In spite of the fact that I pride myself to some little degree on my capacity to precisely decide a watch’s distance across by eye, the 39-millimeter Bravur Scandinavia distracted me. I’d have speculated 42 millimeters—a genuine long distance with regards to watch width. What tossed me? It’s the super thin bezel that leaves the dial totally open; it’s the arch of that dial and the hands, both which appear to go on always; it’s the long, slight applied markers that course down into the shadows where the dial meets within the case; it’s the absence of a rehaut that considers that shadowy plunge; it’s the internal seconds track that isolates the dial into liberally proportioned inward and external areas; and it’s the heavy, barely set, descending inclining hauls that play with our impression of the size of the case. These subtleties plotted to deceive my eye.
I start with the figment of hugeness on the grounds that, in spite of the fine dress watch highlights of the Bravur Scandinavia, its clear size is that of a greater watch. Nonetheless, the Scandinavia sneaks by firmly secured shirt sleeves like a dress watch ought to. Estimating simply 10.1 millimeters thick and 44.5 millimeters carry to-drag, the carries surge descending for a tight fit.
Review: Bravur Scandinavia in Midnight Blue
Case Swedish Sandvik Stainless Steel Movement Sellita SW300-1 Dial Blue (Also Available White and Black) Lume N/A Lens Domed Sapphire (Internal AR) Strap Vegetable-Tanned Leather with Deployant Water Resistance 5 ATM Dimensions 39mm x 44.5mm Thickness 10.1mm Lug Width 20mm Crown Push/Pull Warranty Yes Price $995
Bravur is a little Swedish company that sells their watches straightforwardly from their site. I appreciate perusing their slogan “Since Now,” inferring all that requires suggesting about this youthful brand: that they’re mindful of the regular stories encompassing legacy marks, that Bravur doesn’t pay attention to themselves too as those old brands so frequently do, and that being young—if given the legitimate spin—can show a new, agile, and savvy enterprise.
Bravur likewise discloses to us that the Scandinavia is a festival of mid-century Scandi-style, which was maybe the first alleged worldwide style, having cleared a large portion of the Western world during the 1950s. Today, Scandi-stylish is considerably more mainstream, a tasteful sign of complex globalism and traveling. Indeed, even ABBA is tremendous once more.
The disadvantage of Scandi-style’s resurgent universality is that it is hard to see items like this watch as explicitly Scandinavian or Swedish or something besides by and large sharp. With some incongruity, in any case, that complex normalization is one of the Bravur Scandinavia’s solid suits, making it similarly modern and versatile.
Offered in three exemplary dial colorways, each brilliant, shimmering, and prepared for a flame lit date or a significant conference, the Scandinavia can likewise be that little pop that changes a decent pair of pants and a sweater into a bubbly outfit. This watch is simply going to allow you to down in the event that you need to get wet, however 50 meters of water obstruction is de rigeur for a dress watch. Like innumerable others do, simply toss on your jumper for any tough affairs.
The hands are a wonder. Skeletonized with no lume to fill the holes, these long needles are especially exquisite. The hour hand scarcely crosses over the printed inward seconds track, while the moment and seconds hands are the absolute longest I’ve seen on a watch this size. Accomplishing such close resistances as to permit these hands to pass one another while at the same time going through the little chamber made between the bended dial and the container formed sapphire gem is no little accomplishment. Those tight resiliences are basic in Bravur’s journey to keep this watch so slight, and the hands are bended by hand to accomplish these dimensions.
Generally talking, round date windows appear to work better compared to rectilinear ones. Maybe it’s in light of the fact that most watches are round, so the round date gap echoes the state of the actual watch, or maybe it’s simply that the round openings are regularly more modest and, consequently, more discrete. On the Scandinavia, the round date opening intrudes on the seconds track to sit on the six o’clock marker like the top of a lolly pop. The chamfered outline around the gap is done in similar metal as the markers (gold for the white and blue dials, chrome for the dark). This edge isn’t only a decent touch, yet is crucial for giving the watch its rich, completed look. Subtleties are everything at this scale. The Scandinavia highlights one of the better strong case backs I’ve found in some time. Normally consigned to jumpers like Omega Seamsters and pricier dress watches, sculptural etching on strong case backs changes these regularly tasteless surfaces into something worth flipping the watch over for. Here we have a compelling mathematical pattern—or absence of an anticipated example, I ought to say—that was included on the rotor of Bravur’s past programmed watch, the BW300. The 10,000 foot view is evident in our photographs, however under a loupe one finds the smallest vertical striping in the recessed brushed surfaces of this plan. Six screws secure the case back for another exemplary touch.
