SERIES SHIPPO ENAMEL
AN HOMAGE TO THE DEEP BLUE SEA
In 1833, “Tsunekichi Kaji,” or ”studied cloisonné” was brought to Japan by the Netherlands and prompted the creation of the Owari Shippo enamel technique used today. Ando Cloisonne in Aichi uses the same 190-year-old technique to create the dials of Presage Shippo Enamel models. Master craftsman Wataru Totani and his team repeat an intricate multi-step process to create a deep-blue dial that, with its distinct pattern, represents breaking waves on the island country’s shores. The sea brought the world’s culture, art, and technology to Japan – Shippo enamel was one such arrival that evolved into one of Japan’s unique traditional crafts.
A NEW DEPTH
The signature of Shippo enamel is the way in which a single color can take on a new depth through the process of repeated painting – allowing for an intricate pattern engraving on the base to develop. Master craftsman Wataru Totani carefully paints the glaze by hand onto the surface of each dial. It is a painstakingly difficult endeavor requiring the utmost concentration, in which the thickness is no more than one millimeter.
A TRUE MASTERPIECE
After the initial painting, the Shippo enamel dial is fired at 800 degrees Celsius. This meticulous process of painting and firing are repeated several times until the enamel is perfectly even, and the desired color is reached. Only when Mr. Totani is completely satisfied, is the dial polished so that the delicate pattern emerges and a perfectly smooth surface is achieved. The resulting Shippo Enamel creation a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that brings historical tradition and the noble art of Japan to the contemporary world. Powered by an-in house automatic movement, each Presage offers, not only reliable timekeeping, but a work of art on your wrist.