Björn Hendal watches
Posted on 23 October 2015
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Inspired by watches from the 1940’s, Björn Hendal’s watches have that timeless look, that seems to suit any occasion at all times. They refer to this themselves as “New Vintage Design”, inspired by the classics, with a dash of Swedish design to make it a bit more contemporary. But it is not only its design that makes Björn Hendal special.
It seems that there really is a revolution going on when it comes to affordable watches. Kickstarter brands turn out watches that can easily compete with the watches from the well-known name brands, and also Björn Hendal is up for that challenge. Not a surprise when you know that the brand behind Björn Hendal, is Blancier! As a specialist in making high quality watches in low numbers they now used that care and attention as basis for the more affordable Björn Hendal. How affordable? A “Varberg” chronograph will set you back 349 euro’s.
Of course the design of the Björn Hendal chronograph is pleasing, but it is especially the case and the crystal where the knowledge of Blancier clearly plays an important role. The crystal has a beautiful vintage looking dome. But as great as this looks, it also often distort the view on the dial. Björn Hendal solved this by applying an anti-reflective coating on the crystal.
The case is quite large with a diameter of 44mm, but kept very slim with a height of only 5mm. Also the amazing looking lugs add wearing comfort to the watch. The overall design of the case, and the care and attention to detail, really set it apart from more fashionable competitors, and also give you the feeling that you have a quite substantial watch around your wrist, not only in size, but also in terms of quality.
The versatility of the watch is amplified by the different strap options that Björn Hendal offers; A Nato-strap for a more preppy look (Björn Hendal took the effort to also gold plate the metal hard ware on the Nato-strap), while a lizard grained leather strap gives it a more classical look. The link with the parent company Blancier is shown by the hand- made bony crocodile straps. That adds 230 euros to the price of the watch. A large amount given the original price of the watch itself, but for a bony crocodile strap 230 euro’s is not even that expensive, and quite honesty, wearing such a high-end straps allows the qualities of the watch itself to shine more as well.
Currently the Björn Hendal “Varberg” chronograph is available with a yellow gold-plated case, with an eggshell white dial, or a rose gold-plated case with a black dial. Soon these models are joined by a steel model with an eggshell white dial, and a white gold- plated version with various dials. We cannot wait to see them!
Specifications: This Björn Hendal Timepiece is designed with the heritage of the early chronographs of the 1940s in mind.
The 44-mm, 18-carat yellow gold-plated slim case (5 mm) with a domed crystal has an eggshell-white chronograph dial with three smaller dials: a seconds indicator, a minutes indicator that counts up to one hour, and, unusually, a 24-hour indicator. The blue hands and indicators contrast very nicely with the colour of the dial. The 22-mm NATO watch strap has 18-carat matching gold-plated buckles.
- 18-carat yellow gold-plated stainless steel (L316) case
- Eggshell-white with blued indices and hands
- Case size (diameter) 44 mm
- Case thickness 5 mm (without the domed crystal)
- Weight of the watch 70 Gram = 2 oz
- Anti reflection coated domed crystal
- Japanese Quartz Movement with seconds indicator, a minutes indicator, a 24-hour indicator
- Including two "nato" straps Red and Navy Blue and a Black with matching buckles
- Water resistant: (5 ATM) these timepieces are dress watches so avoid all contact with water, see water resistant under FAQ
- All straps offered on this website are interchangeable Björn Hendal provides high quality design and craftsmanship that is truly affordable.