Originally Posted by apropos
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.
Well JLC and Patek to my knowledge both get their enamel dials done by the same workshop in Europe, as do almost all Swiss/German watch brands. From what I have seen comparing the two workshops in Switzerland and Beijing, the Chinese one uses thinner gold wire, thus yielding finer detail. Ultimately, it depends on the painting chosen on whether this quality is apparent to the naked eye and loupe.
Personally I think a resonance watch is rather pointless, so never thought of making or buying one.
Well Lange and Glashuette tradition itself learnt the use of chatons from the British who used them in movements a century before the Germans. Lange themselves admit that with synthetic rubies now, the chatons serve only a decorative function, as do mechanical watches in general. And I do think my watch is more traditional than thoroughly modern, with the likes of Urwerk and De Bethune occupying the latter category.
No please, give all the feedback you can! I truly appreciate it as that is the only way we can improve. I will be using actual celadon and Yixing clay as a dial in my watches and will be sourcing this from the fourth-generation artisan who makes my handmade tea ware, which is then shipped to the north of China to be assembled in the watches. Lacquer will be a possibility as well in future. I have discussed this with the makers and it is no problem.
MOP is a cinch, it has been done in watches costing 200 USD even. Fine porcelain has also already been done by the makers working for me - I think the result is incredible.
My intention all along was to tie Chinese watchmaking with other ancient fine traditions like marquetry as you mentioned, porcelain ware, ink and brush painting and poetry et al. China has a long history of watch and clock making stretching back 600 years, and the modern history began in 1955 with four old watchmakers assembling a single piece freehand with no prior designs in a little room in Tianjin.
Also, I wanted to add that the watches shown above are my own personal watches commissioned with the maker. While I will be using these same movements in the watches of my CELADON brand, I wanted to test the watches firsthand and only if they pass my standards do they deserve a place in the pantheon of Maison CELADON.