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One to Watch The Young Japanese Watchmaker With Original Complications

What names come to mind when you consider Japanese autonomous watchmakers or brands?

Probably Masahiro Kikuno and Hajime Asaoka (individuals from Académie Horlogère Des Créateurs Indépendants – AHCI). Or on the other hand maybe HODINKEE Japan ordinary Naoya Hida & Co., or the Japanese watchmaker couple Kikuchi Nakagawa. (Credit in the event that you knew all three.)

Norifumi Seki has not made his own image presently, however he’s a youthful Japanese watchmaker we ought to be following closely.

Who is Norifumi Seki?


Norifumi Seki.

Age: 23

Born: Tokyo, Japan

Backstory: Seki has been known for his craftsmanship ability since a youthful age. Growing up, he was into drawing and examining the development of Japanese blades and reinforces. At age 18, he started seeking after the craft of watchmaking subsequent to getting enlivened by an autonomous watchmaker, Masahiro Kikuno.

Upon accepting the authentication that compares to a secondary school confirmation, he started to look for his actual enthusiasm while filling in as a seasonal worker, at one point in any event, considering going to the Self Defense Force Academy. One decisive day, he saw a TV narrative including Kikuno, and he was overwhelmed by the way that human hands could specialty such unpredictable items. He ended up investigating watchmaking schools that exact same day, and arrived at the Hiko Mizuno Jewelry College.

Why We Like Him

“Spherical Moon-Phase Display Pocket Watch” which won the Young Talent Competition.

We came to know Seki when he won F.P. Journe’s Young Talent Competition in 2020. The competition was established in 2015 and worked by F.P. Journe and AHCI. The adjudicators incorporate François-Paul Journe himself, in addition to hefty hitters Philippe Dufour and Giulio Papi. Seki turned into the primary Japanese watchmaker to win the honor with his “Round Moon-Phase Display Pocket Watch” that he made as his last school project. How about we investigate the pieces he’s made to date.

Model I: Engraved Regulator

The Engraved Regulator was Seki’s absolute first piece. He completed this watch over the late spring break of his third year at the school. As his first endeavor, he figured he wouldn’t have the option to do anything excessively complicated, yet he needed to make a piece that mirrored his personality.

The case is gold-plated metal, and the base development is the ETA/Unitas 6497, which was initially utilized for his updating preparing. He picked the controller arrangement as it gave more opportunity as far as mechanical development and plan execution. The most testing part of the development work was to come up with an easier plan for the controller system, and he eventually accomplished a case thickness of simply 12mm.

The inscriptions on the dial and the development were the craftsmanship of Ryosuke Nagata , who went to the Hiko Mizuno Jewelry College with Seki. Seki gave the plan, and it took Nagata four months to complete.

Model II: Untitled

After completing his absolute first watch, he began another piece planning to come up with his own style and plan language. This watch stays anonymous, and he basically calls it Model II. The watch includes the development Seki utilized in the component completing class, which prior won a school-wide competition in the completing classification. The understudies commonly utilize the hands and cases given by the school, yet Seki selected to create them all alone (the etching on the equilibrium rooster was commissioned to Nagata once again).

The case was gold-plated metal like his first piece, yet the drag shape and different subtleties vary from the Model I. The moment track, hour track, and little second circle are generally discrete pieces, and the white parts are plated. The hour track includes a spiral brushed completion and Arabic numerals for the 12, three, and six o’clock records. The little second sub-dial is set at the nine o’clock position. The remarkable lance formed hands are all warmth blued, bringing about an essentially higher readability compared to the principal model. The piece required around a half year to complete, and it has been his day by day wearer on account of the water-safe development he decided to implement.

The “Spherical Moon-Phase Display Pocket Watch”

This is the watch that won the Young Talent Competition. As the name proposes, the watch includes an enormous round moon-stage complication, and the hours, minutes, seconds, months, and date are generally freely shown. The novel schedule complication is built with a bunch of four vertically mounted pivoting drums rather than average level circles. The case thickness is about 28mm;  the round moon-stage complication takes up about 20mm of that case depth.

Grid design machine cut guilloché.

The enormous moon-stage and drum schedule made of titanium.

Seki went through around four months – 33% of the whole time he got for the undertaking – on planning the engineering, as it would’ve been very hard to make configuration changes a short time later. “I needed to make a watch with a huge moon-stage and high decipherability,” he says. “From the outset, I attempted to reference the moon-stage models by Arnold & Son, at the end of the day finished up the average circle based stage show would confine the plan prospects excessively. What’s more, that is the reason I selected to make the moon-stage module a real circle. As a general rule, however, making the drum-style schedule complication work easily ended up being a greater test than the round moon-phase.”

Although he hasn’t got an opportunity to converse with François-Paul Journe right now, the adjudicator himself has said something: “This design,” he has said, “is in reality something we’ve never seen before.”

What’s Next?

Seki as of now works at Eguchi Watch Store in Kichijoji, Tokyo, as an in-house watchmaker for fix work. He feels the position has many direct favorable circumstances for his own watchmaking as he can chip away at watches, all things considered, witness different plans, find the watch size he prefers (36mm to be explicit), and build up a more profound comprehension of the development components. His future objective is to become an autonomous watchmaker, intending to make remarkable yet pervasive watches under his own label.

Although he as of now has in excess of ten plan thoughts he needs to understand, he’s intending to continue to fix looks as a normal everyday employment for another a few years while working on his own pieces as an afterthought. We think his own plan language is beginning to show itself as of now. It could be some time before he’ll begin selling his creation watches, however we’re exceptionally eager to observe his excursion and future success.

You can perceive what he’s up to on Instagram (@ aysopos_jal ) and Twitter (@ safasok ).

This article first appeared on HODINKEE.jp, which you can visit by clicking here .

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