The Norqain Independence Collection Is Here To Stay

Following up their success with the Independence 21 DLC Skeleton, Norqain has announced their next addition to the Independence Collection with a steel model dubbed the Independence 22 Skeleton. The Independence Collection is Norqain’s expression of out-of-the-box thinking. The distinct case form and dial display is a step away from their handsome but robust tool watches we’re used to seeing. The Independence 22 Skeleton stays true to the Independence Collection ethos, combining the intricate look of a skeletonized dial with the Norqain essence of adventure and durability.

The gears, bridges and rubies seen through the box style sapphire crystal make for an engaging dial on the Independence 22 Skeleton. The metallic ruthenium coloring adorned on the movement components give the dial a platinum-esque shine and provides that extra vibrance that pops against the steel case and bracelet. The movement on display is Norqain’s caliber NN082 which is a precisely modified Sellita SW200-1. The NN082 boasts a COSC certification promising an accuracy of -4 to +6 seconds per day and is secured within the case using an architectural build method called “beam construction”. This technique retains the rugged nature of a Norqain sports watch by providing extra support at each point of structural contact stabilizing and adding more shock resistance to the exposed movement.


Despite the busy dial, Norqain makes sure that legibility isn’t an issue. The black minute track and rehaut with white markers not only frame the display of the movement, but provide a clear way to read the minutes and seconds. The red tipped seconds hand also contrasts well here. The partially skeletonized hands pull double legibility duty by giving maximum view of the movement during the day and the ability to easily keep track of time at night with C1 SuperLuminova filled hands.

The Independence 22 Skeleton provides more of a symmetrical case construction when compared to the other models in their Adventure and Freedom collection. Typically the engravable plate on the left side of the case sits directly opposite the screwdown crown sans crown guards. The distinct form of the Independence 22 Skeleton sports a set of crown guards that balance the 42 mm case out aesthetically. The case has not two but three types of finishing, combining a mix of polished, brushed and sandblasted finishes creating an eye-catching case.

This is the initial step for Norqain to make their Independence Collection regularly available to their customers. It’s a left of center from their usual aesthetic, but it’s a collection that has gone over well with their loyal customer base and has the potential to attract new customers looking for a style that’s not like any other steel black dial sports watch.

The first 300 pieces of the Independence Skeleton 22 are available now directly through Norqain with more models to be produced based on the demand of this current release. The Independence 22 Skeleton retails for $3990. Norqain

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