Nordgreen Pioneer Watch – Danish Minimalist Design Tested

Nordgreen Pioneer Watch – Danish Minimalist Design Tested

The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown was a period of reflection for me. The hard lockdown of 3 months in which I only could go out of the apartment for essentials like groceries or pharmaceuticals had o profound change on me. I decided to declutter around the house almost becoming a minimalist in my outlook. I had also decided that I was going to give away or sell most of my watches. I wanted something that was going to be my post Covid-19 statement piece. So here I am with the Nordgreen Pioneer Watch with a black dial, gunmetal casing and a black vegan strap.

I ordered the watch on the website which was straight forward and offers free worldwide delivery. I loved it how I could track the parcel delivery process. The watch came in a lovely box which you had to pull like a drawer to open it. Inside the drawer, the watch was displayed on a felt tray made out of recycled bottles. The whole unpacking experience was that of an exclusive product.

Pioneer Watch

The Pioneer watch is designed by Jakob Wagner a renowned Danish Designer with plenty of design awards. The Pioneer won the Red Dot design award in 2020 and it was Jakob Wagner’s fourth in total. The Pioneer is Nordgreen’s take on a Chronograph, celebrating the Danish tradition of Science for Humanity. The aim is to create positive change for humankind, working towards a greener future.

According to Nordgreen, the minimalist clean dial stands synonymous with the sustainable environment that they strive to live in. The stopwatch function has a dial that counts the minutes, the tip of the hand is red as well as the 3rd hand of the main dial that counts the seconds and they are representative of the red tips found on wind-turbines. The vegan black strap looks and feels like a leather strap and to me should be chosen over a leather strap to stay with the green and sustainable message.

I like the black dial, gunmetal case combined with a black strap, as it gives the watch an integrated dark look. You can also choose a white or a blue dial and when it comes to casing there are silver and rose gold options. The size of the watch is 42mm which makes it more suited to male wrists. Straps wise there are o lot of options from metal mesh, leather, vegan leather and nylon.

Nordgreen watch Copenhagen


  • Case Thickness – 11.9m
  • Case Width – 42mm
  • Case Material – 316L Stainless Steel
  • Case Colour – Silver / Rose Gold / Gun Metal
  • Dial Colour – Black
  • Glass – Domed Sapphire Crystal
  • Movement – Japanese Quartz
  • Strap Width – 20mm
  • Strap – Vegan Leather
  • Strap Colour – Black
  • Interchangeable Straps
  • Up to 5 ATM Water-resistant
  • Price – €259,95

The Nordgreen Pioneer chronograph is a minimalist watch that looks minimalist when you look from a distance but up close there is a lot of detail, I would call it understated detail. It is a watch that does not want to scream at you but still says I am classy.

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Arthur van de Laak

I am an active traveler, snowboarder and technology geek. I write about male fashion and worldwide travel destinations. Protection Status

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