The dial plate retains a raw, roughly brushed texture with two large cavities at top and bottom. The design of these negative spaces is meant to evoke the front grill of the Aston Martin, and is filled with a more structured grid pattern set at the diagonal. The pairing of these textures works well and offers a unique dimensionality to these watches. The Arabic numerals are restricted to the dial plate and only feature minute readings. Their execution is very close to what you’d find on a Smith’s dashboard mounted gauge (in total, Smith’s provided 8 of the gauges that appeared in the DB5). Likewise, the hands are styled after the needles within those gauges, and appear quite thin as a result. Legibility looks to be compromised as a result, but we have not seen one of these models in the flesh so we’ll reserve final judgement.
Atelier Jalaper is using Miyota based automatic movements for these watches, the 8285 provides the day and date complications while the 821A pulls duty in the date only model. The case measures 40.5mm in diameter and features sculpted lug recess and a prominent plaque set into the case wall at 9 o’clock displaying the number of the production run (it’s not a pusher). The look does pull together successfully, even if a few concerns remain. These feel like a more delicate take on what we’ve seen from REC recently, and given the success of its Kickstarter campaign, raising €123,682 of its €120,000 goal, it seems the watch has found its niche. The time and date AJ001 is priced from €800 (~$950), and the day-date AJ002 is priced from €1,080 (~$1,275). More from Atelier Jalaper here.