SEIKO’s top watch brand CREDOR has released two new masterpieces at the Basel Watch Fair this year. One is the limited-edition GBBY989 model of the Signo three-dimensional carved gold mechanical watch, which cleverly uses the exclusive gold carving technology. Equipped with Cal. 6890, the world’s thinnest ultra-thin mechanical movement, limited to eight pieces; the other is a Signo skeleton gold mechanical watch with the theme of Yoshino cherry blossoms GBBD961.
CREDOR was born in 1974. It perfectly blends the Japanese sensibility and delicate craftsmanship, and gives the top formal watch series a rich personality. The name CREDOR echoes the original meaning of ‘CRÊTE D’ OR’ in French. From the movement to every small part, the craftsmen carefully select materials and devote themselves to craftsmanship, and continue to protect the aesthetics and quality. The above models are expected to be officially launched in July 2017.
CREDOR Signo three-dimensional carved gold mechanical watch limited model GBBY989 950 platinum case, 40 mm diameter, 10.3 mm thick, white butterfly shell set with 16 diamonds, 0.06 carats, hour and minute display, Cal. 6890 bracelet movement, vibration The frequency is 21,600 times / hour, the power reserve is 37 hours, the day difference is +25 seconds to −15 seconds, and the alligator leather strap is limited to 8 pieces. The recommended selling price is about 9,500,000 yen.
CREDOR Signo three-dimensional carved gold mechanical watch limited edition GBBY989
Employing exquisite gold carving techniques to reflect Japan’s unique ‘Lisa’ aesthetics
‘Li Sheng (more connotation is better)’ Japan’s aesthetic consciousness since ancient times means that the lining of the kimono gown is more expensive than the surface, or the pattern is more gorgeous, showing the beauty of the contrast between the surface and the inside. This time the watch is inspired by the gentleman’s fashion and clothing, the front is simple, the inside is based on CREDOR’s own history of the difficult carving gold technique to create elegant decoration, wonderful interpretation of Japan’s unique aesthetics. This engraved gold decoration is full of three-dimensionality. It also excels in exclusive techniques while carving on white butterfly shells. Because it must possess extremely high skills (techniques), this limited edition is proud of SEIKO and has been awarded the modern masterpiece of the yellow seal Terui Kiyoshi fought with one hand.
The cover is decorated with delicate and elegant three-dimensional carved gold ‘Sakura’ and ‘oxcart’
The most wonderful three-dimensional carved gold part of this watch, the theme of which is ‘City Night Sakura’ from a oxen cart, fully displays the beauty of elegant Japan. No matter what era, ‘Sakura’ has always symbolized the abundance of the Japanese; and the ‘carriage with a caravan’ used by the nobles and nobles of the Anping era, its non-stop wheels are also auspicious patterns, reminiscent of eternity, and symbolize Rich for generations. As shown in the figure below, from cherry blossom petals to the base of the white butterfly shell, the thin 1.75 mm is composed of 4 layers of ‘cherry blossom’ and 3 layers of ‘ox cart’. At the same time, the mirror surface and the last silk pattern process are flexibly used in the undulating carving of each layer. Create an unprecedented, three-dimensional and rich world.
The design of the face plate (text plate) is an engraving pattern, which reflects the concept of ‘Li Sheng’
In the face plate part, the ‘sakura tortoise shell’ pattern is expressed by mechanical engraving on the white butterfly shell, and the orderly design sets off the concept of ‘lisheng (the content is better)’. ‘Sakura tortoise shell’ is an auspicious pattern, with a cherry blossom pattern and a tortoise shell pattern that symbolizes good luck. A series of diamonds are set at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock, and the gorgeous diamond time scales complement each other.
The 68 series movement, in order to be the most domestically produced watch, not only possesses the highest precision, but also pursues the value of craftsmanship and aesthetics. It took 4 years and was finally born in 1969. The ultra-thin movement, with a thickness of only 1.98 mm (about the size of a 500 yen coin), still retains high-end practical watch functions. Therefore, since the 1970s, many CREDOR or SEIKO top mechanical watches have begun to be equipped. Because it is only 1.98 mm, the top-of-the-line timepiece workshops in 68, equipped with 68 series movements, are all hand-crafted by skilled watchmakers from assembly and adjustment to the installation of the case. Each part’s shape correction or clearance (necessary space between parts) needs to be accurate to 1 millimeter unit, and the final process is completed only by the flexible touch of a craftsman. The 68 series is a movement produced in very small quantities. Even skilled craftsmen can only assemble one or two in one day.
