Though I pride myself to some small degree on my ability to accurately determine a watch’s diameter by eye, the 39-millimeter Bravur Scandinavia threw me off. I’d have guessed 42 millimeters—a veritable country-mile when it comes to watch diameter. What threw me? It’s the ultra-slim bezel that leaves the dial wide open; it’s the curvature of that dial and the hands, both which seem to go on forever; it’s the long, thin applied markers that cascade down into the shadows where the dial meets the inside of the case; it’s the lack of a rehaut that allows for that shadowy descent; it’s the inner seconds track that divides the dial into generously proportioned inner and outer sections; and it’s the stout, narrowly-set, downward-sloping lugs that play with our perception of the size of the case. All of these details conspired to trick my eye.
I begin with the illusion of largeness because, despite the fine dress watch features of the Bravur Scandinavia, its apparent size is that of a bigger watch. However, the Scandinavia slips under tightly buttoned shirt cuffs like a dress watch should. Measuring just 10.1 millimeters thick and 44.5 millimeters lug-to-lug, the lugs rush downward for a tight fit.