Hajime Asaoka Tourbillon Watch
TOURBILLON 1 BY HAJIME ASAOKA AND PRODUCED ENTIRELY IN JAPAN
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TOURBILLON 1 - HAJIME ASAOKA
INDEPENDENT WATCHMAKER HAJIME ASAOKA
PRODUCED ENTIRELY IN TOKYO - JAPAN
Hajime Asoaka learned the art of watchmaking with George Daniels.
Without any specific training in this area, his first Tourbillon, produced entirely by hand in Japan, is probably at the best we could find in the Swiss Jura mountains!
The images of the turmoil that Hajime Asoaka will arrive over the network causing a "dropper" from across the world, do not stop to amaze.
The perfection of finish, care for the aesthetics, the design of each individual component, all the characteristic elements of a great clockmaker are there.
However Hajime Asaoka is a virtual unknown among enthusiasts of haute horology world and the work that I faced would normally connoted as being impossible to have been held outside the borders of the state Helvetic.
But Asaoka is a native of Japan, the first industrialized country that quartz and where big names such as Seiko, prepare a slow and inevitable return to the world stage of high-mechanical watchmaking.
By observing the technical quality and level of detail evident in the images of this watch Hajime Asaoka might think that would have attended the famous school of watchmaking Tokyo, the Hiko Mizuno, however, even the scope of their training is a cause for surprise.
All knowledge that allowed him to take the first steps in this demanding art came directly from George Daniels.
Not the master himself, who incidentally Asaoka never met, but the book Watchmaking that Daniels wrote and published in 1981.
The knowledge that withdrew from the masterwork of the English watchmaker, recently departed, joined the practice in handling the most diverse kinds of machines obtained during his academic career as a student of product design at the University of Arts in Tokyo.
Talents like Hajime Asaoka slowly begin to surface and reveal behind a maturation period of several years which is responsible for high level technical and artistic.
Although a characteristic style, the Swiss influence continues to be noted that these new models independent watchmakers have been put forward from across the world.
Moreover, humility communicating with the work continues to contrast with the shape sometimes overt that each part is released to the public by the majority of Swiss manufacturers.
I find that it has built other models with exhaust swirl including one in 2006, who has worked on a titanium balance that will be presented briefly, and that, as George Daniels, he runs all components in its small but well equipped workshop in Tokyo.
Everything Hajime sends me shows simplicity and humility, as if unconscious of excecional degree of quality that his work reveals.
The contemplation of the various details and details of a Tourbillon is a true pleasure to view.
The front lines of the model reveals a classic black dial decorated with a striped pattern inspired Art Deco.
Asaoka a style that spans the bridge to the upper support of the large vortex located at 9 o'clock and whose balance oscillates at 18,000 alternations per hour.
A slow, almost hypnotic cadence that allows you to enjoy a good part of the construction details of the technique applied to the elements that compose it.
Every angle and every perspective reveals a level of execution that traditionally only associate with the best that the Swiss watch industry often present.
Decidedly, it is rare to find a self-taught watchmaker and without specific training that can make work with this degree of technical and aesthetic quality.
Asaoka joins this quality an even more rare and valuable that I never tire of stress in an absolute and genuine humility before the work presents.
You can found the video here - HAJIME ASAOKA - TOURBILLON 1 VIDEO
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