Norway is not exactly the place I would associate with watchmaking and probably this is the main reason why I find Hivtsten Timepieces so intriguing. Founded by Håkon-André Blad, in the charming coastal town of Hvitsten, this young brand is set out to marry the beauty of Norwegian landscape and traditions with watchmaking.
Their first model is the Aurora, a very basic, minimalist dress watch comes in three versions, stainless steel with black dial, stainless steel with white dial and gold coated with black dial. They are limited to 350 pieces, except the stainless steel with matt black dial, which is limited to 50 pieces and is dedicated to Tommy Østgaard, a young Norvegian race driver.
To fund the project, the Aurora has been launched as an Indigogo campaign. This is the second try of Hvitsten Timepieces to raise money with Indigogo and I hope this time, they will have more luck. They deserve it. The target got slashed to almost half of the $60k, they wanted to raise the first time and with a price range of $225-$255, the perks too are reasonably priced.
For more details, take a look at www.indiegogo.com/projects/aurora-limited-edition-automatic-watch.