The world of top watchmaking is like a complex maze, full of creative clubs, traditional workshops and innovative labs, which run through the long corridor. Living in this world are passionate, innovative and knowledgeable people who are both masters of traditional craftsmanship and inheritors who have given vitality to this ancestral art. There is also a unique place in the world that is only known by a few selected people. It is the core of making excellent watches. This place has a unique attraction, the laws of nature seem to have been stopped, technology has become a driving force for progress, and apprenticeship is a channel for imparting secrets, and Imperial Blue was born in this eternal place. There is a suspended flying tourbillon on the transparent main plate, which is decorated with blue sapphire crystal bridge board, showing the noble and extreme of the watch. This colorful and mysterious watch contains a Westminster Dapeng bell music self-sounding device. At the hour, you can tap Mi-Do-Re-Sol four different tones. You can also activate the three-question function as needed Timekeeping, engraving, and reporting are definitely examples of complex watches, and are rare today.
Today, although the manufacture of grand self-timer watches is the exclusive field of a few high-end watch brands, the invention of this function can be traced back to the origin of watchmaking. Around 1300, most dials and hands appeared only a hundred years later. At that time, it was necessary to design the first commemorative clock that sounded the time so that people could hear the clock sound at a distance or at night. With the development of time, the clock used for timekeeping is getting smaller and smaller, and can be installed in a table clock or even a pocket watch.
The Athens watch occupies a prominent position in the history of self-sounding watches: At the Chicago Universal Exposition in 1893, Athens became the only watchmaker to win gold with its minute repeater chronograph. A century later, Athens was also the first brand to revive traditional activity doll watches. In 1989, the San Marco minute repeater watch was first introduced, followed by the Cheng Sijihan minute repeater watch. Now, the Athens Imperial Blue Sonar has once again maintained its position in the field of fine watchmaking. It is necessary to miniaturize a self-timer with a minute repeater. It needs to overcome many technical challenges. Athens did not meet this requirement. It also added a date display at the 12 o’clock position of the watch and used the button at the 2 o’clock position Can be quickly adjusted.
The most difficult part of making the Imperial Blue Sonar is undoubtedly energy control. Both the self-timer and the questionnaire function activated on demand are driven by the same barrel. At 9 o’clock, the chronograph slider can be wound on the mainspring, or the crown can be fully wound by turning the crown counterclockwise. Turning the crown clockwise can wind another movement barrel and provide a 50-hour power reserve. In addition, the watch has an ingenious system that controls the level of energy available, thus always ensuring that the watch can complete its self-sounding.
Therefore, the watch plays a pleasant G-tune every hour. At the 11 o’clock position of the case back cover, there is a switch button to mute the watch. This is just to focus on the questionnaire function of Imperial Blue, which features four different tones that can be tapped on the Dapeng Zhongle of Westminster. When the time slider is activated and released, the hammer seems to be dancing, and the gongs are singing to compose a moving symphony. At 6 o’clock, there is a suspending sapphire crystal in the space. The floating flying tourbillon is decorated. The delicate strands of space-time and minute hands can be adjusted through the crown, and a protective device is attached to avoid starting the beep when the hands cross the hour. With the white gold case and the blue sapphire crystal against each other, the watch seems to be bathed in color. The Imperial Blue self-sounding watch is an inevitable choice for watch lovers. Limited edition of 20 pieces worldwide, each one witnessing the ultimate mastery of watchmaking art.
Limited to 20 pieces
Movement UN-970 movement; 84 gems; sapphire crystal plate and bridge
Power reserve about 50 hours
Winding method Manual winding
Function Flying tourbillon; Hours, minutes, and date display; Hour meter of Dapeng Zhongle, Westminster; Automatic timekeeping function, according to need, time, engraving, and minutes; Four different types of Mi-Do-Re-Sol can be tapped tone
Case 18K White Gold
Size 46 mm
Water resistant to 30 meters
Table glass: Wear-resistant sapphire crystal
Case back Sapphire crystal
Crown Waterproof Crown
Strap Alligator leather strap with folding buckle