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KURONO by Hajime Asaoka

A fully mechanical watch designed by independent Japanese watchmaker Hajime Asaoka, KURONO delivers to watch collectors outside Japan a more accessible timepiece that shares the design DNA of Hajime's exclusive handmade atelier watches, but at a more affordable price.

By being serially produced, KURONO leverages the economies of scale that Hajime’s contract partners can deliver, but at a level of quality commensurate to Hajime’s exacting standards. KURONO is proudly made in Japan, hand assembled, and remains limited in production at just 50 pieces per dial variant.

“It has always been my wish to make my designs more accessible to a wider audience, and especially those that are just starting out in watch appreciation, or as a complement to their existing handmade Hajime Asaoka atelier watch.”

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$40,000.

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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 Grand Seiko, 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. 

Premium Movement Made in Japan

MIYOTA 90S5 PREMIUM

Hajime chose the calibre 90S5 - Miyota's highest end movement from its Premium series. Balancing affordability with over-the-top construction quality, the cal.90S5 is made in Japan, features a stop-seconds automatic mechanism with a 40 hour power reserve.

Charity

KURONO FOR RAINBOW CENTRE

For every KURONO purchase, a portion of the proceeds will go towards Rainbow Centre Singapore.

Rainbow Centre works with our partners to create opportunities for kids with autism and other disabilities to make the most of their abilities and participate meaningfully in society. Through practical education, meaningful support and effective training programmes, they strive to increase the quality of life for them and their families. 

Established in 1987, Rainbow Centre is a registered charity and Institution of a Public Character.

For more information about Rainbow Centre, click here

KURONO

KURONO (S$2,360)  [30% PREORDER DEPOSIT]

Designed by Hajime Asaoka

KURONO (S$2,360) [30% PREORDER DEPOSIT]

$708
KURONO is elegantly proportioned for the discerning watch collector, and features a unique dial design by Hajime Asaoka set within a highly-polished steel case, and set with Hajime's trademark polished steel hands. 
  • Limited to 50 pieces per dial variant
  • Mechanical automatic winding 
  • Sapphire glass
  • Solid caseback, design signed and engraved by Hajime Asaoka
  • 24 jewels, 28,800 vibrations / hour, power reserve 40 hours 
  • Waterproof to 3 ATM
  • 316L high-polished 37mm stainless steel case 
  • Calf leather band
  • Made in Japan
  • Expected delivery will be in August-October 2019.

Retail Price: SGD2,360 (US$1,750) excluding GST
A 30% deposit is required on checkout

Pre-orders are on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more information and on the philosophy behind the making on this watch, click here

Exclusive to Sincere Fine Watches

KURONO 'Eggshell white'

KURONO for SINCERE FINE WATCHES

Designed by Hajime Asaoka

KURONO for SINCERE FINE WATCHES

$2,360

The Kurono 'Eggshell' is a Sincere Fine Watches Exclusive, with allocation priority for existing Sincere-Hajime Asaoka customers, and Sincere VIPs.

Set in a unique cream 'eggshell' dial color, this special KURONO variant is elegantly proportioned for the discerning watch collector, and features a unique dial design by Hajime Asaoka set within a highly-polished steel case, and set with Hajime's trademark polished steel hands. 

  • Unique eggshell dial exclusive to Sincere Fine Watches
  • Limited to 50 pieces
    • 50 pieces reserved for Sincere customers
  • Mechanical automatic winding 
  • Sapphire glass
  • Solid caseback, design signed and engraved by Hajime Asaoka
  • 24 jewels, 28,800 vibrations / hour, power reserve 40 hours 
  • Waterproof to 3 ATM
  • 316L high-polished 37mm stainless steel case 
  • Calf leather band
  • Made in Japan
  • Expected delivery will be in July/August 2019.

How to Order If You Are a Sincere Customer
You will have to reserve your allocation directly through your Sincere Fine Watches consultant. Pre-orders are on an allocation basis. 

Fulfillment and payments shall be at your favourite Sincere Fine Watches store, and shall be facilitated by your consultant.  

Retail Price: SGD2,360 (US$1,750) excluding GST
Available only via Sincere Fine Watches

For more information and on the philosophy behind the making on this watch, click here