Studio Underd0g brings a much-needed fun and lightness to the viewing scene. As a one-man, one-product microbrand, British designer Richard Benck decided to follow his instincts and inject some fun colors into watchmaking, combining the striking design and manual-winding chronograph movements by Seagull. In collaboration with watch and tennis journalist Miguel Seabra, the latest Studio Underd0g watch is this lovely strawberry & cream chronograph, a color combination designed to evoke the laziness of watching Wimbledon in the summer sun with strawberries and cream. The watch will be available for pre-orders from 9Th-16Th August and later went out of production.
Forget about the big luxury brands that make famous tennis wrists with ridiculously priced watches represented by alliances like Roger Federer and Rolex, Rafa Nadal and Richard Mille or Serena Williams and Audemars Piguet. There are also tennis-themed watches for the rest of the world. More recently, Maurice de Mauriac, a small, family-run brand, released a second tennis watch called the Rallymaster, with soft pink and yellow tones inspired by tennis’ heyday in the 1970s and 1980s. The Zurich-based brand collaborated with Stan Smith for its green and white Stan Smith Tennis Watch.
Studio Underd0g’s Strawberries & Cream is made in collaboration with Miguel Seabra, a renowned Portuguese watch journalist who writes about tennis. This isn’t Zebra’s first watch partnership; He teamed up with another UK-based watch company, Isotope, to create the Terra Maris GMT 0º Traveler’s Watch with an attractive color palette inspired by Cascais, Portugal’s hometown of the zebra.
Miguel Zebra and Underd0g
Earlier this year, we covered the Studio Underd0g chronograph made for Fratello watches with an eggplant-colored dial and lime green accents. The latest collaboration features Miguel Zebra and, somewhat surprisingly, revolves around tennis themes. What began as a joke in the comments section of an Instagram post materialized in Strawberries & Cream, dialed in by Zebra’s vision of a perfect day in the British summer watching his favorite sport and indulging in a bowl of strawberries and cream.
Like the Fratello Abergine watch, the Strawberries & Cream Studio is based on Under 0g’s vintage-inspired bi-compax chronograph, revitalized with a refreshingly modern dial. As a trained designer, Benck invests a lot in aesthetics, which doesn’t translate into empty horological content; Quite the contrary.
The dial has a creamy peripheral tachymeter scale framing the textured strawberry pink dial. The two-layered, rough texture is achieved by a satin sandblasted base with a coarse gradient or gradade top dial, meaning it’s lighter in the center and darker at the edges. In this case, the rough material recreates the pitted skin of the strawberry very well.
A large cream-colored 30-minute elapsed time counter at 3 o’clock with a green hand is offset by a small, snailed seconds counter at 9 o’clock. The asymmetry provoked by having the large and small counter on the same plane is attractive and adds interest to the watch. Instead of traditional hour markers, Benck uses the orange seed-shaped markers found on the skin of strawberries. The slim hour and minute hands are filled with luminescent material, and the central chronograph hand has a green tip to match the hand on the 30-minute counter.
The silhouette of the stainless steel case has a glamorous 1950s feel and measures 38.5mm across by 13.6mm thick (including the double domed sapphire crystal). The rectangular chronograph pushers have a large crown and a polished bezel that contrasts with the brushed surface of the lugs.
Strawberry & Cream comes with two straps: a tapered Milanese mesh bracelet and a beige handmade Epsom calfskin strap by The Strap Tailor with Haas Zermatt lining for added comfort. Equipped with quick-release spring bars, the bracelet and strap are interchangeable.
An inscription on the dial reading ‘Bicompax ST-1901’ refers to the mechanical manual-winding movement that powers the chronograph. Caliber ST-1901 produced by Chinese manufacturer Seagull has an interesting history. In the 1960s, Seagull acquired the Swiss movement manufacturer Venus, along with its machinery and designs, and its movements are still made on Venus equipment. The ST-1901 began life as a Swiss Venus caliber 175 before the tooling and technical drawings were sold to the Chinese Air Force in the 1960s. The movement’s architecture and swan neck regulator can be admired through the flat exhibition caseback. Beating at 12,600vph, the movement offers a 50-hour power reserve with the chronograph off and a 45-hour power reserve with the chronograph on.
Assembled in Great Britain, Studio Underd0g ensures the accuracy of the movement with independent quality control checks – demagnetization, accuracy/rate review at 3 positions and carried out by Horologium before the watches are shipped from the UK.
Launch and orders
The Strawberry & Cream model will be available for pre-order from 9Th-16Th August 2022. Launch time 9Th August 3 pm BST, and the watch is sold exclusively underd0g.com. Once the 7-day pre-order window closes, the order page will not be reopened and the watch will not be produced again. The reason for adopting this launch method is to improve the checkout experience and ensure that the watches go to enthusiasts and not flippers. There is a price GBP 575 / EUR 600 / USD 675 And includes free shipping worldwide.
For more information, please contact the officer Under 0 g Website.