My Chinese contributor Logan is showing us today two quite particular Sea-Gull tourbillon timepieces. He discovered them at the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair.

Wow! I can offer you real exclusive inside views this week. I assume no one here has seen this before. You did a great job Logan! Please read the full story and see the HD-video…

Here is Logan´s report:

… “Several weeks ago, Sea-Gull just presented me their prototype of a dual-axis tourbillon and said that they would manufacturer the commercial version in September. However, when I went to the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair some days ago, they still got some prototypes of the dual-axis tourbillon called Sea-Gull WingTourbillon. The good news is, even though we could not see the final version of this dual-axis tourbillon now, there still was something surprising for me. It was a tourbillon with a micro-rotor. Roger Dubuis created the tourbillon incorporating a micro-rotor initially, now Sea-Gull offers another cheaper choice.

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What made me so cheerful is that they eventually produce some watches with the elements designed by them originally! First of all, the carriage of this tourbillion is newly designed. It has a neoclassic beauty to some extent. Those straight lines on the upper side make the carriage look more masculine and sharper. This tourbillon uses a free-sprung system to make the carriage look aesthetically symmetrical, while more durable. By looking at the pictures, you can easily find that there are six weights in the two-cantilever balance wheel.

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The micro-rotor is quite interesting and novel to the Chinese watch industry. This is the first time Chinese watch factory uses micro-rotor. This is only a prototype, the material of rotor is just one kind of base metal. The people at the Sea-Gull R&D dept. said in the commercial version, they will finally use gold to improve the efficiency of winding.

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The most impressive thing of this watch I want to point out is the case. This is a brand-new original design! We can easily find that their previous pieces’ cases have traits of copying many Swiss watch brands, especially Jaeger-LeCoultre. However, this time they surprise me a lot. The curves of the lugs are demure and slim while many straight lines decorate the profile. Further, the straight lines are polish finished but the gaps are matte. These two pairs of paradoxes give the watch a fascination and innovation. The lugs are attached on the back of the case. That gives this watch high wear ability.

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Next is the Sea-Gull WingTourbillon. I should say that they did not update the prototype. Again, the people at the Sea-Gull R&D dept. told me that the designs of new versions were finished and the commercial version would come soon. Therefore, this time, I just took more pictures with more direction and zooms. I hope you can know more of this interesting watch through my macro lens.

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Last time, Alexander commented on this tourbillion saying that it looks like Panerai’s tourbillion. I should say, the inner carriage of Sea-Gull WingTourbillon is obvious and the rotation is speedy. When we look at the tourbillion through the display window, it is very difficult to ignore the distinct rotation of two perpendicular axes. However, Panerai’s tourbillion only gets rotation in one axis.

The resolution of the video is not perfect, but you still can feel the rotation speed of this Sea-Gull dual-axis tourbillion.

Now is time for group photos! You can see the design of the new case and the old generation and compare them in the following pictures. They is one thing needed to make it clear – these two Sea-Gull watches are just prototypes. Many details may be changed in the final version and many production flaws likes fingerprints and unwanted scratches will not appear in the final version.

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The Sea-Gull booth

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This is the end of Logan´s report…

Interesting, don´t you think? Please give me your feedback, I am curious to read your comments… 

 

 

 

7 Comments

  • I love the case of the small one. Reference should be ST8267? older case is something like this:

  • Thanks a lot for the nice report and lovely pictures!

    Wing Tourbillion looks pretty interesting to me!

  • Does Seagull submit their movements to any Swiss or German regulatory agency for testing the movements rates in various positions?? I would be wary about purchasing any Chinese watch without extensive, independent testing of random production samples. “Made in China” still translates into “caveat emptor” at this point, to be brutally honest.

  • Thanks for all the photos. I very much like the look of the Wing Tourbillon. Any idea on price (US dollars) and length of warranty??? Does Sea-Gull have a good reputation for service/repairs?

    • Three-year warranty.
      I think they certainly will offer a good service for this kind of high level watches.;-)
      The complication is, you need to send your Sea-Gull to China for any maintenance.

  • Nice reporting Logan and Alex!

    The Gull Wing is definitely the eye-catcher, while the other one more classic. To knit-pic, I would probably have left the “45” off of the power-reserve, but I really love the pattern on the dial and finish of the bridges for the Gull Wing.

    The other tourbillion harkens back to some JLC designs as you mentioned, while giving us a design flair on the side of the case. All in all, I like the idea that the “highest” of all watchmaking traditions is being explored by the Chinese– allowing the possibility of a lower priced option for the watch enthusiast.

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