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I have tried wearing the above Milgauss with its original steel bracelet, and the overwhelming impression was of a huge chunk of steel. Like handcuffs. The leather strap makes it more wearable.

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Weighing up these two... Thoughts? Third option is to not mess around with vintage and just get an Omega Speedmaster (pre-loved).

 

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The first one reminds me of a vintage clockface in a hospital, somehow. The second one looks rough. If you're willing to get some restoration work done, I'd say the Aristo, based on looks alone. That said, a speedmaster would probably be less of a hassle to own and keep.

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Now that you mention it, I think maybe because it's blue/red on white? I.e. Ambulance.

 

What would need to be restored on the Aristo in your opinion? Apart from having a watchmaker give it a service maybe?

 

Speedmaster definitely a safe bet, and pretty too. But the beckoning of a vintage timepiece is strong. Just found the Leonidas below (pre and post Heuer acquisition).

 

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Nice chronographs 6. I am not familiar with these brands, but are frankens or redials common with these brands? You probably would want to do a movement service but leave the case and dial untouched. 

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That's a killer pepsi. Them heuers don't go for cheap though. I find it hard to believe they sell for so much.

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Indeed. That example above is especially nice - I feel the dial has been professionally touched up, looks too good for an aged watch. Damn those lume markers look good.

 

I believe it was about $4k USD when it was for sale. 

 

EDIT: New one listed on their site today - $5,200 USD. Prices for vintage Heuer are really getting out of hand.

 

http://www.analogshift.com/products/heuer-autavia-gmt

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Maison Celadon now has a website:

http://www.maisonceladon.com/

 

Haha, that was some detective work there J! The website is still half-complete and is only due to launch next week after I finish the remaining sections and proof-read the entire site. Been too busy with delivering orders and designing my next three models to spend much time on the site, and I wanted to make it the best I could.

 

Apologies for the monumental absence from here over the last few months as well. A combination of on-and-off health issues and being ultra-busy. How's your dad liking the Imperial by the way?


Blogging on Style & Menswear -
http://avantistilo.blogspot.com

Handmade bespoke watches -
http://maisonceladon.com
http://maisonceladon.tumblr.com/

 

 

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He likes it very much. People have been asking him about his watch. I was checking on what you were up to, and see that you're working on new models and a website.

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He likes it very much. People have been asking him about his watch. I was checking on what you were up to, and see that you're working on new models and a website.

 

I'm very happy to hear that. I hope that your Imperial also gave you great pleasure when it was on your wrist.

 

Yes, lots of new models this year that are due to enter production. I've gone from 100 watches to 300 this year (spread out over 3 models and 6 distinct dial designs).

 

I'm doing the Imperial Second Series (with the Peacock Guilloche inspired by traditional Chinese paintings), the Military/Command watch Yue Fei, and the new Military/Diver (we're discussing possibilities for the name over whatsapp and Facebook now!).

 

And I've added some interesting options at the high-end as well - bespoke Fencai hand-painting on the dial (粉彩), bespoke Cloisonne enamel dials by Master Xiong one of the top enamelists in the world, and diamond or jewel setting (mostly for the ladies!) by a friend of mine who's a world-class jeweller in Singapore. This in addition to the existing industry-first heated-blue steel Celadon Crown and hands (and now the hour indices too) and the bespoke hand-engraved monogramming by a friend of mine anywhere on the watch.

 

And last but not least (certainly considering the hard work I've put in over the past 10 months!), I've just launched a high-end Swiss high horology brand to complement Celadon, christened Seraphim. Our first watch for Seraphim is the Infiniment perpetual calendar, a supremely elegant yet somewhat flamboyant, vintage-inspired microrotor perpetual calendar using the finest materials and craftsmanship I can find, cased in either 18k rose gold or platinum. That will be a truly amazing watch when it manifests in the metal at the end of this year!

