Introducing The Nezumi Tonnerre Chronograph

Stockholm based lifestyle brand has released their latest watch in the 38mm Tonnerre Chronograph. Rocking 4 different dial variations and a VK63 mecha-quartz, these chronographs aren’t short on personality for under $400. That’s largely thanks to Nezumi’s source of inspiration for the Tonnerre, which begins with some all-time greats like the Heuer Skipper, and Abercrombie & Fitch Seafarer. It may be French for Thunder, but the Tonnerre looks to be pretty easy to get along with. 

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Each Tonnerre variant lives in a lovely steel case that measures 38mm in diameter, and just 46mm from lug to lug. The Seiko built mecha-quartz inside affords a total thickness of 12mm including the crystal (10.5mm without). Pair those measurements with the classy twisted lug design and you’re left with a rather tidy package on the wrist. 

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The offered dials are where things get interesting with the Tonnerre, and can be placed into two groups: black and white, and blue with cream. The two colorful options feature two-toned sub dials at 3 and 6 o’clock, dividing the minute totalizer and 24 hour indicator into easy to read sections. The white dial gets a full blue running seconds sub dial, while the blue dial gets a contrasting cream colored sub dial. 

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The other two options offer a slightly more sober take, with a black and white colorway, and a silver with black option. All 4 get a telemeter scale at their perimeter, which is different from a tachymeter scale in that it is used to approximate the distance between the watch and an observed event. If you begin the chronograph upon seeing a lightning strike, and stop the chronograph upon hearing the thunder (to keep in the vein of the watch’s name), you’ll be presented with the approximate distance between yourself and the storm. 

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A pair of syringe hands with a helping of C1 Super Luminova provide ample visibility under the domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. We’ve seen some mighty impressive mecha-quartz power watches recently and these certainly look par for the course at $382. The watches are available now directly from Nezumi studios. Nezumi.

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Blake is a Wisconsin native who’s spent his professional life covering the people, products, and brands that make the watch world a little more interesting. Blake enjoys the practical elements that watches bring to everyday life, from modern Seiko to vintage Rolex. He is an avid writer and photographer with a penchant for cars, non-fiction literature, and home-built mechanical keyboards.