We’re happy to announce that the Helgonet 38 has now been released. All fully paid orders will be shipped within the upcoming weeks. Everyone with a reservation/pre-order will receive an e-mail with more information once your watch has been dispatched.
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We’re happy to announce not only one, but two big news in regards to our next watch: Celegin Helgonet 38.
First, the production start date has been set and if all goes to plan, the watch will be launched and ready for delivery by the end of August!
Second, we’ve decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign for Helgonet 38 (klick on the image above or here to see the page). The main reason for this is not funding (the production will start regardless of if the campaign is successful or not), but rather that we’re curious to see what other audiences we’re able to reach by this. The campaign ends on 16th May, 18:00 CET. Please spread the word and feel free to support!
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform that enables people to support projects in return for rewards, such as a discounted offer. In line with the general practices, we’ve set the three reward tiers at significantly lower levels than our pre-order and coming list prices.
For those that already have made a pre-order, we’ll refund the difference between our “super early bird” reward and the paid pre-order in case of a successful campaign. If one decides to place a pre-order until the end of the campaign we’ll offer a refund (in the event of a successful funding) equivalent to the difference to the best award available at the time of the order.
We’ll also offer three stretch target goals that will be included for those who’ve backed the campaign:
1: EUR 20 000 funding or above: Red racing strap in crazy horse leather.
2: EUR 30 000 funding or above: Special designed coasters
3: EUR 40 000 funding or above: We’ll make the white dialed version of Helgonet available as an option.
When our first diver, Treudd (ref. KA1F) “Founder’s limited edition” was launched, the general idea was to follow up with a non-limited version with a black bezel insert (ref. KA1S). In fact, next to the numerous requests to retain the golden trident on the dial, the request for a black bezel insert was the most common. And yet we’re changing our plans. Here’s why and what we plan to do.
Evolution of a concept
The first drawings of the Treudd happened way before Celegin Precision Timing was founded. Some of the design elements; the case, the case back trident and the hands, are defining the Treudd concept in a way that if they’d be changed, the whole concept would change. We wouldn’t want that.
At the same time, a year after the production of the first version was started, we’ve learned a lot of what works and what we want to develop. As usual, the number of ideas and possible permutations make it rather a question of what we chose to do rather than what we would want to do since we of course would want to make all the nice versions we can think of. Therefore, we’ve decided to do more than just changing the bezel insert color.
Not one, but two new versions!
Unless we change our minds again, The Treudd concept will evolve into the following two directions:
Treudd Professional (ref. KA1P)
Treudd ’57 (ref. K57*)
(* will be replaced by the colorway of the corresponding version – we hope to make more than one)
While the original Treudd (KA1F) had a combination of function and design, the Treudd Pro will be more utilitarian. It will be a no-date version, with a sandblasted case and monochrome dial and hands (no brushed or polished) surfaces. The bezel will be all black and the watch will retain the 41mm case (meaning 42.5mm bezel diameter). The water resistance will be 30 ATM (or higher, let’s see).
While the name might give associations to another famous diver, the ’57 is primarily deducted from the inception year of when the Swedish Coastal Rangers: 1957. Unlike the Treudd Pro, the Treudd ’57 will be housed in our new 38mm case with a 39.5mm diameter across the bezel. The case will carry our signature brushed/polished surface combinations and the dial and hands will offer some polished surfaces making this watch as useful in open water as in the board room.
Planned release: summer of 2024
Given that we’re somewhat behind on our current release schedule, we realistically have to conclude that the new Treudd versions won’t be released until sometime next year.
What about everybody who wanted a Treudd S?
All of this doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t make a version of the Treudd S sometime in the future. When and if we do, it will be more than just a bezel color change compared to our first version.
A few weeks ago, we received the prototypes of the Celegin Viggen “Akka”, model reference J37A. Having waited patiently we were quite naturally very excited about finally seeing this new design “in the metal”.
The Viggen “Akka” is our first watch that doesn’t have a black dial following the inverted design of the Viggen Cockpit GMT. While matte, the dial is still silver plated which makes it spring to life in ambient life. We have struggled to get the photos to make this watch justice..
Perhaps somewhat biased, our small team has fallen in love with our new white watch and we very much look forward to the release in November!
About a month ago, we announced our two upcoming productions: Viggen “Akka” (ref. J37A) and Helgonet (ref. P18H). TheViggen “Akka”is well underway and is expected to be launched in mid-November as planned. We’ll release more information and some beautiful pictures shortly.
