"Most GMT watches fall in the sports watch category. However, those who genuinely desire the GMT complication are business travelers. I wanted to incorporate tradition while at the same time reflect a sense of coordinated modernity. With this in mind, the Kurono GMT 1 is designed to complement the cuffs of the globetrotting executive in an intellectual manner." ~ Hajime Asaoka.
Introducing the new limited
Kurono GMT 1
Kurono Tokyo is proud to present our first world-time complication - the Kurono GMT 1 - a new novelty and design study by master Japanese watchmaker Hajime Asaoka.
The new Kurono GMT 1 imbues Hajime Asaoka's strong art-deco design language coordinated with intelligent gentility. Hajime Asaoka set out to design a watch for the business traveler that would coordinate with boardroom business attire, but yet retain a sense of understated sportiness.
The Kurono GMT 1 is a true GMT watch that has been nominated as a finalist for the 2023 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève Awards under the 'Challenge' category.
Worldwide ordering on Fri 8 Sep, 23:00 JST
The complication adopted for the GMT 1 is a "True GMT," where instead of adjusting the 24-hour hand, the local hour hand can be independently adjusted in one-hour increments forward and backward, with date changes up or down in tow. This enables quick responses when there is a need to change time zones.
The addition of the bi-directional bezel allows for a myriad of possible timekeeping uses apart from a third-time zone. Furthermore, considering durability, this rotating bezel has been carefully chosen to be clickless with a specific tension for ease of usage.
The Kurono GMT 1 retains the curved Kurono 38mm high-polish case with the addition of the glazed bi-directional rotating bezel. It features lacquer-filled 24-hour markers, as well as the now iconic art-deco concentric lines that serve as a day-night indicator. Thematic coordination is brought to the dial via contrasting black, gray, and crimson dial rings - each demarcating the various time and time-zone functions of the watch.
The combination of high-polish leaf hands for the hour and minute hands with modern hands is a typical Kurono design. The hour and minute hands are curved at both ends, and are paired with a counterweighted second hand that is very thin. The tips of the second and minute hands are bent by hand. A 24 hour arrow hand is in red filled with superluminova.
Complications: hours, minutes, seconds, GMT
Driving system: automatic winding
Case diameter: 38 mm
Case thickness: 9.8mm (11.7mm w/ glass)
Case material: 316L Stainless steel (high polish)
Bezel: Bidirectional rotating bezel
Water resistance: 5 atm
Strap: calf leather
Strap width: 20/16mm (lugs/buckle)
Movement: Japan-made Miyota 9075
Power reserve: 42 hours
24 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour
Glass: Box sapphire crystal
Made in Japan
US$2,250 excluding taxes
The Kurono GMT 1 is a limited production watch and will not be repeated.
Fulfillment starts Oct 2023 thru Nov 2023
23:00 JST, Friday 8 September 2023
(BST) London: Friday, 8 September, 3:00PM
(EDT) New York: Friday, 8 September, 10:00AM
(GST) Dubai: Friday, 8 September, 6:00PM
(AEST) Sydney: Saturday, 9 September, 12:00AM
(PDT) California: Friday, 8 September, 7:00AM
(CST) China: Friday, 8 September, 10:00PM
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Conditions of Sale
Any transactions with Kurono means that you unequivocally accept the following terms and conditions of purchase:
Kurono has a strict No Refund policy.
Please ensure that you are certain in your purchasing decision before commencing to pay for your order. Finalizing and paying for your order will mean that you unequivocally understand and accept that you forfeit the right to cancellations and refunds for any reason, even in the pre-order stage. As this is a high demand limited edition item, this policy allows us to prevent hoarding/fraud and ensures that the product reaches the wrists of real collectors and fans. Any cancellations will be subject to a restocking fee of 19.23% of the watch’s MSRP to cater to card transaction and platform costs. The extra will be donated to our selected children’s charity of the season.
Before making a purchase, please refer to the product pages on the shipping advisory. Depending on current world situations, there may be countries or jurisdictions where we may be allowed to ship to.
Precautions against resale accounts
Accounts that are suspected of being linked to reseller profiles will be banned immediately. We will take measures to prevent future purchases by such accounts.
To combat the existing reseller problem, we have a stringent one watch per customer policy. In the case of duplicate purchases, our system will detect this and both orders will be canceled.
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Loss of package/Custom delays
We will only use DHL International Economy from the point of origin and international airmail for all international orders or local delivery courier service. Please refer to DHL/local delivery courier's terms of service in your respective country should you require more information on shipping terms, conditions, and requirements.
You understand that any loss of packages or customs delays shall not be within the purview of Kurono, and any claims and correspondence shall be with DHL/local delivery courier, or with your country’s customs authority. While Kurono shall provide assistance with regards to paperwork on a best effort basis, you understand that Kurono shall not be held liable for any matter with this regard.
Additional Measures to stem Speculation and Unauthorized Resale
Warranty for Limited Edition Items
- Warranty or service claims within the first six months of receiving your watch by anyone other than the original buyer on record will be rejected.
- Warranty for any watches discovered on the resale market within the first six months will be voided.
We will only use DHL International Economy from the point of origin and international airmail for all international orders or local delivery courier. Please refer to DHL/local delivery courier's terms of service in your respective country should you require more information on shipping terms, conditions, and requirements.
Please note that you have not been charged domestic VAT or related taxes at the point of order, DHL or the local delivery courier that they use may require you to pay the necessary VAT/GST/excise taxes applicable to your country of receipt before releasing the shipment. These taxes are unique to your country of domicile, and we shall not be held responsible for the payment of such taxes, except for local domestic taxes.
Exchanges & Repairs (Warranty)
All items are thoroughly inspected by watchmakers before they leave the factory for shipping. In the unlikely event that your item arrives damaged during transit, you may be eligible for a one-to-one exchange. Eligibility for exchange shall be on a case-by-case basis and only after your return is received and inspected. We will notify you of the approval or rejection of your exchange.
If you are approved, a new watch (if stock is available) shall be shipped to you without charge. If stock is unavailable, we will offer either a replacement of the affected part(s), a repair, or a refund.
We only repair or replace items if they are defective or damaged in transit. You will need to send pictures of the exterior of the shipping package in its entirety to help in your claim. You will be requested to take a picture of your warranty card to ensure the information tallies with your original order details as well. From there, we will make the necessary arrangements.
Please note that repairs may take up to 2-3 months depending on the condition of the watch. If you are uncomfortable with the waiting time, do consider before sending your watch back to the repair center.
Yes, a valid account is necessary before purchase. We recommend that customers register for an account prior to any pre-order, so that the checkout process will not be delayed.
All warranty and service claims within the first six months of receiving your watch must be made through the original purchaser, otherwise it will be denied.
We accept the following payment methods: VISA, Mastercard, American Express (AMEX), Apple Pay, Android/Google Pay, Alipay, & Wechat Pay.
Payments outside of Japan will be charged in USD ($).
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Due to the very short lead times between allocation and delivery, changes of addresses will not be allowed. Successful customers are advised to enter an accurate shipping address at the invoice finalization stage. Any changes after the fact may result in cancellation of your order and reallocation of your watch to another customer.