THE ULTIMATE IN SIMPLICITY
Credor: luxury dress timepieces created by master watchmakers using the very finest materials. Showcasing Japanese aesthetics and watchmaking excellence since 1974.
CREDOR EICHI II
Eichi means wisdom in Japanese. The name reflects the fusion of Seiko Watch Corporation’s decades of Japanese watchmaking skills with the highest and most technically advanced Spring Drive movement. From the design of every component to the hand painting of the dial, the Eichi II is made by elite watchmakers at the Micro Artist Studio in Shiojiri, central Japan.
“Eichi II was the result of everyone at the Micro Artist Studio coming together and thinking about how to make an even better watch.”
– SEIKO MICRO ARTIST STUDIO WATCHMAKER YOSHIFISU NAKAZAWA
An elegant expression of Japanese aesthetics
The 12-hour indices and Credor logo are meticulously hand-painted, one by one on the porcelain dial inspired by the snowy landscapes of winter in the mountainous region of Shinshu. The irregularities that betray the hand-executed nature are visible only under extreme magnification- a true hallmark of the hand painted process.
Over twenty steps are required to create the blue steel hands and case back screws used in the Eichi II. Each hand is tempered individually by a single craftsman. When heat is applied to the mirror-surfaced parts, the surface colour changes in the oxidation process.
The blue coloration only occurs after a specific time, different from hand to hand. Years of experience and skills are required but our skilled craftsman know exactly when to remove the hand from the flame to achieve the perfect shade of blue.
THE MYSTERIOUS, DEEP BLUE OF ‘RURI’
The deep blue colour used on the dial is known as ‘Ruri’ in Japan and elsewhere as lapis lazuli. A shade that entranced makers of jewellery and other objects d’art for centuries because of its intensity and its richness.
It perfectly suits the simple, clean layout of the Eichi II dial and provides the ideal contrast to the white indices and hands. The production requires each dial to be fired repeatedly, a process that takes place at the Micro Artist Studio under the close supervision of the studio’s own artisans. The dial has a gentle curve thanks to the careful application of the porcelain glaze which creates a surface tension, giving it a slightly domed shape.
POWERED BY SPRING DRIVE
The Eichi II uses a manual wound Spring Drive Calibre 7R14 – our unique watchmaking movement which generates energy like every other luxury mechanical watch but combines this with an electronic regulator to deliver a level of precision that no mechanical watch can match.
The signature of Spring Drive is the glide motion of its second hand. The hand does not move with either the one-second tick of a quartz watch nor the rapid beat of a mechanical watch, but rather in a silent and beautiful glide motion.
“This might just be the most interesting time-only watch on planet Earth.“
The case back is hand-finished by master craftspeople and features a timeless lustre and sophistication. To keep the dial as uncluttered as possible, the power reserve is positioned at the back of the movement. The case back design shows a bell flower shape – the traditional flower of the area where the micro artist studio is located. The bridge gap symbolises the stem of the flower and the jewels represent the leaves.
The contours of the bridge and the bevelling look striking from any angle, as they are all expertly handcrafted and polished to a mirror-like finish with a circular motion.
The circular mirrored finish parts and blue tempered screws stand in contrast to the hairline finish of the bridge and heighten the sense of engineering perfection. The finishing was inspired by Philippe Dufour who famously consulted with the Micro Artist Studio on finishing techniques.