Von Doren II Tempo Gigante
One of the pleasures of covering the microbrand space is that you come to understand just how international the watch hobby really is. Too often, we think of watches in terms of the countries that have industrialized their manufacture, but that’s a very limited perspective. The truth is, there are watch brands all over the world, in places you wouldn’t expect, and some offer little glimpses into the culture of a region or a country in a way that only a watch can.
Take Von Doren, for example. Von Doren refers to itself as Norway’s largest watch brand. We’re not here to argue that point – it’s hard to think of another off hand. Their new watch, dubbed the II Tempo Gigante Automatisk Kronograf, is inspired by a car in a Norwegian stop motion animation film called “The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix.” See? We’ve just learned something about Norwegian car and film culture. It’s no surprise: Von Doren founder Øyvind Von Doren Asbjørnsen is a former filmmaker.
The watch itself is a chronograph in a 41mm stainless steel case with alternating brushed and polished finishing, running on a La Joux-Perret L112 automatic movement with 60 hours of power reserve. The style is right out of the 70s, with a cushion case and a dial dominated by soft browns and yellows. There’s a light degradé effect on the main dial, and the balance of colors is quite unusual. You really feel that it must have been inspired by something very specific. A black dialed version is also available, but the brown is a whole lot more unique, and just feels special.
The retail price of the II Tempo Gigante Automatisk Kronograf is €2,995, and it’s a limited edition of 577 pieces. More information here.