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Introduced by the Swiss luxury watchmaker company collection XP Urushi reveals a wealth of original details imbued with a deep sense of poetry. Meanwhile, it was Kiichiro Masumura, a Japanese artist, called a “living National Treasure” in his country, who supervised the creation. In particular, nine unique dials made in Urushi, the ancestral Japanese art of lacquering. Traditionally, craftsmen get the varnish from the sap of the Urushi tree (lacquer tree), a tree which is mostly found in Japan or China. Noteworthy, the harvesting of the resin is possible only once a year and in very small quantities.
Next, it takes three to five years to make the resin an extremely resistant, honey-textured lacquer. Besides, applied in exceptionally fine successive layers in a specific Urushi technique “Maki-e”. The technique, in particular, consists of sprinkling the lacquer with metal powder – in this case gold – in order to accentuate its contours. The gold dust – applied using bamboo tubes and small brushes made from rat’s hair, in order to trace extremely fine lines. This art calls for extreme expertise and only a few “Urushi Masters” – including Kiichiro Masumura – still exercise it today with consummate skill.
Chopard presents a collection of nine different dials technically supervised by Kiichiro Masumura. Besides, designed, painted and adorned with gold dust by the Yamada Heiando Company, an official supplier to the Emperor of Japan.
Noteworthy, these works represent the five basic elements of the universe, according to the ancient philosophy of Chinese natural science. Also, one portrays the universe itself. The five legendary creatures include the dragon with a blue horn, the phoenix, the qilin in the moonlight, the crouching tiger and the genbu (a blend of precious snake and tortoise). And, respectively, they evoke wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Meanwhile, the last three dials feature a peacock, a red fish and the jungle. Each meticulously painted and unique model reveals a wealth of original details imbued with a deep sense of poetry.
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