Frederique Constant Art of Porcelain
The Swiss watch manufacturer Frederique Constant is delighted to introduce a new model to its successful Classics collection: the Classics Art of Porcelain, a genuinely unique watch limited to only 188 pieces. By day or by night, this peerless timepiece will bring elegance and sophistication to every wrist. The Classics Art of Porcelain timepieces set themselves apart from other watches in the Classics collection; the addition of a hand made porcelain dial and the accentuated black roman numerals bring a unique and elegant touch to the refined design.
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.Porcelain is a ceramic material made by heating components in a kiln to temperatures reaching between 1,200 and 1,400 °C (2,200 and 2,600 °F). 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. Porcelain is highly valued due to 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.
Sumptuous and Timeless design The Classics Art of Porcelain is presented with a highly polished, 3-parts stainless steel case of 40mm. The porcelain dial features the words “Swiss Made” at 6 o’clock to pay tribute to its Swiss origins, and the Roman numeral indexes give this model a classic appearance.Driven by the FC-302 automatic calibre, with 25 jewels and a 42-hour power reserve, this watch features the hours and minutes functions. The sapphire crystal case back enables to admire the FC-302 in action and is water-resistant up to 3 ATM. Finally, this elegant timepiece is finished with a black leather strap and will be produced in a strictly limited edition of 188 pieces.
About Zsolnay Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacture was founded by Miklós Zsolnay (1800–1880) in Pécs, Hungary in1853. Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacture has produced outstanding works of art. Zsolnay is still headquartered in Pécs, where it also has a museum located in the Zsolnay family's former home. Zsolnay has gained worldwide recognition 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. The history of Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacture is intertwined not only with those of a city rich in historical and cultural tradition and of an exceptionally talented family, but also of the whole of Hungary. The name of the Zsolnay Family and the depiction of the five towers after which the city was named in the Middle Ages have become known and recognized all across Europe and around the world during the periods when industry and commerce were not restrained by borders, and social and economic development were inspired by a desire for progress, and the uninhibited blossoming of culture and the arts.