In 2015, Nezumi hit the market running with the impressive Voiture. If you’re a long-time reader of worn&wound, or if you follow us on Instagram, then you’ve surely seen this vintage-inspired beauty (and if you haven’t, then catch our extensive review here). Inspired by a number of classic designs—among them the Omega Speedmaster and the Universal Genève Compax—it came as no surprise that the Voiture appealed to many vintage-watch enthusiasts. And with prices for vintage watches steadily creeping up, the accessible pricing of the Seiko Mecha-Quartz-powered Voiture made it a bit of a no-brainer for people who can appreciate the aesthetics of aforementioned classic watches, but not their current price tags.
Nezumi is back with its second effort, this time dubbed the Baleine. The Baleine is the brand’s first mechanical watch and its first diver. From a design standpoint, the Baleine is a certainly more contemporary looking watch than the Voiture was. It also takes the case from the Voiture and adapts it to the needs of a dive watch. More on this later, but this approach is a resounding success in my book. And at 295 Euro (roughly $330) for the early-bird pre-order price (it will gradually increase throughout the campaign to about 550-600 Euro), it’s sure to be a hit.