In praise of shadows
In Japan, the widespread use of shadow in all forms of art, from folding screens to representational painting, is clear evidence of the appreciation that the Japanese have for the nuances of light and dark. This is perhaps one reason for the long tradition of lacquerware in Japan. The beauty of the lacquer is brought out by the shadow and the subtle variations of light and shadow reveal the depth of its black gloss. When light hits the lacquer, other hidden colors appear. The delicate hand-painted maki-e on the hour marks of SBGW262 serve perfectly to prove the point.
Elegance Collection Urushi dial model
The dial showcases a form of Japanese craftsmanship, Urushi lacquer. The dial is made from long lasting Urushi that comes from trees grown in and around the town of Joboji that lies under Mt. Iwate, the mountain that dominates the skyline above the Shizukuishi Watch Studio. The black dial uses the
lacquer mixed with iron to give it its distinctive deep jet black color.
High-legibility index decorated with a raised maki-e technique by the master of Kaga Maki-e Urushi, Isshu Tamura. The combined grace of the brush strokes of the Arabic numerals and the tension expressed by the markers emphasize the beauty and grace of the dial even more.
Only Joboji lacquer from Iwate Prefecture, the birthplace of the 9S Mechanical movements, is used. Domestic lacquer accounts for only a very small percentage of the lacquer used in Japan. Its handling is very difficult compared to foreign varieties, but it brings out deep black colors.
The combination of the dome-shaped dual-curved glass and curved dial gives a gentle feeling, while at the same time producing a strong sense of depth. This displays an expression unique to a mechanical model.
|Exterior:||18k yellow gold|
|Case back:||See-through & Screw case back|
|Glass Material:||Dual-curved sapphire crystal|
|Glass Coating:||Anti-reflective coating on inner surface|
|Case size:||Diameter 39.0mm Lug-to-lug 44.0mm Thickness 11.6mm|
|Band Material:||Crocodile leather|
|Caliber no.:||9S64 Instructions|
|Movement Type:||Manual winding|
|Power reserve:||Approx. 72 hours(3 days)|
|Mean daily rate:||
+5 to -3 seconds per day
|Normal Usage Accuracy:||+10 to -1 seconds per day|
|Water resistance:||Splash Resistant|
|Magnetic resistance:||4,800 A/m|
|Other details / Features:||
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