The BN0032 is a watch by the German manufacturer BRAUN which was founded by Max Braun in 1921. Since then BRAUN has made different products from shavers and hand blenders to calculators and watches.
BRAUN is famous for its design and has influenced thousands of designers over the last decades.
Especially the work and style of Dieter Rams are very popular all over the world and have a huge influence on modern products.
You can find out more about BRAUN and their design philosophy on their website in the catalogue.
The watch comes in a black box with a subtle logo on the left and on the right side. The front side is made of transparent acrylic and allows a look inside. The whole box has a high quality look and feel with nothing on it except the white BRAUN logo.
The watch has a silver stainless steel case which is 40 x 8 mm thick and the case is water resistant for 50 meters. The watch weights 82 grams which is actually pretty light compared with other watches in the same size.
The glass is mineral glass which is softer and lighter than plastic glass. The glass seems very scratch proof, even after having used the watch for more than 10 months I can’t find any scratches.
A small crown on the right side of the watch allows changing date and time. The crowns of many other watches are hard to turn but not with the BN0032, an easy and precise move after pulling out the crown is enough to adjust the time. The whole case feels very good on the wrist and looks classy with its matt finish.
THE CLOCK FACE
The BN0032 has a white clock face with thin and thick strokes. Thin strokes for every minute and thick strokes every fifth minute. It looks very clear and tidy. The face also has black numbers printed with a light version of the famous akzidenz grotesk, I think it is the AG Book® BQ.
What I really like is the subtle use of the signal colors red and yellow. Red is used to highlight the date and yellow is used for the second hand. The color is a perfect highlight to the eye without disturbing the attention when looking at the whole face.
THE SNAP CASE BACK
The buckle of the watch is a very plain snap case back which is made of brushed stainless steel. The buckle only contains the logo, the exact product name and material information. All the information is inscribed into the snap case back.
The strap is a perfectly crafted steel mesh strap which is 18 mm thick. It looks very clean and classy. When I saw the strap the first time I thought it would reflect light like crazy but after wearing it I know that it is very subtle. It is easy to adjust the length of the clasp on the strap but all in all it feels like the strap itself is a bit too long. I really like the crafted material and the fact that the watch is still very light. I hate wearing a watch that is super heavy and reminds me of wearing it every time I move my hand or arm.
To close the strap the BN0032 uses a fancy clasp which is also made of brushed stainless steel with a matt finish. Normally these ones offer a safe closing and a clean look.
Maybe I just have a bad exemplar but I have to put a lot of pressure on the clasp to close it and it sometimes snaps open again after a couple of minutes. This is really annoying and causes an insecure feeling while wearing the watch.
All in all I really enjoy wearing the BN0032. It offers a very clean and classic look suitable for all kinds of clothes from a suit to a plain t-shirt, you can’t go wrong with it.
The price of the BRAUN BN0032 is good on the BRAUN website but even better on Amazon.de. You can make a good deal there. Especially if you consider the used materials the price is completely justified.
Dieter Rams has set up ten principles of design as guidelines for his own work. He says they “can and should not be binding”, I see some point very clear in the BN0032. Especially the points “Good design is aesthetic, – makes a product useful, – makes a product easy to understand, – is durable” are truly integrated in the design of this watch.
All photos were taken by myself with the Canon 1000D with a Canon EF-S 18-55 lens or a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II.
I made this honest review for my own purpose, BRAUN hasn’t paid or booked me for this.