New from Hygge, the 2204 Chronograph is a Japanese watch with minimalist, Scandinavian style. The color palette makes use of white and black and the thread of yellow that is the seconds hand. The case comes in a silver or black and the face in white or black. Decorated with a dot pattern from six o’clock to twelve, the face plays with shadow while keeping its typography simple. Not in the least obscured by the pattern, the functional elements include index hour markers, a three-hand movement, and a three-register chronograph. The relative complexity of the face is balanced by the plain black strap, which is made of one’s choice of chain mesh or perforated leather.

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