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INTRODUCING: Atelier Holgur Fromand Edition Fumee Silver Tide

The Atelier Holgur Frømand Edition Fumée Silver Tide Limited Edition.

The new dial is inspired by night diving but elevates the sophisticated dive watch further.

It’s been a hot minute since we caught up with Atelier Holgur and the two founders, Matt de Bakker and Asbjørn Simonen-Andersen, have been busy. Quick recap: both founders had an interest and heritage in watchmaking from young but had lives on opposite sides of the world until Simonen-Andersen asked de Bakker about making a watch. This led to Atelier Holgur and the Frømand, a slim and elegant diving watch that “people can wear, beat up a little, and still look good”, in de Bakker’s words.

The Atelier Holgur Frømand Edition Fumée Red Coral.
The Atelier Holgur Frømand Edition Fumée Red Coral.

Apart from the original Frømand, the brand has introduced new dials with a fumé-style gradient colouring. The limited-edition Fire Coral Red and Ocean Emerald Green models were based on de Bakker’s diving experiences; the latest, Silver Tide, is inspired by night diving, a favourite activity of his. An avid underwater photographer, de Bakker explained to me in a previous interview that nighttime is when divers get to see a different side of marine life.

A closeup of the fumé dials of the Atelier Holgur Frømand.
A closeup of the fumé dials of the Atelier Holgur Frømand.

With the Edition Fumée, the dials have been entirely reworked. The circular graining used on the primary inner dial is replaced with sunray brushing (the small seconds counter retains its circular graining). A graduated colour treatment that’s brightest at the centre and fades to squid ink black at the edges is applied across the main and sub-dial.

The Atelier Holgur Frømand Edition Fumée Silver Tide is inspired by night diving.
The Atelier Holgur Frømand Edition Fumée Silver Tide is inspired by night diving.

On the Silver Tide, this silver-blue colour highlights the fine lines of the sunray brushing, like rays of moonlight penetrating seawater at night or from an external light source on a night dive. It oddly also brings to mind another natural phenomenon but in reverse – the ‘blue hole’, which is a sinkhole surrounded by a bank or island and has a deep blue hue that graduates to a light blue colour in the shallow waters around its edges. (We’re curious if Atelier Holgur will one day create a dial in that style.)

The Frømand still has the same grade 5 titanium case and Schwarz-Etienne ASE 200 movement with micro-rotor.
The Frømand still has the same grade 5 titanium case and Schwarz-Etienne ASE 200 movement with micro-rotor.

Everything else about the Frømand remains the same, with a 40mm grade 5 titanium case in a beadblasted finish (except the lug surfaces, which are mirror polished) and 300m water resistance. The Schwarz-Etienne ASE 200 with micro-rotor and beadblasted bridges and plates that match the case’s finishing is visible through the sapphire crystal fixed to the titanium back. The watch comes with two straps using Holgur’s own fastening system – these are made from recycled ocean plastic, and one is a diving strap with an easy extension function.

The Atelier Holgur Frømand Edition Fumée Silver Tide on the wrist of Matt De Bakker.
The Atelier Holgur Frømand Edition Fumée Silver Tide on the wrist of Matt de Bakker.

The Frømand Edition Fumée Silver Tide is limited to just eight pieces. It’s a seriously stunning dive/sports watch that would look great with a diving suit or a tuxedo. If you’ve wondered what a dress watch from Atelier Holgur would look like, this is a hint to what may lie ahead.

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Darren has been writing about, and admiring the craft of watchmaking for over a dozen years. He considers himself lucky to live in a golden age of horology, and firmly believes that the most difficult watches to design are the simplest and the most intriguing to discover.