Aki-No-Kure

Project Description

This bespoke watch was inspired from late autumn scene with the spirit of circle of life. This symbiosis of Japanese tradition with the Swiss haute horlogerie creations of Kari Voutilainen represents an all-embracing mechanical and visual work of art that unites the East and West in perfect harmony.

One of the greatest lacquered studios in the world is Unryuan in Wajima town in Japan. Under the guidance of Mr. T. Kitamura, they create works of lacquer art that stand at the pinnacle of Japanese tradition, bringing a craft that has existed for hundreds of years into the present, exemplifying the passion to preserve the soul, spirit and identity Of traditional Japanese culture as expressed in the Edo period. This kind of work of art is still here today, it can be restored and remains like new and even manipulate lacquer with human hands. This superlative work involves a patient’s patience and dedication to create these works of art. This masterpiece shown here; Using the techniques of lacquering which takes more than a thousand hours of work to complete the dial, bridges and cover of the case back.