Once again, we’re talking about watches made in the Bauhaus style. Usually, this means simple indices, simple numerals, stark white or stark black faces, and something highly legible. The cases tend to be round with simple straight lugs, or are occasionally completely hidden under the case. In any event, you’ve seen a bunch of them, and so have we. So why would we write about them now? Because they’re tasteful, and slightly different.
First, the dial. the markers and minute track are lines printed on the dial. At the four compass points, 12, 3, 6, 9, the markers extend to the edge of the case, and have lume dots. This is the only lume on the dial. There’s a date window inboard of the minute track at the 6 position. The long, diamond-cut pencil hands are lumed as well. At the inner-most edge of every hour marker is the two digit minute numeral, in 5 minute increments.
The lugs are worth calling out, too. The lugs are nice pointed ones that extend from the side, tapering rather than brutish squared off straight ones. Cases are made in polished silver, rose gold, or yellow gold-tone. The case is a gentlemanly appropriate 38mm. Straps are 20mm, padded leather in beige, dark brown or black, and dials are a delightfully crisp blue or white. The back is screwed down to the case, and is etched with Lofoten, islands in Norway, where the watch founders hail from. They’re available on Kickstarter, and if this appeals to your purposeful, utilitarian side, be ready with cash ($115 USD) in hand.
Tech Specs from VAAR
- Case size: 38mm, in silver, rose gold, and yellow gold
- Height: 7 (excluding domed crystal
- Case material: 316L steel
- Crystal: domed sapphire
- Strap: leather, brown, black, or beige
- Movement: Swiss-made Ronda 785 quartz