In my previous write-ups, I covered Hartig timepieces extensively. If you’ve been following my articles, you’ll know that I fancy Hartig’s rugged designs. It’s not that common to find something that literally goes against the flow. Besides, there must be some equilibrium in one’s life and fortunately Hartig knows what this means to some people like me. Hartig is not skimping on their timepieces considering the radical looks yet impressive appearances of their watches. I like Hartig timepieces just the way they are.
Another unique timepiece in Hartig’s list is the Jodan that comes in three models (three vibrant colorful versions in Red, Orange and Green). For a bit of trivia, Jodan is named after a Japanese term meaning “high level” or “high or upper degree” in martial arts context.
Jodan’s design is as radical as the other Hartig timepieces but what makes it particularly interesting is its subtle compact and rugged form factor. It tries to be simple yet sturdy enough. In my opinion, Jodan is the beginning of an evolution towards a Zen-like ninja timepiece whilst still adhering to its design philosophy – standing mightily and proud reflected on its industrial gears inspired overall design.
The 44mm case is made of solid 316L stainless steel. Nonetheless, there is nothing surprisingly different in the case compared with the Kendo. It’s practically masculine considering the screw-in bezel and the cornered lugs. The crown is robust and the two pushers compliment the industrial based design of the entire timepiece.
The dial is where the welcoming changes are seen. The hour markers are completely radical but in one glance, your eyes will be glued to the stunning chronos strategically positioned at the 12 and 6 o’clock. The date is perfectly placed at the 3 o’clock position which in my opinion is the traditional and most logical position for the date feature. The center of the main dial from a distance is looking like a bolting mechanism which is not that bad at all. Hartig’s designs are genuinely rugged yet there is some serenity in the Jodan’s appearance thanks to its “silent” dial. Nonetheless, Jodan strictly adheres to its core principle since the luminescent hands are just perfect for those “ninja moments.”
Jodan is powered by a Swiss made ETA 7750 automatic Chronograph movement with date function. It has a power reserve of 42 hours which is quite impressive for a rugged watch. The movement is perfectly visible through the sapphire crystal caseback which is also what covers the front. Sapphire crystal is a perfect choice because of its scratch-proof property which after all what Jodan is made for.
If you’re looking for a “sneaky” watch with an outstanding appeal, Jodan is not a bad buy. It’s sturdy and you can feel its vigor through its stainless steel bracelet although it can always be worn with genuine black leather strap with buckle for formal occasions. Jodan is approximately valued at a retail price of 4,750EUR. For more info, please visit hartig-timepieces.de
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Watch collector, aficionado and an Event profile in the Swedish nightlife. He launched Watchgeek back in 2011, which is now known as WristReview and is one of the most widely read watch blogs on the Web. He quotes ’WristReview is a site to help people find, explore, discover and enjoy wristwatches.’ His passion jump started in his early teens, when he was given his first mid-range wristwatch which was an Omega Seamaster. Since then he has always been in love with wristwatches! Besides WristReview, he also writes for a number of publications. Read his articles here.