Minase: Horizon in stainless steel case and grey dial

Minase: Horizon

Horizon captures subtle yet bold Japanese beauty
June 17, 2019
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Minase: Horizon

The watch

Horizon is the thinnest and most delicate model of the three collections offered by Minase. The collection’s name is inspired by the case shape’s resemblance to the ever-extending horizon as seen above the sea. This design cue led to both the case and bracelet (or strap) to seemingly appear on a single plane. In addition, the Horizon’s thick sapphire crystal has been cut and polished from the front to the back. The result? A beautiful dome that is reminiscent of the water’s surface that may burst forth any moment. Conceived of pure, simply drawn lines inspired by a Japanese sword, the Katana. The Horizon embodies powerful calmness, just like the sea before a storm.

For more Information visit www.minasewatches.ch

Minase: Horizon with black rubber band and steel case covered in black PVD

Minase: Horizon with black rubber band and steel case covered in black PVD

The spot where the hands rotate is at a higher level than the corners of the glass, which reinforces the doomed impression of the case. The sapphire crystal has a non-reflective coating and is spherical on both axes, underscoring the contrast between the clear base and the polished satin surface of the watch case. The watch’s very singular shape is the result of the high degree of manual finishing work found in every watch Minase makes.

Minase’s signature polyhedral crown bears the brand’s logo. A drill-head that pays homage to the origins of the parent company, Kyowa. Kyowa is a renowned tool manufacturer that has been in business since 1963, specializing in step drills and is also a supplier of high-end watch components.

For smaller, thinner wrists, the Horizon is now also available in a Mid-Size version. A slightly smaller and very elegant alternative. The Horizon Mid-Size is not simply a reduced version, rather it has been completely redesigned to perfectly fit the wrist of those seeking a more modestly sized Horizon..

Minase: Horizon mid-size with a white rubber band, steel case covered in rose PVD

Minase: Horizon mid-size with a white rubber band, steel case covered in rose PVD

Traditional craftmanship

Manufactured in Japan, all “Horizon” timepieces bear the registered label “HiZ”, a concept inspired by the Japanese words “Hizu” (exceptional) and “Hi Izuru Kuni” (Land of the Rising Sun). The products labelled “HiZ” share 3 particularly innovative features: the “case in case” structure, the rare “Sallaz” polishing technique and the construction principle called “MORE” (Minase Original Rebuild Equation).

Case in case

The “case in case” structure does not feature a dial in the typical sense. It consists of several elements building the heart of each watch. The index ring, the dial plate and the case back surround the movement and create a separate entity that seems suspended inside the watch itself. A large cut opening reveals the calendar disc. This three-dimensional ensemble is completed with curved tipped hands and is securely positioned inside the case.

For more Information visit www.minasewatches.ch

Minase: Horizon in stainless steel

Minase: Horizon in stainless steel

Sallaz polishing

Minase belongs to the rare group of watch brands that work with high-end “Sallaz” polishing. This traditional technique requires up to 50 operations and at least 15 hours of remarkable craftsmanship and know-how to complete each watch.

More concept

This unique approach is inspired by Japanese puzzle constructions. Unlike typical bracelets, there are no pinholes on the links. This produces a compact design with extreme flexibility. Since a large number of parts can be disassembled, the repair (or if necessary, the replacement) of individual parts is far easier than more traditional designs, making it possible for all Minase watches to keep their original beauty for generations.

Minase: Horizon on black rubber band and steel case covered in rose PVD

Minase: Horizon on black rubber band and steel case covered in rose PVD

For more Information visit www.minasewatches.ch

Minase Horizon specifications:

  • Case: Stainless steel 316L. Dual spherical box type sapphire crystal (non reflective coating), see-through case back
  • Water resistance: Up to 50 meters (5 Bar)
  • Dimensions : 38 x 51 millimeters, Thickness : 12,0 millimeters
  • Mid-size Dimensions: 32 x 40 mm, Thickness 12,0 millimeters
  • Weight total : 110 / 150 g. 118 g (Mid-size)
  • Movement: KT7001/1, KT8001/1 for Mid-size, power reserve 38 hours, Swiss ebauches, customized by MINASE with hand-made polishing and « perlage » on plates and bridges
  • Dial: HiZ concept with individual components to become a 3-dimensional dial. Together with the movement and the hands, this structure consists an independent entity inside the case.
  • Functions: Hours, minutes and central second hands. Date at 4.
  • Strap: Rubber (EPDM) with stainless steel deployment clasp or solid stainless steel execution featuring MORE concept.
  • Clasp: Stainless steel deployment buckle with side pushers.
  • Price: CHF 3180/€3180 (rubber) / CHF 4380/€4380 (bracelet), including VAT
  • Diamond models: Horizon mid-size : 54 pieces, 1.5 millimeters
Minase: Horizon in stainless steel case and grey dial

Minase: Horizon in stainless steel case and grey dial

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