A new addition to the Presage range inspired by the Japanese tradition of “Suigetsu”: the enjoyment of the moon’s reflection on lakes and ponds.
Creating each individual watch dial involves great skill and patience through a multi-stage process with several phases of firing. The porcelain dials are made by master craftsman Hiroyuki Hashiguchi and his team in a long-standing studio in Arita, Japan where porcelain has been made since 1830. To give the dials the durability required for a watch, the craftsmen use a type of Arita porcelain specially formulated to be harder and more durable than traditional porcelain.
An acutely accurate casting mould gives each dial the precise dimensions required to fit perfectly into a wristwatch. In traditional Arita porcelain, special glaze is applied to create its distinctive subtle blue sheen, however a clear, transparent glaze is used for the dial of this new timepiece to allow the natural whiteness of the porcelain material to shine through.
This pure white porcelain, called “Hakuji,” echoes the delicate reflection of the moon on water, and creates a sharp contrast with the blue of the hands, roman numerals and sub-dials. The combination of the blue colour with the white Arita porcelain lends the watch a uniquely Japanese aesthetic that captures the transient yet memorable beauty of the time-honoured tradition of “Suigetsu.”
Seiko Presage: Timeless looks, precisely Japanese mechanical timekeeping. Minimalistic watch designs with a distinct Japanese aesthetic.