Things Two Watch

HK Magazine - - GADGETS - Edited by Adam White

Two su­per-cool Hong Kong watches with a heavy Scan­di­na­vian in­flu­ence have floated across my radar this month and you’re go­ing to want them both. Well, you will if you’re any­thing like me, and into a more min­i­mal­ist style that jet­ti­sons the silly di­als for some­thing a lit­tle sleeker.

First off is a Kick­starter project from Lin­jer, co-founded by Hongkonger Jen­nifer Chong. The Scando brand is all about fine work­man­ship at great prices, and af­ter the suc­cess­ful launch of a se­ries of beau­ti­ful, af­ford­able leather bags, they’re back with a cou­ple of gor­geous look­ing watches. Two sub­tly dif­fer­ent de­signs (the “clas­sic” model is on the right) both fea­ture quick-re­lease straps if you’re look­ing to change things around, and a pared­back look avail­able in three dif­fer­ent di­am­e­ters: 34, 38 or 41mm. Retail price is US$329 ($2,552), but the Kick­starter price is just US$159 ($1,233), with es­ti­mated de­liv­ery in Novem­ber. As of writ­ing the Kick­starter has raised US$378,000 and the project closes on Aug 13—so you’d bet­ter get in quick. lin­ Al­ter­na­tively, Hong Kong hip­ster god Alexis Holm of Square­street has just launched his new­est line of watches—the SQ38 Plano. Th­ese 38mm watches have a su­per-skinny bezel that puts all the at­ten­tion on the watch face it­self, with in­tri­cate and sub­tle tex­tur­ing that you can only see up close. A su­per-skinny case means it fits nice and flush with the wrist, mak­ing the gold fin­ish (right) a lovely dress watch—but the black case makes for a great ca­sual look too. They’re on sale now at the shop and on­line for a very agree­able $1,850. 15 Square St., She­ung Wan, square­

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