With the recent birthday celebration of the late Charles Schulz, there seems to have been an influx of brands collaborating with the Peanuts franchise. One such company, Undone, recently collaborated with Peanuts to bring you the UNDONE X Peanuts Urban “One World” Chronograph collection with 6 distinct pieces in the Peanuts collection, plus a limited edition. The differentiator is that you’re allowed to customize each piece to your liking.
There’s a particular Peanuts comic strip that involves Lucy and Linus where Lucy says, “The solar system needs re-adjusting…” and where Linus replies, “What can we, as individuals, do?” Well, with regard to the universe, not much, but as individuals, we are allowed to have our own personal taste, likes, dislikes, and creative imagination. This allows us the freedom to be who we are, and Undone has done a great job of fueling that individuality with their customizable process to allow you to build a watch with the characters that you best associate or commiserate with. Another reason for wanting to customize your watch would be to emulate a timepiece you have yet to obtain, or financially can’t obtain, but want to wear a piece that has some of the qualities of that watch.
I was provided with a “Press Edition” which isn’t for resale and offered the chance to experience the customizing process along with seeing the final product delivered to me for review. Both watches are adorned with the 2 characters I most identified with growing up; Snoopy and Linus. My customized watch has elements inspired by the Omega Speedmaster Professional Snoopy 3578.51 as well as other Speedys and its history with NASA.
Customizing is the name of the game when starting your journey on the Undone website and speaking of games, this felt like those times where you get a brand new video game and get stuck on the first and, arguably, hardest level. The point at which you need to create your avatar. I used to agonize for hours on end over the details of how to make my avatar look, starting from skin tone, to clothes, hair color and so forth. I mean this was going to define who I was on the game, right?
Well, no, but that’s how it felt and that’s how I partly felt when customizing my watch. I wanted to design it with enough Peanuts elements to let people know about my favorite characters, but at the same time, I didn’t want to look like a manchild wearing my daughter’s watch. I made sure to have some correlation to the Omega Moonwatch, so I added some of those elements to the case design and dial.
Choosing from the options is pretty straightforward as you scroll through you and click on each customizable element of the watch. Finding the right color combination and strap to case combination is pretty easy considering there are enough options to keep you satisfied, but also enough to make you waste time with “what-if” scenarios and combining absurd colors, just to see if it might work.
The ability to add the Peanuts characters is neat, but limited in how you can place them. For instance, you can either pick one of the large pictures of the Peanuts characters, but they sit static to the left of the dial. Another option is to have two smaller images side by side, but again, you aren’t able to flip them horizontally or choose their placement on the dial, as all characters were restricted to the left side of the dial. Limitations aside, with enough experimenting you could get close to the outcome you had envisioned with the right color dial. There is one final option where you can have custom lettering on the dial face.
Undone’s customizer also allows you to choose the color of the hour, minute and seconds hands, the color of the date disc, case color, caseback style, and strap. While the list of options is extensive, I wish it would allow you to get even more granular with the possibility of having all the hands a different color, being able to change the color of the pushers, as well as crown color and shape.