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					“Long Feng”
“Biarritz” Collection (Limited Edition)

The Inspiration
For over 2,200 years, the Dragon (“Long” 龍) and Phoenix (“Fenghuang” 鳳凰) were adopted as symbols of the imperial household of China. Representing the Emperor, and symbolic of „power‟ and „authority‟, it is believed that the “Long” ruled the waters, and controlled the weather to bring good harvests and prosperity to the people of China. Representing the Empress, and symbolic of „high-virtue‟ and „grace‟, the “Feng” was believed to represent the power sent from the heavens to the Empress. Coupled together, “Long Feng” (龍鳳) represented supremacy and eternal blessings, and forms the inspiration behind these stunning masterpieces.

“Le Couple”
Made as a Limited Edition couple of only 9 pairs fit to represent the inspiration, the enamel dial features a beautiful blue “Long” for gents and red “Feng” for ladies that are flawless in splendour. The process of enamelling descends from ancient Egypt, where ancient enamellers would apply enamel to decorate pottery or gold objects for the Pharaoh. These influences then spread to Europe, and expanded to encompass a whole range of different material applications and techniques. Enamel is a vitreous substance composed primarily of silicon that provides the glassy and smooth properties when set, and coloured by different oxides. Enamel also comes in different types: translucent enamel that is used for creating the “Long” and “Feng”, has a transparent and colour-tinted characteristic. Opaque enamel, used to create the clouds, has a more solid-coloured characteristic. Illustrating the “Long” and “Feng” with artistic excellence and perfection, the design is created by two complicated enamel techniques. By champlève technique, the layout of the design is outlined and hollowed-out to create depressions. Within the depressions, using cloisonné techniques, small wires are used to separate the depressions into tiny clusters. The whole enamel area is then filled with enamel, and fired in a kiln to temperatures of 850-900°C. Completing the first stage, the process needs to be repeated several times to ensure that all the depressions are filled with enamel to the desired effect. Once complete, the enamel is given one final polish for a shiny finish. Set with a sky of brilliant diamonds, the mythical “Long” and “Feng” are a true work of art symbolic of the Chinese imperial authority. Cased in an 18K white gold case and bracelet profuse with brilliant diamonds, the “Long Feng” watches are truly elegant and luxurious, and bring supremacy to the bearers fitting of a traditional Emperor and Empress.

“Long Feng”
“Biarritz” Collection (Limited Edition)

Technical Description
“Long” Gents wristwatch. Enamel dial illustrates an outstanding blue “Long” in the sky set with 113 diamonds (0.35ct). Quartz movement set in 18K white gold case (33.00mm diameter, 5.25mm thick) with 126 diamonds (1.33ct), as well as sapphire crystal top. 18K white gold bracelet with 560 diamonds (4.12cts) and a folded clasp. Crown decorated with a sapphire (0.18ct). 3 ATM water resistance. Limited to 9 pieces. “Feng” Ladies wristwatch. Enamel dial illustrates an outstanding red “Feng” in the sky set with 36 diamonds (0.07ct). Quartz movement set in 18K white gold case (22.00mm diameter, 4.55mm thick) with 100 diamonds (0.57ct), as well as sapphire crystal top. 18K white gold bracelet with 360 diamonds (1.77ct) and a folded clasp. Crown decorated with a garnet stone (0.07ct). 3 ATM water resistance. Limited to 9 pieces.


				
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