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 round case, showcasing traditional Japanese crafts, thanks to a deep blue shimmering Urushi lacquer dial.
One of Minase’s flagship models, the Divido is a 40.5mm three-hander standing out for its elaborate construction. Its complex 8-piece stainless steel case features 4 lugs (screwed from the back of the watch) which hold all the parts together. Following the brands distinctive case-in-case architecture, the dial literally seems to be floating under the sapphire crystal. The movement is in fact housed in a container, sandwiched between an “index ring” and the casing 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 traditional technique practised for centuries in Japan, Urushi lacquer creates deep and pure colours. Another distinctive Japanese lacquerware technique, Maki-e consists of sprinkling powder on the lacquer surface before it dries. In this instance, silver dust 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 automatic calibre. It is based on the reliable ETA 2824 customized with hand-polishing and perlage on the plate and bridges. The rotor is treated in black with a Minase logo pattern. The movement displays the hours, minutes, seconds and the date at 3 o’clock. Its power reserve is of 38 hours when fully wound.
The Minase Divido Deep Blue Urushi Silver Maki-e dial comes either on a rubber strap or on an elaborate steel bracelet closed by a folding clasp. Price is set at CHF 5,350 on rubber strap and CHF 6,470 on bracelet (price excl. taxes).
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Technical specifications – Minase Divido
40.5mm diameter x 12mm height – stainless steel case, brushed and Zaratsu polished – box-shaped sapphire crystal, sapphire caseback – 50m water-resistant
Copper base with deep blue Urushi lacquer sprinkled with silver Maki-e
Polished hands and applied markers with luminous material
Calibre KT7001/1, base ETA-2824 finished by Minase – automatic – 25 jewels – 38h power reserve – 28,800 vibrations/hour – hours, minutes, seconds and date
rubber strap or stainless-steel bracelet with folding clasp
CHF 5,350 on rubber strap
CHF 6,470 on steel bracelet
All prices excl. taxes