Kurono Anniversary Grand Mori

Kurono has released the 2022 anniversary edition timepiece, Grand Mori ‘森’, featuring traditional Japanese lacquer ‘urushi’ craftsmanship.

The 2022 Anniversary Grand Mori ‘森’ is a work by sensei to reflect the concept “”nature is the teacher”” – the philosophy that Hajime Asaoka pays special attention to and tries to implement in his designs. It features a 37mm diameter case made of 316L stainless steel.

Inspired by the canopies of the forest, the pattern on the dial mimics the unveiling of the sun rays seeping through the layers of the trees. The metallic green shade of the dial not only embodies the foliage but also enhances the intricate details of the pattern under different angles and lighting, making it alluring each time one looks at it.

The 2022 Anniversary Grand Mori ‘森’ features the traditional Kyoto-style handmade Japanese lacquer technique. Each dial is a masterpiece that is individually handcrafted by the female craftsmen in Kyoto who inherited the technique.

The 2022 Anniversary Grand Mori ‘森’ – as an anniversary watch – aims to deliver incredible value by bringing high-level artisanship at wider levels of accessibility.

Each of the 2022 Anniversary Grand Mori ‘森’ dial is crafted by hand by a master craftsperson. For the first time, the dial is gold-gilded before the application of urushi. This is on purpose as the yellow gold base together with the translucent green urushi will allow for warmer and richer tones so as to enhance the depth of the patterns. The subtly slanted Arabic hour markers printed in silver on the urushi dial gives a light dynamism to the overall feel of the watch.

The subtle, distinctive trait of the urushi is that when exposed to natural and UV light, it will turn brighter over time due to moisture loss which usually takes years.

Each Kurono Anniversary Grand Mori watch houses a Miyota 90S5 self-winding movement that drives hour, minute and seconds hands.

The caseback highlights Hajime-sensei’s signature embellished in bold kanji calligraphy alongside the impression of his one-of a- kind hanko stamp.

Technical details

316L high-polished 37mm stainless steel case
Thickness: 7mm (excluding sapphire glass)
Unique box sapphire glass
Embellished caseback
Waterproof to 3 ATM

Hand-applied urushi lacquer dial

Japan-made Premium Automatic movement 90S5 by Miyota
28,800 vibrations / hour, power reserve 40 hours

Black calf leather band with green embellished sides
Width: 20mm at lugs, 16mm at buckle

Made in Japan