Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Celestial prototype - a bespoke masterpiece with a hand-stitched dial

After four months of painstaking work, from the initial design conception to the arduous hand-stitching of the intricate embroidered dial, it is our pleasure to present the very first Celadon Celestial bespoke prototype, here seen with the world-first Suzhou embroidery dial, heat-blued hands and gold bespoke movement monogramming (photos to come). The silkscreened Celadon Seal is not seen on this prototype, but will be present along with optional silkscreened hour markers, on the production Celestials.

The embroidered masterpiece depicted here is the classical《雪梨雙燕》, or “A Pair of Swallows amidst a Snow Pear Tree”, translated into filigree detail by our Master Embroiderer, the heir to the two millennia old tradition of Suzhou embroidery, the most famous of the Four Great Traditions of Chinese silk embroidery (the others represented by Sichuan, Hunan and Guangdong), immortalised as part of China’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

We hope our photos are able to convey the tremendous amount of minute hand stitches seen on this 3 centimetre wide dial, as well as how the silk threads change shade according to the angle of view and the lighting, and thus create a three-dimensional image. We invite you to imagine your own ideal image, perhaps of someone or something profoundly close to your heart, translated with such bijoux finesse, into a piece of elegant jewellery that you can take with you wherever you go, a  perfect eternal keepsake that shall never, ever fade.

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