Luxe watchmaker, Hermès has reached back in time for their latest inspiration by tapping into a millennial old Japanese tradition for their new core watch collection titled Slim d’Hermès Koma Kurabe, which has been a hit with collectors and the critics.
Story By: Briana Dorton
Images By: Hermès
Koma Kurabe is a horse race that takes place once a year, originating in 678 AD at Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. People travel from around the country to pray for good harvests and peace while enjoying the horse race.
The Hermès collection includes 12 unique handcrafted designs. Each timepiece dial is created with French porcelain and constructed in Sèvres, France, the centuries old center for European porcelain production.
This is the first time the watch industry is combining European porcelain with Japanese Aka e-painting created by Buzan Fukushima. After the meticulous process of creating the porcelain, it is sent to expert Buzan Fukushima to work his magic. He is known for his beautiful artwork on dishes and vases but now Fukushima is designing each dial. When he receives the European porcelain, he hand paints it using the Japanese Aka e-painting technique to create intricate designs with red and ochre followed by a layer of gold.
Priced at 60,000 Swiss francs, or about $60k USD.