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INTRODUCING: Norqain Wild ONE Skeleton Summer Editions

The Norqain Wild ONE Skeleton in turquoise.

The ultra-lightweight collection from the independent watchmaker gets two refreshing hues for the season.

Since the Independence Wild One collection was introduced just nine months ago, Norqain has launched several iterations of the lightweight watch. The two standard models with textured and patterned dials are out of stock at the moment. The Wild One is made with a proprietary carbon fibre composite material called NORTEQ, developed by the brand, board member Jean-Claude Biver, and BIWI SA. The latter is a specialist company producing injection moulded components from various polymers.

The 25-part case design of the Norqain Wild ONE features a titanium cage with NORTEQ cage.
The 25-part case design of the Norqain Wild One features a titanium cage with NORTEQ cage.

NORTEQ is designed to deliver great shock absorption and resistance with excellent elastic qualities. The watch cases are rigorously tested to 5000Gs and resistant to a depth of 200m. But more importantly, it can be dyed easily to deliver a variety of colours. Rather than the typical black carbon fibre cases, Norqain has introduced other options, such as burgundy.

The Norqain Wild ONE Skeleton in black NORTEQ cage and turquoise rubber absorbers.
The Norqain Wild One Skeleton with black NORTEQ cage and turquoise rubber absorbers.

The Norqain Wild One Skeleton

So far, the Independence Wild One collection has come in various dial options, but today, the brand is launching a skeletonised model. This is the brand’s first skeleton model in NORTEQ, and it comes in two colours for the summer. The 42mm Wild One Skeleton weighs just 78g, even lighter than last year’s models since it doesn’t have a dial. On the first version, the inner bezel and case are in black NORTEQ with bright turquoise minute markings and applied skeletonised indexes with matching lumed dots on the tips of the hour markers. The entire Calibre NN08S (a modified Sellita SW200-1 S c) can be observed from the front, with skeletonised bridges that reveal the open barrel, gear train, and balance.

The titanium caseback of the Norqain Wild ONE Skeleton in turquoise reveals the movement under a sapphire crystal.
The titanium caseback of the Norqain Wild One Skeleton in turquoise reveals the movement under a sapphire crystal.

The matte black case comes in Norqain’s signature design with screwed-in elements on the lugs, a slim flat bezel, and turquoise rubberised components on each side of the case, crown guards, and under the crystal. The titanium caseback features the same turquoise rubber around the see-through sapphire with the Norqain-branded oscillating weight visible through it. It comes with a matching mesh rubber strap with a black buckle and evokes the summer light striking off the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean.

The Norqain Wild ONE Skeleton in burgundy NORTEQ cage.
The Norqain Wild One Skeleton with burgundy NORTEQ cage.

The second version comes in burgundy carbon fibre with black rubber shock absorbers and a titanium container and caseback. The indexes are red gold-plated and diamond-cut, with Super-LumiNova dots on the tip. They’re paired with faceted hands that are similarly plated and coated, while the arrowed seconds hand has a burgundy tip.

Filippo Magnini, Olympic medallist and Norqain ambassador.
Filippo Magnini, Olympic medallist and Norqain ambassador.
Norqain's brand ambassador, Filippo Magnini with the Wild ONE Skeleton turquoise.
Norqain's brand ambassador, Filippo Magnini with the Wild One Skeleton turquoise.

Marking this launch, Norqain is also introducing a new brand ambassador, Filippo Magnini. The swimmer is an Olympic medallist from Italy who specialises in freestyle and is a four-time world champion. Magnini will be modelling both models in campaigns for the brand.

The Wild ONE Skeleton in turquoise is priced at S$8,500 and the Sunset burgundy model is limited to 300 pieces and priced at S$8,800. Both are available at Norqain’s boutiques in Singapore from today onwards.  

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Darren has been writing about, and admiring the craft of watchmaking for over a dozen years. He considers himself lucky to live in a golden age of horology, and firmly believes that the most difficult watches to design are the simplest and the most intriguing to discover.


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