Manufactured in Japan, all Minase 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 are unique with innovative features such as the “case in case” structure, the extraordinary Sallaz finish and the construction principle “MORE” (Minase Original Rebuild Equation).
Skilled craftsmen spend more than 20 hours to polish a single watch. The flawless mirror polished surfaces stand in perfect contrast to the brushed areas. The top sapphire crystal is spherical on both of its axis and has an antireflective coating. The polyhedric crown bears the brand’s logo, a drill head that pays homage to the origins of the parent company, Kyowa.
Yusuke Takahashi has been working for Minase for 45 years. The Windows was a real challenge in terms of case-machining:
« I love the fact that Minase village is located so deep in the mountains that no one would ever think there is industrial production here. Yet our skilled workers are producing some of the highest quality precision watches in the country. I love the 7 WINDOWS because our cutting and polishing techniques are displayed everywhere on it, I can feel the whole history of this company looking through it. I am very proud of this watch because to me, it is the result of a lifetime’s work at Minase. »
Based on ETA 2892 ébauches, this high-end execution displays hand-finished surfaces with perlage, blue screws, bridges with diamond polished bevels and a main plate/bridges in black or.
The brand’s drill head logo is displayed on the rotor. It is assembled with MPS lubrication-free bearings and with its ETACHRON regular system, this is a very high precision, TOP range execution.
- 21 Jewels
- Frequency 28’800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
- 50 hours power reserve
With a 40×32 mm case instead of the regular 38×51, the midsize collection is perfect for smaller wrists. The watches are fitted with 5 sapphire crystals on top, on the back of the watch, at 9 and at 3 on both sides of the crown.