Ultimate Scandinavian Design Watch Guide for 2022

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2022 Updated Scandinavian Watch Guide

While trendy watches can look really great, they tend to lack quality and functionality. This is a stereotype we’re glad to say is broken by the forward-thinking and eco-conscious Scandinavian brand Nordgreen.  Nordgreen watches are praised for their impressive high quality and impeccable design at quite affordable prices, and their Scandinavian minimalist-chic designs make them easily adaptable to any outfit. So here are five Nordgreen models that have completely altered our perception of a classic watch. If you were looking for one yourself, the timing is just great because they are offering a free vegan strap and eco tote bag with every order. Any non-leather straps are considered Vegan for this sale.

1. Nordgreen Philosopher

Winner of the 2021 iF Design Award

Nordgreen’s Philosopher watch is among the bestselling pieces in Nordgreen’s collection and purchased both by men and women worldwide. Its minimalist, yet playful design was awarded with the widely acclaimed iF Design Award in the product design category, which is truly remarkable given its affordable price range.

A playful feature of the Philosopher is its asymmetric second hand painted in gray, which makes telling the exact time really effortless. Another secret of the Philosopher’s award-winning design is its depth. The bezel (a watch expert-y term for the top ring of the watch) is subtly textured, pulling the eye in and giving the watch its iconic depth.The color of the dial also  complements the overall elegance of the design and its versatility in combinations — it’s not a pure white, but rather a shining, natural looking nuance of white, finished with a luxurious matte coating, which stands out equally well when paired with leather, mesh, or links.

Key features of the Philosopher
  • 36mm dial typically for women or 40mm dial typically for men
  • Case constructed of 316L, marine grade stainless steel
  • Hardened mineral crystal glass
  • Japanese quartz movement, Miyota GM10
  • Four different case colours: silver, rose gold, gold, gunmetal
  • Rain and splash resistant (up to 3 ATM)
  • Price range from £169

2. Nordgreen's chronograph watch, the Pioneer

Winner of the 2020 Red Dot Design Award

The Pioneer is among the few chronograph watches out there that can be praised for minimalist design and functional features alike. Its design was awarded with the 2020 Red Dot Award, which is among the most prestigious design awards in the entire world. No wonder! We often find that chronograph watches end up looking cluttered and overly complicated. Nordgreen’s Pioneer however is really sleek with its simple and sophisticated feel in combination with any strap material or color, which truly demonstrates the craftsmanship and thoughtfulness behind its design.

Unlike Nordgreen’s other models, the Pioneer comes exclusively in 42mm. Though it could look great on anybody at 42mm, it was definitely designed with the male wrist in mind. The tips of the watch hands are painted in red, standing out from the dial color which also makes them quite helpful when using the stopwatch function.The domed sapphire glass subtly magnifies the Pioneer’s sub-dials resulting in a striking overall watch design.

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Key Features of the Pioneer
  • 42mm dial
  • Thick 11.9mm case
  • Case constructed of 316L, marine grade stainless steel
  • Domed sapphire crystal glass
  • Japanese quartz movement, Miyota 6S21
  • Five different dial colors and three different case colors
  • Water-resistance up to 5 or 10 ATM
  • Price range from £219
The Pioneer Color Palette

Besides the classic dial color choices of white, navy and black, the Pioneer is currently available in two new absolutely stunning dial colours as part of their latest AW21 collection – pine green and chestnut brown – both with an added sunray effect for enhanced color vibrancy. 

3. Nordgreen Native

The definition of modern minimalism

Slim watches have been rising in popularity for the last few years, and it’s easy to see why. If you’re looking for a simple, yet elegant timepiece, the Native is the way to go. Everything in the Native’s design has been crafted in an attempt to preserve its subtle elegance. The simplicity of the dial brings out the iconic Nordgreen leaf logo, whereas its minute markers are relatively hidden, only noticeable when you need them, leaving the hour markers to balance the piece. The Native is Nordgreen’s first model in the collection, yet it is as popular as when it was first launched.

Key features of the Native:
  • Four different case colors: silver, rose gold, gold, gunmetal
  • Case sizes: 28 and 32mm typically for women, 36mm unisex and 40mm typically for men
  • Four different dial colors: white, black, mother-of-pearl and sunray ocean blue; and four different case colors
  • Price from £144
Variety of dial colors

This model allows you to get the best of Nordgreen’s versatility and rich dial color palette, while keeping it stylish and minimalist. In particular, we really like their newest sunray ocean blue dial as it looks quite chic with a noticeable sunray effect. Pairing it with the silver case will elevate any outfit. The black dial is also a really classy option, especially with a gold case and mesh or link strap. Either way, we love the way the dark watch dial is in contrast with the shiny stainless steel.

4. Nordgreen’s Infinity

Perfectly elegant, perfectly timeless

Infinity is a particularly feminine and refined model in the Nordgreen collection. Its signature feature is the seamless connection between the watch head and the strap that creates a visually stunning, yet understated look for the overall watch design. The front side of the case ring has the typical shine of a piece of jewellery, whereas the side of the case has a brushed finish to it for a subtle contrast. While maintaining a minimalist feel, the minute markers add an interesting, yet functional detail to this timeless fashion piece.

Key Features of Infinity
  • 32mm dial
  • Hardened mineral crystal glass
  • Japanese quartz movement, Miyota GM10
  • White dial and three different case colors (gold, rose gold and silver)
  • Rain and splash resistant (up to 3 ATM)
  • Prices from £159
Infinity in Combination with Leather or Mesh

The Infinity model goes particularly well with a mesh strap. A sweet rose gold case color-matched with a mesh strap of the same color indeed becomes a bracelet for a sophisticated individual.
You can also sharpen your look with classic brown leather, or any of the other timeless leather colors that Nordgreen has to offer – both available in genuine and vegan leather, depending on your style and preferences. What’s great about Nordgreen is that regardless of your strap choice, you will always maintain a smart-looking style.

5. Nordgreen’s Unika

A celebration of open-minded beauty

Unika is Nordgreen’s latest watch line which is without doubt the most elegant and refined release from their collection for women. What is really striking about Unika’s design is that even though at first it might seem like a classic dress watch, it is actually layered with meaning in all its subtle details. Unika comes in all of Nordgreen’s classic case colors, but offers a wide variety of choice with its polished and brushed dial variations. Our personal favourites are the Unika in brushed silver in combination with a playful two tone link strap and Unika in rainbow black and gold with a sleek gold mesh strap that can just elevate the simplest outfit to another level.

Key features of Unika
  • Slim 7.2mm in depth case available in 28 and 32mm
  • Four different case colors: silver, rose gold, gold, gunmetal
  • Wide variety of dial colors: polished and brushed gold / silver / rose gold / gunmetal, as well as black and rainbow black
  • Price from £189

Don't miss out the chance to add an additional strap to your purchase!

Nordgreen is offering a vegan strap and eco tote bag with every order. Any non-leather straps are considered Vegan. Visit their website now and explore the whole range.