Chinese watch brands are having a moment

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Chinese watch brands are having a moment

Post by koimaster » July 14th 2021, 11:04pm

Here in the UK, home of Savile Row, Harrods and royal palaces full of weapons-grade artisanship, the inherited view is that things made in China can be, well, a little suboptimal. Unsurprisingly, Chinese-made watches have attracted the same judgment – and worse (the word “fake” often comes up). But look into it and you’ll find you’re moving into highly charged territory.

Let’s establish a precedent: China can and does give a good mechanical watch. Maybe not Patek Philippe or Vacheron Constantin good, but in the industrial and commercial heartlands of Beijing, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Hangzhou, some of the world’s biggest watch companies build all manner of mechanical movements, from base hand-wound calibres through to high-end complications.

Take Seagull, a public company based in Tianjin. It produces a reported 5.2 million mechanical movements a year, making it easily the world’s largest manufacturer. Hangzhou Watch Co, which specialises in tourbillons, has 800 staff and facilities covering 40,000 square metres. Peacock, a private and slightly higher-end firm, has more than 1,000 employees and makes around a million movements a year, putting it in range of Rolex by volume. ... tch-brands


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