Since its inception, Maker’s Watch Knot has accomplished a number of challenging milestones that have
watch industry. One of these was the revival of Japanese watchmaking, which had previously been in decline.
once the second largest watchmaking nation after Switzerland, but a shift to overseas production had led to
becoming abandoned and closed down, vastly diminishing Japan’s ability to make watches within the
A similar crisis is currently looming over Japan’s traditional lacquer industry. The spread and overuse of
lacquer has made cheap lacquer products widely available. This has resulted in a drop in orders, making it
for lacquer wholesalers to provide enough work for traditional lacquer artisans. This change represents a
the local production industry. Therefore, before Japan becomes a country where its proud lacquer tradition
endures, we hope to demonstrate the value of Japanese lacquer once more. The release of this second lacquer
born out of this desire. The watch’s ‘deep crimson’ effect is forged by skilled craftsmen through a process
application, drying and polishing. The deep, lustrous and beautifully shiny crimson layer is sprinkled with
shaved from a gold nugget, and its depth brought out with the overlapping of fine particles. All of these
processes (lacquering and sprinkling with gold dust) are carried out by the artisans on every individual
dial, one by
one, by hand. The unique lacquer texture of the dial can be admired through the watch’s sapphire crystal.
The beauty of authentic lacquer created by the outstanding skills of traditional Aizu artisans
Lacquer is a painting technique that has been handed down the generations in Japan since the Jomon period
BC – 3,000 BC). It has a hard coating which possesses superior qualities and greater durability compared to
chemical paints. Due to the limited number of experienced craftsmen and the complexity of its production, it
rare and has been traditionally used in luxury items such as tableware, furniture, armory and Buddhist
lacquer it is built up layer by layer through a painstaking and time-consuming process of repeated
and polishing, producing a deep color with a beautiful glossy sheen which is unmatched by any other material.
project was undertaken by Shinichi Otake, a traditional craftsman from Aizuwakamatsu in Northeast Japan with
years of experience. He studied under Takuo Sone from 1980, became independent in 1985, and received the
City Technical Achievement Award in 2011. He is now a skilled master craftsman working to train the next
The sublime beauty of gold dust floating on a sea of crimson
To bring even greater depth to the crimson lacquer experience, the dial has been sprinkled with gold dust
scraped from a
gold nugget. The gradation is arranged in a pattern that spans from the center to the hour and minute markers
the overall crimson and gold finish. Every watch enjoys a unique texture, making for a truly distinct
transcends conventional products. The lacquer’s exquisite effect is created by sprinkling with gold dust,
applying and drying in a series of 30 processes over 20 days. This process results in an extremely smooth
the micron-level precision required for watch dials. The lacquer dial is crafted with a high degree of
can only be achieved by skilled artisans, even down to the final golden touch.
The case is laser engraved with a limited edition serial number between the case lugs at 6 o’clock position.
edition model is further enhanced by the customization uniquely offered by Maker’s Watch Knot, allowing the
strap to be reconfigured to your desire.