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Wrist Rolling Thunder. The Nezumi Tonnerre TQ1.402

There is something pleasant about a stainless steel case and a contrasting silver dial to tie everything together to create a polished and unsullied timepiece. The Nezumi Tonnerre TQ1.402 represents that exact aesthetic with a hint of vintage Daytona, mainly the reference #6239 S/S, known as "The Doctor". The Tonnerre is gorgeous. I was lucky enough to have the chance to talk about it, so let's dive in.

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From an aesthetics perspective, I was captivated by the contrasting case, dial, the vintage styling of the dial, the syringe hands, every nook and cranny of this watch pulled me in. The Tonnere is a unique execution for the Nezumi brand. Assembled in Germany, the TQ1.402 is the smallest case size offered in the catalogue at 38mm. 38mm is an excellent choice due to chronograph watches being blown up to 42 or 43mm watches, often looking very bulky or clumsy. A 38mm is also a personal preference of mine for the perfect case size.

"As with all our watches, we prefer that they have some sort of tool function. The Tonnerre ( French for thunder ) is no exception. The dial is surrounded by a telemeter scale which is used to approximate the distance between the timepiece and something that can be seen and/or heard. The Tonnerre lineup draws inspiration from classics like the Heuer Skipper, Abercrombie & Fitch Seafarer and the obvious, mid-century telemeter chronographs." - Nezumi Watches - Photo copyright ©️ David Campo / Nezumi Studios, all rights reserved.


The Tonnerre has your typical material choices for a modern-day micro-brand. A 316L brushed stainless steel case with curved lugs, a 46mm lug to lug and a 20mm lug width making this watch from a specs perspective a comfy fit on the wrist. The dial is a beautiful sun-ray silver with brushed finishing that is extremely clean and gives off a sense of a vintage watch that I referenced earlier, the Daytona #6239 "The Doctor. Especially with the telemeter indexes around the outside of the dial. Recessed in the dial are three black sub-dials crafted from anthracite, high polished steel batten hour markers with applied Super-luminova dots to create contrast and readability against the brushed silver dial and polished steel syringe hour and minute hands with Super-luminova infill.

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As Nezumi stated above, this a tool watch. With a tool watch, there has to be longevity. In saying that, the movement powering the Tonnerre is rugged and reliable and one of my favourite movements, the Seiko VK63 meca-quartz movement. The VK63 allows for both mechanical and quartz (battery) power to be used. The mechanical portion runs the telemeter hand to give it a smooth, sweeping motion, while the battery powers the sub-dials. A best of both worlds scenario, if you will. Choosing the VK63 states added longevity due to it technically being battery-powered, the watch needs very minimal movement care or servicing and will most likely be passed down for generations if the owner chooses.

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Overall, the Nezumi Tonnerre is on our radar as a perfect choice for a tool watch that carries some sportiness and dressiness. This piece can be dressed up or down for any occasion, making it a very flexible option for your collection. If you want to check out a Tonnerre for yourself, visit Nezumi at https://www.nezumistudios.com/product/tonnerre-ref-tq1-402/


This is my review of the Nezumi Tonnerre TQ1.402. Thank you for your time and your support. Take care.

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