Presage just released two absolutely beautiful new porcelain dials for Baselworld 2019.
Like other Presages, the new models showcase a particular kind of Japanese craftsmanship, in this instance, Arita porcelain. Arita is a town which has, for centuries now, produced porcelain for Japan.
Like all porcelain, Arita porcelain is usually quite delicate. Seiko, therefore, used a new kind of Arita porcelain, one which is four times harder than previous materials and more flexible as well.
The process to create these dials is quite arduous, requiring both skilled craftsmen and advanced machinery to give them their beautiful appearance. By the time the dial makes it into a new Presage, it has been fired multiple times at 1,300 degrees, received hand-applied glaze, and has been cut by lasers to create holes for the date and hands.
The result is a watch that I find extremely beautiful, even more so than many Grand Seikos. I’ve always been a fan of porcelain dials and the super smooth, super clean appearance that is hard to replicate in any other material. The two watches are both between 40 and 41 millimeters, a versatile size. The $1,700 SPB095 features the 6R35 movement while the $1,900 SPB093 uses 6R27.