Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Imperial's vintage hand-engraved movement

A close-up showing the hand-engraved gold balance and escape cocks of the Engraved Edition (comprising a mere 39 pieces worldwide, never to be made again) of the Imperial First Series, done without a high magnification computer but rather with a vintage microscope from 1962.

These special watches are a symbol of a new chapter in Chinese horological history, which stretches back all the way to 1094 AD when Song dynasty China completed the world's first clock, and have already become irreplaceable collector's items.

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