Nordic winters are brutal and E.C.Andersson’s Denise line of affordable dive/instrument watches is designed for these northern conditions. The “throughout the season instrument watch” has received a winter makeover based on the arctic design concept seen on the previous Calypso Arctic Sport . That piece was a rugged apparatus watch with a dressier vibe and a light dark/white color palette, designed for the outdoorsman in the Scandinavian winter. The new Denise Arctic Sport brings dive watch functionality to that cold winter esthetic. Let’s take a closer look.
The stainless steel case of the Denise Arctic Sport is intense, square and mechanical with a purposeful, masculine design. It’s not exactly a cushion case and stands apart without being flashy or overdone, and there’s a touch of 1970s influence – and a combination of brushed and polished surfaces. The diameter is shockingly restrained for such a dive watch at 40mm, however it has some heft with a 14mm height (haul to carry is 46mm).
A well-formed gatekeeper protects the crown and the case is water-resistant to 200 meters. The unidirectional bezel is wide and very legible, featuring a white ceramic insert with both dive and compass scales. This replaces the polished black bezel of the first.
The dial of this E.C.Andersson Denise Arctic Sport is frosted white with white luminescent indices framed in black. The black “Bohuslän” style hands are filled with white luminescence also (an arrowhead hour hand and jewel pointing minute hand). Alongside the change from black to white, the dial additionally features a modified power-reserve indicator above 6 o’clock. It’s a simpler, thinner arch with a lume-filled circle and triangle stamping empty and full respectively. A short, matching third hand sweeps across it from the central position. A contrasting orange seconds hand is easily visible on glary, frigid days.
Powering the watch is the caliber ECANE01, based on Seiko’s NE57 automatic. It’s been modified and calibrated in-house (regulated in five situations) for an accuracy of +/ – 4 seconds per day. It has 29 jewels, beats at 21,600vph (3Hz) with a 40+ hour power reserve. Functions include central hours, minutes, hacking seconds and power reserve (and date function not utilized here).
The 20mm tie is a textured Italian rubber with an extension buckle and an extra-long orange lash is included for use over a heavy jacket or drysuit. A new stainless steel Jubilee bracelet is presently offered with sandblasted side-interfaces and polished mid-joins, and a micro-adjustable deployment clasp. The bracelets are made largely in-house and by hand, resulting in limited accessibility (no photograph available yet).
The Denise Arctic Sport is limited to 100 pieces with a discounted introductory price of EUR 845, which will increase to EUR 1,045 as orders increase with a last price of EUR 1,345. You can preorder now for delivery in December 2019. For more data and to see the steel bracelet, visit ecandersson.com .