The most wonderful three-dimensional carved gold part of the GBBY989 watch is based on the theme of ‘City Night Sakura’ viewed from a oxen cart, fully displaying the elegance of Japan. From the cherry blossom petals to the base of the white butterfly shell, the thin 1.75 mm is composed of 4 layers of ‘Sakura’ and 3 layers of ‘ox cart’. At the same time, the mirror surface and the last silk pattern process are flexibly used in the undulating carving of each layer, creating unprecedented , A world full of three-dimensionality and rich beauty.
・ In particular, the main cherry blossom uses white butterfly shells. The thickness is only .mm, and the small and thin shells are polished by hand to make them round and shining, showing a texture like a beautiful gem with a round cut.
・ The sakura leaves are hollowed out to make you feel the level. With various difficult gold carving techniques, it is the unique expression of Terui.
・ On the balance wheel, which is the heart of a watch, the oxcart gold is layered on top of each other, interpreting the long-lasting time. Looking through the oxcart gold carving, you can see the design of the balance wheel movement and gold carving decoration.
・ Tow the ox cart’s rope part, hand-crafted to make it round to the bottom, and delicately use the fine line drawing process and mirror polishing to create a soft texture like silk satin.
・ The background part of the three-dimensional carved gold is white-green, which makes the cherry carved gold appear beautiful in the night sky.
・ The carved gold blade of this watch-point position is marked with Mr. Terui’s first logo ‘T’ to witness the special limited edition created by Mr. Terui.
CREDOR skeleton gold mechanical watch GBBD961
‘Sculpted gold sculpture’ with the theme of Yoshino cherry blossoms
The sculpted carved gold model currently on sale has the same cherry blossom theme as the ‘three-dimensional carved gold mechanical watch limited model’. For many years, the tourbillon’s pursuit of beauty has never stopped. The ultra-thin mechanical movement with hollow specifications adopts ‘Cal.6899’. Under the supervision of Terui Aoi, the two sides interpret the cherry blossom posture in a slender and distinctive manner.
CREDOR skeleton gold mechanical watch GBBD96118K white gold case, 38mm diameter, 7.3mm thick, hollow white butterfly shell dial, hour and minute display, Cal. 6899 hand-wound movement, vibration frequency 21,600 times / hour, power reserve It can last for 37 hours, with a daily difference of +25 seconds to −15 seconds, and a crocodile leather strap. The recommended selling price is about 4,400,000 yen.
‘Yoshinoyama’ has been a cherry blossom viewing spot since the Anping era. It is rumored that Toyotomi Hideyoshi has also come here to see cherry blossoms. Therefore, this design uses the image of ‘Yoshinoyama’ and carved gold to depict the beautiful cherry blossom scenery. The lower part is luxuriously decorated with white scallop inlaid with gold sakura, the upper part depicts the sky, and the carved gold pattern is like a painting full of emotions. The part that depicts the sky uses the ‘last silk process’, which is a very thin line drawn by hand, and expresses the sense of wind flow by changing the direction of the drawing. Even when the angle of the hand only shakes the degree when drawing, the pattern will be wrong due to the disorder of the line of sight. Therefore, the carved goldsmith must have a high degree of concentration and skills. In order to pursue a consistent aesthetic, their hands must work non-stop for a long time. In addition, the sky also depicts the seasonal language of spring in Japan, and is also a favorite ‘swallow’ pattern as a bird.
The Cal.6899 hand-wound movement in the CREDOR skeleton gold mechanical watch GBBD961 belongs to the 68 series movement. Because it is only 1.98 mm thick, it has to be manually assembled from assembly and adjustment to the case. Each part’s shape correction or clearance needs to be accurate to 1 millimeter unit. Even skilled craftsmen can only assemble one or two in a day.