When it comes to vibrant and brightly colored hand-wound chronographs, the pool of options is, sadly, rather limited. Studio Underd0g has carved out a niche for themselves by leaning into exactly this territory, and to pretty great effect (see Ed’s review of the original trio here). Their latest limited edition takes the concept a step further with a Strawberries & Cream colorway inspired in part by journalist (watches & tennis) Miguel Seabra, who worked with Studio Underd0g to help get the colors and strap options just right. There may or may not have been some additional inspiration from a dish served at a certain British tennis tournament that happens every summer on grass courts. As the name implies, this is a dial that doesn’t hold back.
The asymmetric dial gets a deep, textured red base that fades from light at the center to slightly darker at the periphery. It is as striking as you’d expect, and that’s the point. Miguel says of the colorway: “I’ve never thought I’d wear a timepiece with a red dial. I’ve completely changed my mind a decade ago; I love blood red and burgundy dials… Everyone has a black, silver, white or blue dial; people should go for something different and, especially after the grey pandemic times, colors provide emotions and a sense of joy.” On that we agree, and we love seeing dials that break from the ordinary around here, and the Studio Underd0g accomplishes this in multiple ways.