Minimalist watches are usually a category populated by re-badged Alibaba specials  but the Christiana from Norwegian micro brand Hvitsten is definitely not your typical “minimalist quartz” Kickstarter watch.

Hvitsten Christiana Watch

Hvitsten is named after a small Norwegian town, an idyllic recreation area located by a fjord with historic buildings and wonderful natural surroundings. Hvitsten expanded during the 19th century as ship owners stored their boats there, and officers and crew settled in the area.

Several well-known artists are linked to Hvitsten, like the famous painter Edward Munch. Some of his most well known paintings originate from the time he lived at his farm, “Nedre Ramme”, in Hvitsten.

The inspiration behind the name of the collection was derived from two amazing Scandinavian capitals; Oslo in Norway and Copenhagen in Denmark. In historical perspective, Christiania (Kristiania in later years) was the original name of the town we today know as Oslo. Christiania in Norway was named after Christian the 4th, king of both Norway and Denmark. In addition, Christiania is the name of a much loved and visited area in Copenhagen; a fashion capital housing a range of famous designers.

The Christiana follows on from Hvitsten’s first successful model, the Aurora and boasts a 40mm rose gold PVD case with a porcelain dial, powered by a Ronda cal. 1069 Quartz. The unisex design is available in either black or white with a calf leather strap and butterfly clasp. At $195 for the white and $220 for the black, this is excellent value.

Hvitsten Christiana black

Hvitsten Christiana clasp

Watch Specifications:

  • Case Size: 40 mm
  • Dial: Porcelain
  • Case material: Rose Gold PVD
  • Glass: Sapphire Crystal
  • Strap: Genuine Calf Leather
  • Movement: Ronda cal. 1069 Quartz
  • Clasp: Rose Gold PVD Butterfly Clasp


The Christiana is available exclusively from the Hvitsten online boutique.