One of the greatest lacquer 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 made hundreds of years ago is still here
today, it can be restored and remains like new even we touch and manipulate lacquer with
human hands. This superlative work engages us immediately on a physical level and one can
only stand in awe at the commitment, patience and dedication required to create these works of
art. This masterpiece shown here; using the techniques of lacquering which takes far more than
thousand hours of work to complete the dial, bridges and cover of the case back. The raw
materials for its creation are: Kinpun (gold dust), Jyunkin-itakane (gold leaf), Yakou-gai (shell
of great green turban) and Awabi-gai (abalone shell from New Zealand).
This bespoke watch been 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.