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The dials are made in the small town of Arita, where porcelain has been made since the early 17th century, by a business that has been producing it since 1830.
The production of the dials – with their 1mm thickness and contoured ridge – challenged “the limits of traditional Arita porcelain casting and moulding processes” and required “extensive research and development to achieve the durability and strength required for a wristwatch.”
The clay is fired at 1,300 degrees before being glazed and fired again numerous times, resulting in the unmistakably soft lustre associated with porcelain and a material four times harder than standard porcelain.
Two versions are offered, the first with blue leaf hands and Roman numerals against a pure white porcelain dial while the second dial features a “faint lapis lazuli” tone created using a traditional “ruri zome” dyeing technique.
The Seiko Presage Craftsmanship Arita Porcelain Dial watches drop via Seiko in the US in June priced $1,700 USD.
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