Atelier Wen and Wristcheck Team Up for a Limited Edition Version of the Perception with a Stunning Jade Green Dial

Chinese watch brand Atelier Wen has announced their first ever collaborative watch, a limited edition version of their Perception sports watch with the Hong Kong based retailer Wristcheck. Atelier Wen is a small brand that has been on the rise over the last few years, after making a strong debut with a series of porcelain dialed dress watches. The idea behind the brand has always been to put a spotlight on Chinese culture, history, and craft, which is a niche that until Atelier Wen came along was virtually uninhabited. While there are certainly an almost impossible to count number of watches made in China every year, it’s not a country known for a fine watchmaking tradition. Atelier Wen is seeking to change that with affordably priced watches that have a uniquely Chinese spin when it comes to their design and production. 


The Perception is Atelier Wen’s entry into the competitive landscape of integrated bracelet sports watches. The line incorporates a case inspired by the architecture of traditional Chinese pagodas, and the dials feature multiple levels (again, inspired by Chinese architecture) and beautiful rose engine applied guilloche patterns. The limited edition Perception seen here made in collaboration with Wristcheck is the first in the collection to be made from titanium, which should make an already compact case (it measures 40mm in diameter and just 9.4mm tall) wear even lighter and easier.

As well executed as the Perception’s case is, the real standout in this limited edition is certainly the dial. It’s a jade green color with a unique guilloche pattern applied by China’s only master guilloche craftsperson, and according to the brand each dial requires 8 hours on the rose engine to complete. Because of the handmade nature of these dials, each one is essentially unique even as they share the same general pattern. Small touches to the dial that bring the Perception up a notch in terms of fit and finish include hand bent hands that have been rhodium plated and applied hour markers that are perfectly integrated in the dial’s multi-level structure. 

The watch is powered by a Dandong SL1558 automatic movement. This is a Chinese made movement with an extra thin profile and custom touches from Atelier Wen that include a tungsten rotor with circular cotes de Geneve finishing and green rhodium plating. The movement is fairly standard in terms of specs with a 41 hour power reserve and a beat rate of 28,800 BPH, but it’s thin enough to offer Atelier Wen real flexibility in the design of the Perception. Each watch ships on a matching titanium bracelet, but also includes a rubber strap with a stainless steel folding clasp. 

The Atelier Wen x Wristcheck Perception Limited Edition will be made in a run of just 100 pieces. The price is $3,400, which feels like a steal considering the level of refinement to the dial and attention to detail. The watches are available exclusively through Wristcheck. You can check out the rest of the Atelier Wen catalog here.

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Zach is a native of New Hampshire, and he has been interested in watches since the age of 13, when he walked into Macy’s and bought a gaudy, quartz, two-tone Citizen chronograph with his hard earned Bar Mitzvah money. It was lost in a move years ago, but he continues to hunt for a similar piece on eBay. Zach loves a wide variety of watches, but leans toward classic designs and proportions that have stood the test of time. He is currently obsessed with Grand Seiko.

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