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Grand:Akane Watch

グランド:茜

Grand:Akane

Kurono introduces our first artisan-level timepiece with a uniquely made urushi dial featuring a ‘Hamon (刃文)’ pattern that is finished with the traditional Japanese ‘Niiro 煮色’ chemical treatment, and then sealed by an additional layer of suki-urushi (transparent lacquer). The result is a beautiful urushi dial of contrasting red hues, that leverages the unique thick box sapphire for lightplay. Additionally, the use of suki-urushi as the sealing layer of the dial will result in different color shades over time according to the usage of the owner. Its unique dial is created by a urushi master craftsman to Hajime Asaoka-sensei’s design and exacting standards.

刃文

Hamon Design

Hamon (刃文), meaning 'blade pattern', is a visual effect created by the hardening process typically done on blades. The pattern mimics that of a mountainous terrain with peaks and dips, and historically deemed as evidence of the maker’s effort to produce the finest work. In the case of the Grand:Akane, the Hamon visual effect is repeated throughout the dial giving it an ethereal contrast of lighter and darker red.

漆 & 透漆

Urushi & Suki Urushi

Urushi lacquer is made from the filtered sap of the Japanese rhus vernicifera tree. It is seen as a miraculous substance that cures naturally into a material with remarkable properties. The lacquer absorbs moisture from the air as it hardens, making the lacquered surface perpetually shiny and slick. Over time, urushi will become harder and more scratch-resistant as the curing process continues even after the initial manufacture.


Suki-Urushi (or clear lacquer) seals the Hamon pattern on the Grand:Akane dial. Sunlight - specifically UV light - will, over time, lighten and make it more translucent and warmer or cooler.

煮色

Niiro Method

Niiro (煮色) quite literally translates to the boiling of color. It is a historically distinct patination technique, exclusive to Japan, responsible for the coloration of copper and its alloys into irogane metals. A highly guarded craft, niiro has existed for at least 600 years, but its history may extend over 1200 years.

The process comprises heating the metal in a special liquid or solution. The piece must first be immaculate to ensure the quality and predictability of the end product. Ultimately, the final color depends on the duration of the boiling. After this patination process, it is washed in cold water before being coated with suki-urushi.

Grand:Akane Watch

グランド:茜

Grand:Akane

Kurono introduces our first artisan-level timepiece with a uniquely made urushi dial featuring a ‘Hamon (刃文)’ pattern that is finished with the traditional Japanese ‘Niiro 煮色’ chemical treatment, and then sealed by an additional layer of suki-urushi (transparent lacquer). The result is a beautiful urushi dial of contrasting red hues, that leverages the unique thick box sapphire for lightplay. Additionally, the use of suki-urushi as the sealing layer of the dial will result in different color shades over time according to the usage of the owner. Its unique dial is created by a urushi master craftsman to Hajime Asaoka-sensei’s design and exacting standards.

刃文

Hamon Design

Hamon (刃文), meaning 'blade pattern', is a visual effect created by the hardening process typically done on blades. The pattern mimics that of a mountainous terrain with peaks and dips, and historically deemed as evidence of the maker’s effort to produce the finest work. In the case of the Grand:Akane, the Hamon visual effect is repeated throughout the dial giving it an ethereal contrast of lighter and darker red.

漆 & 透漆

Urushi & Suki Urushi

Urushi lacquer is made from the filtered sap of the Japanese rhus vernicifera tree. It is seen as a miraculous substance that cures naturally into a material with remarkable properties. The lacquer absorbs moisture from the air as it hardens, making the lacquered surface perpetually shiny and slick. Over time, urushi will become harder and more scratch-resistant as the curing process continues even after the initial manufacture.


Suki-Urushi (or clear lacquer) seals the Hamon pattern on the Grand:Akane dial. Sunlight - specifically UV light - will, over time, lighten and make it more translucent and warmer or cooler.

煮色

Niiro Method

Niiro (煮色) quite literally translates to the boiling of color. It is a historically distinct patination technique, exclusive to Japan, responsible for the coloration of copper and its alloys into irogane metals. A highly guarded craft, niiro has existed for at least 600 years, but its history may extend over 1200 years.

The process comprises heating the metal in a special liquid or solution. The piece must first be immaculate to ensure the quality and predictability of the end product. Ultimately, the final color depends on the duration of the boiling. After this patination process, it is washed in cold water before being coated with suki-urushi.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Japan-made mechanical automatic movement
  • Sapphire glass
  • Kanji embellished caseback
  • 28,800 vibrations / hour, power reserve 40 hours
  • Waterproof to 3 ATM
  • 316L high-polished 37mm stainless steel case
  • Special black calf leather band with red sides
  • 20mm at lugs, 16mm at buckle
  • Made in Japan
  • Expected delivery in March 2021 (Starting from Public Tier)
  • Total edition size of 200 pieces
  • Delivery: March 2021 from Public Tier

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