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Batavi Release the Sporty-Chic Atelier

Batavi Atelier Aquamarine

Generally, the words ‘sporty’ and ‘guilloche’ aren’t all that comfortable together. One is generally shorthand for rugged, often utilitarian, the other’s ornate dial finishing, and never the two shall meet. But the latest from accessible Dutch brand Batavi aims to show that opposites attract – and attractive the new Batavi Atelier is.

This isn’t Batavi’s first foray into this kind of bilingual watch design; the Architect has a sporty case with a fittingly architectural dial, but that particular piece, with its integrated bracelet, is firmly rooted in the 70s. The Atelier is far more timeless.

Batavi Atelier Dune
Batavi Atelier Rock

The 39mm stainless steel case has a classic, field watch look, not precisely utilitarian but definitely based off a tool watch. But while the case is all business, the dial is where the fun’s at, with a mandala-esque fish scale pattern. Technically its ‘guilloche-inspired’ rather than the classical Swiss method of engraving but the difference is semantic when the finish is this cool.

Batavi Atelier Rock

The Arabic numerals are otherwise plain and bold against the pattern. They’re easy to read and oddly satisfying to look at. In many ways in fact, the Batavi Atelier reminds me of anOrdain’s Model 1, a precious dial (enamel for anOrdain, engraved for Batavi) in a relatively sporty case. Batavi’s effort just leans into that dichotomy a little harder.

Batavi Atelier Aquamarine
Batavi Atelier Rock

Colourwise you have three different versions: a sleek dune beige (that appears a little more grey), a light aquamarine blue and a colour-shifting purple. If you were expecting something as prosaic as black or silver, look elsewhere.

No matter which you opt for, you’re looking at well-made five-link bracelet (which can be swapped for leather) an accessible Miyota movement with 42-hour power reserve and equally accessible price tag of €578. It’s a great watch for the money… and even more so if you order now, as Batavi currently have early bird prices of €459.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Batavi Atelier
  • Case/dial: 39mm diameter x 11mm thickness, stainless steel case, 3D fish scale pattern dial with skeleton hands
  • Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
  • Movement: Miyota calibre 9039, automatic
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 44h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
  • Strap: Stainless steel bracelet or leather strap with quick-release pins
  • Price/availability: €459 (early bird price), €578 (standard price)

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Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.