I thought I will start a new thread rather than Hijack the older one. Took a few more pics of the Imperial.
It comes in a simple outer cardboard box that is built enough on one side to keep the inner case from bumping around with "Celadon" imprinted. Ben also included a very nice custom card which I won't spoil away.
The inner leather case has a nice build to it. The tassels on the case raised immediate interest with the wife as a potential storage for her jewelry. Such unnecessary and selfish thoughts were quickly dispelled once I opened the case and saw that it was custom made for the Imperial. Not only is the leather pouch printed with "Celadon" but also has "Imperial" imprinted on it giving the assurance that this was made for this watch. And it shows, it fits like a glove.
So, the Imperial. The first reaction when I saw the watch was the dial was unlike any I have seen in person before. I have had sunburst dials, enamel dials and the likes but nothing quite like the Imperial's dial. The dial along with the thermic heated hands and the logo is incredibly beautiful to look at. I have been staring at the watch every few minutes. I have had the Zhufeng before and I always kept staring at the movement. With the Imperial the front is just as pretty, if not better, than the rear.
One thing to note about the logo and the hands - They are not the same blue. I am not sure if this was the intent or was an accident but it adds to the overall attraction of the watch. The hands are more close to Stowa Blue(sorry, I couldn't come up with anything better) while the logo is more of a Royal Deep Blue. It is easily visible when you see it but hard to capture in the pictures. The indices are set in silver tone and shine through the watch.
The Case, Strap and the Movement
The Strap is quite nice for a stock strap. It is nicer than some of my aftermarket straps. The strap itself has the Celadon logo imprinted twice and the buckle has one. I quite like the strap and haven't even had the thought of changing it.
The case is really nice. The lugs are quite beautiful and the overall the case makes the watch very well finished. It is quite shiny(for the lack of a better term) but not in a chrome-wheels-in-a-Florida-sun kinda shiny but very nice finish. The overall watch feels really well put together and definitely feels like an expensive watch.
The crown is just the right size for me, it is not too small like my Mido Baroncelli Peseux that required quite a skill to wind everyday nor is it too big to dig into the skin when worn. It is the perfect size for this watch and the overall winding mechanism is pleasant.
The movement itself is the absolutely beautiful SB 18. Nothing that I can add to the already well reviewed movement on this forum. I am no stickler for accuracy, I prefer my watches to keep time so that I am not late by a few minutes and besides since there is no second hand, I am not even bothered by it. I will keep an eye out for the power reserve though since my Zhufeng lost quite a lot of reserve when I had it.
The watch is engraved with "Made in China with Pride" in the back along with the limited edition number and the 首 character denoting it is one of the first of its kind.
Now for my one gripe - The AR coating - not sure if it does have an AR coating but as you can see from the pictures the front crystal reflects a lot of light. It makes it very had to photograph the watch. This isn't a big deal when it comes to the functionality in itself as it doesn't hinder seeing the time but it does reflect a lot of light.
Overall - I am mighty happy with the watch.
Thanks for reading and please point out any factual mistakes I am sure I have committed in this.