Early on, I knew Tianjin Watch Factory (the predecessor of Seagull Group). At that time I was focusing on exploring the vertical and horizontal history of the entire watch. According to records: As early as 1955, Tianjin, as one of the important towns of China’s light industry, developed China’s first domestic watch. At that time, the Tianjin Watch Factory was also a public-private joint venture called Guohua Watch & Clock Instrument Metal Manufacturing Factory. Only four simple lathes, bench drills, grinders, and milling machines; just four experienced workers, relying on the strong will and confidence of that particular era, made a hard copy of the Swiss Sindacd movement and made China The first domestic watch. On March 6, 1955, the Workers’ Daily first reported this exciting news. Since then, Tianjin Watch Factory has become one of the main manufacturers of watch manufacturing in China.
Three complex functions in the table: minute repeater watch, perpetual calendar watch and tourbillon watch. Even the tourbillon series of watches has produced a double tourbillon watch, which is very rare and difficult in the world. Injecting Chinese blood into the world’s high-end sophisticated mechanical watch market, winning the world’s attention and attention for China’s watchmaking industry, and realizing the ambition of ‘the international watchmaking industry should have the position of a seagull watch’! This is really gratifying. Among the themes rising in several major watch auctions today, the Chinese concept watch is undoubtedly a hot spot. In the past few years, the transaction prices of Chinese-themed clocks and clocks have increased significantly. I believe that when the overall external economic environment is not good, buying domestic products, supporting the Chinese national industry, and arousing a sense of national responsibility must be the pride and pride of the people with Chinese blood.
Anyone who knows a little about clocks has heard the term tourbillon. In fact, the tourbillon is the name of a very complicated structure, a wonderful work in watchmaking. This design, which can eliminate the influence of gravity on the mechanical movement, can only be produced by a few manufacturers in the world who have mastered high-level technology, and technicians must also master small and careful craftsmanship. Dozens of parts are contained in a small space, these parts weigh less than one gram.
In 2003, Seagull developed the first-generation tourbillon: the movement of the movement was changed to a direct drive, the escapement speed-adjustment device that changed the overall rotation was eccentric, and an eccentric tourbillon with a lower supporting structure rotating the frame. Has received widespread attention from the market. After that, the Seagull Group made a surprising move and developed a double tourbillon watch that is very rare in the world: it also has eccentricity (also called non-coaxial, that is, the center of the balance wheel and the center of the tourbillon structure are not on the same axis) Coaxial (that is, the center of the balance wheel and the center of the tourbillon structure are on the same axis). The tourbillon of two different structures has achieved a new leap in terms of travel time accuracy and process aesthetics. The single technology can be compared with the world’s mechanical clocks. The industry’s big-name watches stand shoulder to shoulder, seizing the opportunity in the high-end complex mechanical watch market, and starting to compete with the international cutting-edge and world-renowned brands.
SK8080GK pink gold skeleton double tourbillon watch
People in the industry know that the internationally renowned top brand Breguet also has a double tourbillon style: the movement uses two concentric tourbillons, the minute hand moves normally, but the hour hand is fixed on the bracket that connects the two tourbillons. The dial rotates once every 12 hours, and this model is priced at 300,000 Euros. Compared with the Breguet, the biggest difference between the two tourbillons of the Seagull Group is that the two tourbillons are centered and eccentric, both of which are synchronized with the escapement, and the effects of different tourbillons turning. Viewability is even stronger. Another important reason is that the price of seagulls is very close to the people, only more than 200,000 yuan, which is equivalent to a very simple Swiss top watch. For collectors, the cost of getting started with super complicated functions is much lower.
ST8004G Rose Gold Calendar Double Tourbillon Week
Many people are concerned: Is the structure of such a difficult design made by seagulls? Or is it like imitating a Swiss counterpart more than 50 years ago? I would like to talk about this issue that I am also concerned about.
I remember the 2008 Basel Watch Fair in Switzerland. When my colleagues and I dine together after the interview, I heard a shocking news: a Swiss first-line independent watchmaking company informed the organizing committee of the Baselworld Watch Fair The Property Rights Arbitration Commission filed a complaint, questioning Tianjin Seagull’s ‘Tour Tourbillon’, claiming that its key component ‘differential structure’ copied the company’s patented design. The arbitration commission immediately sent staff to the China Pavilion Tianjin Seagull Group’s booth and informed the Seagull Group in strong language, demanding that the Seagull ‘dual tourbillon’ watch be sent to the Arbitration Commission, and had the intention to investigate further. After receiving the notice, Tianjin Seagull Group immediately reported to the China Pavilion, and contacted the country to prepare the responding materials. After careful analysis by the Chinese pavilion, it is believed that the structure of this watch of Tianjin Seagull is completely self-designed and has applied for a ‘utility model patent’ in China. It can calmly argue to the Arbitration Commission. In the end, the arbitration commission invited several authoritative experts in the world watch industry to review the Tianjin Seagull ‘Tour Tourbillon’ watch, and concluded that the structure of the Tianjin Seagull ‘Tour Tourbillon’ watch in China did not involve violation of the Swiss company ‘Planetary’ Wheel ‘patent. The Arbitration Commission ruled that the infringement lawsuit by the Swiss company concerning the Tianjin Seagull Watch in China was rejected, and it was pleased that the Tianjin Seagull in Tianjin had won the case, which fully explained that the technical structure of the ‘Double Tourbillon’ of the Chinese Seagull Watch was completely designed by itself.
