UNDONE introduces: UNDONE x POPEYE™ I The Arabian Knight- Everyone’s favourite one eye squinting, spinach chewing sailorman swaps out his old corncob pipe for the more philosophical shisha hookah and sets off into the desert sea looking for answers.
With the help of the POPEYE™, UNDONE revisits its gemstoned inspired reflection on the ephemerality of the human condition, as expressed poetically in this timeless persian adage.
LOST IN THE DESERT WITH POPEYE™ IN THE NIGHT
The Lapis Lazuli
The name Lapis comes from Latin meaning stone and Lazuli originates from the Persian word lajavard. Lapis is most abundantly found in Afghanistan and Iran (previously Persia) and is one of the oldest gemstones used throughout centuries. The Lapis Lazuli is a semi-precious stone composed of several minerals, but mostly lazurite, giving it a deep opulent blue. The stone was highly valued by ancient civilizations including Persians, Egyptians, Mayans and Greeks; and mined for jewelry and ornaments.
The Elusive Arabian Dial
A horological novelty by high-end watchmakers tailoring to an emerging luxury market in the Middle East from the 1950-70s, these dials incorporate symbols from the Hindu-Arabic numeral system, which are highly popular among discerning watch collectors. Their relatively obscure origins along with inherent exclusivity to Arabian royalties and oil mogul lend this design a certain elusive, regal air.
BE THE MASTER OF YOUR SHIP
Captain of your Fate
Somewhat reminiscent of the iconic gift of custom watches bestowed by sultanage upon its worthy heroes and esteemed acquaintances… let this piece crafted with the Lapis Lazuli – one of the most revered gemstones in the ancient world, adorned only by Kings, Pharaohs and ancient regality- serve as a poetic reminder of perseverance and the perfect first mate; as you captain your ship amidst the everchanging blue of the oceans, against the celestial indifference of the constellations.
Every piece as unique as you are
The Lapis Lazuli stone is so unique that no two pieces are the same. Housing the one-of-a-kind stone dial in a beautiful brushed case, almost as unique as the Lapis Lazuli. 300 pieces, 300 unique dials and cases.
Get Nautical With UNDONE X Popeye
UNDONE’s newest collection evokes an appreciation for the Marine Nationale’s (The French National Navy) influence on the design language of military dive watches. It complements this clean style with a touch of nostalgia for history’s favourite cartoon sailor man. Popeye, an exuberant sailor with a penchant for spinach and the horological, first appeared on the scene in an 1929 series of comic strips by Elzie Creisler Segar and only grew in popularity from there. UNDONE has tapped into the rich cultural history and impact of this beloved one-eyed sailor through their limited edition watch designs. Each nautical and nostalgia inspired craft is limited to 300 pieces only worldwide, making it hot property for dedicated Popeye fans around the world.
Popeye Watches: Wearable Nostalgia By UNDONE
Fans will know that the Popeye legacy isn’t simply spinach and a few cartoons. As a cultural icon, Popeye experienced popularity on screen as well as on the page. With the line of UNDONE X Popeye watches, this character can now come to life behind a hardened crystal casing, as a reminder of fond times reading comic strips or enjoying this gregarious sailor on screen.
Each Popeye watch is influenced by traditional french naval designs with bold blues and reds dominating the colour palette. But UNDONE hasn’t forgotten this character’s humble beginnings which are reflected in the more dignified and subdued Mono lines. The monochrome grey and black evoke images of early cinema and printing history, complemented by steel or silicone straps, both of which contribute to the old-school classic energy of the design.
Sail into City Chain Stores Today
If you’re convinced that the UNDONE X Popeye watch is the next addition to your collection, then sail down to one of our physical watch stores in Singapore today to take a closer look at the keen attention to detail and classic nostalgia for which UNDONE is so well-known. If you just can’t wait, or don’t want to miss out on these limited edition pieces, then consider purchasing these exclusives via our online e-commerce platform for simple and fast payment options. No matter where you decide to make a purchase, City Chain is your one stop shop for all UNDONE collaborations and more — browse watch collections for men and women today!