Norqain signs a strategic partnership with Swiss movement manufacture Kenissi

The independent Swiss watch brand NORQAIN has announced a new partnership with mechanical movement manufacturer, Kenissi. The announcement of the long-term collaboration between the Biel-based watchmaker and Kenissi, founded by watch brand Tudor, underscores NORQAIN’s commitment to offering quality timepieces that feature robust, high-performance movements ready for a lifetime of adventure.

As part of the new strategic partnership, NORQAIN is climbing to new heights with two chronometer-certified Manufacture Calibres. The three-hand NN20/1 and GMT NN20/2 calibres, both featuring a 70-hour power reserve, will enhance NORQAIN’s existing collections and will be ready to equip fans on their adventures starting this coming summer.

Calibre Three-hand NN20/1 by NORQAIN and Kenissi
Calibre Three-hand NN20/1 by NORQAIN and Kenissi – Rear side

Discussions between the two entities began shortly after NORQAIN was founded in 2018 and more interesting projects are planned for the future.

Calibre Three-hand NN20/1 by NORQAIN and Kenissi
Calibre Three-hand NN20/1 by NORQAIN and Kenissi – Dial side

Based in Biel, NORQAIN has strong ties to the world of watchmaking. Ben Küffer, the 32-year-old founder and CEO, was born into the industry and already has 12 years of experience in the world of watchmaking.

The board of directors also includes Ben’s father, Marc Küffer, former owner of the Swiss luxury watch producer Roventa-Henex and member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss Watch Industry for more than two decades; Ted Schneider, also born into the industry as a member of the family that owned Breitling for nearly 40 years; and Mark Streit, former Swiss NHL star and 2017 Stanley Cup winner. This team leads the company with remarkable industry insight, valuable know-how and a huge passion for the Swiss watch industry.

NORQAIN has always been dedicated to creating timepieces that inspire wearers to live their life their way. The two robust and high-precision movements – three-hand calibre NN20/1 and GMT calibre NN20/2– build on the brand’s existing collections. Both COSC-certified movements are “weekend-proof” with an impressive 70-hour power reserve and their sturdy construction featuring a traversing bridge with two-point fixation ensures the timekeeping performance will not be hindered by powerful activity.

Calibre GMT NN20/2 by NORQAIN and Kenissi
Calibre GMT NN20/2 by NORQAIN and Kenissi – Rear side

The GMT movement in particular boasts a jumping hour feature to easily set the local time and change the date forward or backward at any time of the day. Whether the wearer is climbing a new summit or enjoying the hike on the way down, the Manufacture Calibres are primed for outdoor adventure and everyday functionality.

Calibre GMT NN20/2 by NORQAIN and Kenissi
Calibre GMT NN20/2 by NORQAIN and Kenissi – Dial side

Affirming the exclusivity of these movements are the unique NORQAIN decorations visible through the transparent caseback such as the golden “double-N” NORQAIN logo, symbolising the Swiss Alps, on the oscillating weight and “Adventure – Freedom – Independence”, the brand’s core values and NORQAIN collection names, engraved on the bridge.

The novelties that will house these exclusive Manufacture Calibres will be presented at an event hosted by NORQAIN in Zermatt this June. The timepieces will be part of NORQAIN’s standard collections, complementing the existing pieces in all the three lines: Adventure, Freedom and Independence. As with the timepieces that make up the brand’s current collections, the new models will also feature customisable details such as the acclaimed NORQAIN plate and strap options.

The launch of two Manufacture Calibres and the strategic partnership with Kenissi is an example of NORQAIN putting its values of innovation and quality and its daring spirit into action, and more announcements can be expected as a result of their long-term collaboration.

Technical details

The NORQAIN Calibres NN20/1 and NN20/2 created in partnership witj Kenissi have been designed and thoroughly tested for ultimate robustness and reliability. This is exemplified by the traversing balance bridge with a two-point fixation which improves shock resistance and allows precise positioning of the oscillator. Both movements offer an impressive 70-hour power reserve.

The Calibre NN20/2 offers an integrated GMT function with a jumping hour feature that allows the wearer to easily set the local time and change the date forward or backward at any time of the day. Both calibres are certified as chronometers by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

Calibre Three-hand NN20/1

Calibre Three-hand NN20/1 by NORQAIN and Kenissi

  • Central hour, minutes and seconds hands
  • Frequency: 4 Hz
  • Automatic winding
  • 26.0 mm diameter
  • 27 jewels
  • COSC-certified
  • 70-hour power reserve
  • Tungsten monoblock oscillating weight
  • Traversing balance bridge with a two-point fixation improving shock resistance and allowing precise positioning of the oscillator

Calibre GMT NN20/2

Calibre GMT NN20/2 by NORQAIN and Kenissi

  • Central hour, minutes, seconds and 24- hour hands
  • Date window
  • Automatic winding
  • 4 Hz
  • 31.8 mm diameter
  • 28 jewels
  • COSC-certified
  • 70-hour power reserve
  • Tungsten monoblock oscillating weight
  • Jumping hour feature to easily set the local time and change the date forward or backward at any time of the day
  • Traversing balance bridge with a two-point fixation improving shock resistance and allowing precise positioning of the oscillator