I’m going to exit on a limb proper now, and say the UNDONE Arabian Nights is the watch we want, after 2021 (and these first few days of 2021, are not looking for). Not for design, or supplies (that are fairly candy), however for the engraving on the caseback.
Now, in case you’re like me, you may’t learn Arabic. But what we’re being advised (and hopefully they bought a superb translator) it says “This too shall go”. And if that phrase isn’t one thing that may very well be a mantra for the final 12+ months, I don’t know what it might be. So, sure – this too shall go.
The Arabic continues onto the dial, within the type of Arabic numerals. Well, I suppose technically the entire dial is Arabic, however right here we’ve gone with a California-style dial. The decrease half exhibits the more-familiar Arabic numerals, whereas the higher half has it in script. So, it’s an attention-grabbing twist on issues. What I actually, REALLY like about that is the dial it’s over.
The UNDONE Arabian Nights showcases one in every of my absolute favourite semi-precious stones, lapis lazuli. This is a pure materials, so every dial will look a bit totally different. It presents as a wealthy, deep blue full with the pure variations. With the cream-colored printing on it, together with the earthy brown of the bronze case, it provides issues a really coordinated and beautiful look.
The one factor I’m much less positive on with the UNDONE Arabian Nights is the divers bezel. Done in bronze, it matches the 40mm case properly. However, the spec sheet lists it as uni-directional and clickless, which makes it pretty ineffective as a timing gadget, and is extra of a… design aesthetic, I assume? I suppose it helps to take up a few of the top that double-domed Lexan crystal has in there, however nonetheless appears odd there’s no click on spring for it.
Bezel apart, there’s loads to love (not less than for me) with the appears to be like of the UNDONE Arabian Nights. As with most of their releases, that is restricted, and solely 300 items are anticipated to be made. Even with the semi-exotic dial, the Seiko NH35A on the coronary heart of issues helps management the value, which is an affordable $480 for a watch of this nature. It was simply launched immediately, so test it out if it’s your factor. In the meantime, we’re seeing about getting a loaner in. undone.com
Tech Specs from UNDONE
- Case: 40mm; bronze, with 316L chrome steel caseback (whole top: 15mm incl. crystal)
- Dial: lapis lazuli
- Crystal: double-domed Lexan polycarbonate
- Bezel: bronze, bi-directional, click-less
- Movement: Seiko NH35A
- Limited Edition: 300 items
- MSRP: $480