Presage and the fascinating beauty of a crescent moon during the dawn
Presage brings a new aspect of Japanese fascination with the moon to life beautifully. SPB085J1
This latest design in the sublime mechanical watch collection from Presage is a fascinating ode to the timeless beauty of the moon. It is a special continuation of the recently launched Presage collection, which was equipped with a deep blue enamel dial with the appearance of the night sky. This new Limited Edition (2000 copies worldwide) made use of the most laborious painting technique that we know: Byakudan-nuri. A technique that is combined with traditional Urushi lacquer technique, which on the dial of this Presage expresses the breathtakingly beautiful hues of sky and moon just before dawn. Byakudan-nuri is a lacquer technique that has been used for centuries to decorate Urushi lacquer layers. Due to the complexity of this technique, Byakudan-nuri was used exclusively for high status locations and objects; including temples, shrines and the armor of Shogun warlords.
Urushi, Byakudan nuri and Maki-e
In this new Presage Urushi Byakudan-nuri Limited Edition, no fewer than three traditional techniques are combined to capture the feeling and radiance of one of the most fascinating shades of light on earth: the atmosphere and the feeling of the moon in the night sky at the start of Dawn.
First the dials are treated with the traditional Urushi technique, where jet black lacquer work is applied manually to the metal surface of the dial, dried and then polished. These processes are repeated several times until the skilled person has created exactly the desired depth of the black.
Using a new layer of Urushi as a binder, the sub-dials are then sprinkled with a layer of very fine metal powder. The entire dial is then repeatedly painted with a red-tinted, semi-transparent Urushi lacquer layer. Each new layer of lacquer is dried and polished as often as the professional considers necessary. The effect is both subtle and extremely impressive. Because the red of the small dials has a unique depth, these two sub-dials - as soon as light falls on them - begin to shine like parts of the early morning sky that catch the light of the sunrise earlier than the rest of the sky. A fascinating and beautiful spectacle!
To give the sickle-shaped power reserve indicator its special appearance, a third painting technique was used: Maki-e. As with the Byakudan-nuri technique, the crescent moon is first coated with a layer of Urushi lacquer. This serves as an adhesion for an ultra-fine, gold-colored powder. As soon as the powder is on the dial, the Maki-e artist spreads the powder evenly over the surface with gentle taps against the dial.
After which he perfects the surface finish with a personally chosen material. The result is a power reserve indicator that not only has the perfect shape of a crescent moon, but also the exact right brilliance and grainy structure that contrasts beautifully with the smoothness of the sky against which it stands out.
The artist behind the paintwork
Every dial of a Presage Urushi Byakudan-nuri Limited Edition is the result of a meticulous process of weeks. The complex processes Urushi, Byakudan-nuri and Maki-e are carried out manually by professionals in the studio of Isshu Tamura, a master in the area of Urushi, in the region of Hokuriku on Honshu, the main island of Japan.
The Presage Urushi Byakudan-nuri Limited Edition: SPB085J1
· Caliber 6R21
· Tick number: 28,800 vibrations per hour
(8 beats per second)
· Power reserve: 45 hours
· Number of jewels: 29
· Stainless steel case
· Urushi Byakudan-nuri
dial with Maki-e
· Dual-curved sapphire glass with anti-reflection
· Screwed glass rear cover
· Diameter: 40.5 mm, thickness: 12.8 mm
· Water resistance: 10 bar
· Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A / m
· Crocodile leather watch strap
with folding clasp
Limited edition edition of 2,000 items worldwide - price: € 2,500.
The Presage Urushi Byakudan-nuri Limited Edition is available from December 2018.