Laine is an independent watch brand based in Switzerland, but with roots in Finland. Torsti Laine is a graduate of the Finnish School of Watchmaking, a surprisingly vital starting point for some of the most admired watchmakers in the world, including Stepan Sarpaneva and Kari Voutilainen. Laine’s watches are rooted in traditional craft, but like Sarpaneva and Voutilainen’s creations they have a distinct personality and style all their own. Laine just refreshed their catalog for 2021, and the new watches offer some subtle refinements to previous work, with a focus on customization with unique and unexpected color, material, and finishing combinations.
The Laine update comprises three watches in total. At the top of the line we have the V38, a slim dress watch measuring 38mm in diameter, 9mm thick, and running on a Vaucher 5401 micro rotor movement. Like all of Laine’s watches, the appeal is really in the dial, and they offer a variety of custom options on the V38 to accent the basic Breguet numeral with subsidiary seconds layout. The different sectors of the dial can be finished in a number of different ways, including a guilloche center section with frosted outer section, triple guilloche, and a meteorite center section. According to Laine, a selection of colors are available for each modifiable section. The V38 starts at 9400 CHF for a watch with Laine’s basic “Moonfrosting” finishing, and tops out at 10,900 CHF for the triple guilloche option.