Aesthetic Japanese Style And Exquisite Watch From Japanese Craftsmanship

Every nation in the world has its proud handicrafts, which have condensed the wisdom of ancestors to this day. For example, the craftsmanship of our neighbouring Japan is famous for its delicate and exquisite craftsmanship. Watch brands as far away as Europe have also taken notice of this, and have creatively transplanted it to watches, showing a Japanese style between square inches.

Origami (origami) Dior Grand Soir

 The Dior Grand Soir collection is inspired by origami, a traditional Japanese origami art. Its dial texture is like origami, decorated with white mother-of-pearl, and the carved bezel is decorated with geometric gems. These timepieces exude exquisite beauty from the inside to the outside. They are equipped with the Elite movement manufactured by Zenith, and they use a lacquered oscillating weight. When the oscillating weight is rotated, it contrasts with the mother-of-pearl graphic dial. Origami is a traditional Japanese origami art. ‘Ori’ means folding, and ‘gami’ means paper. Origami Tessellations are regular triangles, squares, rectangles, rhombuses, pentagons, hexagons, octagons and other shapes. They use regular and approximate regular mosaic methods to fold out regular polygonal mosaic origami, and even 3D tessellation. Out of different patterns. Tessellation means checkerboard inlay, which was originally meant for tessellation. Since 2010, Dior has launched a series of limited and mass-produced Dior Grand Soir watches, focusing on the Dior brand tradition and rich color design. This series of watches combines the exquisite and elegant design of the Dior family with professional watchmaking techniques to create exquisite rotors, bezels, movements and dials. All the watches of the Dior Grand Soir series show very delicate and detailed design: the meticulous dial is reminiscent of the embroidery pattern design, the openwork oscillating weight is harmoniously matched with the dial and the three straps, the strap Materials include crocodile skin, pleated or glossy taffeta and satin.

Hermes Arceau Temari watch

Temari Craft
Temari Hermès Arceau Temari Watch

 The new Arceau Temari watch. Inspired by the traditional Japanese craftsmanship Temari, this watch showcases the unique beauty of jewellery and geometric lines. Temari (Temari) originated from a game or Japanese traditional toy, which is a kind of string ball. Temari was originally a ball played by children, but now it has become an art. The simple stitching method develops complex geometric line embroidery and patterns step by step, with harmonious color schemes and refined refinement. Some ancestral handball techniques inspired the creation of Hermès scarves, one of which is now reinterpreted by Arceau watches. The watch is made of 18K white gold with a watch diameter of 34 mm. The diamonds are paved with snowflakes, the case is set with 675 diamonds and the crown is 27, including a rose-cut diamond (total weight of about 4.43 carats). The dial combines diamonds with black agate, white mother-of-pearl, lapis lazuli, or egg white to reproduce one of the tambourine patterns in intricate setting. The dial of each watch is carved using traditional diamond inlays and gems. Dial with central hour and minute hands.

Maki painting process
Maki-e Vacheron Constantin Métiers dArt Master Series

  Maki-e (Japanese is the ‘sprayed picture’) is the most complicated and ingenious technique in painting technology. In short, it is sprayed with gold or silver powder on the paint (usually black paint) that has not yet dried. To create exquisite decorative patterns. Lacquer comes from the sap of Rhus verniciflua. This tree is a species of poisonous root vine, born on the plateau of Central Asia or Tibet. It was once planted in a wide range, but today it is only born in southern China, South Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. In Japan, the same word is used to describe trees or sap: urushi lacquer. The paint technology of each country will vary according to the quality of the paint and the purpose of the lacquer. There are three main types that can best represent the art of lacquering, which are carving, mosaic and dill painting. Makie can create infinite possibilities, and this lacquer craftsmanship and ever-changing creations invented by the Japanese, combining top technology and elegant design, is one of the best combinations in all art history. This decorative technology has appeared in Japanese history for a long time, and it became more and more mature in the 8th to 12th centuries AD, and became an art form. From the 17th century to the present, it has become a major decorative technique. . Starting from the middle of the tenth century, this technology stands out in many art forms by virtue of its fine production process, clear picture without losing the dimness, full of poetic allegorical meaning. One of the most important features of lacquerware is that it can be used to decorate the most precious things, as well as daily necessities. Painted bowls and pottery handed down from ancient times, as well as boxes of different shapes and uses, such as document boxes, tea leaf boxes, incense boxes, ink pen boxes, ink tanks, card boxes, pill boxes, etc. Although there are also lacquered furniture, people always like small objects because it highlights the subtlety of this technology.

 In 2010, Vacheron Constantin cooperated with the Japanese brand Ikihiko, who is well-versed in Japanese painting techniques, to launch the Métiers dArt series symbolique des laques. This series of watches will launch watches with different themes within 3 years, each year Launch of a set of 3 new watches, limited to 20 sets. Each watch has a different theme, including a vast and profound treasure trove of traditional art from the Far East. Each design idea comes from an animal, a plant, or a mineral; they themselves have a certain meaning or blend with others: a fetish or historical hero with a combination of animals, animals and plants, a combination of plants and fictional or abstract traits and many more. These designs are derived from various materials such as literary works, poetry or legends.