in collaboration with Benjamin Chee Haute Horlogerie
In 2021, ANDERSEN Genève collaborated with Benjamin Chee, long time watch collector, to introduce a new Worldtime watch: the "Celestial Voyager".
This is the first ANDERSEN Genève Worldtime with cloisonné enamel dial. It is also the first ever Worldtime with a city ring made of Aventurine stone.
The BCHH Celestial Voyager was conceived and manufactured in collaboration with ANDERSEN Genève, combining the high craftsmanship arts of cloisonné enameling and engine-turned guillochage, with the classical Louis Cottier-inspired Worldtimme complication as well as numerous artisanal characteristics of Haute Horlogerie in movement and case finishing.
The timepiece is produced in a pre-series of a limited edition of 7 pieces, each with a unique dial.
The watch is remarkable for remaining a svelte 10.1mm thin while encompassing a three-layered dial comprising a cloisonné enamel dial centre, Aventurine city ring and 24 hour ring, as well as a mother of pearl caseback ring, not to mention the Worldtime complication itself.
Since 1980, ANDERSEN Genève has produced five editions of watches, along with some unique pieces, with the Worldtime complication. In all, less than 1500 watches have been delivered by ANDERSEN Genève worldwide over the past 41 years.
Flowing from this illustrious bloodline, the BCHH Celestial Voyager is made with details and inspiration from all five editions. Firstly, the Worldtime module was designed in the 1980s for the Communication and constantly upgraded. The engine-turned guilloché main rotor in ANDERSEN’s characteristic 21ct BlueGold is drawn from the Tempus Terrae. The 1884 inspires the perfect colour for the Celestial Voyager’s 24 hour ring. And from the Mundus, the thinnest Worldtime watch in history, flows the elegance of having two symmetrical crowns at 3 and 9 o’ clock and the overall emphasis on svelteness. Both the Mundus and the Celestial Voyager have been cased exclusively in platinum, reflecting their shared lineage as horological royalty.
Building upon its blue blooded ancestry, the Celestial Voyager features a stunning Aventurine city ring with shining gold particles, the first ever use of Aventurine on a Worldtime watch in history, combined with a magnificent cloisonné enamel dial. The dial, a masterpiece in itself, is handcrafted in La Chaux-de-Fonds with great patience and skill by forming thin gold wire by hand into the shapes that create the desired image, on a solid gold base just 18mm in diameter. The colours are then individually filled in by minuscule brushes, and then the dial is fired in an oven over twenty times, with each firing potentially destroying the dial and requiring the master enameller to start again from scratch.
The awe-inspiring artistic dial and superlative movement are encased in a majestic case with separately-soldered flowing “oreilles de cochon” lugs (pig's ear! shaped lugs). The overall case leverages the characteristic of the harmoniously graceful BCHH design language, with alternating polished and brushed finishing executed by hand.
Extensive finishing work has been done on the movement with special polishing of the wheels, screws and even teeth of the ratchet wheel. Delicate anglage and Geneva stripes add the final outstanding coup de grace to the Celestial Voyager’s beating heart. The ratchet and crown wheels are all hand-chamfered, mirror-polished and all visible surfaces of the wheels are adorned with snailing and circular-graining. The wheels of the self-winding mechanism are rhodium-plated with snailing. The screws are also polished and refined, as well as the plate of the self-winding mechanism and pawl.
The BlueGold rotor reflects the lineage of ANDERSEN Genève, which has been a signature flourish mastered over the years. Once guilloché, the special gold alloy is heated in an oven and it gradually turns blue, with no two rotors being identical. The traditional engine-turned guilloché main “scale motive” applied to it further adds to the artisanal craftsmanship aspect of the Celestial Voyager.
The watch’s two symmetrical crowns echo the ancestry of the third ANDERSEN Genève Worldtime, the Mundus. They are extremely thin in the pursuit of elegance, yet still tactile given their width. The left crown, bearing the BCHH Seal, adjusts the city ring, while the right crown, engraved with the ANDERSEN logo, adjusts the time.
Given the highly bespoke nature of the BCHH brand and its rarefied production numbers, practically every aspect of the Celestial Voyager may be customised. From the city names on the ring, to the enamel dial image and the guilloché pattern on the rotor, each Celestial Voyager will stand unique in the entire world.
Absolutely no compromise is made on the quality of craftsmanship of the Celestial Voyager, given the unyieldingly high standards of both BCHH and ANDERSEN Genève. One hundred percent of the watch, and every component, is produced in Switzerland, whether in the ANDERSEN atelier in Geneva or Neuchatel, with the cloisonné enamel dial handcrafted in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
Out of the limited edition of 7 pieces a special dial was created for the prestigious "Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève" 2021 (GPHG). The “Sunset over Cappadocia” dial evokes the elegance and romance of travel, depicting hot air balloons soaring over the ethereal evening landscape of Cappadocia in Turkey.
Movement: High quality automatic movement upgraded by ANDERSEN Genève with time zones complication module developed and produced in the atelier. Extensive hand finishing work done on some components. Ratchet and crown wheels are all hand-chamfered, mirror-polished and all visible surfaces of the wheels are adorned with snailing and circular-graining. Screws are also polished and refined, as well as the plate of the self-winding mechanism and pawl.
Rotor: 21ct BlueGold hand guilloché “scale” motive. Mother-of-pearl ring around the movement bearing the names of Benjamin Chee Haute Horlogerie and ANDERSEN Genève
Technical Data: 3Hz (21’600A/h), 17 jewels, with 40 hours power reserve
Case: Platinum 950 case with soldered flowing “oreilles de cochon” lugs (pig’s ear! shaped lugs). Extensive hand-finishing on case, with fine satin brushing on sides and polished scalloped lugs. Two sapphire glasses with double AR coating. Twin symmetrical crowns at 3 and 9 o’clock with ANDERSEN Genève and BCHH Seals
Diameter: 37.8 mm
Height: 10.1 mm
Width between lugs: 19 mm
Dial: Multi-part, with one rotating ring displaying 24 hours’ time zones
Centre disc: 18mm in cloisonné enamel
World time zone scale on an Aventurine stone disc with white gold city names
Personalisation available on colours and names of the cities
Hands: Skeleton feuille hands in white gold "cream" finishing
Strap: Hand-stitched alligator leather with platinum buckle