NEW RELEASE! Two new Norqain Freedom 60 Chrono 40mm watches this morning, available with royal blue dial or an anthracite dial.
The Freedom collection is strongly tied to an appreciation of the great outdoors that carries across generations. The vintage-inspired design of the Freedom watches features domed sapphire glass, vintage straps with the unique “NORQAIN stitches” and beautiful dials that evoke the aesthetics of the 60s. The NORQAIN Freedom family was created for wanderers and explorers who enjoy the freedom of the outdoors.
The watches in the Freedom 60 collection are known for the vintage design that gives the line its name. The 60s-inspired design elements found on the Freedom 60 Chronograph include a domed sapphire glass covering the dial, Old Radium Super-LumiNova® luminous markers, and faceted hands coated with Old Radium Super-LumiNova®.
The key difference between this Freedom 60 Chronograph and its predecessors is the comfortable 40mm case size which makes it a stylish unisex model. The dial is available in royal blue or anthracite. The color stands out from the white outer ring and three counters at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock – not only because of the mesmerizing sunburst effect, but also because the colored dial is placed on top of a white disc. This two-layer dial gives the watch a dynamic appearance that distinguishes it from its counterparts in the NORQAIN Freedom family. Wearers can choose from four vegan-certified bracelet and strap options: a brown Alcantara strap, black Perlon rubber strap, an ivory-colored linen "Nortide" strap made with ocean-bound recycled plastic by tide ocean SA, and a stainless steel bracelet.
For this launch, NORQAIN teamed up with the Basel-based company tide ocean SA, also known as #tide or #tide ocean material®. #tide collects plastic trash polluting the ocean and coastlines and, in partnership with the Swiss University of Applied Sciences and the Institute for Materials Technology and Plastics Processing (IWK OST), upcycles it into a premium granular material made of 100% ocean-bound plastic. During this process, no chemicals or virgin plastic is added. This second-life raw material is then used to create other products, such as the yarn that is woven together in our ivory-colored linen fabric strap. The signature NORQAIN stitches on the strap and the name of the material – “Nortide” – signify a long-term NORQAIN-#tide collaboration. The smooth underside of the strap is an AppleSkin leather alternative
The second vegan-certified strap resembles premium suede, both in appearance and quality. The rich brown color pairs perfectly with the blue and anthracite dials. This versatile material is commonly used in the interior of vehicles, proving that it has tried-and-tested durability that is prepared to withstand the activity and adventure of any NORQAINER. The AppleSkin underside is made from apple peel and core that is recovered from the food industry. The leftover pulp is transformed into a powder before being mixed with pigment and a binder. It is then dried until it turns into a PETA-approved leather-like material. The product contains a minimum of 50% apple material.