Following the success of its blue hand-lacquered and embossed copper dial of the Divido series, Minase unveils a new version of its model with a round case displaying customary Japanese artworks with a deep blue shimmering Urushi lacquer dial.
One of Minase’s leader models, the Divido is a 40.5mm three-hander with a very elaborate case development. Its complex 8-piece stainless steel case uses the four drags (screwed from the rear of the watch) to hold all the parts together. Following the brand’s distinctive case-in-case architecture, the dial literally seems to be drifting under the sapphire precious stone. The movement is really housed inside a container, sandwiched between a “index ring” and the packaging ring.
Instead of a lacquered hammered copper dial, the new model features a deep blue Urushi silver Maki-e dial. Urushi lacquer is derived from the sap of the Urushi tree that is native to Japan, Korea and China. A conventional technique practiced for quite a long time in Japan, Urushi lacquer creates deep and pure tones. Another distinctive Japanese lacquerware technique, Maki-e comprises of sprinkling powder on the lacquer surface before it dries. In this instance, silver residue is used. Another layer of translucent lacquer is then applied as protection. The process is repeated twice to create a greater sense of depth to the mysterious, shimmering blue lacquer.
The Divido is powered by the KT7001/1 programmed caliber. It is based on the reliable ETA 2824 and customized with hand-cleaning and perlage on the plate and bridges. The rotor is treated in dark with a Minase logo pattern. The movement shows the hours, minutes, seconds and the date at 3 o’clock. Its power reserve is of 38 hours when completely wound.
The Minase Divido Deep Blue Urushi Silver Maki-e dial comes either on a rubber lash or on an elaborate steel bracelet closed by a collapsing fasten. Price is set at CHF 5,350 on rubber tie and CHF 6,470 on bracelet (price excl. taxes).
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