J Series Zen Automatic Mechanical Skeleton WristwatchSuch is the case with CIGA Design’s all new J Series Zen automatic mechanical skeleton wristwatch. Using the 7 Zen Aesthetic Principles, formed by a fusion of Shinto and Buddhist ideals, the designers of the J Series Zen wanted to create something so different and unique, that it will immediately become a favourite of watch collectors around the world.
The 7 Zen Aesthetic Principles
What are the 7 Zen Aesthetic Principles?Japanese aesthetic principles and the ideals they relate to act as a sort of lens through which nature, objects, people, and art are perceived in Japan. The 7 Zen Aesthetic Principles provide us with a guide which can be used in our minds and in the real world to create a sense of order and balance in our lives. This is called Wabi-Sabi, or the two distinct concepts that are often fused to encapture the beauty of things that are “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.
Zen philosophy outlines seven aesthetic principles for achieving Wabi-Sabi:
• Fukinsei: Asymmetry, Irregularity
• Kanso: Simplicity
• Koko: Basic, Weathered
• Shizen: Without Pretense, Natural
• Yugen: Subtly Profound Grace, Not Obvious
• Datsuzoku: Unbounded By Convention, Free
• Seijaku: Tranquillity, Silence
CIGA Design’s All New J Series Zen Automatic Mechanical Skeleton WristwatchThe CIGA Design J Series is a Chinese-Japanese co-creation inspired by shared traditional Karesansui and Zen aesthetics. The J Series timepiece ‘carries the aura and presentation of a Karesansui garden, ‘Dry Landscape' or ‘Dry Mountains and Water.' In a Zen garden, water is represented by sand, and mountains are represented by stone. The CIGA Design J Series Zen-inspired aesthetics parallel the layers with levels of consciousness. The solid outer layer represents all that is present in our physical reality. The semi-transparent middle layer represents the inner world of the mind and subconscious – where our thoughts, feelings, and identity exist. The fully transparent centre layer represents the essential core of existence - all that we are and our ever-present connection to the universe.’
Featuring a micron-precision dial, innovative time display, and Japan made movement, the CIGA Design J Series is more than an exercise in Zen design, it’s a fully functional, wearable work of art.
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