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Introducing Japanese Watchmaker Daizoh Makihara’s “Chrysanthemum Sakura” Watch

Featuring a traditional crystal glass, Edo-kiriko dial.

A 38-year old Japanese watchmaker who makes a living specialising in watch repair, Daizoh Makihara started making his own timepieces in 2012, though they were basic, time-only watches. His latest creation is his most elaborate yet, one that fuses traditional Japanese craftsmanship and culture with traditional movement decoration.

Named Kiku-tsunagi-mon sakura (菊繋ぎ紋桜), or “chrysanthemum pattern cherry blossoms”, the wristwatch features a hand-engraved, clear crystal glass dial, as well as a movement Mr Makihara produces himself at his workshop in the Japanese city of Saitama.

Notably, Mr Makihara is a graduate of the Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry in Shibuya, Tokyo, the same college where fellow Japanese watchmaker Masahiro Kikuno learnt the trade.

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The dial is made of Edo-kiriko, a traditional Japanese cut-crystal glass that originated in the 18th century. Classified by the Japanese government as a traditional craft, Edo-kiriko, like all other artisanal crafts in Japan, is hand-made.

That means an artisan manually engraves a piece of glass freehand by pressing it against a spinning, abrasive wheel, creating the motif one stroke at a time. Any mistake renders the dial useless, and requires starting afresh on a new disc of glass. A watch dial can take up to a day’s worth of work to complete.

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Samples of Edo-kiriko watch dials

The dial motif is where the watch gets its name: Kiku-tsunagi-mon sakura translates as “chrysanthemum pattern cherry blossoms”. Both the chrysanthemum and cherry blossom (or sakura) are national symbols of Japan, and are repeated in hand-engraved on the crown and also the bridges of the movement.

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The dial is secured to the base plate via pins at five and 10 o’clock.

While the mechanics and layout of the movement are based on the Unitas 6498, Mr Makihara makes most of the movement himself, including the base plate and bridges, which are in German silver.

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The bridges finished with a grained surface that resembles the tremblage engraving found in European watchmaking, and also engraved with cherry blossoms. Care was put into ensuring that the bridges have broad, pronounced anglage, or polished bevelling.

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The watch case is 18k pink gold and 42mm in diameter. Produced by a case maker in Japan, the case has soldered lugs with a polished finish, while the case middle is brushed; each component is finished before the lugs are joined to the case band. Mr Makihara no doubt took some inspiration from the watch cases of A. Lange & Söhne.

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 Price and availability 

Limited to eight pieces, the Kiku-tsunagi-mon sakura wristwatch is priced at ¥5.58m including Japanese tax, which is equivalent to about US$49,900. It’s available direct from Mr Makihara, with a delivery time of eight months.


 

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The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph Exhibition Opens in Singapore

From 1st to 13th August at Ngee Ann City.

Since the revival of the Laureato in 2016, Girard-Perregaux has quickly built a substantial collection around the sports watch, with a variety of materials, sizes and complications. But inevitably, the complication by which any sports watch collection is measured is the chronograph.

To celebrate the launch of the Laureato Chronograph earlier this year, retailer The Hour Glass is hosting a pop-up exhibition that spotlights the expansive Laureato collection, from the basic automatic to the flying tourbillon in pink gold.

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The headliner of the showcase is the new chronograph, which consists of four iterations, all featuring dials with hobnail, or clous de Paris, guilloche that’s a signature of the collection. The first is a deep blue dial with the case in either pink gold or stainless steel, next a “panda” dial with refreshing blue accents and a steel case, and lastly an appealingly unusual blue-on-black dial in steel.

It’s also worth pointing out the cases are available in either 38mm or 42mm – the 38mm feels elegant and slightly retro – but all versions are powered by a GP03300 base movement with a chronograph module on top.

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The Laureato exhibition is open to the public daily from 10am to 9.30pm, and takes place at the Level 1 Atrium of Ngee Ann City, located at:

391 Orchard Rd
Singapore 238873

The exhibition is open from now till August 13, 2018.


 

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