Celebrating the art of Japanese imperfection with the 'Sometsuke' and 'Urushi'
Seiko-powered and with double-domed sapphire crystal
Undone is a Hong Kong-based micro brand that specializes in customizable and limited edition watches with a theme. They began exploring Japanese themes and concept in 2019, when they started working with Simple Union, textile and fabric specialists, to create custom made straps for watches and then again a few months ago, when they worked together to create a line of accessories.
Now they're at it again - third time's a charm as they say - with two new watches inspired by the Japanese ideology of Imperfection and Impermanence. Both pieces feature Undone's Kyoto Dial* with two different designs: Sometsuke (Blue and White Porcelain) and Urushi (Black Japanese Lacquerware).
The Sometsuke comes in with a white dial that looks like it's made from porcelain, featuring enamel paint with a glossy finish and blue track and numerals. On the dial you'll find Undone's tribute to 'Kintsugi' (金継ぎ), the art of mending broken porcelain using gold. There's a small aperture on the dial - deliberately made to look like a crack - to showcase the movement underneath.
The strap is made from 150-year-old Katazome fabric, a traditional dyeing method that began in 1603. Production is limited to 300 pieces.
The Urushi features a lacquered dial, made with black enamel paint and inspired by the 'Maki Urushi', a dark philosophy that celebrates preservation and immortality.
Both watches feature a 316L stainless steel 37 mm 'Tartaruga' case (12.8 mm thick, lug-to-lug 43.3 mm) with a double domed sapphire crystal and display caseback. The Sometsuke is powered by a skeletonized version of a (Seiko-sourced) TMI NH71 automatic-winding movement with a 41-hour power reserve, while the Urushi is powered by a (Seiko) NH35A automatic-winding movement with a 41-hour power reserve.
*based on the classic 'California' dial with four kanji (無, 常, 苦, 空) to symbolize impermanence, suffering and absence of self-nature.