NEW: Undone Basecamp CaliWritten by Alvin Wong
Undone goes down the military memory lane.
The birthday candles are still smoking from cult microbrand Undone’s fifth anniversary, and the new rollouts are coming thick and fast. Besides a revamped website that lets you customise your watches with greater ease, and an upgraded Basecamp 2.0 with enhanced features, there is also the new Basecamp Cali.
At the heart of the Basecamp Cali is its ‘California dial’, marked by distinctive hour markers (triangle at ‘12’; horizontal lines at ‘3’, ‘6’, ‘9’; and Roman numerals and Arabic numerals at the top and bottom halves of the dial, respectively). A design that originated from WWII timepieces, ostensibly to help divers properly ascertain the time, the California dial imbues the already retro-licious Basecamp with even more vintage-style cachet. The look is further accentuated by the collection’s trademark features such as a domed sapphire crystal and bezel with graduated dive markings.
The Basecamp Cali’s undeniable tool watch spirit aside, it is also lavished with attention to detail that lends a touch of refinement. Of particular interest is the waffle patterned dial that, while distinctive and eye-catching, doesn’t distract from the watch’s throwback appeal. Flip the watch over and you'll find a screw-down open caseback displaying the Seiko NH35A movement.
At 40mm, the stainless steel case is a snug fit that doesn’t overwhelm the wrist. Elsewhere, the wide bezel and domed Lexan Polycarbonate crystal complement the dial, which is slightly smaller and adds to the retro aesthetic.
Being an Undone offering, the Basecamp Cali is customisable. Currently available with the option of olive or black dial, the watch comes with the Mercedes hour hand and sword minute hand, which you can change. And the best bit? You can do it right now, as the watch officially drops today.
Alvin promises not to be a douche when talking about watches. He may have scoured the Basel and Geneva watch fairs for the past 15 years, and played an instrumental role to the growth of Singapore's pioneering horological and men's lifestyle publications, but the intrepid scribe seeks to learn something new with each story he writes.