Here's a rare opportunity to acquire a Maison Celadon in three days or less! This copy of the Imperial Second Series is essentially brand-new, without a mark, and will be shipped to your day with the full kit, as shown below in the pictures.
I'll let MC's Concierge, plus the pictures, do the talking:
"For the Imperial Second Series, CELADON will produce the ... Midnight Blue Dial Editions, again with 50 pieces each, this time with a Peacock Guilloche inspired by classical Chinese paintings. As stated in our section on The Movement on this site, the SB18 movement of the Second Series has been improved both in quality of assembly and with a new characteristically Chinese calligraphy engraving.
"Hand-crafted by China's finest watchmakers in the outskirts of the former imperial capital of Beijing, in the idyllic fresh-aired mountain village of Changping that teems with natural hot springs and spas, and surrounded by the snow-capped Swallow mountains (named after the Prince of Yan, Zhu Di, who ascended the throne as Emperor Yongle, the great emperor who built the Forbidden City and many of China's surviving Ming-era landmarks of note, and who commissioned Zheng He's voyages and mighty treasure fleet), the CELADON Imperial was so named not simply because of its august birthplace, but also because of its stoic and imperious, yet characterful and warm countenance. Our watch mirrors the very image of China herself, as both majestic yet intimate; mighty yet benevolent; graceful yet affectionate.
"As many connoisseurs of fine design will profess, simplicity is far more difficult to perfect than complexity. Following from this, a timekeeper with two hands, as the purest expression of a classical gentlemanly wristwatch, is possibly the most difficult of all to design if one desires to maintain the equilibrium between minimalism and character. In our Imperial, having only two hands allows the delicate beauty of the plum blossom guilloche to be best displayed, and displays the dramatic shadows created by the grandiose dauphine hands to their greatest effect. These beautifully finished tri-faceted (as in, they have three separate facets) hands lend extra legibility and intricacy to a simple design, characteristics which are furthered should one select the blued steel option (see details below).
"CELADON has christened the Imperial in Chinese as 「秀才」(pronounced xiucai, or seu-chai), the most prestigious of the academic degrees awarded to those who had passed the Imperial Examinations at the capital level. The name alludes to the millieu of the scholar-officials, the traditional ruling class of Imperial China for two thousand years. These were highly-educated, learned and cultured gentlemen, who were charged with the responsibility of administering All Under Heaven. The civilised and elegant pursuits of these gentlemen included penzai cultivation (miniature plants sculpted to look like a natural landscape), composing and reciting poetry, practising calligraphy, and of course, tea appreciation amidst pavilions, waterfalls and classical music, and it is with this cultured aesthetic in mind that we have designed the Imperial. Our beloved watch, as is our Maison, is conceived with Classical Chinese values such as piety, loyalty and virtue firmly in mind, renewed for the 21st century.
"The Imperial Second Series
Beginning with this series, the SB18-6 will also be assembled in the Beijing Grand Complications workshop, where sixty of the most talented of China's watchmakers assemble the titanium flying tourbillons, double tourbillons, double- and even triple-axis tourbillons, minute repeaters and the magnificent double escapement B24 hand winding movement. With the elevation of the Celadon SB18-6 to this elite workshop, we anticipate even further improvements to the quality and finishing of our movements.
"In concert with this elevation, the Imperial Second Series will also introduce the special customisation of our movement 3/4 plates to display Chinese poetry engraved in gold along with Celadon's signature in Chinese calligraphy."
REDUCED: Asking price: $850 shipped to your door CONUS; Int'l deals possible, PM me to discuss.