Skagen is a brand that I?ve gotten more familiar with over the last year. I?ve had one of their watches in my collection for almost 12 years now (my wedding watch), and have spent time with several of their newer releases this year. For today, we?re going to blast through a handful of other offerings we?ve not covered as of yet, as they present some interesting options.
First up, we?ve got the $125 Skagen Sketchable. For the dial and case, these present as fairly standard (read: clean and crisp) design for the brand, with a difference that?s noticeable once you take a closer look. The indices, numerals, ?lume strip? on the hands, and even the logo all look to be hand-drawn. On the included brown leather strap, even the ?stitching? is drawn in. The kit itself also comes along with a blank white strap – and a marker – for you to create your own artwork. So, go ahead, and indulge your inner Keith Haring (you can practice on the box first) and make that strap your own. The Skagen Sketchable is available in both 38mm and 45mm diameter.
Next up, we?ve got the $135 Skagen Melbye. This one is very much a classic sort of a three-hander profile, with some cues (the textured dial and crenelated bezel) hailing from higher-end brands. Worth noting is that the Melbye is a 45mm case, and the strap (integrated into the lugs) is labelled as not changeable. I?m sure an enterprising tinkerer could figure it out, but you?ll want to make sure you?re picking the strap you want on this model.
Third in line we?ve got two watches. By that, mean the $155 Skagen Aaron Kulor Pairs. While we often will look for watches that come in multiple sizes (like the Sketchable up above) to build a his-and-hers combination. Here, you?ve got both watches coming right along in a single package, one in 41mm guise, and the other in 36mm. This is a pretty classic minimal Scandinavian style from the brand, here presented in a washed blue that is used on the dial, case, and silicone strap.
Last, but certainly not least, we?ve got the Skagen Finn Juhl. Actually, to be fair, these are two watches are well. You?ve got the ?standard? one which comes in a blue dial set into a 40mm steel case on a interchangeable mesh strap. That one runs $125, while you can go in a much more limited edition direction (and brown hues) with the $395 limited edition version that features a Papua New Guinea teak wood dial, and is limited to 334 pieces. Both feature what has a very 60s vibe to the dial design with the polished pips and handset shape.
And there, you?ve got a quick rundown on some of the more recent offerings coming from Skagen. Most are handily at the $150-and-under mark, with that one LE going higher-end for the brand. And of course, should none of those work for you, they?ve got plenty of other options in the offing as well (say, like a smartwatch), and likely can meet your style. skagen.com
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