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Batavi Shows its Casual-Chic Side with the New Atelier

Fun colours, an interesting dial pattern, decent specs and a fair price.

| By Robin Nooy | 2 min read |

Batavi, the Dutch watchmaking company known for its accessible, stylish watches, is bringing its next collection to the table. Known as the Atelier, it follows the Kosmopoliet, Architect and Geograaf with a refreshing sense of style and a very decent value-for-money proposition. This time around, Batavi has opted for a sporty yet casual chic take on a time-only watch with three distinctly coloured and textured dials.

The stainless steel case of the Atelier measures a stylish 39mm in diameter with a height of 11mm and a lug-to-lug distance of 46mm. This, we imagine, makes it quite a pleasant watch on the wrist. The case is topped with a concave polished bezel for a stylish look. A nice finishing touch is a recessed or scalloped baseband, giving the watch some extra character. The front is covered by a sapphire crystal, with a solid caseback around the back. With a water resistance of 100m, Batavi once again delivers in terms of robustness.

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The dial of the new Batavi Atelier looks to be quite impressive, even though we only have press images to judge it on for now. It comes in Dune beige, Aquamarine Blue or Rock Purple and has a distinct fish-scale decoration. The numerals are printed in white on the underside of the crystal, creating a play of shadows as the day goes by. The openworked hands, hours and minutes only, have a Super-LumiNova insert to help low-light legibility. There is a small cap on the central seconds axis to act as a running indicator. All this shows a great sense of depth, but we will have to wait and see for ourselves before we pass final judgement.

Hidden under the solid caseback is the automatic Miyota 9039 movement. To be honest, this isn’t much of a looker, so it makes all the more sense to cover it up. Nevertheless, it does its intended job perfectly fine, running at a rate of 28,800vph and providing 42 hours of autonomy when fully wound. Usually, this movement would also indicate the seconds, but Batavi opted to use just the hours and minutes for a clean and casual-chic look.

The Atelier is fitted with a five-link stainless steel bracelet with a folding clasp that can be exchanged for a leather strap and pin buckle thanks to the quick-release push pins. This changes the look from sporty-chic to a more casual style in an instant. The collection is available for pre-order from today for a price starting price of EUR 399 during the first hour of the launch, which will increase incrementally to the final retail price of EUR 579 after the pre-order campaign is over.

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1 response

  1. From the photos, it looks as if the watch does indicate the seconds. There appears to be a small disc at the pinion, hovering slightly above the minute hand, and it has a couple of small scallops cut out from it to leave a small point. My guess would be that this is attached to the arbor that would normally carry the seconds hand. Whilst not very effective as a seconds hand, this shaped disc would at least serve to show if the watch was running.


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