My brand, Normal Timepieces, is based in Tokyo. I have chosen to live in Japan for the past 34 years, because as a designer, I have always found inspiration here for my work. Before I first visited, I was studying world design history through my American university. I remember the thing that struck me the most about Japan was its quintessential sense of minimalism and craftsmanship. Today, immersed into the country, I can see echoes of this innate sensibility all around me – even in today’s pop culture. (more…)
It is only possible to climb Mt. Fuji for a short period every year as it snows quite a bit up there. The climbing season starts on July 1st, so we thought it would be appropriate focus on our Fuji collection for this month’s campaign. Every Fuji watch we offer will be 10% off for all of July. (more…)
Meet our watch dog. (Pun intended? You decide.)
I know that this is the Normal “People” second installment, but we think it is acceptable to step away from our species on occasion, so that we can show our appreciation for some other friends. Bondi is our Italian Greyhound. He just turned one, but has already developed his sophisticated sense of timepiece aesthetics as you can see. (more…)
Normal is introducing our amazing new digital watch, Tokiji. This improved version is a natural progression from our original Digital Grande. You can help us get this watch to market by giving us your support, now through our Indiegogo campaign. Here, you will be able to see the watch in great detail, and be one of the first to get it at a much lower price (more…)
David Ericsson is the founder / designer of Void Watches. We have known him for many years, as our watch brands have nearly parallel histories. It was inevitable that we would meet at some point. We both began around the same time with similar motivations. In some cases, we take advantage of the same factories, and distributors. (more…)
If you are in Tokyo this October 16~22, please stop by our corner of the new DESIGNART event taking place at Cibone Aoyama. We will be introducing our latest Hibi watch collection to the Japanese public in a collaboration with nail artist Kayo Shimoda. It’s all about hands. www.designart.jp
Our latest watch design was just launched at the Design Junction exhibition during the London Design Festival. Hibi embodies our sense of innovation, and simplicity with its streamlined silhouette, and unique precision split-case construction Please look over our latest collection, and let us know what you think.
Ross McBride is the director for an exhibition by our distributor in Japan under the umbrella brand, POS+. We are in good company with Bulbul, Hygge, Nava, Mr Jones Watches, Nomad, Stock Watches, and Void Watches. Stop by if you are in Tokyo from March 28th to April 2nd. www.post-select.com
Our lovely new EN-M009 Extra Normal watch is very much like a model from our original range: the EN-M003. That was discontinued a few years ago, but of course, any image that is ever posted on the world wide web will never disappear. We have been contacted many times to bring it back.
There are two subtle differences older sibling: Its hands are now dark grey, instead of black, to soften its overall image, and its mesh band is now the higher quality version that we have recently switched all of our watches to.
Normal has made a limited edition watch to commemorate Valentine’s Day. It has a white face, gold case, and gold hands the same as our Extra Normal EN-L007, but its band is new to our collection. This is white leather with a full grain lizard texture. We will also be delivering this watch in a special Japanese wooden gift box.
Additionally, White Day is coming up on March 14. This is a holiday unique to Japan, and Korea. It works like this: Women are supposed to give the men they like a present (chocolate) on Valentine’s day. Then, one month later, if a man wants to reciprocate the feeling, he is supposed to return the present (white chocolate) to the lady.
Our view on this is that watches are healthier than excessive chocolate, and last much longer.