A collaboration between Korean-American artist Hannah Sung and Projects Watches, the Dancheong Watch is named after a traditional Korean painting technique—decorative coloring used on wooden buildings and artifacts. (In Korean, it literally means “cinnabar and blue-green.”) The face of the watch features Sung’s interpretation of patterns seen on wooden buildings from Korea’s Joseon Dynasty. The ancient style of dancheong is based on five colors: blue, white, red, black and yellow (colors that Sung has incorporated into her design). The method of using these five colors is related to the yin and yang principles, as well as the philosophy of the five elements. Time is displayed on the face of the Dancheong Watch in a way that won’t detract from the pattern: a green dot representing the hour and an orange dot indicating the minutes. The water motif on the watch’s face moves as time goes by, continuing “to flow like nature and memories.” The Dancheong Watch is made from stainless steel and leather, has a 40mm case and a strap that measures 9l x .5"w.
SizeStrap: 9l x .5"w Case diam.: 40mm
MaterialStainless steel and leather
Year of Design2021
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“For this watch, I wanted to incorporate an element of Korean architectural art,” says Sung of the Dancheong tradition. “ These design elements and colors are very familiar to me. I grew up in Korea, and I would see this motif used in many ancient buildings.”
“I started reading about the history and ideology behind Dancheong from Korean historical sites,” says Sung. “As I read more about it in my native language, I learned more about my own culture.”
“Dancheong is composed of five colors and, from these, I chose black and gold for the watch,” explains Sung. “The motif I designed celebrates the flow of nature and time in humanity.”
A former member of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, Hannah Sung is a Korean-American visual artist who straddles the line between commercial and fine art. In addition to the watch collaborations she’s worked on with Projects Watches and Mr. Jones, Sung has an impressive list of Hollywood clients, ranging from Disney to Dreamworks to Netflix.
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