Frederique Constant has introduced a new model to its Classics collection, a watch limited to only 188 pieces that features a velvety porcelain dial.
The Classics Art of Porcelain series, as it’s called, boasts a hand-made porcelain dial with accentuated black roman numerals, adding additional depth and elegance to the design.
Each dial is made by craftsmen from the famed Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacture which was established by Miklós Zsolnay (1800–1880) in Pécs, Hungary, to produce ceramics in 1853.
In 1863, his son, Vilmos Zsolnay (1828–1900) joined the company and led the factory to worldwide recognition by demonstrating innovative products at world fairs and international exhibitions, including the 1873 World Fair in Vienna and the 1878 World Fair in Paris, where Zsolnay received a Grand Prix.
Porcelain is a ceramic material made by heating components in a kiln to temperatures reaching between 1200 and 1400 °C.
The toughness, strength and translucence of porcelain arises mainly from vitrification and the formation of the mineral mullite within the body at these high temperatures.
Historically, porcelain is highly valued for its association with the court, either as a tribute offering, or as a product of kilns under imperial supervision. Unlike its lower-fired counterparts, porcelain does not need glazing. However, many types of porcelain are further treated using various methods, such as the iron-containing glaze, for its striking effects on porcelain.
Frederique Constant’s Classics Art of Porcelain watch is presented with a highly polished, three-parts stainless steel case of 40mm and has a self-winding in-house movement.
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