Kurono Chronograph II White ‘Shiro’

From his affordable watch label Kurono, independent Japanese watchmaker Hajime Asaoka presents the new Chronograph II in white. Nicknamed ‘Shiro’, this new timepiece is a refined classical interpretation of his iconic Chronograph II design launched in black in early 2021.

Kurono Chronograph II White 'Shiro'

Shiro has a 38mm diameter stainless steel case. Its white dial comes with numerous improvements like higher definition printing, greater depth of field, thicker lacquer, light refraction, concentric guilloche, parallax overprinting and ‘kyudo’ arrow hands.

Kurono Chronograph II White 'Shiro'

It features central hour & minute hands, date at 6 o’clock, pulsometer and tachymeter scales, small-seconds at 3 o’ clock, chronograph centre seconds hand and chronograph 30 minute hands at 9 o’clock. The brilliant color theme of the dial was achieved by techniques like fine sandblasting, silvering and lacquering.

Kurono Chronograph II White 'Shiro'

This timepiece is equipped with the Seiko (TMI) NE86 self-winding calibre. This flagship movement combines traditional chronograph features like a column wheel, vertical clutch, and a magic lever winding system.

Kurono Chronograph II White 'Shiro'

It has a unique three-pointed hammer system that starts, stops, and resets all three wheels simultaneously. This allows for all the counters to advance continuously rather than only at one-minute intervals. Additionally, instead of driving the minute and hour counters from the chronograph seconds wheel, each is driven by a powered wheel with its own clutch this delivers increased accuracy and longer-term durability. The NE86 movement offers a power reserve of 45 hours.

Technical details

Model: Kurono Chronograph II White ‘Shiro’

Case
316L high-polished 38mm stainless steel case
Solid caseback
Thickness: 13.9mm including sapphire
High-curvature sapphire crystal
Water resistant to 3atm

Dial
Multilayer dial
Combination of bright-white and heron-white
High-polished domed-steel hour markers
A pronounced slope at the dial periphery
Recessed sub-dials with diamond-cut steel surrounds
Improved multi-layer printing for exceptionally crisp text
Pulsometer scale in red
Telemeter scale in black
Date at 6 o’clock

Movement
Caliber NE 86
Japan-made mechanical self-winding chronograph movement
45 hour power reserve, frequency of 28,800 bph, 34 rubies

Price
JPY 428,000 (US$3,700)

Availability
Public sale for global customers starting on 24 Feb 2022
Time: 11.30pm (Japan Standard Time)
Shipping: April 2022

More details: https://kuronotokyo.com/pages/chronograph-ii-white-shiro