Introducing Kurono Tokyo Mystic Grey by Hajime Asaoko
If you’re a seasoned watch enthusiast, or a savvy collector of things in general, you know to look in the opposite direction of where everyone else is looking. In this current climate, stainless steel sport watches are what’s in, but if you do take the time to look at the whole picture, and notice the subtle shift, Independents, and the dress watch itself, is making a comeback. With that said, the Hajime Asaoko Kurono Tokyo in Mystic Grey is a perfect combination of both.
This example of the Mystic Grey Kurono Tokyo was the first to ever be added to the Kurono Tokyo line and is one of only fifty to ever be released. As its name suggests, the dial has a dark sunburst grey tone; subtle in low light but almost hypnotizing in a brighter setting. Centered and displayed at the top of the dial, is the Kurono Tokyo character emblem and below, ‘Bunkyo Tokyo’, paying tribute to the location of Hajime Asaoko’s design studio. The dial is distinct and minimal when it comes to its markers. The Mystic Grey Kurono Tokyo tells time using the four polished cardinal hour markers and uniquely shaped hour and minute hands. Another recognizable trait which adds depth to the Kurono dial, are the three slim polished rings that intersect each cardinal hour marker. Wrapping around the dial is the railroad minute track marking every five minutes and anchored by the ‘Japan Made’ insignia.
The Mystic Grey Kurono Tokyo is encased in a polished stainless steel casing measuring 37.5 mm across, 7 mm in thickness and 42.5 mm lug to lug, respectively. The case proportions come together to make for a form-fitting time piece, ready for any occasion, formal or casual. The crown, positioned on the right hand side of the case, looks just as handsome and thoughtful as the dial. The crown is engineered with gripped edges and a polished, dome shaped crown head, making it an easy time to accurately adjust the hands.
At the center of the Kurono Tokyo, is the premium automatic Miyota Calibre 90S5. The Miyota Cal 90S5 comes with a 42 hour power reserve, 24 jewels, 28,800 bph and an accuracy rating of minus 10, plus 30 seconds within a day. The Mystic Grey Kurono Tokyo will come on its black calfskin leather strap, but with its 20 mm lug width, dynamic dial and elegant case design, we’re sure that there will be plenty of options that will pair well with the watch.
The Mystic Grey Kurono Tokyo by Hajime Asaoko is limited to 50 pieces, will include box and papers and is currently available for $8,500 in the Belmont Watches shop.