Things Two Watch
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. linjer.co 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, squarestreet.se