As I get older, and hopefully a bit wiser, time seems to move faster and faster. Add being a father to a three-year-old, the years have turned into only Mondays, Fridays, birthdays and Christmases. When I was younger, looking forward to things was a time filled with both joy and agony. Days became months as I waited for the next Smashing Pumpkins vinyl to be released, the summer holidays to begin, my 18th birthday to be a reality or the latest purchase from eBay getting through customs. Nowadays, everything is just blurred lines and memories of what I was supposed to look forward to. Time moves so fast I’ve set my watches to run some minutes ahead, as my real COSC is plus three and a half minutes per day.
Earlier, I’ve published two reviews of Chip Yuen’s watches, one of the Balaur SE, a watch I described as Aevig’s flagship and one of the Valkyr, a watch packed with attitude and character. This time it’s the Huldra V2 that lies in front of me, trying its best to bring me into a good mood, which’s not easy when most of July has been washed away and the temperature has peaked at a refreshing 17,3°C.
I find it very difficult understanding it’s just over four years since the first Huldra came to life, it feels like it’s been around for at least a decade. When you look at the two models, the changes aren’t too obvious at first glance, but the small differences make a big impact to the overall appearance. Instead of mentioning all the similarities, I’ll point out the differences, the small differences that tighten things up three notches. The 120 click, unidirectional bezel is, in my opinion, the biggest upgrade. The first version had the bezel at an angle, following the shape of the domed sapphire almost seamlessly, while the newest version has kept things flat and kind of more sophisticated. The insert is of clear enamel, polished flush to make a smooth and protective layer upon the luminous markers. By using enamel, Aevig also brings the vintage Bakelite feeling back. The sapphire is still domed, but this time it’s double domed, making it easier to read the time at an angle. The new version’s case has drilled lugs and the bracelet is now tapered from 22mm to 18mm, instead of the original tapering from 22mm to 20mm. The folding clasp is fitted with a very handy expansion system, letting you adjust it to perfection, without having to remove the watch from your wrist. The bracelet on the first Huldra had a blend of polished and brushed links, while the new one has brushed links all the way from row one to five, while the sides are polished. Personally, I like my watches not too blingy, so going for a mostly brushed bracelet is just up my alley.
The new version of the Huldra also offers the choice of going for a version with a date window, nicely placed at six o’clock. Resting on top of the “remains” of the triangular index, now looking like a small trophy shelf, a lovely little detail. The layout and design of the dial is the same as the first version, applied hexagonal indexes, based on the Aevig aperture logo. At three, six and nine, triangular shapes are used to improve the readability. All indexes are filled with Super Luminova, as well as the broad hour and minute hand, the rectangular box on the second hand and the markers and numerals on the bezel. Just as the first version, the Huldra V2 shines very bright and the sharp edges on the hexagonal and triangular indexes add a lot of tidiness to the glow.
As with the first Huldra, the dimensions are on the upper level of what you can expect from Aevig. Measuring 42mm across, 46mm from lug to lug, 12,5mm from top to bottom and with a lug width of 22mm, it’s a watch of some size, but due to the cushion-shaped case, it wears like a 40mm watch. It sits very comfortably on the wrist as the micro adjustments and the expansion system on the clasp let you choose the preferred tightness on the bracelet. The case is mostly brushed, with polished sides and screw-down crown that pics up the glimmer from the hands, indexes and the inner and outer ring of the coin edged bezel. The upgraded, double domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the inside, makes the dial very easy to read from almost every angle. The dome, combined with the Bakelite-looking enamel bezel insert, has a solid vintage vibe, just as you would expect from Aevig. Inside this retro diver you’ll find a high-beat, 24 jewels Miyota 9015 automatic movement with hacking seconds and a power reserve of approximately 40 hours. It’s a well proven and solid movement that will run for years and keep time with an accuracy of -10 to +30 seconds per day. The water resistance is set to 200 meters.
The version I’ve been testing is the refreshing, yet warm teal blue. This tone of blue brings me straight to the ocean at the warmer parts of the world, snorkeling alongside turtles and clownfish or rather with a cold drink at the poolside. If the color options weren’t good enough for you with the first Huldra, Aevig has added two new variants to the line-up. Alongside the original black, teal blue and orange models, you’ll now be able to choose a blue/black and green version.
So, to sum it all up, I have to say that Chip Yuen has done it again. Such a transformation from “just” small changes tells all about talent, skill and eyes for details. I won’t blame you if you can’t pinpoint all the small changes at first look, but after spending a few minutes with it, you’ll understand what I mean. Getting the Huldra V2 funded in just one hour shows how sought after this watch has been and if you have pre-ordered your favorite Huldra V2, hang in there and be patient, you’re in for a treat!