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Blogging on Style & Menswear -
http://avantistilo.blogspot.com

Handmade bespoke watches -
http://maisonceladon.com
http://maisonceladon.tumblr.com/

 

 

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I'm very happy to hear that. I hope that your Imperial also gave you great pleasure when it was on your wrist.

 

Yes, lots of new models this year that are due to enter production. I've gone from 100 watches to 300 this year (spread out over 3 models and 6 distinct dial designs).

 

I'm doing the Imperial Second Series (with the Peacock Guilloche inspired by traditional Chinese paintings), the Military/Command watch Yue Fei, and the new Military/Diver (we're discussing possibilities for the name over whatsapp and Facebook now!).

 

And I've added some interesting options at the high-end as well - bespoke Fencai hand-painting on the dial (粉彩), bespoke Cloisonne enamel dials by Master Xiong one of the top enamelists in the world, and diamond or jewel setting (mostly for the ladies!) by a friend of mine who's a world-class jeweller in Singapore. This in addition to the existing industry-first heated-blue steel Celadon Crown and hands (and now the hour indices too) and the bespoke hand-engraved monogramming by a friend of mine anywhere on the watch.

 

And last but not least (certainly considering the hard work I've put in over the past 10 months!), I've just launched a high-end Swiss high horology brand to complement Celadon, christened Seraphim. Our first watch for Seraphim is the Infiniment perpetual calendar, a supremely elegant yet somewhat flamboyant, vintage-inspired microrotor perpetual calendar using the finest materials and craftsmanship I can find, cased in either 18k rose gold or platinum. That will be a truly amazing watch when it manifests in the metal at the end of this year!

Very prolific! I should caution you about the Swiss: you want to make sure the bezel doesn't fall off within the first week of wear, and that the balance cock doesn't warp on its own, and that the dial doesn't fade after some exposure to the sun. You know how things have become with European manufacturing.

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Ben, if you would like me to take pictures of any of your watches, just ask. Say pictures of prototypes for purposes of sales promotion/marketing collateral. All you have to pay for is the shipping to and fro. I actually enjoy taking watch pics. The know how and equipment you need to take sexy watch pics is considerable.

 

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Very prolific! I should caution you about the Swiss: you want to make sure the bezel doesn't fall off within the first week of wear, and that the balance cock doesn't warp on its own, and that the dial doesn't fade after some exposure to the sun. You know how things have become with European manufacturing.

 

Haha, at the stratospheric cost prices I'm paying and the quality levels I'm gunning for, there sure shouldn't be any of these issues!

 

If anything the stuff I'm most concerned of in working with the Swiss is their monumental lack of haste and intermittent holiday taking. 


Blogging on Style & Menswear -
http://avantistilo.blogspot.com

Handmade bespoke watches -
http://maisonceladon.com
http://maisonceladon.tumblr.com/

 

 

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Ben, if you would like me to take pictures of any of your watches, just ask. Say pictures of prototypes for purposes of sales promotion/marketing collateral. All you have to pay for is the shipping to and fro. I actually enjoy taking watch pics. The know how and equipment you need to take sexy watch pics is considerable.

 

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Thanks for the offer J, that's really very kind of you. Are you subtly hinting that the pics on my site are crappy? ;)

 

I've been researching watch photography of late in a bid to improve my horosnaps. Been experimenting with point-and-shoot macro and depth of field. I personally try to aim for a natural look - how the watch will look in real life, on the wrist or in elegant situations, rather than the heavily photoshopped and clinical ones used by the mainstream brands.

 

I'm doing a hand-painted famille rose porcelain dial for a new watch - the offering allows the owner to choose a bespoke painting for the dial which is then painted by hand to an infinitesimally fine degree. That should be great fun for you to shoot, especially in macro mode!

 

Already I have someone who wants his personal star chart on the dial! And another who wants his face on it.


Blogging on Style & Menswear -
http://avantistilo.blogspot.com

Handmade bespoke watches -
http://maisonceladon.com
http://maisonceladon.tumblr.com/

 

 

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