Unveiled last year as the debut product of Kikuchi Nakagawa, the Murakumo is modelled on the 1930s Patek Philippe Calatrava ref. 96, considered by its founders as the ideal classical men’s wristwatch.
Originally available only with a matte black dial, Kikuchi Nakagawa has now unveiled its inverse – the Murakumo with white dial and black numerals.
Founded by a pair of Japanese watchmakers, Yusuke Kikuchi and Tomonari Nakagawa – with Mr Nakagawa having worked at Citizen as it developed the tourbillon – the brand is all about two things: components supplied by the very best Japanese specialists (save for the dial and movement), and exceptional black polishing of all the external steel parts.
The three-dimensional hands are made by precision machine shop Yuki Precision, while the case and buckle are courtesy of Matsuura Works. The parts are all black polished by hand, creating a remarkably flat, mirror-like surface.
With some Swiss help
The dial on the other hand, comes from Swiss supplier Gilwatch, located in Geneva. Particular attention was paid to the printed numerals, which require several layers of pad printing in order to give them height.
Also from Switzerland is the movement, which is a Vaucher VMF 5401. Though high quality in finish and construction – variants of the same calibre are used by Hermes, Richard Mille and Parmigiani – the movement is relatively pedestrian compared to the rest of the Murakumo. That being said, Kikuchi Nakagawa might introduce its own movement in the future.
Key facts and price
Murakumo White Dial
Case diameter: 36.8mm
Material: Black polished stainless steel
Water resistance: 30m
Movement: KN001 (VMF 5401)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Frequency: 21,600bph (3Hz)
Power reserve: 48 hours
Strap: Crocodile with black-polished steel pin buckle
Availability: Direct from Kikuchi Nakagawa, with delivery time of 6-12 months
For more, visit Kikuchi-nakagawa.com.
Update December 2, 2019: Images of the Vaucher VMF 5401 were added.Back to top.