There is for sure, the essence of the watchmaking business has changed with the appearance of many Kickstarter projects… Some more inspired than others, some deserving of being covered on MONOCHROME, many neglecting to get our advantage. With a particularly huge measure of new “brands”, separation is critical. Atelier Wen, the undertaking of two youthful Frenchmen, is about that. Marginally vintage-inspired watches yet with a fairly remarkable spotlight on China – both for the plan, the assembling and the focused on crowd. Outline of their debut assortment, the Porcelain Odyssey.
Behind Atelier Wen are two youthful (23-year-old) Frenchmen, newly graduated yet with an enthusiasm for watches. One of the two, Robin, has been gathering watches since the age of 14, with an attention on Chinese watchmaking. From that point forward, he’s been completing a few temporary jobs, including at the French Chamber of Watchmaking, and a lasting consultant position to the Chinese government (again in the field of watchmaking). Accordingly, when they began to shape their horological project, these two quickly contemplated China – for the creation of watches as well as for the plan and the potential objective crowd. Atelier Wen was born.
The debut assortment, named Porcelain Odyssey, is obviously inspired by Chinese craftsmanship and customs. Also, what’s better than traditional Chinese porcelains, with their unmistakable white and blue tones, to address China? All things considered, a brief glance at the dial of these new watches will offer you a quick response. A few different references to China are noticeable on the watches, as we’ll see later.
The Atelier Wen Porcelain Odyssey are reasonably sized watches with a 39mm treated steel case, inspired by the shape found during the 1950s on French watches. As we got the opportunity to have one model in our grasp for a couple of days, we can disclose to you that the case is all around planned, very much completed and very much gathered (particularly for a watch estimated beneath EUR 500). The hauls have a blend of brushed and cleaned surfaces, the casebands are cleaned as is the bezel. A pleasant detail is the enormous inward rib, round brushed, that encompasses the dial.
On top of the watch is a thick sapphire precious stone that brings pleasant reflections and slight mutilations (something that I for one like, as it makes the watch all the more exuberant). A calfskin tie with croc design in “Nanking blue” completes the watch. It includes fast delivery spring bars. The caseback is strong steel with a profoundly emblazoned creature of Chinese legend, Kunpeng (鲲鹏), likewise utilized as motivation for the logo.
Moving to the main piece of the Atelier Wen Porcelain Odyssey: the dials. This is the place where the brand separates itself, by giving an unmistakable, straightforward Chinese motivation just as a material in accordance with the idea. The dials, accessible in white or blue, are made in zirconium oxide. Behind this brute name is truth be told porcelain, applied on a slight copper base and warmed at 1400°C. The outcome is a smooth, warm dial with rich tone. Positively, lacquer would be significantly more pleasant, however it would likewise bring about a completely extraordinary cost. However, don’t misunderstand us, the outcome is now very pleasant.
Two plans will be accessible. The principal one, Hao (皓) utilizes a white porcelain dial embellished with “blue components in reverence to the renowned Qinghua Ci (青花瓷) porcelains“. It additionally has heat-blued leaf hands, staying steady with the general porcelain look. Additionally, a pleasant touch can be found in the sub-dial at 6 o’clock, which “is inspired by a customary time-estimation framework called “Dizhi” (地⽀) or “Earthly Branches”. The characters Mao 卯 (base right) and You⾣ (upper left) address the hours from 5 AM to 7 AM and 5 PM to 7 PM – that is dawn and sunset.”
The second dial is a dark blue porcelain named Ji (霁), a name is gotten from the Chinese word, Jilan (霁蓝). It includes a stylised “Huiwen” (回纹) design on the outskirts of the dial. This blue dial highlights applied hour specks and stick markers as files, just as rhodium-plated leaf hands. The sub-dial is here various as well, as inspired by a Taoist idea called “Bagua” (八卦). Every image addresses a cardinal heading, showing the situation of the sun in the sky and subsequently the related time.
Powering the watch is a programmed development, the China-made Peacock SL3006. This development has a 4Hz recurrence and a comfortable 41h force hold. It is changed in accordance with +/ – 10 seconds a day.
What would we be able to close about the Atelier Wen Porcelain Odyssey? Indeed, one thing is sure is that these watches are extraordinary. Surely, some won’t appreciate the solid Chinese motivation yet we need to perceive consistency and separation in the venture – and a general pleasant execution of both the case and the dials.
The Atelier Wen Porcelain Odyssey is presently accessible on Kickstarter at a beginning cost of EUR 420. Conveyances are normal in April 2019. More subtleties on atelierwen.com .