If the Swiss watch trade dominates the high-end mechanical watch market, the Land of the Rising Solar manufactures some severely good and attention-grabbing mechanical watches too. Among the many Japanese makers is Minase, a distinct segment model standing out for the originality of its watches – learn our Minase introductory article right here. Based mostly within the province of Akita, within the North of Japan, Minase produces some 500 watches per yr. It was based in 2005 as a part of Kyowa and Co., a Japanese specialist instrument maker. From its experience in manufacturing instruments and steel work, Kyowa crafted watch components after which watches.
Among the many Minase collections, the Divido stands out as being the one spherical watch. However like all different Minase fashions, it includes a really authentic design philosophy. Magnified by meticulous ending strategies, its elaborate structure is predicated on an unusually excessive variety of components and distinctive technical options.
Minase’s flagship mannequin, the Divido is a 40.5mm metal three-hander. An Eight-piece building, the complicated case options four lugs screwed from the again of the watch – which holds all of the components collectively. The profile of the case is especially hanging with the separation between the higher and decrease sections, dividing the case in two (the identify of the watch, Divido, is derived from that particularity). The ending of the angular case and its components is somewhat spectacular, culminating with the black sprucing method often known as Sallaz.
Underneath the domed sapphire field crystal, the dial actually appears to be floating. Minase watches are constructed round an authentic idea of case-in-case structure. The motion is housed in a container, with no dial within the conventional sense of the phrase. It’s sandwiched in between an “index ring” and the casing ring. This creates the impression of a suspended construction inside the case, bringing a hanging sense of depth, bolstered by the three-dimensional indexes and the bent fingers.
The lacquered dial is hammered copper with altering reflections, virtually as if was mother-of-pearl. A big cut-out shows the date at three o’clock. Three completely different colors can be found: white, black or blue.
Powering the Minase Divido is an computerized calibre primarily based on the tried-and-tested ETA 2824. As such will probably be a dependable ally, operating at 4Hz and providing 38 hours of energy reserve when totally wound. Nonetheless, if the ending of the overwhelming majority of ETA 2824 actions is somewhat minimalist, Minase customizes it with hand-polishing and perlage on the plate and the bridges.
The Minase Divido is worn on a patterned leather-based strap or a metal bracelet closed by a folding buckle. Similar to the case, the structure and the ending of the metal bracelet are surprisingly elaborate. There are not any pinholes on the facet of the bracelet however screws seen beneath. Every section is screwed individually (and could be disassembled). It’s remarkably articulated, therefore versatile and cozy on the wrist.
With its authentic building and elaborate case ending, the Minase Divido is a watch like no different. I can totally advocate that you simply go hands-on with it, if solely simply to test it out in particular person. Value is about at CHF three,300 in metal on rubber, CHF three,580 in black PVD-steel on rubber and CHF four,680 in metal on a metal bracelet. For extra info, please go to www.minasewatches.ch.