UNDONE & Simple Union Made A Watch Mimicking Ancient Japanese Art

Apr 28, 2021

Category: Style

For UNDONE’s latest collaboration with Simple Union, the watchmaker is paying tribute to the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi — mending cracked porcelain with gold-infused lacquer — with the highly original UNDONE x Simple Union Sometsuke.

The dial of the Sometsuke watch is meant to mimic the style of its namesake Japanese blue-and-white-painted porcelain. It does so through the use of white enamel paint that’s been polished to a glossy finish and accompanied by blue hands, indices, and minute track. The California dial layout sports four Japanese Kanji symbols on the top half that represent the Buddhist teachings of impermanence, suffering, and absence of self-nature, while Simple Union’s fan logo sits at the 12:00 marker. A deliberate crack in the dial — a modern interpretation of Kintsugi, or the art of repairing porcelain with gold — showcases the gold-colored Seiko NH71 automatic movement below as an innovative way to give the impression of Kintsugi craftwork. Even the strap recalls traditional Japanese artistry, as it’s made from authentic Katazome fabric that’s over 150 years old. Production on the UNDONE x Simple Union Sometsuke is limited to just 300 pieces and is available to order now for $488.

Purchase: $488

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