CHRONOGRAPH 1

KURONO introduces its first ever chronograph, designed by Japanese watchmaking extraordinaire Hajime Asaoka. A 38mm column-wheel chronograph, the Chronograph 1 features a monochromatic art-deco design language that is distinctively Hajime Asaoka. 

KURONOは日本の独立時計師・浅岡肇がデザインを手がけるブランド初のクロノグラフモデルを発表します。

38ミリのコラムホイールクロノグラフで、モノトーンをベースに、浅岡肇のデザイン要素が随所に感じられる時計です。


Available in Black or Silver, the central design feature of the dial is a vertical pinstripe motif at its core that provides differing contrasts depending on the source of light.
ブラックとホワイトの2色展開で、文字盤の中心のピンストライプは光の当たり方により様々な表情を見せます。

Polished steel studs that indicate hours are then followed by alternating gray or black/silver rings that culminate in a detailed tachymeter scale at the edge. 

A high-polish steel surround features a date window in contrasting white with black numerals.


At '3' and '9' are contrasting elapsed time and seconds subdials respectively, finished in a concentric guilloche pattern, with the elapsed-time subdial at '9' set with a uniquely designed high-polished subhand in the shape of a traditional Japanese 'kyudo' arrow.


細部には鏡面仕上げが施され、文字盤の立体感を演出しています。例として、12時位置のバーインデックス、ミニッツドット、日付表示の枠、インダイヤルの外周のリングが挙げられます。また、クロノグラフの針は全て異なる形状をしています。


The principles of kyudo archery are sometimes summarised as ‘truth, goodness and beauty’, where truth relates to shooting with a pure mind, goodness to a person’s character, and beauty to gracefulness and the refined etiquette of kyudo.

For the Chronograph 1, Hajime chose the mechanical chronograph calibre NE86A from one of Japan's most esteemed movement manufactures - positioned by them as its newest flagship chronograph movement and successor to the 6S.


Touted by the manufacturer as a premium caliber, the 311-part movement combines traditional chronograph features like a column wheel, vertical clutch, and a magic lever winding system - with a unique three-pointed hammer system that starts, stops, and resets all three wheels simultaneously. This allows for all the counters to advance continuously rather than only at one-minute intervals.


Additionally, instead of driving the minute and hour counters from the chronograph seconds wheel, each is driven by a powered wheel with its own clutch. This delivers increased accuracy and longer-term durability. The watch measures 38mm excluding the crown/pushers, and has a power reserve of 45 hours.


ムーブメントには日本製のキャリバーであるセイコーインスツル製NE86Aを採用。駆動方式は垂直クラッチで、コラムホイールを搭載した安定性のあるムーブメントです。パワーリザーブは45時間です。

The new chronograph retains the key elements of the high-polished steel case and hands that KURONO is renowned for - and more importantly - also features the unique box-sapphire watch glass so as to leverage its higher refractive and magnification performance for enhancement to lightplay.


Taken as a whole, the entire effect of the design is a breathtaking link between modern watch design and the romanticism of classical dial layouts. As the first chronograph by KURONO, considerable care and time has been put into the design and overall look-and-feel by Hajime Asaoka, and aims to achieve sophistication through simplicity. The Chronograph 1 takes the promise of 'a well-priced, well-made watch' and brings it to a whole new level aesthetically.


ケースは鍛造のステンレススチール製であり、風防にはボックスサファイアを採用しています。クロノグラフ1は伝統的な要素を、現代的に再解釈した時計です。ブランド初のクロノグラフであるこの時計は、浅岡肇の哲学である「シンプル」と「洗練」を象徴するモデルです。

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Steel case, with solid case back 
  • Case diameter: 38mm 
  • Thickness: 13.9mm incl sapphire 
  • Power reserve: 45 hours, self-winding 
  • Complications: chronograph, date window 
  • Jewels: 34 rubies 
  • Glass: high-curvature sapphire crystal 
  •  Frequency: 28,800bph 
  • Water resistance: 3 ATM 
  • Strap widths (mm): 20/16 

Price: US$3,680 (S$5,190) excluding applicable taxes  

Limited to 68 pieces per dial variant

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4. While accurate, estimated delivery dates may be affected by force majeure conditions out of our control.