This is a new interpretation of a classic vintage Nivada Grenchen concept, available in five different dial variations.
Instead of simply reissuing a vintage model, we launched a whole new watch combining our favorite features from different vintage references that the brand produced in the 1970s.
Among other things, Fratello replaced the red dial accents with the signature Fratello orange.
The result is what you see here today.
Keeping the vintage vibe alive also meant staying as close to the old models’ measurements as possible. Furthermore, we have certainly noticed the industry moving away from oversized watches.
So instead of blowing the watch up to 40mm, we went with a 38mm case that is only 13.75mm thick and 44.3mm from lug tip to lug tip.
The new Nivada Grenchen Racing Chronograph works equally well on smaller and larger wrists. This 38mm case diameter, we believe, is the sweet spot. Vintage watch fans and a younger, more engaged audience can equally enjoy the timepiece thanks to its size and the range of dial variations.
We kept things classic with a panda, reverse panda, and fully black version We believe these will satisfy the chronograph purists. After that came a white dial for those who like a crisp look and, lastly, a tropical brown for those who like something a little different.
These five versions offer enough versatility that anyone, both vintage lovers and fans of modern timepieces alike, can find a watch they can associate themselves with.
The aim was to keep the vintage vibe while creating a modern-looking chronograph. To add a touch of contemporary flair, we added a steel tachymeter bezel, a feature that was not part of the original concept.
About the pre-orders
Fratello will offer 10 pieces of each dial variation (50 pieces in total) for pre-order exclusively from the Fratello Shop on Monday, March 20th at 4:00 PM CET, for one week only. The pre-order window will close on March 26th at 12:00 AM (midnight) CET.
Each of the watches will have a special pre-order price of €1,499 (excluding VAT). All watches will ship in early June 2023 when an additional limited quantity of these watches will be available, priced at €1,875 (excluding VAT).
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About Nivada Grenchen
Founded in Grenchen, Switzerland in 1926, Nivada Grenchen was renowned for its horological innovation in the ‘50s and ‘60s and became known for producing robust and reliable watches. In 2018, Guillaume Laidet and Remi Chabrat began to bring Nivada Grenchen back to life, re-releasing its two most iconic models — the Chronomaster Aviator Sea Diver and the Antarctic — in 2020.