MEDIA/COLLECTOR REVIEWS

Introducing: Kurono Chronograph 2

Chronographs are the most elite measurement tools around and Kurono has really taken that to heart by including almost every possible counter or scale you could want, all packed into the dial without looking cluttered. The layout is the same as the original model and it still looks amazing, the interconnected dials and various measuring scales draw the eye and the longer you look at it the more details you see.

REVIEW BY ORACLE TIME

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KURONO RETHINKS THEIR CHRONOGRAPH WITH A NEW DIAL COLOR

The dial is busy and complex, mainly due to the unusual placement of the tachymeter scale at the center, but every decision on its execution has been made with an eye toward legibility and creating something that’s purely eye catching.... It also retains one of my favorite small details that Asaoka has implemented in his Kurono line: hour markers that are simple, polished steel studs. This is a rarely seen method of marking the hours and gives the Chronograph 2 a unique Art Deco flourish. 

REVIEW BY ZACH KAZAN, WORN & WOUND

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INTRODUCING: Don’t miss out – the new Kurono Chronograph 2 from the cult Japanese brand will sell out fast

What really makes Kurono so intriguing, beyond these more approachable price points, is the design language utilised across the various lines. This Japanese take on Art-Deco design has really caught the eye of collectors around the world. No detail is left unconsidered and the Kurono designs really revive an era of more classical proportions and aesthetics.

REVIEW BY ZACH BLASS, TIME + TIDE 

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Actor Aldis Hodge Wears Independent Watchmaker Hajime Asaoka’s Kurono Classic In ‘The Invisible Man’

“I chose Hajime because I was drawn to the idea of what he does and the fact that he has this other subsidiary brand at a lower price point but still a fantastic quality. I thought it paired perfectly with my character, what he does, what he could afford, and what my character meant to me personally. I saw somebody that exuded these principles within the watch.” ~ Aldis Hodge

REVIEW BY ELIZABETH DOERR, QUILL & PAD

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Why It Matters—The Kurono Anniversary Green Mori

Looking at the watch itself, the beauty is really layered in its dial and hands above all else.....An outer railroad minute track, applied concentric inner rings, and additional high-polish baton indices at 3, 6, 9, and 12, all help in delivering a very classic dial design without feeling derivative or overplayed. 


REVIEW BY JUSTIN MASTINE-FROST, WATCHUSEEK 

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Meine erste Uhrenvorstellung: die "BUNKYO TOKYO" von Hajime Asaoka

Bei mir wächst die Freude an der Uhr immer noch jeden Tag. Sie steht für Vieles, was ich mag, für Schönheit und Schlichtheit, für Klarheit und die Liebe zum Detail, für Verlässlichkeit und Vergänglichkeit, für Originalität und Tradition, für Zeitlosigkeit und die verstreichende Zeit zugleich, für das Besondere und das Seltene, auch für das Unbekannte

For me, the joy of the watch still grows every day. It stands for many things I like, for beauty and simplicity, for clarity and attention to detail, for reliability and transience, for originality and tradition, for timelessness and the passing of time at the same time, for the special and the rare, also for the unknown. 

REVIEW BY RAINER SCHMIDT, UHRFORUM

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WHY DO YOU KEEP HEARING ABOUT KURONO WATCHES? READ THIS AND YOU WILL WONDER NO MORE'

The Kurono brand is known for its transparency and engagement with their fans and consumers, offering step by step, play by play visibility into the manufacturing process and resulting timeline for their watches... They really go the extra mile to hear and respond to consumer sentiment.


REVIEW BY ZACH BLASS, TIME & TIDE MAGAZINE

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Kurono x Hiroshige Watch Strap Review

The stitches were kept to a minimum to maintain a minimalistic and clean look. Most of the time this could that the stitches can split after a few years, but Kurono has it covered. They have reduced the risk of that happening with stronger edge binders while taking into consideration that the strap is not meant for serious activities.


