A Legacy is Born
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.
“As we looked ahead to 2020, a new decade and new chapter, we knew we wanted to find a really special way to honor Dad. We spent time combing through the archives, understanding the enormous heritage that he built. Nothing seemed to capture his spirit quite like the original: The Celtic Collection. We are so proud to have remade it, just like I’ll be proud to wear it and share it with the world. It’s the most fitting way to honor his life and to keep his memory at hand.”Coralie Charriol
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 October 2020.
Feminine Charm: Round-the-Clock Elegance
For the Charriol Woman, the Celtic Legacy presents a slender silhouette – its mother-of-pearl dial decorated with 11 diamond indexes like a soft pastel partition. The subtle beauty of steel Roman numerals set on a pearly white dial is decidedly pleasing. Signature to Charriol is the bracelet of twisted 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. The full yellow gold version, punctuated with diamonds on the sub-dial, will 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 – in a 40mm diameter case, simplicity with impactful design. Elegant with a silver dial and opalin Roman figures, classical with a cool gray dial and simple hour index, or sporty with a blue “Clou de Paris” guilloche dial. The stainless steel case lugs allow wearing either a sober black calf strap or a stainless steel links bracelet.
The 18kt gold version feature a white porcelain dial with Roman figures and a black leather strap with double folding clasp. Infused with classic style, the Celtic Legacy is the perfect piece for the man who knows that today, less is more.
18Kt Gold case size 24, 30 and 40mm, Steel and yellow or rose gold plated case size 24 and 30mm, All Steel size 40mm
White Mother-of-Pearl with 11 white diamonds or White Pearl with 11 Roman index for 24 and 30mm cases, Blue guilloche or Cool Gray with 12 steel appliques index, Silver with 11 Opalin Roman Number
Swiss-made ETA quartz movement, hours, minutes, seconds at sub- dial set at 7’oclock
5 or 6 yellow gold torsade cables 2mm, 5 or 6 stainless steel cables 2mm, black calf leather or stainless steel bracelet
Stainless steel exclusive double push-piece security clasp for cable bracelets, steel PVD or stainless steel deploying buckle for leather strap and metal bracelet
1’090 to 1’490 CHF, Gold models 13’000 to 17’000 CHF