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Atelier Wen x Revolution Perception Càn: A Golden Marvel of Chinese Craftsmanship

Proudly hailing from China, the Atelier Wen Perception intricately weaves traditional architectural elements into its case design....

Atelier Wen’s journey since its Kickstarter debut in 2018 has been nothing short of remarkable. With their sporty titanium timepiece, the Atelier Wen Perception, they sparked enthusiasm in the horological world, leading to a series of limited editions and a noteworthy price hike. Now, a mere six months after their initial collaboration with Revolution, they’ve unveiled the Atelier Wen x Revolution Perception Càn, complete with a resplendent golden dial.

Proudly hailing from China, the Atelier Wen Perception intricately weaves traditional architectural elements into its case design. While the case’s sweeping wings might evoke thoughts of a Nautilus, it’s, in fact, inspired by the graceful roofs of Chinese pagodas. Its 40mm diameter and 47mm lug-to-lug dimensions ensure a comfortable fit on most wrists. The lightweight titanium build and 9.5mm thickness further enhance wearability. Despite its svelte profile, it boasts a water resistance of 100 meters, thanks to a secure screw-down crown, making it the ideal companion for aquatic adventures. The titanium bracelet adopts an attractive hex-link design, with a brushed surface layer to match the case, complemented by polished chamfers on the edges. Interestingly, this decision to add polished chamfers came late in production, requiring the painstaking hand-finishing of every existing bracelet. Additionally, the titanium-coated steel clasp features on-the-fly micro-adjustment, allowing easy adaptation to temperature fluctuations.

While the case of the Atelier Wen x Revolution Perception Càn is undoubtedly impressive, the dial steals the show. Each guilloché segment is meticulously hand-turned by Master Cheng Yucai, employing a rose engine that he personally crafted in his relentless pursuit of perfect guilloché. A single dial demands up to 30 hours of painstaking work, and any imperfection prompts a fresh start. Guilloché dials are not uncommon in the world of watchmaking, but many are produced using stamps or CNC machines, lacking the genuine artistic struggle that sets Atelier Wen Perception apart.

The unique pattern and color of this limited edition distinguish it from others in the series. The deep grooves radiate in 24 sections, forming a delicate and intricate floral motif. The Mandarin word “Càn” translates to “bright” or “radiant” in an attention-grabbing manner, accurately describing the champagne hue of the dial. With its golden and honey tones, it exudes an immediate sense of sophistication.

Powering this remarkable timepiece is the Liaoning-Peacock calibre SL1588, crafted in Dandong. It operates at a smooth 4Hz beat rate and offers a 41-hour power reserve. Each movement is initially regulated to an accuracy within +/-10 seconds per day at the factory, and then further fine-tuned by Atelier Wen in five different positions. The balance wheel is visible through a delightful caseback window, nestled within the mouth of an engraved guardian lion.

The Atelier Wen x Revolution Perception Càn is a limited edition of 100 pieces, and it comes in a box that includes an additional rubber strap, a spring bar tool, and a travel pouch. Priced at US$3,600, it’s a golden testament to the fusion of tradition and innovation in contemporary Chinese watchmaking.

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