No, I’m pretty sure the Antarctic Spider watch isn’t a part of Miguel O’Hara’s spidey society… but it’s a pretty literal translation of wearing your heart upon your sleeve, given that the spider symbol seen on the heart of the suit now sits front and center on your wrist in the form of a minimalist arachnid watch face!
Keen horologists will remember the brand Nivada, which was founded in the 1920s, only to get shuttered in the 70s following the quartz crisis. The brand was revived three years back under new management but with the same approach to watchbuilding, but now with the power of Instagram marketing and connecting with a new community of watch lovers. Their latest watch, the Antarctic Spider was reissued back in 2021 with choices between a steel finish and two limited-edition, blue-toned dial versions. The watch atelier is back with a third version that the company deems “far too beautiful to be limited”. The Nivada Grenchen Antarctic Spider with a salmon-colored dial is an exquisite beast. It’s a combination of subtle yet highly alluring, and balances color and contrast very well, while the pink hue of the watch face brings attention to that beautiful spider motif built into the dial.
Designer: Nivada Grenchen
As a hue, Salmon has an interesting effect on us. It’s equally close to the color of our skin to make us feel comfortable, but just close enough to rose gold to get our hearts racing. It’s not vibrant in a way that grabs eyeballs but comes with a shining starburst finish that creates a dramatic contrast that everyone will love. The watch’s design also includes that aforementioned motif, along with a date window at the 3 o’clock position underneath a double-domed sapphire crystal with a date window magnifier.
The Salmon Spider Dial by Nivada is encased in a sleek satin-brushed stainless steel case, boasting a modest diameter of 38mm and a thickness of 11.5mm. With a lug-to-lug measurement of 45mm, this timepiece houses a reliable Soprod automatic caliber P024 movement under the hood, comparable to the renowned ETA 2824 or SW200. The watch is also water-resistant up to 100m and features a screw-down crown.
The watch’s reliable Swiss movement offers a 38-hour power reserve. The Nivada Grenchen Antarctic Salmon Spider also provides a variety of straps, or enthusiasts can opt for a beads-of-rice bracelet like the one shown in the images. This appealing timepiece is reasonably priced and can be purchased on the brand’s website, starting at $750 USD and reaching $950 USD with the BoR bracelet.