Arita, a small town on Kyushu, the third largest island in the southwest of Japan, came to prominence in the early 17th century when clay suitable for porcelain manufacture was discovered there and its porcelain products soon became highly prized in Japan for the high quality of their artistry.
Within a generation, Arita porcelain, also known as ‘‘Imari ware’’ after the port from which most was shipped, became known overseas and was exported, first to Europe and later across the world when Japan opened its doors to international trade in the 19th century. Today, Arita porcelain is still highly prized worldwide and many porcelain makers still thrive in the town of just 20,000 people, thanks to its long tradition of craftsmanship, to the rich variety of its products and to the uniquely Japanese sensibility that they embody.
The new Presage porcelain dials are made by an experienced manufacturer in Arita that has been making porcelain since 1830. Hiroyuki Hashiguchi is the master craftsman and he and his colleagues have been developing the dials with the Presage team over the past few years.
The Arita porcelain dial, manufactured by hand and fired at a temperature of 1,300 degrees Celsius may exhibit small dimples, tiny dots, and colour unevenness on the dial. This is a unique feature of a genuine Arita porcelain dial.
• automatic caliber 6R27 with manual winding capacity
• 29 jewels
• 45 hour power reserve (approximate)
• date hand
• stop second hand function
• power reserve indicator
• stainless steel case with see-through back
• sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on inner surface
• leather strap with three-fold clasp and push button release
• water resistant to 100 metres
• case diameter: 40.6 mm, thickness: 14.1 mm
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