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Norqain cries Freedom for a manufacture movement GMT

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Norqain is shaping up to become the breakthrough watch brand of the year.

A partnership with the National Hockey League Players’s Association has given the business instant traction in the United States, and it has followed up this week with the launch of a vintage-style 3-hander and a jumping hour GMT.

Both use movements from Kenissi, which counts Tudor and Chanel among its co-owners and partners, and is growing in stature as a quality supplier to rival ETA.

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Norqain’s latest watches join its Freedom collection. There are two GMTs – one of which is limited to 300 pieces – and two 3-hand models.

Bronze is used for for the cases of both the limited edition GMT and one of the 3-handers, while polished steel has been chosen for the other two watches.

As well as color palettes that give the watches a vintage vibe, they are also comparatively small, at 40mm across for the GMT and 39mm for the classic, which adds to their retro appeal.

“When we began designing these new Freedom watches, we listened closely to what customers and followers wanted. The smaller size and attractive proportions of the GMT models – 40mm and 14.5mm respectively – are sure to be a major attraction for existing and new Norqain fans,” says Norqain CEO Ben Küffer.

“The jumping hour GMT function of our manufacture calibre is the key highlight of these models. The Freedom collection is the perfect home for this initial launch because it symbolizes our own freedom as an independent brand as well as the freedom the wearers experience when they set out on their own pursuits,” he adds.

A jumping hour GMT, the Freedom 60 GMT with what Norqain calls a manufacture movement created with Kenissi, is a great leap forward for a brand that was only created in 2018.

Though the GMT’s sapphire case back, you can see the automatic NN20/2 movement, which is COSC-certified, has its bridge engraved with Norqain’s slogan, Adventure – Freedom – Independence, while the oscillating weight carries the double-N logo of the brand, which symbolizes the Swiss Alps.

The 3-hander Freedom 60’s movement, NN20/1, has the same decoration and is also visible through a clear case back.

The Norqain Freedom 60 with Manufacture Calibre NN20/1 in steel is sold for CHF 2,720 and its bronze counterpart is available for CHF 2,990 online or at select authorized retailers.

The stainless steel Freedom 60 GMT is available on a leather strap for CHF 3,490 or a stainless steel bracelet for CHF 3,760. The limited edition bronze version is sold on a leather strap for CHF 3,790.

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