless steel case with black DLC coating – unidirectional knurled bezel with DLC coating – screw-down crown – 100m water-resistance – cerulean blue dial with Norqain pattern – 3 black snailed counters at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock – date window at 4:30 – applied indices with white X1 Super-LumiNova – hour, minute and central seconds hands with X1 SLN – calibre N19 (Sellita SW510) automatic chronograph – 28,800vph – 62-hour power reserve – ref. NB1200B21LC/Q126/10BR.20B with black rubber strap CHF 4,250 – ref. NB1200B21LC/Q126/102BC with black DLC steel bracelet CHF 4,850

Adventure Sport ChronO Day/Date 41mm

The Adventure Sport Chronograph Day/Date 41mm, which was released with a two-tone bezel last year, is back in another two-tone take but with a different dial colour. Designed for outdoor adventures, the solidity of the stainless steel watch is reflected in the beefy 15mm thickness of the case and the screw-down crown, ensuring the 100m water-resistance. Although the bezel practically hides the case, the steel lugs feature a vertical brushed finish with polished bevels matching the polished piston-style pushers and crown. Naturally, the signature Norqain plaque is affixed on the left side of the case and can be customised.

Like its predecessor, the Adventure Sport Chronograph Day/Date features a conspicuous two-tone 18k red gold bezel with a black aluminium insert and luminous pip at noon, giving the watch a more luxurious presence. Matching the knurled edge of the gold bezel, the markings on the unidirectional rotating bezel are also picked out in gold.

The busy dial is decorated with the brand’s special embossed pattern inspired by the slopes of Switzerland’s mountains. The novelty here is the mountain green colour selected for the dial, providing more contrast for the three black sub-dials at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock. All three sub-dials are framed by a gold ring with the 12-hour totaliser at 6, the small seconds at 9 and the 30-minute elapsed times at 12 o’clock. Like the gold hand on the small seconds, the two chronograph counters also have gold hands with no trace of lume.

The periphery of the dial hosts a precision white minutes/seconds track. Applied to this track and extending into the patterned area of the dial, the generous diamond-cut and faceted red gold-plated indices have white X1 Super-LumiNova in their interior. The hour and minute hands are also diamond-cut, plated in red gold and filled with X1 Super-LumiNova. Unlike the earlier model, the gold-plated central seconds hand does not have a red tip and relies on a white luminous tip, making the dial more aesthetically coherent. Another difference regards the inscription ‘Automatic’, which is no longer red but golden to match the brand logo and name on either side of the double day/date window at 3 o’clock with a black background.

A double-domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal protects the dial while the caseback has a flat scratch-proof crystal revealing the Norqain calibre N17, a Sellita SW500 automatic chronograph movement with a balance frequency of 28,800vph, a power reserve of 62 hours and a personalised Norqain rotor.

The Norqain Adventure Sport Chrono Day/Date 41mm is a limited edition of 100 pieces and retails for CHF 4,950 on a black rubber strap and CHF 5,280 on a steel bracelet.

Quick facts: 41mm diameter x 15mm thickness x lug-to-lug 48.9mm – stainless steel case – 18k red gold unidirectional knurled bezel with black aluminium ring – screw-down crown – 100m water-resistance – green Norqain patterned dial – 3 sub-dials at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock – double day/date window at 3 o’clock – applied red-gold plated indices with white  X1 Super-LumiNova – red gold-plated hour, minute and central seconds hands with SLN – calibre N17 (Sellita SW500) automatic chronograph – 28,800 vph – 62-hour power reserve –  ref. N1500GA1ILC/E153/15BR.18S with a black rubber strap CHF 4,950 – ref. N1500GA1ILC/E153/150SC with a steel bracelet CHF 5,280

4 responses

  1. Nothing personal against this brand but I struggle to see what differentiates them from the plethora of other tier 2 or 3 brands, I find them quite generic and bland for the most part.

  2. I don’t get why there prices are this high! The brand has no history, their movement isn’t that robust, and the finishing is average. And yet they’re charging almost as much as a Grand Seiko, which is way out of their league!

  3. Nice watch, to expensive. The limited edition Black is as so many watches to large for small/ regular size wrist.


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