Skagen have a new solar powered watch and this has the old school rectangular case style, for that vintage look.
There is a 32mm diameter ladies model and a 36mm gents case width in the range, with grey and blue dial options. The mesh strap is also available in grey or black. Skagen say that just a few hours sunlight can power the watch up and it will then keep going for up to 6 months, which is remarkable – if true.
I mean it defies the laws of physics, but yeah, could happen.
The watch also a case made from 50% recycled steel, in tune with the Skagen leaf ethos.
Price is £169 and engraving is free.
VERDICT; A Seiko, Lorus or Citizen solar is cheaper and does the same job, probably more reliable in the long run as the Japanese have been making solar watches for a long time. But if you want that european, basic Ikea furnishings look, then Skagen have it covered.
Skagen has released a new slimline chronograph, called the Ancher.
The case has 50% recycled content, there’s a new movement inside, plus the lugs are kinda chamfered, so you should get a smoother wrist fit. We like the black coating too. Understated and not too big at 40mm, this makes a nice everyday quartz watch.
Full chrono flyback functionality too, plus some lume on the numbers. Price is £149 and there’s optional engraving for that birthday gift experience.
There is a blue model but it’s already sold out.
What we like about this watch is that it has that super clean, minimalist Junghans/Glashutte sort of flavour without the 1K plus price tag.
There’s also an Ancher automatic model at £249, witha skeleton dial. Kinda nice.
The Skagen design ethos of minimalist looks, thin cases and qiartz movements has served them well – they have their fans. So two new models, the Freja and Melbye are worth a look.
The Freja has crystals set as hour markers, plus a partially recycled steel case and mesh, Milanese type bracelet strap. It definitely looks like jewellery and that is what ladies watches are usually all about -the tech stuff on movements and chrono functions doesn’t really grab many female buyers.
For gents the Melbye has a segmented dial, with that cool `sunken’ centre look that it’s vogue now. Possibly. We aren’t hip at the NWC mag, still wearing Regatta hoodies.
A mesh strap, titanium case, plus a dab of orange or blue on the inner chapter ring help this one stand out. It needs to for £159 which is expensive for a fashion watch in our humble opinion.
Skagen has sent us info on the Henrickson solar powered watch, which retails at £169.
They claim it can last for six months on just a few hours solar charge, plus it has a steel case which is 50% recycled metal.
For lovers of all things woke, the strap is made from eco leather too, which is not leather at all. It’s bits of bark n plants etc. So that’s brill, you are helping the planet and a solar cell should last ten years, rather than the typical 2 year button cell battery lifespan.
It’s a decent looking, slimline, modernist watch too. 40mm case size should fit most wrists nicely.
Skagen has released a Pride variant within its modernist Aaren range, featuring multicoloured dial and hands details, plus a strap that celebrates the Pride/LGBTQ/Trans political activism and lifestyle.
The Pride theme continues with the packaging too.
One detail on this watch that boosts long term ownership is the screwdown caseback.
Skagen watches are notoriously difficult to prise open with case-knives, so using a 2/3 prong tool will make battery changes much easier. That should extend the lifespan of this fashion watch hopefully and therefore help conserve the earth’s resources.
The old Army advert used to read, Be All You Can Be and modern fitness gurus are are all over the internet encouraging people to stay fit – especially as Covid lockdowns can really get you down mentally, as well as physically. So can the Skagen Jorn hybrid watch offer the right blend of health features, and convntional timekeeping?
Yes, probably. It looks the part, with moody black case and strap, so very milspec. Then there’s the chrono function buttons, which actually change the smartwatch functions. You can count steps, check heart rate, track your sleep pattern and set notifications too. It syncs via Bluetooth and has GPS, plus accelerometer, for those cycle rides or long distance hikes. You can set workout routes and then set PBs once we are allowed out properly. All good.
Syncs to Android or iPhones too, so you can link notifications and data sharing.
You can change the straps, plus it mild water resistance at 30m, not bad for the occasional dip in a hotel pool although we wouldn’t go wild swimming with Bear Grylls with this Skagen. Actually, wouldn’t dare try to keep up with Bear anywhere, except on a Ducati track day.
This 42mm watch costs £189 on the Skagen website and it needs charinging about once a fortnight, depending on use. Charging time is around 60-80 mins.
Skagen are known for their clean, Scandi minimalist lines, but these latest models capture the free love 70s spirit perfectly. Back then, hippies would wear tie-dyed clothing, so that their denims and cheesecloth shirts were truly unique.
The same can be said of the Skagen trio here and it captures some of the vibrant, no-holding-back vibe that Swatch models had when they were launched and saved the Swiss industry from financial meltdown. Fact check it by all means, it’s true. Not our style, but to be fair Skagen aren’t aiming these watches at middle aged men with a penchant for old school Tissot Seastars.
Quartz movement of course, and we expect that the caseback will be the usual struggle to remove for a battery change. We like the silicone strap and 36mm case size is ideal for many ladies, who actually like a watch big enough to tell the time. Yeah, basics matter. They retail at £109 and we like the blue one best.
Are you woke? Fantastic, and congratulations on your gender-neutral Blue Peter badges. No doubt you’ll want to ditch that nasty battery powered wristwatch you currently own, and replace it with something like the Skagen Henrickson Solar, which features a solar cell power unit, plus a strap made from recycled plastic.
Actually, the savings to the planet by ditching battery powered watches are huge, as a typical solar cell lasts ten years or so, instead of 2-3 years for a battery watch. So yeah, seriously, solar watches are a good thing.
The actual movement holder inside the case is partially made from castor oil, which reduces the plastic content too. Plus the packaging around the watch is made from recycled paper.
Fantastic news, but the downside is that the new Skagen Henrickson costs £195, putting it beyond the reach of many poor working class people. Not very inclusive we think, because solar watches like this need to retail at inder £100 if we are going to really change the watch industry.
Skagen are one of the leading fashion brands in the UK, famous for their slim watches and clean, uncluttered dials. As you’d imagine the Fisk dive watches, just launched, also have the bare minimum of features with clearly marked dials and simple, rugged cases, featuring a screwdown crown.
For £149 you get 100m metre depth which is OK for swimming and snorkelling, although we wouldn’t recommend serious diving with this watch. The dial has bright lume on the hour markers and the three hands too – always useful at night on dry land of course.
There’s a black/steel model and an all-black model with a Milanese mesh bracelet – both feature a 42mm case. Battery powered of course and luckily the caseback is a screw-on/off type, not the usual tricky Skagen flip-off variety.
Skagen watches are notoriously difficult to open in our experience, so a screwback is a welcome change. Just buy a simple three pin tool on Amazon and a clamp, and you can do your own battery changes.