It’s easy to forget, given the deftness with which they handle subtle design details, that Bravur is a young brand that has only produced automatic watches for a little over a year. Prior to moving into the realm of the mechanical, they made a few lines of quartz timepieces that, from day one, suggested a unique vision, one informed by their Swedish/Scandinavian heritage, and simply a keen eye for style. But, it’s in their mechanical watches that Bravur has truly hit a stride, merging their own voice with the vintage-fueled zeitgeist. A successful combination that is most clearly seen in their coincidentally most affordable mechanical watches, the Scandinavias, which we are excited to add to the ranks at the Windup Watch Shop today.
Proving that minimal doesn’t need to mean stark, cold or severe, the Scandinavia takes Bravur’s slim 39mm Swedish-steel vintage-inspired case, a striking design unto itself with beautiful finishing, a domed sapphire crystal, and an impossibly thin bezel, and adds a dial that with a reduced vocabulary achieves both charm and sophistication. The dial, which is available in three colors, manages to suggest vintage influence, found in the domed surface and curved hands, modern attitude, seen in the graphic inner index and offset branding, and speak to a slightly-dressier-than-casual overall aesthetic. Powered by the thin and reliable Swiss-made Sellita SW300-1 automatic movement, the Scandinavia is a venerable timepiece that is also a solid value at $995.
Available in three distinct colors, there is a Scandinavia for every taste. First, there is Jet Black, which mixes a matte black surface with polished silver markers and hands for a classic combination. The Jet Black is paired with a dark chestnut colored leather strap. Scandinavia Jet Black
Next, we have Midnight Blue, which takes a rich sunray blue surface and builds on its vibrancy with gold markers and hands, creating a tastefully opulent combination. The Midnight Blue is accompanied by a bright tan leather strap that emphasizes both the blue and the gold elements. Scandinavia Midnight Blue
Lastly, we have perhaps the most subtle and sophisticated of versions, the Sparkling White, which takes a slightly metallic white surface and combines it with gold markers and hands for restrained decadence. The Sparkling White is matched with a pebbled black leather that brings out the crispness of the white dial surface. Scandinavia Sparkling White