”Slow is not a speed. It's a mindset that most of us somehow lost. Let's make time to bring slow back into our life. Be slow”
The “slow” founders
Corvin Lask, left, and Chris Noerskau, co-founders of Slow watches. The two set up the company partly as a way to take control of their own time after busy corporate careers
Watch Review by: Mike Stuffler
Watch Brand: Slow Watches
Watch Model: Slow O 06
Owned Since: October 2015
Retail Price: 270 Euro (incl. VAT)
Let’s slow down gents. Get out of the hamster wheel.
Swiss-made Slow Watches with its Slow Mo, Slow Jo and Slow O models is not the first brand producing a 24 hour one hand watch. The Botta Uno for example has been on the market for decades, same is valid for Meistersinger’s one hand watches.
The Slow Watches take the same idea but went in a different direction with it, combining a 24 hour face with its own modern, unique minimalist design.
No minute hand, no ticking second hand and no logo either to distract the wearer’s view.
Making just one full rotation every 24 hours, the solitary hand moving at half the speed of a regular analog timepiece is intended to serve as a reminder to the wearer to slow down.
Creating Slow was a way for Corvin Lask and Christopher Noerskau, the company’s founders, to take control of their own time. Before introducing the watch, Mr. Lask worked in digital marketing and Mr. Noerskau in brand management and licensing for Puma. With successful but fast-paced corporate careers, Mr. Lask said they had to re-evaluate how they spent their time. “We asked ourselves how we wanted to live and share our lives,” he said. “It became more about collecting moments and not necessarily money.”
With their international retailing experience, and with Swiss watch designers Gabriele Guidi and May Margot as partners in the company, Mr. Lask said the team was a “well-oiled machine” when it came to creating the brand.
The watches come in a variety of unisex styles and – as far as Slow Mo and Slow Jo are concerned - in two sizes (38 mm, 34 mm). The Slow O is 42 mm in diameter.
Though the Slow’s price range of €250 to €300 makes it widely accessible even to younger consumers, Mr. Noerskau said many of their clients were watch enthusiasts who were “not at the beginning of their careers and know that work is not everything.”
Mr. Lask and Mr. Noerskau are both from Hamburg, Germany, and their partnership has a touch of irony considering how they first met, crossing paths as students in a remedial driving course. One had run a red light, the other had been ticketed for speeding. Even then, they needed to slow down. They later attended the same university in Germany.
Slow executives do not attend watch fairs, and they do not work with retailers.
Slow watches are made in the intention to encourage their wearers to live their own story by serving as a physical reminder to be present in each moment. This idea extends to the absence of visible branding on the dial. The brand’s logo and “Swiss made” is found only as a faint laser engraving on the back of the case.
Slow O Technical Specifications
Model: O 6
Case: 316L stainless steel, diameter: 42mm, lug to lug: 43mm, height: 11,45mm
Water resistance: 10 ATM / 100 m
Crystal:Extra hardened K1 mineral glass
Dial colour: Crème
Hand colour: Anthracite
Strap: Italian Vintage calf leather with stainless steel buckle, dark brown, 22mm
Movement: Ronda 505.24 quartz
Weight: 65 g
Case & crown
The case is made out of 316L stainless steel, the low carbon version of 316 stainless steel.
After Slo Jo and Slo Mo were launched The Slow Watches team was looking for a meaningful case shape for quite some time. The new kid on the block came into existence whilst taking a walk on the beach, picking up some stones and skipping them across the water.
Realizing how amazing the stones felt from being carved by the water over millions of years the decision was made to create a watch case that is as rounded as the stones formed by mother nature.
And indeed the case looks fantastic and is very comfortable to wear. The fact that the case is flat and the whole watch is a lightweight adds to the comfort of wearing the Slow O.
The crown is easy to operate and is engraved with the Slow Watch logo on its top.
Dial and hand
The great thing is that the 24-hour dial allows you to see the entire day in one view. This obviously has some influence on how you look at your watch and the course of your day.
The one and only hand is as long as it has to be and tapers to a very sharp pointer. Thanks to the tapered pointer the hand is long enough to reach well into the chapters.
Excurs: How to read the Slow O ?
That’s quite simple, the only thing you need to know and remember is that every index shows a 15 minutes time bracket as shown in the following pics:
During the first days it might feel a bit unusual to have only one hand indicating the time. But don’t worry, you will get used to it very quickly and start appreciating this much more natural way of showing the time.
With only one glance at your watch, you will immediately get a good orientation of where you stand in your day. Whatever others do think about reading the Slow O I solely wear the watch on the weekends. My work timetable requests to be dead on time which makes me rely on my other watches. On the other hand I can’t deny that a slow movement on the weekend has its advantages, without dispute.
Like other watches the Slow O does not feature any lume.
Not sure why but I think the watch especially blends in with autumn- and wintertime
The hardened mineral crystal does not sit flat in the case, it is a bit elevated but tight fitting.
As commonly known the type of crystal used on a watch is a very important factor to consider when making a watch purchase. The better or harder the crystal, the more likely you are to keep the crystal free of scratches. There are several different qualities of crystals available on watches today,. In descending order they are:
Sapphflex Crystal (also known as hybrid crystal)
Hardened Mineral Crystal
According to the technical specs the Slow O crystal is an extra hardened K1 mineral crystal. The mineral crystal is the most common type of watch crystal used in mid-range watches. This crystal is hard, but not as hard as a sapphire crystal, hence it is more likely to be scratched over years of wear. K1 being the hardest.
The raised crystal has not yet created any problem on this watch Until now I did not manage to scratch the crystal (fingers crossed).
I decided to go for the dark brown leather strap (22mm) to match the stainless steel case with crème dial. To me it appears to be a perfect visual balance.
The leather strap is said to be manufactured in Italy and made of the finest calf leather. The buckle is proportioned accordingly and is just the right fit.
The watch has a Swiss Made Ronda Caliber 505.24h GMT quartz movement that usually got four hands plus date indication.
The movement is powered by a Renata 371 1.55v Silver Oxide battery with a life span of app. 45 month.
Slow Watches only uses one hand that shows the 24 hour time in order to create a true one hand watch.
Box and Manual
The Box is a real gimmick. It is not only a box, it can be used as a watch stand as well. The Slow O then mutates into a table clock.
You can’t probably ask for more, you get two watches but only paying one.
270 Euro (Vat included)
Summary / Conclusions
With the Slow O you will get an affordable (!) quartz powered one hand watch which is comfortable to wear due to being flat and well proportioned. It sits flat on your wrist and despite being flat it feels solid and well made.
As already mentioned prices for the Slow O vary from 250 to 300 Euro depending on which strap you will go for (leather, metal, canvas, nylon). Cases are available in silver, gold and black, all in all 15 combinations are possible. With its price the Slow O works well for a X-Mas present for yourself or yours.