Minase is a boutique watch producer based mostly in Akita Prefecture, within the north of Japan. Producing lower than 500 items a 12 months, it was based in 2005 as a spin-off of Kyowa and Co., a Japanese specialist toolmaker. From its experience on this subject, Kyowa crafted watch elements after which watches. The model prides itself for upholding the spirit of Japan’s manufacturing practices; a honest angle in the direction of manufacturing, satisfaction on the office, talent and dedication, and the continual analysis for enchancment. Minase watches stand out with their distinctive and elaborate development and ending, specifically their singular case-in-case structure. Instance of the day: the Minase Horizon.
Because the identify suggests, the singular design of the Horizon watch was impressed by the harmonious, easy curves of the horizon line – which may be seen with the elegant, delicate curve of the double spherical crystal extending the strains of the case and continued with the bracelet. Like all Minase watches, this mannequin’s structure is predicated on an unusually excessive variety of elements and authentic technical options. The “case-in-case” construction doesn’t characteristic a dial within the typical sense. The motion is fitted right into a container on high of which the index ring is fitted. Given the domed dial and crystal, the fingers are delicately bent on the tip. With this development, the dial/motion appears to be “floating” contained in the case. This suspended construction creates an authentic sense of depth and the way in which the sunshine performs inside this case-in-case construction is eye-catching.
The elongated, ergonomic rectangular case of the Minase Horizon is 38mm x 51mm, with a 12mm thickness. It options delicate curves apart from the angular “lugs” and strap attachment. The Horizon can be out there in a mid-size model that’s 32mm x 40mm x 12mm. In addition to the smaller proportions, the form options extra of a squarish design with a “TV-screen” opening. The mannequin is accessible both in 316L metal or in black or gold-coloured PVD.
The meticulous ending of the case and bracelet culminates with the time-consuming black sprucing approach often called Sallaz (zaratsu). Minase advises that the approach requires as much as 50 operations and a minimum of 15 hours of labor to finish every watch. The result’s putting, notably the distinction between the mirror-polished and satin-finished surfaces.
Powering the Minase Horizon is the automated calibre KT7001/1. Seen through the exhibition caseback, it’s based mostly on the tried-and-tested ETA 2824, personalized with hand-polishing and perlage on the plate and the bridges. Operating at 4Hz, it boasts 38 hours of energy reserve when totally wound. The mid-size mannequin runs on the KT8001 automated motion based mostly on the ETA 2671.
The Minase Horizon is worn on a leather-based or rubber strap closed by a folding buckle with facet pushers. There may be additionally a 5-row metal bracelet choice, standing out with its elaborate structure and ending. In contrast to typical bracelets, there aren’t any seen pinholes on the facet of the bracelet. Every section is screwed individually (and may be disassembled). It’s remarkably versatile, therefore snug on the wrist. And all in all, a fast look on the watch is all you must remind your self that you’re sporting one thing particular.
Costs for the Minase Horizon begins at CHF three,680 in metal on rubber. The metal mannequin on bracelet retails for CHF four,820. For extra data, please go to www.minasewatches.ch or the online boutique here.