Tuesday, 19 July 2016

If You Like Celebrating Anniversaries,

the year 2016 is the 400th anniversary,

 celebrating the work of an immigrant Korean potter who discovered Kaolinite (the main component of porcelain) and set up kilns in Kyushu, Japan, 

 and produced Japanese Arita-yaki ware, also known as Imari porcelain, which is still manufactured today, it was first produced in those hills in 1616, today, Arita-yaki is is characterised by its intricate cobalt blue and red glazes, which contrast nicely with the translucent whiteness of the clay, and what better way to mark the timeless anniversary than to produce a timepiece,

 Swiss-born Paul Gerber is often referred to as one of the world’s greatest living watchmakers, and he for the 400th birthday of Arita-yaki, teamed up with the Koransha company, to create limited edition watches that use exquisite Arita-yaki porcelain as a face, the porcelain faces are fired at an astounding 1/100th of a millimetre and are decorated in traditional Arita-yaki glazes, cobalt blues and reds that form foliage and flowers,

the detail is so fine it has to be seen to be believed, but such exquisiteness does not come cheap, earlier this year they were on sale at Isetan Department Store in Tokyo for 4.8 million yen, or roughly $46,000, timeless beauty.

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