Tate Wade Bokeh Video Review

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A few months back, Switzerland-based newcomer Tate Wade successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign for the brand’s inaugural collection dubbed Bokeh. Teaming up Studio Divine—a noted design firm perhaps best known for its influential work with SEVENFRIDAY and REC—the founders of Tate Wade wanted to create a photography-inspired collection of watches. Born of that collaboration, the Bokeh series subtly—some might argue perhaps a bit too subtly—hints at that inspiration, with certain elements of the case and dial pulling from that source.

The Bokeh collection is available in three distinct flavors: Stainless Steel, Black PVD, and Gun Metal PVD. Of the three, we chose the Gun Metal PVD for review, with that particular model being the most striking of the three with the tuning of the colors here arguably being the best fit for the design. The case is, as mentioned, finished in a really attractive gunmetal PVD, and the dial is a mix of layered surfaces featured in charcoal gray, copper, rose gold, and silver.

Now, this design won’t be for everyone, and it’s fair to critique the prominent logo (both in terms of design and overall placement), the use of an altimeter date aperture, and the overall size of the watch and what that does to the proportions of the dial. That said, it’s hard to find any fault in the in-hand feel of the watch. This thing is really well-made, and the three watches of the Bokeh series are executed to a high level, feeling solidly-engineered and excellently finished in person.

For our full review, watch the video below:

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$800

Tate Wade Bokeh Video Review

Case
Stainless steel; gunmetal pvd
Movement
ETA 2824
Dial
Grey
Lume
Super-LumiNova
Lens
Sapphire
Strap
Black leather/faux crocodile
Water Resistance
50m
Dimensions
42mm x 50mm
Thickness
11mm
Lug Width
20mm
Crown
Push/pull
Warranty
Yes
Price
$800

The model featured here retails for about $800 (it went for about $460 during the Kickstarter campaign), which makes this a high-valued piece being that it is Swiss-made watch with an ETA 2824. Furthermore, it was designed and engineered from the ground up—no catalog parts here. All in all, the Bokeh collection is a solid first outing for the brand, with the watches boasting a relatively unique design language that may make for some exciting future releases. If they can maintain the price point, the inventive aesthetic, and the overall build quality going forward, Tate Wade may be one to watch out for. Tate Wade

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Ilya is Worn & Wound's Managing Editor and Video Producer. He believes that when it comes to watches, quality, simplicity and functionality are king. This may very well explain his love for German and military-inspired watches. In addition to watches, Ilya brings an encyclopedic knowledge of leather, denim and all things related to menswear.
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