When going to Basel World, it’s difficult to see everything. We picked what we thought would be ideal to cover and scoured the corridors in the short spaces of spare energy we had for new and fascinating brands. Lamentably, you unavoidably miss something you truly wish you saw, and for our situation it was Nivrel Watches . Not a brand that is commonly talked about, in any event in the States, Nivrel is a German brand with an intriguing history and item line.
There are different sides to the tale of Nivrel, the historical backdrop of the first Swiss brand and the historical backdrop of the current proprietors. Nivrel was a sub-brand of Marvin watches that was set up in 1936. Alongside numerous other Swiss brands, Nivrel vanished in the 70’s during the Quartz emergency. Gerd and Gitta Hofer restored the brand in 1993, however moved it to Saarbrücken, Germany. Gerd Hofer has a long history in the watch business himself, having been a creator and sales rep for brands, like Milus, since the 60’s. With his skill and associations, he tried to resuscitate Nivrel as a cutting edge brand of German made watches with Swiss developments. For a more point by point history, look at this page .
Part of what makes Nivrel a captivating brand is that they have a fascinating way of thinking about their creation, and an amazing measure of straightforwardness about their cycle. For one thing, they are exceptionally devoted to creating however much as could reasonably be expected in Germany, which incorporates the cases, dials, lashes, etc… That being said, they thoroughly remain by the utilization of Swiss ebauches (for example Estimated time of arrival 2824-2, 7750’s, etc…) for their developments, with finishing, tuning and complications configuration being in-house, and are not keen on seeking after in-house fabricate types. In their words:
They likewise accomplish something exceptionally cool every so often, which is utilize intriguing old stock developments with regards to new watches. An extraordinary model is their Heritage Alarm , which utilizes an AS (A. Schild) 5008 development. This 25-gem programmed with day/date, alarm, hacking seconds and a recurrence of 28,800 was fabricated uniquely from 1970-75, making it very uncommon. Nivrel took the development and finished it with fire blued screws and perlage, and put it in a vintage-suitable 37.8mm case with a dark German Silver guilloche dial. The entire bundle is lovely, and keeping in mind that a long way from cheap at around $3k (without VAT) the cost appears to be reasonable for something so unique.
Apart from seeing and taking care of something as cool as that alarm watch, I’m frustrated that we missed them Basel World 2013, on the grounds that they dispatched another line at a value point that we, and you, can truly get behind. To commend their twentieth commemoration they made a line of 4 restricted version watches, 200 of each, called Coeur de la Sarre (heart of the Saar). Each watch is given a sub name of one of four urban communities in the Saar locale, 2 urban areas in Germany and 2 in France, and an interesting shading range. The overall plan of the watch is dependent on a unique Nivrel plan back from the Swiss period of the brand.
It’s an exceptionally basic, yet manly and rich plan, with traces of a military reasonableness, that addresses early-mid twentieth century plan. Each watch has a sunburst dial with applied markers, numerals for the even hours and lume filled square shapes for the odd. The hands are tablet style, which compliments the vintage plan. The cases have a more current size at 42×12.5mm with a 22mm carry width, and highlight domed mineral gems. Estimated time of arrival 2824-2 developments power each of the four of the Couer de la Sarre watches. For roughly $660 dollars (real cost is 630 Euros including 19% VAT) to the US, these are an extraordinary incentive for a German made watch with a 2824-2 development, particularly a restricted edition.
The four renditions, in spite of having a similar plan, have very unmistakable characters because of their differing tones. The Sarrebruck has a silver dial, markers and hands for a traditionalist and refined tasteful. The Sarrelouis has a dark dial with silver markers and hands for a bolder look that has somewhat of a field watch feel to it. The Sarreguemines has a dark blue dial with silver hands and markers for a more dynamic and extravagant appearance. Also, ultimately, the Sarrebourg has a champagne dial with rose-gold hands and markers for a more wanton, yet at the same time rich plan. Plainly, there is sufficient assortment that one can probably discover a rendition that truly addresses them. Specifically talking, the manner in which the Sarrebourg’s rose-gold markers and hands remain off of the champagne dial truly interests me, and the combination is somewhat more uncommon making it even more appealing.
Should this tasteful interest you, your pockets run somewhat more profound and dark developments energize you, there is likewise the new Repliqué Lemania Limited . This restricted release of 30 has an almost indistinguishable dial plan as the Sarrebourg, with marginally various hands, a date gap, a more modest and flimsy case estimating 40 x 7.4mm, an onion crown and a ventured bezel, for a more dress look. Be that as it may, what makes this watch especially extraordinary is the Lemania 8810 programmed development inside. The 8810 is an advancement on a type initially created and delivered by Longines around 1977 called the 990.
It was viewed as truly outstanding and for a period was really the most slender programmed development. While I’m sure there are bounty more slender currently, considering the development has a full rotor and the watch is just 7.4mm thick, it’s still flimsy. The other fascinating part of this development is that it included a twofold barrel system… The explanations behind which are profoundly specialized, so I recommend perusing this excessively top to bottom analyzation of the development, in the event that you are intrigued. The Repliqué Lemania Limited goes for roughly $2,100 (real cost is 1,990 Euros including 19% VAT), by and by making it pretty decently valued for a particularly extraordinary piece.
by Zach Weiss