Nezumi Studios was founded in 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden. In my eyes, they are one of the more established smaller watch brands, with steady releases of interesting new timepieces. Today, we will take a look at their Loews chronograph.
The 316L solid stainless steel case has twisted 20MM lugs which make this piece stand out at first glance. The actual case is very finely brushed on the sides and polished on the top, for a nice contrast. When considering size, the 40MM diameter and 11.75MM thickness certainly play along nicely and fit well on my 6.5” wrist. I get this kind of racing, yet vintage feel from their timepieces, which I believe was their mission from the start. Some things that stood out to me are the curved end portion of the lugs which really help this watch sit nice and conform to the wrist, rather than leaning at an odd angle. The smooth bezel is polished to match the lugs, while the caseback contains a moulded emblem/logo with an outer ring of polishing. The watch itself is 5 ATM water resistant, which is typical for a chronograph.
Nezumi went with an off white colour dial on this variation, which looks superb with the black subdials. Working our way in, a Tachymetre reading is displayed above the applied polished markers which contain SuperLuminova dots just above them. This chronograph movement allows us to have a 24 hour subdial at 3:00, and our 60 minute counter at 9:00. They kept it clean, without clutter, which most watch enthusiasts can appreciate at the end of the day. Getting to the cyringe style hands, they are also good in length and filled with Superluminova as well.
The Seiko VK64 Meca Quartz movement is a go to movement nowadays when looking to create a reliable, yet mechanical feel at the same time. This movement runs on a battery but also has a module with a couple jewels which allows the chronograph hand to sweep, instead of tick. I, myself appreciate this as mechanical watches are my favorite. This also helps keep the cost down a bit as a mechanical Valjoux 7750 chronograph would cost upwards
of $1000. Also, we are getting that quartz reliability and accuracy which an automatic chronograph simply cannot
Vegetable Tanned Leather Straps
The Rindt Italian Vegetable tanned leather rally style strap can be had in two different color variatoons. The straps themselves are very high quality and fit the wrist nicely, with a minimal break-in period required. I especially enjoy the curved signed buckle which sits flush with the strap when on wrist. All in all, I have never experienced a low quality band in all 3 of my enounters with the brand.
Furthermore, my fellow watch addicts - If you are in the market for a well built unique chronograph and want to stay under $500 USD, this is certainly a watch to consider. The quality is their in the case finishing, double domed sapphire crystal, and nicely paired band. Nezumi is also a company that will be around in the long run, and one can always go back to.