NURI LIMITED EDITION
Inspired by Japan’s everlasting fascination with the moon, this limited edition Presage creation utilizes a combination of the most elaborate lacquer techniques to portray the rich tones of the sky and moon just before dawn. Three traditional processes are completed by master craftsmen in the studio of Urushi master Isshu Tamura in the Hokuriku region of Honshu, Japan’s main island.
First, the dials are made with the traditional Urushi technique in which jet black lacquer is painted by hand onto the metal base of the dial, dried and then polished. These processes are repeated several times until the craftsman has achieved the exact depth of black that he desires.
The whole dial is then repeatedly painted with a red semi-transparent Urushi lacquer. Each new layer is dried and polished until a subtle yet harmonious shade of red is achieved. The sub-dials are painted in a deep red hue, while the dial itself is painted in a vibrant tint of red meant to catch the light and shine when the ambient light grows brighter, just as some parts of the sky catch the light of dawn before others.
The craftsman then uses the traditional Maki-e technique to create a delicate golden texture on the crescent-shaped power reserve indicator. Similar to the Byakudan-nuri technique, the crescent is initially coated with a layer of Urushi lacquer that acts as the adhesive for the fine, golden powder that is then applied to it. Once the powder is on the dial, the craftsman gently taps it to disperse the powder evenly across the surface and then uses his own proprietary materials to achieve a perfect surface. The result is an indicator that not only reflects the shape of the crescent moon but has the moon’s shimmering, granular texture and contrasts with the smoothness of the sky against which it stands out.
The crescent shaped tip of the second hand is coated with a gold powder, providing a magnificent texture that resembles the surface of the moon. The power reserve indicator evokes the brilliance of the crescent moon illuminated by the sun. The crescent shape can be seen on the sapphire crystal case back.