When I first opened the NOVE Gemini, I was very surprised by the size – it really is a big looking watch and lifting it out of its case, it has a considerable weight to it too.
On first sight, I couldn’t help thinking of Graham 1965 and the trigger on their Chonofighters; whilst the design, mechanism and purpose of the gears and lever are completely different, the idea of having the lever that pulls out has some vague similarities.
Overall, I quite like the simplicity of design and clean looking dials and the idea of being able to swap dials over within a couple of seconds is pretty neat. The fact there are 2 movements also seems useful, as being able to swap between time zones can be useful.
On the wrist, the size of the case appears to reduce somewhat and with the dial having a diameter of only 31mm, it doesn’t look too big. The gears do add another 10mm at the top of the watch and at 13.35mm thick added to the somewhat cumbersome shape to the gears and mechanism, I’m not sure it’s going under many cuffs – I think you’re either in a T-shirt, or it’s out on show all the time.
With regards to negatives, the only thing I noticed specifically is that the bracelet sounds a bit “plasticy/rattly”, both when putting the watch on and when moving the hand/wrist around. Not too sure what causes this, as the strap does appear to be all metal and the pins for changing links are also metal. Maybe it’s just my acute sense of hearing!
NOVE considers themselves a boutique watchmaker of Swiss Made Watches – this rings true when considering that the NOVE Gemini is constructed with over 180 individual parts and components that are polished, finished and assembled by hand. The fact that each watch is hand made by expert craftsmen and comes with quality control assurance and a 3 year warranty, gives the impression that the NOVE Gemini is great value for money..
With a price tag of only 880 USD and with only 500 pieces being made, I am actually quite surprised it’s not sold out already, but I suppose the hardest part about being a microbrand is being noticed amongst all the others popping up every other week.
I will be keeping an eye on what comes next from NOVE, as I find their approach to design and the possible applications of a watch, very intriguing indeed.