Hands-On With The Hajime Asaoka Tourbillon

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Hands-On With The Hajime Asaoka Tourbillon

Postby koimaster » February 14th 2017, 10:42am

When it comes to high-end manufacture tourbillons, it's fair to say that the Swiss (and occasionally the Germans) have it on lock. And usually, these tourbillons are created by men and women who have spent the better part of their lives in training - at WOSTEP, or in the halls of Audemars Piguet Renaud et Papi - working with the most modern machines for which one could ask. Not Hajime Asaoka.

Asaoka isn't a watchmaker. He's a product designer that taught himself watchmaking by reading George Daniels' Watchmaking book, fiddling around with alarm clocks, and watching Youtube videos. Not only is he not officially trained in watchmaking, but he's never actually done work for anyone but himself. He uses machines that he bought himself, sometimes off of eBay, and yet, he has constructed what can be described as Japan's only true manufacture high-end tourbillon - the Tourbillon #1.

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/hands ... okyo-japan

https://journal.hautehorlogerie.org/en/ ... -in-japan/


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