It was 1983 when a young Philippe Charriol sought to bring his spirit of bon vivant to the world with a knack for artful living and an eye for technical mastery. It was the debut of the Celtic Collection, his first, and with this elegant timepiece a legacy was born. A twist of fate would lead him to the masterful beauty of intricate and ancient metal work, inspiration which he then imbued precious materials, luxurious codes and a modern spirit.
Thirty-seven years later, in honor of his passing, Philippe’s original stroke of genius is reimagined and redesigned. A new watch for a new decade, the Celtic Legacy is a fitting celebration of the life of a visionary entrepreneur and creative soul.
An Icon Reimagined
The Celtic Legacy is the epitome of an icon – a simple, timeless classic that features new slim architecture while revisiting the shapes and codes of Charriol. The entire Maison and Creative Director – and newly appointed Chairwoman Coralie Charriol, worked in the search for a line that honored its founder, her father’s life’s work.
Similar to its original iteration, The Celtic Legacy is offered in two versions: women’s and men’s, subtle variations that play with the establish Charriol design codes – fine cable encircles each case. The updated design features a thinner bezel and therefore more open dial. The crown is set at 4:30 and the seconds sub-dial at 7:00 – ideal proportions that set off a balanced and clear dial made with refined materials and details. The collection will be available in July 2020.
Feminine Charm: Round-the-Clock Elegance
For the Charriol Woman, the Celtic Legacy presents a slender silhouette – its mother-of-pearl dial is decorated with 10 diamond indexes and 28 diamonds punctuating the sub-dial. Signature to Charriol is the bracelet of twisted 18kt gold cable, which comes in two widths: 5 cables of 2 mm each for the 24 mm diameter case or 6 cables for the 30 mm case model. This full yellow gold version add a hint of luxurious brightness to the wrist of the wearer – a woman who combines elegance and precision at all times in her own unique style.
Masculine Grandeur: Striking Simplicity
For its men’s counterpart, the Celtic Legacy merges simplicity with impactful design. The men’s models, which measure 40mm in diameter, feature a white porcelain dial with Roman numerals and a black leather with double folding clasp strap. Infused with classic style, the Celtic Legacy is the perfect piece for the man who knows that today, less is more.
|Technical specifications||CELTIC LEGACY|
|Case:||Yellow Gold case size 24, 30 and 40mm|
|Dials:||White Mother-of-Pearl with 38 white diamonds, White porcelain with 11 Roman Number appliques index|
|Movement:||Swiss-made ETA quartz movement, hours, minutes, seconds at sub-dial set at 7’oclock|
|Bracelet:||5 or 6 yellow gold torsade cables 2mm, black calf leather|
|Price:||13’000 to 17’500 CHF|
|Available:||Five months from order|