Today we are gonna take a look at a company which I wanted to check out for 3 years now. I tried to find who has a watch from this company, but could not find anyone, so now that my readers base is so big, I finally reached out to them and they sent me a sample to take look at and get deeper into the brand.
Lanswood Commerce is a Greenwich, UK based company founded in 2012. The company produces small batch custom watches. In 2013 company launched new product line under its own brand called No-Watch. In last 3 years, they released 34 different models of unusual 24 hours, single hand and backward time watches under the No-Watch brand. All watches are of Limited Edition (500-750 pieces, max.) and are individually numbered. Overall there were 4 collections as they call them, each time when they release new watches they call them collections. The watch that we are taking a look today is from the 4th collection (Autumn 2016) and is designed by Gustaf Bergström.
So the watch that we are taking a look at today is called No Watch Nigra Turo. The watch is inspired by the 24-hour clock (est.1924) on “Nigra Turo” (Černa věž) historic tower, located in Klatovy city, Czech Republic. This large tower dominates the central square of the city and was built between 1547 and 1557 to protect the city from the enemies and fires. Ironically, it’s named “Black Tower” because of the many fires it has survived. I really liked the idea that it is based on the historic tower clock and now I even want to visit the Czech Republic to photograph the watch with it’s “bigger brother”.
The watch came in this decent cardboard box, you open the box and there you will find a travel pouch which was really cool to see included. It is made from this suede-like material and is very useful when travelling to not scratch the watch. And inside you will find the watch. First impressions were good. The watch has some weight to it and doesn’t feel cheap at all. The only thing that I noticed that I don’t like in most of the watches in the industry, and it is the black genuine leather strap with the alligator pattern. I really don’t like these type of straps and they kind of cheapen the watch. I have even seen them on watches that cost more than 1000$. But that isn’t any problem as you can always swap it for another strap.
The case is round shape and is made of 316L stainless steel. The diameter is 40mm, lug tip to lug tip it measures at 48mm and thickness is 9,5mm. The lug width is 20mm. So the dimensions are very good. The Nigra Turo has perfect case proportions and it wears very comfortably. The whole case has high polished finishing and it is done very good. It really shines in the light and it was hard to photograph this watch. The case back is a screw on with some specifications etched in with the limited edition number. The watch we have here is number 6 out of 500. On the 3 o’clock we have a screw down crown. Which was a surprise, because we don’t see screw down crowns on these type of dressy watches. But strangely the water resistance is only 30m (3ATM) when I discovered the screw down crown I thought it was at least 100m resistant, but no. On top of the dial sits a flat mineral crystal, but it would be nice to see a sapphire in the future watches.
The dial is the most interesting thing. I rarely see dial so cool. As we know the dial is an exact copy of the Nigra Turo tower clock face. So the dial is white with the dark blue printing of the Nigra Turo clock face. As you noticed this is a 24h watch and so it has numbers going from 1-24 on the dial. The hands are the coolest. There are an hour and minute hand. The hands both are in gold colour with polished finishing. The smallest hand is hour hand, which makes a complete revolution in 24h. The bigger hand is a minutes hand which you read like a regular minutes hand. You read bu the end where there is a hand with finger pointing. I got to say that this watch won’t be for people who want to tell precise time, this is more of a weekend/fun watch or fashion accessory. Nonetheless, it is really cool and it will definitely get a whole lot of a wrist time.
In the Nigra Turo watch, you will find a Swiss quartz movement Ronda 515.24H. I had a couple of watches with this movement and it is a decent movement as I heard. You get that Swiss quality and reliability. The battery life that I could squeeze out of this movement once was 3 years, but it depends on the quality of the battery. The strap as previously mentioned isn’t the best. It is a genuine leather black strap with some alligator pattern on it. It has a nice signed buckle, but that probably is the best part of the strap. The leather is soft and a lot better than most of these straps have, but still isn’t my favourite. And I will swap it for a different strap in the near future. I think it would look really good with some distressed brown leather strap or some kind of vintage strap.
Overall the watch is really cool. The dial and story really make this watch an interesting conversation piece. And the fact that it is a limited edition of 500 pieces makes it even more desirable. The only downsides would probably be the mineral crystal and the strap. If they swapped the mineral crystal for sapphire and the strap for something better it would look a ton better. But those are small things as you can swap the strap for another one without a problem. Also, the Nigra Turo doesn’t cost that much, it really is an affordable watch. So you get a good looking and interesting watch not breaking a bank.
Glossy polished Hard Steel case
Screw down back cover with engraved serial number
Case diameter 40 mm / 1,57 in (excluding crown)
Case length 48 mm / 1,89 in
Case height 9.5 mm / 0,37 in
Screwed down crown
Crown size 5.5 x 3,5 mm / 0,22 x 0,14 in
Marble dial / Gold hands
Flat hard mineral crystal
Swiss quartz movement Ronda 515.24H
Battery SR920SW (Renata 371)
Water resistant 3 ATM
Black 20mm soft leather band with SS buckle
Maximal wrist size 220mm
Weight 57 gr / 2.01 oz