KURONO is an initiative to create high-quality, Japan-made luxury timepieces designed by independent Japanese watchmaker Hajime Asaoka.

KURONO aims to deliver to watch collectors a more accessible timepiece that shares the design DNA of Hajime's exclusive handmade atelier watches, at affordable levels. 

Celebrating Kurono Collectors

In conjunction with our anniversary, KURONO is proud to launch a coffee table book - Celebrating Collectors - that showcases the amazing photography and passion of our customers in the past year. 

We believe that owning a KURONO is more than just buying. It is the entire journey, relationship and experience a collector has with the watch and with the brand. And photography is a big part of this experience that we want to embrace and celebrate.

The digital edition of the book is available now for download with our compliments, and is made possible with the kind contribution of KURONO collectors.

Free Download: Digital Edition

An Interview with Hajime Asaoka

The Hajime DNA

The production of KURONO is managed by Precision Watch Tokyo Co., Ltd - the same parent company as the more prestigious handmade Hajime Asaoka atelier. 

Precision Watch Tokyo has brought together the same case and dial makers that supply to one of the most prestigious of Japanese watch brands, to deliver a high-quality product that is both accessible yet exclusive in number.

The dial and caseback - signed Bunkyō Tokyo - refers to the special ward in Tokyo where Hajime's design studio is located, providing a subtle correlation to the genius and motivations of the watchmaker. 

A portion of proceeds go to selected children's charities in Japan and across the region.

About

HAJIME ASAOKA

“There should be nothing excessive. And things that were previously complicated, should be made as simple as possible."

Widely recognized as one of the world's top-ranked independent watchmakers, Hajime Asaoka started his watchmaking journey in 1997, taking inspiration from the traditional handmade practices of George Daniels but throwing in his unique perspective of refinement and modernity - a watchmaking philosophy that is distinctively Japanese.

Today, owning an original Hajime Asaoka handmade watch is a privilege in itself - irregardless of the long waiting lists and lead times, and the fact that much of his collection gets sold out within months of introduction. 

If you are interested in handmade atelier watches by Hajime Asaoka, prices start from US$50,000.

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LATEST ANNOUNCEMENTS & MEDIA REVIEWS

@Kuronotokyo

Media Review

'MICRO MONDAYS: Why do you keep hearing about Kurono watches? Read this and you will wonder no more'

REVIEW BY TIME & TIDE MAGAZINE

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Media Review

Don't sleep on these under-the-radar watch brands

"Japanese-made watches never fail to excite the watch connoisseur, and it’s even better when you get great horological expertise at a fraction of the cost. Kurono is an offshoot of the luxury Japanese watchmaking independent, Hajime Asaoka ...  It’s like dining at the small bistro which is run by a 3 Michelin star chef."

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MEDIA REVIEW BY SWISSWATCHGANG

MARKO CONCHINA TALKS ABOUT KURONO TOKYO

Collector Review

@LUIS6_KCH talks about his kurono eggshell

"...上手十分舒適。面盤的色調中性柔和,和各種顏色的表帶都能搭配,增加了不少樂趣。尤其現在很多表帶都有快拆設計,不需工具、也可依心情和穿著隨意更換,展現個人風格。"

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MEDIA REVIEW

QUILL & PAD'S ELIZABETH DOERR SPEAKS WITH ACTOR ALDIS HODGE

“I also needed something that fit within his financial budget in terms of relativity. That’s why I didn’t go for the Hajime Asaoka Tsunami. I spoke with Hajime, and he told me about Kurono and was very kind in allowing me to wear two different models, one with a cream-colored dial and one with a blue dial in the film.” ~Aldis Hodge

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COLLECTOR REVIEW

The Horophile Talks About His Kurono Tokyo

Swiss watch collector Amr Sindi (@thehorophile) speaks with @swisswatchgang in a YouTube interview on his watch collecting philosophy, and on his Kurono Tokyo watch. 

Watch the interview here

MEDIA REVIEW

"The lineage of the design and aesthetics of this piece is not just in the past..."

REVIEW BY HOROLOGIUM

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MEDIA REVIEW

REVIEW: ASAOKA’S KURONO CLASSIC – MIDNIGHT BLUE AND EGGSHELL WHITE

REVIEW BY DEPLOYANT Peter Chong

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MEDIA REVIEW

Why this Japanese watchmaker decided to create affordable watches

ARTICLE BY CHANNEL NEWS ASIA LUXURY

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MEDIA REVIEW

'The attention to details on the dial is a typical Japanese standard of perfection and precision.'

REVIEW BY ARAB WATCH GUIDE

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MEDIA REVIEW

INTRODUCING THE KURONO BY INDEPENDENT WATCHMAKER HAJIME ASAOKA

REVIEW BY WORN & WOUND

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KURONO CELEBRATES CUSTOMER PHOTOGRAPHY