Ahead of the carve: The tasty stylings of the Studio Underd0g PumpkinRicardo Sime
I remember, quite clearly, the first time I heard about Studio Underd0g. It was during a session on Clubhouse where owner Richard Benc was talking about what he wanted to accomplish with his brand by making playful watches that never took themselves too seriously. Watches that reminded us of how fun this hobby can be. Watches that, in the years since, he’s delivered. And continues to deliver with his newest release, the Studio Underd0g Pumpkin.
The Studio Underd0g Pumpkin is a watch that came from the mind of an 11-year-old girl. Inspired by the Watermel0n and the Mint ChOc Chip, she designed her idea of a Halloween Underd0g. It took its cues from the colours of a pumpkin, the designated fruit of the holiday. Let’s take a closer look at how Richard turned this design into reality.
The Pumpkin comes in the same 38.5mm case the brand has used for its chronographs. A case that is mostly brushed with some polished trim. It has a thickness that is 13.6mm with the sapphire glass and 10.8mm without it. Lug-to-lug is a nice, compact 44.5mm with the lug width coming in a 20mm. And finally, the water resistance is 50 metres.
These specifications provide a great foundation for Studio Underd0g’s watches, creating a comfortable-to-wear creation for most. From there, the brand has the perfect canvas for their interesting dials.
On the Studio Underdog Pumpkin, that means using a pumpkin seed’s light and darker green colours for the telemeter scale. These greens are also used for the 30-minute chronograph counter. The orange colour of the full grown fruit then occupies a large portion of the textured centre of the dial. And the final touch? The hour markers made to look like the seeds on the inside of a pumpkin.
The pumpkin theme doesn’t end there as Studio Underd0g takes things a step further with the strap. It’s a beautiful bespoke green strap made by the Strap Tailor from Epsom Calf leather. It features a fine texture that goes well with the dial’s texture, highlighting the dial’s design instead of taking the attention away from it.
Powering the Studio Underd0g Pumpkin is the Seagull St-1901, manual winding movement. It’s based on the classic Venus 175 movement, running at 21,600 bph. The power reserve ranges from 45-50 hours, depending on whether the chronograph is running or not. Overall, it’s a movement used by many microbrands due to it’s affordability and relatively thin design.
Once again, it seems Studio Underd0g has presented a complete design. It’s fun yet functional. And though it ties into a specific holiday, the aesthetic should work throughout the year.
Now before you get all excited and start asking about release dates, you’ll have to pump your brakes. Only two pieces of the pumpkin will be created. One will go to the young designer of the watch. The second will be auctioned off in the “Ebay for Charity” programme, with bidding starting off at £0.01. That auction will start today at 4pm British Summer Time and will end on October 24 at 3pm, with all the proceeds going to Mary’s Meals. They’re an organisation that provides nutritious meals to children in some of the poorest countries in the world.
So if you’re a fan of the brand and want to support a good cause, head to eBay and throw in a bid.
Studio Underd0g Pumpkin pricing and availability:
The Studio Underd0g Pumpkin is a piece unique that will be available through Ebay’s Charity Program. Bidding starts at £0.01.
|38.5mm x 13.6mm (10.8 without crystal)
|Domed sapphire crystal
|Orange with touches of green
|Green Bespoke Epsom Calfskin
|Manual Wind ST-1901
|Hours, minutes, seconds (9 o’clock), chronograph (3 o’clock), and tachymeter