CHINA and the mighty Beijing Watch Factory

» Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in General | 14 comments

I went to see a double axis gyrolike tourbillon..and I was blown away..this is JUST the prototype..and man!!!

First. few words..few…the thing is..time has FROZEN in the year 1969 here in this small town outside of Beijing..an hour away.

I know 1969..I was very alive then.

The cars, machines, people and how life was…and no matter how advanced things may be today…I am now VERY keen, VERY VERY wanting to own a watch made in 1969, by 1969 methods, by 1969 hand work…but a watch with a concept from the 21st century..ie  NOW 2012.

The results are INCREDIBLE..given you do not have a CAD thingy.

MUCH more to come..but first LOOK and SEE: please click on each picture..worth the time.

Make NO mistake..this is NOT a copy at all..in many ways, if I had more time to write..this tourbillon is reliable, highly serviceable, and because it is so so so old world..it is like having a row boat…instead of one with an engine…or a very cool bicycle instead of a motorbike.

Only much cooler, and very very beautiful..from BOTH aesthetics and engineering POV.

As a collector..this is like finding a VERY rare gem.

NOTE:

(1) the multiple complications

(2) the 1,000x size working model which is gas operated.

(3) the swiss machines from the 60s

(4) hand written calculations and sliderulers and log books..not laptops

(5) the finish..inspite of being only a prototype.

(6) Note the THICK HUGE 1960s type baseplate!!!!

(7) SOLID gold case..thick and heavy..bloody cool.

(8) The CRYSTAL is a PERFECT multi coated Zeiss lens quality sphere….

These are NOT secrets to anyone in the Swiss industry, you can read between the lines.

 

14 Comments

  1. As a Passion Horlogère Forum fellow member, I’m delighted you found this watch brand Beijing Watche Factory so attractive !
    Last year, I was lucky enough to visit this company near Beijing, and I realized a review dedicated to it :
    http://passion-horlogere.com/le-fonds-documentaire/le-tour-de-france-horloger/365-visite-dune-manufacture-chinoise
    I fully back this Chinese company, and proud to admire their works…

  2. Thank you Dr Cheong for your feedback of this kind of experience. In Europe we need to know more about asian watchmaking. Because good quality haven’t frontiers.

    Thierry

  3. Where can this be purchased in Singapore?

    • Bernard Cheong

      If I can group 5 people..I already have 1..me. We can see if we can custom order 5. These are all sold out.
      I am hoping, and I have enough leverage to get 5. At $89k sgd or less 30% if possible. EACH.
      The case is solid gold, polished, and has a VERY low scratch factor…ie not easy to see scratches.

  4. Dr Cheong,

    I’m going to Beijing and would love to go see it first hand. Hopefully manage to get one ? can you advise a contact person there or address that i co-ordinate .

    karl liew

  5. ❓ Dr Cheong,

    I’m going to Beijing and would love to go see it first hand. Hopefully manage to get one ? can you advise a contact person there or address that i co-ordinate .

    karl liew

    • Bernard Cheong

      I don’t advise. You need a HIGH level of government pass. This is CHINA.

  6. Beijing Watch Factory has a large flagship store in Beijing Soho Sanlitun building (easy to find, ask your taxi driver…).

    • Bernard Cheong

      WORTH visiting!!!

  7. Bernard, I’m in talks with Beijing Watch Factory (BJWAF) to be their distributor for Southeast Asia and Europe. Was thinking about organising an event in Singapore inviting numerous collectors to view their high-end pieces like this Taiji tourbillon. Have you seen the Butterfly tourbillon which is has a fired enamel dial and tourbillon cage?

    If anyone wishes to visit the factory I can organise something. And they do extend bespoke customisation even to their entry-level range.

    Cheers,

    Ben

    • Good Day,
      I received a Beutful Watch from a Airforce General on behalf of President Jiang zemin in 1997 in Beijing the watch is made by Beijing Watch Factory( limited edition )as a gift for the Red Party that w given to the PLAs Capital Marshall law’s enforcement troops After the June 4th incident at Tiananment Square in Beijing.
      I am Interested to see that Factory in Beijing to find out the Value of this rare Men’s wirst Watch, can you assistance me on this?
      Many thanks Hermann Michel

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