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post #18511 of 35092
Here's one with a lapis lazuli dial carved by hand, cased in 18k rose gold



And a minute repeater - tourbillon piece unique with another bespoke cloisonne enamel dial, for a female client. The case is massive in the hand!

post #18512 of 35092
I'd like to see better photos of the movement, and better photos of that lapis lazuli dial.

The first enamel dial is nice, but not quite at the level of what Le Sentier can achieve. I'd say stick with cloisonne.

Is there any particular reason for a double escapement or screwed gold chatons? Am genuinely curious.
post #18513 of 35092
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post

I'd like to see better photos of the movement, and better photos of that lapis lazuli dial.

The first enamel dial is nice, but not quite at the level of what Le Sentier can achieve. I'd say stick with cloisonne.

Is there any particular reason for a double escapement or screwed gold chatons? Am genuinely curious.

Will see if I can find some better shots.

By Le Sentier do you refer to JLC?

The enamels are all done by this chap called Master Xiong, the 3rd generation heir to an old imperial atelier in Beijing which used to handle the enamelling for the Imperial Court. The knowhow dates to the Ming era and the Chinese name for enamel is Jingtai Lan (since enamelling came to China during the reign of Emperor Jingtai, whereupon it was merged with indigenous Chinese art styles).

Well the double escapement yields a high power reserve, currently the highest for a Chinese watch. The gold chatons are just like for Lange - beauty in technicolour. It is much more laborious to assemble.
post #18514 of 35092
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Originally Posted by Warren G. View Post

Congrats man. One month will fly by, no problem.

X2

post #18515 of 35092
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Originally Posted by ~ B ~ View Post


My actual piece is still being made as it's a piece unique. The movement I showed you is the same that will go into my piece. Here is the enamel dial of the stock watch shown - it comes in an edition of four watches, each symbolising prosperity, longevity etc

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

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Very nice, I can't wait to see what you dial looks like.

 

Did they give you any idea what exactly is going to be on it?

post #18516 of 35092
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

As of tomorrow, I am officially one month into my wait for the MUT Moon. Hopefully it won't take much longer. All paid up, and just waiting on delivery!

I never realized the depth of my impatience! crazy.gif
 

 

Oh man, good luck on the wait and hope it comes soon. I don't think I would have had the patience to wait that long.  I am totally the kid who would have eaten that one marshmallow versus waiting for two.

post #18517 of 35092
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Originally Posted by ~ B ~ View Post

Will see if I can find some better shots.

By Le Sentier do you refer to JLC?

The enamels are all done by this chap called Master Xiong, the 3rd generation heir to an old imperial atelier in Beijing which used to handle the enamelling for the Imperial Court. The knowhow dates to the Ming era and the Chinese name for enamel is Jingtai Lan (since enamelling came to China during the reign of Emperor Jingtai, whereupon it was merged with indigenous Chinese art styles).

Well the double escapement yields a high power reserve, currently the highest for a Chinese watch. The gold chatons are just like for Lange - beauty in technicolour. It is much more laborious to assemble.

Yes, I was referring to JLC. I've been fortunate enough to handle some very very very exquisite examples of enamelwork from JLC, but at the same time I realise you are not charging $XXX,XXX for your watches, nor making them in editions of 1.

I asked about the dual escapement because I was wondering if they beat at different frequencies, or if this was an attempt at a resonance watch (and I say 'attempt' because they are too far apart!).

The screwed gold chatons I asked about because I found it a bit interesting that a thoroughly modern watch should have a nod to a now obsolete method of affixing jewels without the force of historical momentum like Lange.

I hope you do not mind, but I would like to make a suggestion - it would be great if there were dial finishes in traditional natural lacquer, as in lacquer derived from the lacquerwood tree, not epoxy resin. As you are doubtless aware, there is a strong history of lacquerware in China and I think given this is not a single watchmaker driven operation but more a boutique watch company that would help in establishing your niche, as well as a brand identity. Other random ideas that have popped into my head include huanghuali marquetry, or MOP in wood marquetry as is commonly found in Chinese furniture. Or perhaps fine porcelain.
Edited by apropos - 3/1/13 at 7:31am
post #18518 of 35092
This just gave me an idea: A thin bone china dial in a case with a display back. Would look white when worn, but held against a light source you'd be able to slightly glimpse the movement through the dial.

Though probably not a watch you'd wanna wear playing golf ;-)
post #18519 of 35092
Disregard.
post #18520 of 35092
~B~ - i think its very pretty. i agree with some of the criticism regarding the movement finishing, but its still very nice.
post #18521 of 35092
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

As of tomorrow, I am officially one month into my wait for the MUT Moon. Hopefully it won't take much longer. All paid up, and just waiting on delivery!

I never realized the depth of my impatience! crazy.gif

*Edited for clarity, sorry Warren! My initial post barely made sense smile.gif.


Congrats. Though I am disappointed that you won't be watch shopping in Philly; on second thought, you should still shop for a Reverso devil.gif

post #18522 of 35092

One of the big reasons I have yet to buy a reverso? Still haven't settled on one.
 

post #18523 of 35092
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One of the big reasons I have yet to buy a reverso? Still haven't settled on one.

 

Let me help you with that decision.

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post #18524 of 35092
^ If that was helping, I can only assume that this isn't:

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post #18525 of 35092
^ After going back and forth, I think the USA LE of the TTR1931 might actually be the slightly nicer model.

Sure the lume is a "pre-aged" caramel, but IMO it looks a bit better than the regular TTR1931's slightly pale greenish lume hue. Don't know why, maybe that green reminds me of the cheap Casios I grew up with, or the many cheapo bedside Seiko alarm clocks I've had through the years.

The cordovan on the USA LE is IMO a better match as well. I take back my earlier comments re: Casa Fugly. But imagine this watch on a unlined brown cordovan strap with a single row of contrast cream stitching by the lugs!

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