This shows: Seagull watches deserve to be a proud brand in the Chinese watchmaking industry!
I have carefully watched the first version of the double tourbillon of the Seagull, which is a trial version with a stainless steel shell. The engraved pattern on the faceplate is a sunlight effect that diffuses outward from the seagull trademark at 12 o’clock. Very well set off the noble temperament of the seagull trademark. At 3 o’clock, the English words of double tourbillon and machinery are printed. The trademarks and hour markers are in rose gold, and the hands are blue burned blue, which has a classic charm that is handmade. Its back-through mode can observe the double tourbillon movement. The movement splint in this period is decorated with fish scales of round pearls, but because of the coating material, its gloss is relatively ordinary.
Later at the Seagull Beijing press conference in 2008, I saw a second tourbillon with a limited edition of 100 in the second-generation platinum case, model ST8080GB. Compared with the first generation, it has made great progress: the shape adopts the classic shape of round watches and straight ears, and the face plate adopts the printing of Roman characters and valley pattern carving, and the retro charm is emphasized. The first-generation trademark was cancelled on the faceplate, and only the English names of the seagull and tourbillon were retained, making it more concise and outstanding. With the addition of a new widened alpha-type burned blue pointer, the overall visibility is enhanced. The modification of the first representative crown is also more conducive to the excellent feel when winding.
Looking over the table back, it is shocking: If the first generation of polishing is a very common pattern, this generation already has the style of a real top watch. The optically polished finishing in the form of concentric circles is reminiscent of the famous Patek Philippe 3939. The engraving of the text on the back frame increases the difficulty of manufacturing. The way of three-dimensional embossing is similar to the new German Lange process. I think this is what the manufacturer said after going to Switzerland to study. The overall feeling is more arrogant and unique of the top-level watch, and the craftsmanship of the details has been improved considerably. In my opinion, it may be more appropriate to add the independent serial number of the case and the movement part, and it is a favorite for collectors.
New Seagull Watch Store in Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Seagull Group is an old factory with nearly 60 years of production experience. But for the design and production of top-level watches, and for how to make an appearance in the international watch market, the seagull is just like a newborn chick. Here, I also talk about some of the three complex styles of the Seagull Group:
The first is how to reverse the cheap image of domestic brands in the eyes of the world. As a domestic watch brand, although it has been keeping up with international trends in design and production, it has maintained a certain quality and quality. But frankly, most Chinese still regard domestic watch brands such as Seagull as low-end brands. Can not compete with high-end Swiss brands such as Rolex, Omega and Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin. I have consulted many watch-loving players and collectors and agreed that the domestic brands of the old brands in the market have limited gold content. As collectors, I generally don’t like the price range of the brand in my hand is too wide: there are both cheap and practical series of several hundred yuan, and high-priced collection series of 100,000 yuan. In this way, the ‘noble, unique’ mentality of the collector’s collection cannot be satisfied. In this regard, it is suggested that the Seagull Group can refer to the practice of the Japanese Seiko Group: setting up multiple brands and series at different prices under the Seiko Group. Its expensive top-level series Guiduo does not hang the Seiko trademark, but uses its own unique trademark and name. In this way, the product line’s range from cheap to top-level has been handled well, and your unique top-level image has been well established. Let the world know that Guido is a very expensive and valuable brand. Similar examples of this kind are commonplace in other companies: for example, the Lexus brand that the Toyota Group has set up specifically for top-tier cars. If the Seagull Group can set up a brand new brand for the three complex series, so that these three complex series have their own unique brand status and high brand value, it should be accepted by collectors faster.
Another point is that the double tourbillon and other top series of the Seagull watch should be more detailed in the outer packaging and decoration, and improve the grade. I have seen the leather straps used in the three major series, whose grades and craftsmanship cannot match the price of tens of thousands or 100,000. In fact, the best part of the more sophisticated American alligator can be used, hand-stitched, hand-edged, and sweat-resistant technology can be used inside, so that the effect of BMW with golden saddle. From the collector’s perspective, the outer box and manual of the Seagull’s top series also have considerable room for improvement. If the current leather box is replaced with a handmade solid wood watch box, which has a beautifully designed and exquisitely printed collection certificate, these packaging details will greatly enhance the brand’s image.
In addition, tailor-made three series of watches for distinguished collectors according to their own needs are also completely possible projects. In the case of choice, there are several different face plates, different hands and different shell configurations, plus unique memorial lettering. These are ‘special services’ that collectors really want to get paid for. If the Seagull Group can carry out such customized services, the market development space is also infinite.
In recent years, many Swiss watch brands have actively increased their focus on the Chinese mainland market. This big country with the largest population in the world has great development potential for high-end cultural consumer goods. With a history of 54 years, after mastering the manufacturing capabilities of high-end technology, coupled with Chow Tai Fook Group’s capital and operating experience, it will be able to build a solid cornerstone, based on the local, international, and domestic and international markets with a sense of quality Soaring wings and writing a brilliant chapter.