There are several materials used to produce watch dials. For the more expensive watches enamel is a common material. Frederique Constant had made a stunning dial out of porcelain and placed it in a model of the Classics Collection.
Porcelain derives its present name from the old Italian Porcellana because of its ressemblance to the translucent surface of the shell. It is also known as Chine or Fine China in some English-speaking countries, as China was the birthplace of porcelain making.
Porcelain is made by heating materials, generally including kaolinite. Kaolinite is a clay material and therefore it is a ceramic. It is heated up to 1200 and 1400 Celsius in a so called Kiln by this temperatures Mullite is formed, which gives the product its toughness, strength and translucence.
The case is of three parts stainless steel. 40 mm giving it a good size on the wrist. The side of the case is shaped with vertical lines giving it the real classic look. The onion crown at 3o’clock is big but suits the case.
Elegant almost fragile lugs hold the Croco strap in place and offer a pleasant fitting to the wrist.
The lunette is very thin giving a great view on the dial.
As we said before, the dial is made out of porcelain. This gives the dial a really classic look with its almost milky glance. White with a translucent touch giving the roman numbers wings as they seem to float ontop of the dial.
The hour indexes in Roman style complete the look that fits the used materials.
The beauty, depth and subtle texture of the hand made porcelain dial speaks for itself, but what makes this model so special is the fact that each dial is made by skilled craftsmen from the Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacture, who ensure that the colour of the porcelain will last for decades. The Zsolnay factory 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 became its manager and director after several years. He led the factory to worldwide recognition by demonstrating its innovative products at world fairs and international exhibitions, including the 1873 World Fair in Vienna. Then at the 1878 World Fair in Paris, where Zsolnay received a Grand Prix.
The Classics Art of Porcelain is nothing more than just that. A simple shaped watch, but because of the use of the porcelain for the dial is turns into a great watch with that little touch of magic. If you see it for the first time something will makes you wonder what draws you attention. The effect the dial creates will be a reason to start a conversation…
|Movement||FC-302 Automatic movement
42h power reserve
|Dial||White porcelain dial with printed black Roman numeral|
|Case||Stainless steel 3-parts case
Diameter of 40 mm
See-through case back
Water-resistant to 3 ATM