Japanese master watchmaker and AHCI member Hajime Asoka is known for creating some of the most coveted high-end watches available, he’s also the driving force behind the much more accessible but less interesting Kurono Tokyo brand. What began as a more budget-friendly project alongside his own eponymous handmade watches has turned into a coveted and highly desirable run of limited edition watches. The watches under the Kurono Tokyo brand are all designed by Hajime Asoka himself, but use off-the-shelf mechanical movements. The latest innovation takes the brand and its designs in a new direction as we introduce you to the Kurono Tokyo Calendar Type 1.
As we’ve seen with the refined white Chronograph II “Shiro” and Kurono Tokyo’s colorful Art Deco collection, the brand is all about compact dimensions and refined yet attractive designs. And while Calendar Type I is a bit of a departure from the norm, Kurono Tokyo or Hajime Asoka DNA is very much there. The idea for Calendar Type I came from a conversation with a friend who asked Hajime Asako what he would take with him to live on a secluded island. His answer, as expected, was a watch.
That conversation kickstarted the Calendar Type I, which comes in a 38mm mirror-polished stainless steel case. At just 11.5mm tall (without the 10mm box-shaped sapphire crystal), it stays true to the compact style of previous Kurono Tokyo watches. The biggest change here is the coin-edge bezel, a classic design element in the industry. The caseband extends into nicely shaped and tapered lugs. Next to the crown, there is a corrector for the movement, which adjusts the month.
The khaki green dial is slightly domed and made up of two halves. The recessed subdials have a circular pattern and a white printed minute track around the outer edge of the dial. The hour markers are printed and raised to enhance the 3D effect of the dome dial. The left subdial corresponds to the day of the week, the right shows the month, and the window below reveals the exact date. Leaf-shaped and polished hands indicate the hours and minutes, with a slender seconds hand curved towards the tip.
Hidden beneath the solid caseback is the Miota 9122 automatic movement, a variation of the 9100 series movement. It uses 26 jewels, runs at a frequency of 28,800vph and offers a running time of 50 hours when fully wound. It indicates hours, minutes, central seconds, date, week and month.
The Kurono Tokyo Calendar is worn on a black 20mm wide leather strap with a Type I stainless steel pin buckle. The watch is limited edition, but there is no word on how many pieces will be made. Residents of Japan can order the watch from 11am Japan time on August 11, 2022, while the rest of the world can order from 6pm London time on August 11, 2022. There is a price JPY 243,000 It is roughly equal to EUR 1,745 / USD 1,786 / GBP 1,461 At the time of publication.
For more information, please visit KuronoTokyo.com