Kurono Tokyo's Limited Edition 'Azuki' Watch


| LAST UPDATE 05/19/2023

By Tracy Morrison
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Ladies and gentlemen, if you're a watch enthusiast, you're in for a treat as Kurono Tokyo has unveiled its latest timepiece - the Anniversary Calendrier Type I "Azuki." This limited edition watch is truly a masterpiece and a real gem to add to any collection. The watch is an exquisite representation of Japanese craftsmanship and attention to detail.

The Calendrier Type I made its debut last year as the brand's first timepiece to feature a complete calendar. Now, the "Azuki" marks the final iteration of this model, and according to Kurono Tokyo's official webpage, the brand will discontinue the model after this release. Therefore, it is genuinely a collector's item that is worth having, especially for watch enthusiasts who want to have a unique piece in their collection. The watch's dial features an unusual maroon color that nods to its name "Azuki," which is the Japanese word for red bean. The color choice pays homage to vintage cars and Japan's popular standard color for cars, as well as the Datsun 240Z.

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The founder of Kurono Tokyo, Hajime Asaoka, wanted to create a deep, nostalgic hue that wasn't easy to create. He explains that "For a deep maroon color, it is necessary to add a dye to the pigment. This requires a thicker coating of paint. This is no problem for a car body, but very difficult for a watch face." Therefore, the phosphor-bronze used as the basis of the dial made the process much harder to process than brass. The result is a vintage-colored dial with bolded and gothic Arabic numeral hour markers, railway track minute scale, guilloché sub-dials, and distinct hand-bent hands. To complement the vintage-colored dial, the hour markers are in off-white color. The watch's inside is as impressive as the outside, featuring a Japan-made Miyota 9122 movement with a triple-calendar complication and 40 hours of power reserve. The watch measures 38mm and comes in a stainless steel case, which adds to its robustness and durability.

The "Azuki" edition is set to retail for $1,830 USD and will be exclusively available in two 20-minute ordering windows. The first order window will be on May 26, between 11 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. JST and the second window will open from 11 p.m. to 11:20 p.m. JST on the same day. All orders placed within these timeframes are expected to receive the watch between the end of June and August. Don't miss out on the opportunity to own this exceptional timepiece that is genuinely a collector's item. Head over to Kurono Tokyo's official website for more information and mark May 26th on your calendar!

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