orqain has announced the launch of two new Freedom 60 GMT watches. This collection has already been an important part of the brand’s story. The models blend the spirit of classic 60s watch design with a resolutely contemporary aesthetic: their compelling dials are protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire glass and they are attractively proportioned, with 40mm cases and a lug-to-lug length of 49mm.
Each Freedom 60 GMT watch is powered by a jumping-hour GMT Manufacture Calibre NN20/2 created in collaboration with Swiss mechanical movement manufacturer Kenissi. With the innovative jumpinghour GMT feature, a wearer can instantly adjust the local date and hour to the time in a new time-zone without stopping the watch.
With a 70-hour power reserve, the Freedom 60 GMT is truly weekend proof: you could take it off on a Friday evening (not that you would want to) and on Monday morning, it will still be performing perfectly, ready for the new week. The highly complex calibre exceeds all industry standards and is a COSC-certified chronometer. The automatic- winding movement has been constructed with an innovative jumping hour functionality that makes it easy to adapt to seasonal time changes and different time zones without losing a second.
A glance at the movement through the transparent caseback reveals its exclusivity. The bridge is engraved with Norqain’s core values, “Adventure – Freedom – Independence”, and the oscillating weight is decorated with the golden Norqain “double-N” logo, which symbolises the Swiss Alps.
The Freedom 60 GMT Opaline
The Freedom 60 GMT Opaline features a robust stainless-steel case and an understated white opaline dial. A highlight of its design is Norqain’s instantly recognizable take on the GMT scale on a centre ring that has already made the collection such a hit with watch aficionados. With this model, a bordeaux red half-ring from 6:00 (6 a.m.) to 18:00 (6 p.m.) indicates the daytime hours and a midnight blue half-ring from 18:00 (6 p.m.) to 6:00 (6 a.m.) is dedicated to the night time. With the GMT scale and a central red-tipped GMT hand that rotates the dial once every 24 hours, wearers can easily track the time in a second time zone.
The Freedom 60 GMT Opaline features hand-applied indexes and hour markers coated in luminous “Old Radium” Superluminova, a version of the luminescent material that recalls – safely – the classic glow of vintage watches. t is available with a stainless steel bracelet (CHF 3’790.00); a Norlando leather strap (CHF3,550.00); a Perlon rubber strap (CHF 3’690.00); or a croco-style rubber strap (CHF 3’690.00).
The Freedom 60 GMT Forest Green Limited Edition
Making its own bold style statement, the Freedom 60 GMT Forest Green Limited Edition is delivered in a case crafted from bronze and presented on a unique Perlon rubber strap, which was developed and produced in Switzerland by BIWI, an industry leader that has established an international reputation for its innovative, vegan-certified products.
Like all Freedom 60 GMT timepieces, it features a GMT scale on a centre ring and in this case, there is a white half-ring from 6:00 (6 am) to 18:00 (6 pm) to mark the daytime hours and a black half-ring from 18:00 (6 pm) to 6:00 (6 am) that keeps track of the time at night. The GMT ring is in beautifully stark relief from the forest green dial. Its central GMT hand has a red tip that points to the hour on the 24-hour centre ring scale, tracking the time in another time zone is effortless.
The 40mm satin-polished bronze case with polished details has a slightly yellowish tinge when it is delivered but will become darker as it oxidizes over time. It is crafted from a bronze silicon-aluminium alloy that has proven itself in marine applications because it is particularly resistant to corrosion and wear, making it ideal for a watch case. The bezel and the Norqain Plate, as well as the hand-applied indexes and faceted hands, which are coated with “Old Radium” Superluminova, are also bronze. The steel caseback is treated with bronze PVD.
This watch, with its bronze case and forest green dial, is sure to stand out in any crowd. It has been released in an edition limited to 300 pieces. It is presented on a Perlon rubber strap (CHF 3’950.00) but it is also available with a croco- style rubber strap (CHF 3’950.00) and a Norlando leather strap (CHF 3’790.00).
In an affectionate nod to Norqain’s identity, its Norlando leather straps as well as the Perlon and Croco-style rubber straps are distinguished by their characteristic Swiss Alps-inspired stitching near the lugs.