Ancient timekeeper

By Wang Kaihao ( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-01-13 08:25:59

Ancient timekeeper

Zhang Shuyang, watchkeeper. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Chinese watchmaker Zhang Shuyang heads to Baselworld with the mission of bringing world attention back to the masters of porcelain. Wang Kaihao reports.

Zhang Shuyang, a Shanghai-based veteran porcelain collector but a relatively new watchmaker, will unveil his new watch designs at this year's Baselworld-the world's leading watch and jewelry show that is expected to be held in Basel, Switzerland, in March.

Although in his 60s, Zhang, only a year after launching his own watch brand, comes across as a maverick. His timepieces include porcelain watch dials in shining colors and watch hands carved in oracle bone script, the oldest Chinese characters dating back to around 3,000 years ago.

"If I want to enter such a mature industry, how would it work if I am not brave?" he asks.

As a collector, Zhang has looked at the outside world for items, but his main focus has been China, where he's able to find a great variety of ceramics, watches and ancient coins.

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