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Porcelain Odyssey - Hao

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THE MODEL

Hao is one of the two models of the Porcelain Odyssey collection. With its blue and white porcelain, this model is an homage to traditional Chinese Qinghua ceramics (青花瓷). Hao is a limited edition of 250 uniquely-numbered pieces.

 

THE STORY

"Hao" (皓), denotes a white that is pure and without blemish, much like the dials of this model. From a structural perspective, it draws for inspiration on vintage « chronometre » dials from the 1940s/1950s. The result is a model with a strong personality, harking back to a millenary art and combining a solid structure with subtle aesthetics.

Noteworthy here is the subdial using Chinese patterns with a gripping asymmetry. The characters in the top left, You (酉), and bottom right, Mao (卯), represent the hours from 5PM to 7PM and 5AM to 7AM respectively. These serve as a reference to an ancient time-measurement system called the “12 Earthly Branches” within which each branch represents a two-hour segment.

The dial is complemented with a handcrafted set of heat-blued leaf hands that beautifully fit the watch's overall aesthetic and can be fully appreciated thanks to a transparent double-domed sapphire crystal.

The movement is among the very best in China. It is a custom-made SL-3006 automatic mechanical movement with bi-directional winding, no phantom click (i.e. the entire date mechanism has been removed) and +/- 10 s/d accuracy - on par with its Swiss counterparts.

Finally, the case-back is certainly one of the most striking aspects of the collection. It represents a deeply-embossed figure of an animal of Chinese legend, Kunpeng. Said to be a colossal bird (Peng) with the ability to turn into an aquatic being (Kun), it is used as an allegory of the concept of Yin Yang. Rather than being separate entities, Kun and Peng are just two sides of the same element. Similarly, our goal with Atelier Wen is to break down false dichotomies and combine the experiences of East and West into a greater whole.

 

WARRANTY

All our watches are tested for several weeks and regulated in five positions to ensure their accuracy and durability. In addition, we offer a 24-months warranty on all our pieces to make sure you are covered whatever happens. Simply get in touch at contact@atelierwen.com and we will arrange for your watch to be picked up, serviced and returned to you as new.

 

DELIVERY & RETURNS

We operate free deliveries worldwide on all our watches in addition to a 30-Day No-Questions-Asked return policy.

MODEL Porcelain Odyssey, Hao
PURCHASE INCLUDES
1 Hao watch, 1 dark blue calf leather strap, 1 complimentary leather travel pouch
WARRANTY 24 Months
MOVEMENT
Custom-made Peacock SL-3006 automatic mechanical movement, 41-hour power reserve
FUNCTIONS
Hours, minutes, seconds hand at 6 o'clock
NOTABLE FEATURES
White porcelain with blue markings in the style of Chinese Qinghua porcelains, flame-blued leaf hands
CASE
39mm diameter, 11.7mm thickness, Japanese 316L marine-grade steel, embossed case-back
CRYSTAL
Double-domed sapphire crystal, AR treatment
STRAPS
20mm width, blue calf leather strap default, salmon leather, brown leather, grey nubuck options
PRODUCTION VOLUME
Limited edition - 250 pieces
WATER RESISTANCE  5 ATM

Atelier Wen in the media

"It's not solely for the Chinese aesthetic, it's for the uniqueness of the approach" - The New York Times

"This affordable automatic watch has one of the most stunning dials we’ve seen" - Gear Patrol

"The first duo of watches demonstrate bags of authentic character, and the overall attention to detail and quality is impressive" - Worn & Wound

"As an independent maker with a porcelain dial priced at US$720, we are hard pressed to think of co-inhabitants in the landscape" - Deployant

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