REVIEW BY ERICK, RELOZO

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KURONO BY HAJIME ASAOKA ANNIVERSARY GREEN MORI – GOOD NEWS, IT‘S RELATIVELY AFFORDABLE; BAD NEWS, IT’S HARD TO GET

That green dial is also a winner; I almost called it an “unusual” green dial, but it seems that green is the new whatever these days. This particular color and dial, however, have the ability to look quite different in varied light conditions, seeming to shift from forest green to aqua and back again while shimmering in the light.


REVIEW BY GARY GETZ, QUILL & PAD MAGAZINE

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INTRODUCING THE KURONO BY INDEPENEDNT WATCHMAKER HAJIME ASAOKA 

Asaoka’s aesthetic can be summed up by an adherence to simplicity. His designs, regardless of price point, are clean and straightforward, with an undeniable Art Deco inspiration. You won’t see a lot of ornate dial or case work on an Asaoka designed watch — he takes an idea and seems to continually reduce it down until it reaches a type of minimalism that is still distinctively his own. 

REVIEW BY ZACH KAZAN, WORN & WOUND

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kurono by hajime asaoka

For me in today’s watch world and environment , the smaller the case size the classier and more subtle it was. A 37-39mm case is a standard of dapperness and elite size that suits a well dressed man perfectly. The attention to details on the dial is a typical Japanese standard of perfection and precision.


REVIEW BY HASSAN AKHRAS, ARAB WATCH GUIDE


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GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK

I will add that the green dial is rather exquisite and that it dances in the light and gives off different depths of colour... It’s a watch that must be seen in person for it to be understood fully.

REVIEW BY @TICK_TOCK_007, FIFTH WRIST

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HANDS-ON: Kurono Bunkyō Tokyo by Hajime Asaoka

Proportions are important in watch design, but so too are the seemingly small design decisions such as how many circles to have, the thickness of each circle, each marker, the minutes track etc. If you read Asaoka’s words about these, from his website, you will find that each of these was thought through down to the last 0.1mm. 


REVIEW BY HOROLOGIUM


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THE WATCHMAKING ART OF HAJIME ASAOKA

La collaborazione con Kurono rafforza lo status di Hajime Asaoka come uno dei pochi marchi non nati in Svizzera che tengono la qualità. Il segreto? Lo racconta ancora il maestro, con parole che sono la chiusura perfetta di questo articolo: "Molte delle mie idee mi vengono mentre cammino, ma tante di queste idee sono frammentate e un’idea da sola non crea un orologio: è quando più idee si incontrano, che diventano un orologio".

REVIEW BY DAVIDE PASSONI, WATCHINSANITY ITALY

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Asaoka’s Kurono Classic – Midnight Blue and Eggshell White

The Kurono Tokyo Classic watches, either in Midnight Blue or in Eggshell White are beacons in the world of watchmaking. Here a ultra high end independent watchmaker is doing his part to spread the cheer of beautiful watches at an affordable price. 


REVIEW BY PETER CHONG, DEPLOYANT

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“I spat out my drink” – Zach’s honest reactions to 3 GPHG 2020 winners that make no sense

My personal pick, the Kurono Tokyo Mori (which I also happen to own) as it really pushes the boundaries of what people can expect from accessibly priced watches. If one were unaware of its price, many would assume the Mori was four-to-five times more expensive than it actually is. The design language from Hajime Asaoka is also incredibly distinct and is a fresh Art Deco aesthetic that is so beloved that people rush to secure one when orders open – selling out in minutes.

REVIEW BY ZACH BLASS, TIME + TIDE MAGAZINE

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GPHG 2020 – 5 disruptive nominees that should be winners in a chaotic and disrupted year

The printing on the dial is razor sharp, and the classic chronograph date window at 6 is balanced by the classic Asaoka detail of a long lonely double indice at 12. The fact that we have a low production enthusiasts piece like this in one of the most important categories for men’s watches is a surefire sign that the world is changing to a more inclusive scene.

REVIEW BY THOR SVABOE, TIME + TIDE MAGAZINE

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