Halcyon, Born in Jingdezhen ( 90% of the more than 300,000 pieces of porcelain in the Palace's collection come from Jingdezhen Shanqixiang, the Curator of the Palace Museum), the hometown of porcelains, founded by a group of people who are passionate about porcelains and have made a career out of it - university teachers, heads of porcelain schools, porcelain artisans, painters, artists - all of whom have different professions but who all concur that porcelains hold a unique allure.
We settled on an arrangement very soon, with the famous porcelain artist, Ms. Sun Dena, leading the drawing of the dial and the art design of the watch, the former Hublot designer, Mr. Guo Sheng, with his team, supporting the tech design of the watch, while the rest of us drove the development of the dial.
We have rented the laboratory of Jingdezhen Porcelain University and a factory in Shenzhen with state-of-the-art perforation equipment. The tiles are initially stoked in the laboratory and then sent to Shenzhen for perforation, after which they are returned to Jingdezhen for glazing and then sent back to Shenzhen for tests of flatness and other factors. We never imagined that this process would take three years, during which we would have explored almost all the ingredients of the glaze, the glazing process, and the stoking process, just to get a porcelain tile with the unique Jingdezhen glaze into the case. Fortunately, although the process was long, we were able to do it, and on September 17, 2022, two porcelain dials that met the watchmaking requirements, as well as ours, and on September 30, 30 pieces were produced. Subsequently, in February 2023, hundreds of ceramic plates prepared for Origin were all produced.
The watch's porcelain dial is the only hurdle we have ever had to overcome, and once that is done, numerous conventional porcelain processes can be used. We were extremely happy with this, and we have plans to collaborate with additional renowned artists in the future to produce more miniature paintings as well as to use more conventional porcelain techniques to make watchs.