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The Hajime Asaoka Project T Tourbillon

By Brody Patterson


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Hajime Asaoka is an independent, self-taught Japanese watchmaker with over a decade of hands-on experience in creating various watch components and putting them together with eye-catching results. After releasing his first Tourbillon watch back in 2011, he is now back with an intriguing new creation: the Hajime Asaoka Project T Tourbillon.

The new timepiece was made in collaboration with two other companies: the OSG Corporation, which makes precision cutting tools, and Yuki, a precision machining equipment manufacturer. Both companies brought their expertise to the watch’s production process and it’s this kind of help that’s invaluable when you’re a small, independent company.

Many of the parts are very small and thus have to be very delicately cut and milled, allowing Hajime Asaoka to then put the entire thing together.

The movement is has 40 hours-worth of power reserve, a frequency of 18,000 bph, and a tourbillion made almost completely out of titanium. The case is 43 mm in diameter, while the main face plate is DLC coated, which gives the timepiece a shiny industrial look, something which is enhanced by the art deco-style features discernable in the hands and hour markers.

The price for this remarkable wristwatch is ¥8,000,000, which is about $79,000.


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About Brody Patterson

Brody has worked as a full time staff writer for Luxatic for over five years, covering luxury news, product releases and in-depth reviews, and specializing in verticals on the website alongside the tech & leisure section, as well as men's fashion, watches and travel. Learn more about Luxatic's Editorial Process.

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