Friday, December 19, 2014

The Imperial

From Celedon -

Courtesy of Celedon

Another proud to be Chinese brand has emerged - this is Celedon.

More to come on these folks, so stay tuned.  For now, here are the details -

Numbered Edition of 100 pieces worldwide, with 50 pieces in each Dial Edition,
with “首” to denote Imperial First Series and "貳" to denote Imperial Second Series

Choice of Dial Colour - Imperial Red (First Series), Blanc de Chine (Second Series), and Midnight Blue (Second Series)

Beijing Manufactory SB18-6 thin in-house manufacture movement, 26 x 4.01mm

Movement decoration and technical details - 
Robust 3/4 plate architecture inspired by classical 19th century watches
Four gold chatons descended from the chatons of the First Generation Chinese wristwatches, the Tianjin Wuxing (1955) and Beijing SB1 (1958)
Heat-blued screws
Swan neck regulator
Chinese Scroll Stripes 
Hand-applied perlage on the movement baseplate
Flat balance
Shock protection
21,600 vph

Two-piece case with threaded caseback, engraved legend with serial number, 38 x 9.2mm

Sapphire crystal front and back (curved front crystal)

Tri-faceted dauphine hands and hour markers

Textured Plum Blossom Guilloché dial, inspired by China’s first serially-manufactured wristwatch, the Wuyi from 1958
(First Series)

Textured Peacock Guilloché dial, inspired by Classical Chinese ink brush "Birds and Butterflies" paintings
​(Second Series)
CELADON Crown dial signature, inspired by the Grand Tradition of Vintage Chinese Watches and with profound influences from traditional Chinese culture

Tang buckle with engraved CELADON Crown

Presented in a handmade leather watch case, designed specifically for the CELADON Imperial to fit its dimensions exactly. The case functions as a travel tray as well, and is further contained in a rigid paper box, itself handmade.

One year worldwide warranty, with lifetime complimentary servicing accorded at discretion

Optional blued steel dial signature (a world first), hour indices and hands

Optional Bespoke Monogramming service, where the connoisseur's initials, Chinese seal or coat of arms may be engraved anywhere on the watch (where practicable) by hand

Optional hand-stitched bespoke strap in any skin and design, measured to wearer’s wrist exactly with just a single hole

Optional hand-stitched bespoke leather watch case in any skin and design, to fit more than one watch

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