Kurono Tokyo by Hajime Asaoka - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Kurono Tokyo by Hajime Asaoka
    Year: 2019
    Reference No: CB003R
    Case No: R031
    Model Name: Reiwa
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, Myota 90S5, 24 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 37mm Diameter
    Signed: Case and dial signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by fitted box and warranty.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Hajime Asaoka is a designer turned self-taught independent watchmaker, who has been surprising the watch world with his incredible fully hand made mechanical timepieces produced out of his workshops in Tokyo.
    To offer pieces bearing his design ethos, quality and attention to details at more affordable prices Asaoka launched Kurono Tokyo in 2019. Asaoka-san’s new creations immediately found a cult like following with each new collection being sold out within minutes of being announced.

    The present “Reiwa” series with its attractive two-tone chocolate and copper dial was launched in 2019 in a limited edition of 50 pieces. The name refers to the current era of Japan’s official calendar: The Reiwa era began on May 1, 2019 as Naruhito ascended the throne as Emperor of Japan. So 2019 is known as “Reiwa 1” in the calendar. Reiwa also translates to “Beautiful Harmony” and according to Asaoka this is reflected in the design with its complex two-part dial that provides a glint of metallic sophistication at the periphery - offset by the serenity of a perfect solid-colored center.

    The dial and caseback are signed Bunkyō Tokyo - referring to the area in Tokyo where Asaoka’s design studio is located.

    The present Reiwa was sold out within 6 minutes of being launched and is offered with its full set of accessories and in almost unworn condition.


Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. CB003R
A very attractive stainless steel wristwatch with two tone dial, warranty and presentation box, numbered 31 of a limited edition of 50 pieces

37mm Diameter
Case and dial signed

CHF2,000 - 4,000 

Sold for CHF25,200

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022