Helgonet has now finally reached its prototype stage and we hope to see it “in the metal” in shortly before Christmas. We’re obviously very happy about this new design since it adds a few dimensions that we’ve been looking for to develop:
The new 38 mm case
Stepped, sunburst dial
A classic, somewhat more dressy watch
One of the most common questions we get is if we’re planning on making watches that are smaller in size than our current 41.5-42.5 mm pieces. These are based on our 41 mm case. While 41-42 mm is an optimal size for many, many have also found that the 38-39 mm range is very befitting and comfortable.
We’re a super small company with limited means and therefore we have to take each development and evolution step by step. Helgonet was originally designed on both the 41 mm and the 38 mm case, but we ended up going for the latter only. The bezel diameter will be 38.5 mm with a fairly dominating stepped dial in black and turquoise.
Following Viggen “Akka”, Helgonet will not only add more color to our range but also sunburst dials. Where Draken, Treudd and Viggen are all in the “tool watch” cathegory, Helgonet is an excellent opportunity to bring more life to the dial.
Being a slightly more dressy watch and in order to capture the 60’s vibe, both the hands and the indexes will be polished. In combination with the sunburst dial, we believe Helgonet will add a new dimension to the watch experience that we want to give.
The no-date version of SW200 (1 b) has a longer lead time than the date version (SW200-1 a). Our hopes of having Helgonet ready for launch in or around February are therefore not longer feasible and we’re looking at summer 2023 as the planned release for this exciting piece!
Since the release of the first renditions more than a year ago, certain design elements of the Treudd(Trident) has generated a lot of comments, discussion and engagement. The watch released, our founder’s limited edition (ref. KA1F) continued to engage. Here are the five most frequently asked questions and their answers.
Does the watch have the golden trident on the dial?
Answer: No. Treudd (ref. KA1F) comes without the golden trident. Instead we’ve added the water resistance in the Swedish fathoms (famnar). 1 famn = 1.78 m.
As related, we ended up dropping the golden trident that was featured on the first renditions and prototype. In short, there were three reasons for that. First, the golden trident made the dial too busy. Second, it didn’t give the other two tridents (case back and crown) justice. Third, it overshadowed the other design elements and didn’t go well with the blue bezel insert.
What does Treudd mean and how do you pronounce it?
Answer: Treudd is Swedish for Trident. It is a dedication to the Swedish combat divers and coastal rangers.
It is pronounced “Treh-uddh” with emphasis on the first syllable. Since our concept is high spec, high quality watches with dedication to Swedish traditions and icons within aviation, military and industry, we wanted to dedicate our professional diver’s watch to the ones mentioned above. Their insignia is a golden trident.
Does the watch come on bracelet or strap?
Answer: Both. At delivery, the Treudd is mounted on bracelet and has a two-piece nylon strap on the side.
All our watches are delivered with a complimentary strap and the necessary tools to change. The reason for this is that Celegin Precision Timing is founded and run by watch enthusiasts. As such, we want to inspire personalization of the watch. The best way to do that is to change straps and that’s why we add a secondary strap as a starting point.
We aren’t huge fans of making limited editions. However, as part of the inception of Celegin Precision Timing, we decided to offer our first two productions at a very favourable price as so called “founder’s limited editions”. Our coming, regular productions won’t be limited although the batches are limited in production. This means that when sold out, it may take a few months or even up to a year before we have it on stock again.
What about a no-date version/different color/different size (etc.)?
Answer: In due time. By altering 10 common features of a watch, with a few options on each, you quickly end up with tens of thousands of different permutaions.
The Treudd concept is something we really like and see has many interesting paths. Our current plan is to release 1-2 versions of Treudd within the coming year and both will be quite different from the KA1F.
We’re hereby happy to announce that we have set the plans for our next two productions. Here’s a short intro. We’ll come back with in depth presentations separately.
Celegin Viggen “Akka”
Model reference: J37A
While we’re waiting for the Celegin Viggen Cockpit GMT, we have decided to put a white, time & date version into production in the meanwhile. The Viggen “Akka” is powered by the same excellent Swiss automatic mechanical movement as Draken and Treudd: Sellita SW220-1. The Viggen “Akka” is already in production and will be ready for delivery in mid-November.
Helgonet, Swedish for “The Saint” is our first watch in the beloved 38 mm size (38.5mm across the bezel). Heavily inspired by a Swedish motor sports icon from the 1960’s, this watch represents a lot of “firsts” for us as a brand. Helgonet 38 will be ready for delivery in or around February 2023.
We’re happy to announce that the Draken S, ref. J35S will be released on the 20th August 2022. All fully paid orders will be shipped within a week after the release date. Within the coming days, everyone with a reservation/pre-order will receive an e-mail with more information. If you want to get in touch with us, as always, we’re available at firstname.lastname@example.org