The marked crown echoes the plan looking into it back, with a similar sort of etching uncovering the two ‘Vs’ that make up Bravur’s text logo. I generally struggle getting most crowns into the center situation for fast setting the date, yet I can get the Scandinavia’s crown into that position on the main attempt without fail. What’s unique? It’s that the crown is shallow and furthermore trapezoidal (think about a cup-cake with its base against the case). By grasping this crown with two fingernails and giving a delicate crush, it essentially slides out and falls safely into the brisk set position. I’m adequately inquisitive, as opposed to pulling, the crown out. It’s so reviving not to feel like a ham-fisted clutz in the morning—Bravo Bravur!
Perhaps a portion of the simplicity of controlling the crown is additionally because of the actual development, which here is a Sellita 300-1 programmed mechanical unit. Bravur picked this development explicitly for its simple 3.6-millimeter vertical measurement, causing them keep the Scandinavia so meager. The Sellita beats at the cutting edge standard of 4hrz, will hold as long as 42 hours of force on a full wind, and is pretty much as demonstrated as any off-the-rack Swiss development today. As Bravur claims on the actual lower part of the dial, on the catch, and around the rear of the case, this watch has a “Swedish Soul” and a “Swiss Heart.”
The case is made in Sweden from Swedish Sandvik steel. Sandvik is very celebrated, particularly among blade producers, for its immaculateness and hardness. While Bravur doesn’t reveal to us much about which explicit evaluation of Sandvik they’re utilizing, it’s preferably reviving to come across something other over the consistently present “316L Stainless.” That Bravur has utilized materials from their own area is with regards to the soul and opportunity of these more youthful brands to abbreviate the assembling range however much as could reasonably be expected (feelings fluctuate on the significance of utilizing short-sweep providers, yet I’m a supporter).
The actual case includes delicate associations between the different features, with the mid-case’s brushed surface reaching out down the outside of the drags, the rest cleaned. Those delicate associations get on the dial’s ebb and flow pleasantly, offering a compellingly smooth feel. While a few watches come across my work area with what are clearly bombed endeavors at sharp associations, the Scandinavia’s delicate corners come across as intentional—a approach to keep the surfaces inside and outside the gem reliably awe-inspiring. Any inquiries regarding Bravur’s ability to make outstandingly sharp associations ought to be address to the situation back, which will certainly dissipate your aspersions.
One can look over various lashes for the Scandinavia, and the one we have here close by is a dark pebbled vegetable tanned cowhide with attractive creases and stitching—totally fitting for this dressy watch. Anyway precisely, I’ve since a long time ago related cowhide ties with deployant catches with top of the line dress watches, and I locate the marked deployant that comes with the Scandinavia to be pitch-awesome. Shutting it takes significant pressing factor, however given my involvement in different fastens of this kind, I’m sure it’ll release up with use.
So, I’m going to be “that guy” and simply say it: I wish this watch were more modest. I recall a day when 39 millimeters was firmly excessively little for me; design standards were unique; I had gained some weight; and I possibly permitted more modest watches into my assortment on the off chance that they were vintage. In any case, I’ve come to cherish the inexorably common 36-millimeter case now, and I figure the Scandinavia would truly work at that size, particularly since the dial is so totally open. I have comparable emotions about a large number of Junghans Bauhaus-style watches, or actually any watch that does not have a conspicuous bezel and a rehaut. So, mine is clearly an individual and abstract comment, however in the event that we can make an interpretation of it into something more level headed, maybe it’s just to get back to where we began and note that this watch will look greater than it is. For some that will be actually what’s so incredible about it.
And other than that, I can scarcely blame the Bravur Scandinavia. From a profoundly insightful plan to unfathomably fine subtleties and outstanding completing, it truly is stunning to get this much watch for just $995. Bravur