Braun BN0095 Watch Review

Braun BN0095 Watch Review

Braun BN0095 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Here we have another well-designed timepiece from the German company Braun. When people see the brand name they typically think of coffee machines and men's shavers. True enough on the Braun website, right under "Clocks and Watches" are the categories of "Male Grooming," followed by "Female Grooming." I suppose they consider keeping good time part of a hygienic lifestyle.

When we last visited a Braun watch it was a review of the digital BN106 (reviewed here). Now we take you to an analog timepiece that represents another side of their design abilities. Still modern and Bauhaus-style minimalistic, this BN0095 range isn't a bad choice for someone looking for a simple yet stylish daily wear. In Braun's "Prestige" range, this is among their top selections. We look at both the brushed steel and PVD black coated steel versions.

Braun BN0095 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

The most interesting aspect of the 43mm wide steel case is that it is produced from a solid piece of steel. This monobloc-style design uses a few screws on the caseback with a crystal over the dial. Aside from those and the crown, the case is just one piece. Accessing the watch is thus done through the crystal. This gives the case a more elegant look, but likely makes battery changes or servicing the movement a bit more complicated. Such one-piece designs are mostly intended to help prevent water and dust from entering the inner case. In this instance I think it is mostly a matter of design as the BN0095 has a rather basic 50 meters of water resistance. But don't disregard design... the BN0095 collection is the winner of both an IF (International Forum) Design Award, and a RedDot Design Award (each in 2012).

Braun designed the BN0095 to almost look like it does not have lugs. There are two simple solid lug structures that protrude from lower on the case. As the lugs don't extend wider than the bracelet or case, the overall appearance of the case is minimized in terms of size. That means even at 43mm wide, the case wears smaller than it is. That is even despite the fact that the bezel is so thin - making the dial appear large. The sign of a good design is that at first glance it appears ordinary, but somehow unique and different. Only upon closer inspection can one identify what makes it different, and that is certainly the case here in the BN0095 collection of watches.

Braun BN0095 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Braun BN0095 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

12 comments
sjalloq
sjalloq

I thought I'd add a little to this review and warn people from getting the black annodised case.  I received the black case style with rubber strap as a pesent at Christmas and within a day of normal usage I have a scratch on the casework that is deep enough to see the steel.  That is without droping, knocking or otherwise noticing any impacts to the watch so I can only assume that a zip or buckle has made contact.  Given that I have not used the watch out of normal everyday conditions I'm surprised at the lack of quality on the coating.  Perhaps the plain steel version would be a better choice if you are considering a purchase.


I contacted Zeon Ltd in the UK about the issue and they weren't really interested.  The gentleman reeled off verse about the quality of the watches and the fact that they'd never seen any issues before.  Not a very customer focused company who I won't be dealing with again in the future.  Perhaps the US importer are more professional.

Lovely watch but I question the build quality on the black annodised finish.

Lesthepom
Lesthepom

I quite like this if only they would put the name on the back instead of on the face and the way you change the battery is a bit bizarre to say the least I like the clean looks and the Braun design touches make it stand out a bit from the rest I still don't own a quarts but may be a good gift for some one

Ryan B
Ryan B

I like your type of friend recommendation for this watch.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Like a plague I avoid watches that combine the use of red and yellow, even in minimal touches. My eye saw it once as a nod to McDonalds, and now I will never unsee it.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Love the monobloc case and bracelet design, but the dials look cheap and "plasticy".  Price is too high for what it looks like.  Boccia is a little known brand that has some nice minimalistic designs and uses titanium throughout the entire range save for their ceramic pieces.  I'd rather go for one of those.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

If it had an automatic or was priced less with its current  quartz movement, I'd be tempted. As is, I always have a hard time with a quartz watch over $500. And the dial does not look that 'Bauhaus' to me - which is a good thing and I'm not really a fan of that look as it often looks plain or cheap. This is a nicely designed piece. Good for Braun. Just needs a lower price or a mechanical movement.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

@DangerussArt From the manual:

"For servicing and repairs, the removal of the access screw on the back of the watch gives access to the stem release catch; after removal of the crown and stem, pressurised air is inserted to blow-out the crystal.  Thereafter, the entire movement, together with the dial and hands are easily removed from the top.  Experienced watchmakers with the necessary equipment should only perform this operation and the removal of the access-screw by any other persons without the required expertise is highly discouraged."

DangerussArt
DangerussArt

@Kris C how about Man. U. or DHL or Ferrari or Arizona or Iron Man - any better?

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Let's not forget the Calgary Flames. I see it all the time, not just watches. Shame, but whatever.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

@DangerussArt @Ulysses31 Tell me about it.  I remember those old watches from the 70s ans 80s that had a little hatch on the back you could open with a coin and easily change the battery.  Swatch still do that.  Seems like a much better solution than Brauns.

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