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By K.uno
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About

We're "K.UNO (ケイ・ウノ)" a Japanese watch craft and jewely maker since 1981.

In the recent years, watches are no longer used like before due to mobile phone becoming popular.

Therefore, our desire is not just accuracy and visibility, but also individuality and originality as a total design and fashion item.

Many watch crafting techniques developed since the ancient times have been lost over time.

We believe the technology and technique is worth carrying on to the future. So we combine ancient and new technology through this watch as "優美 You-Bi".

Take the product that combines the best of the technologies, and feel the beauty and eternal history as part of your life!

 

The watch face is decorated with Japanese lacquer and Makie (蒔絵) techniques. (Makie is a unique expression technique using gold powder.)

The blue part resembles night sky and gold powder symbolizes twinkling star. We explain the details of this tehcnique at the bottom of this page.

"Silent Scene" Model 1
"Silent Scene" Model 1

 

Very Beautiful Golden Powder Decoration
Very Beautiful Golden Powder Decoration

 

Three Models
Three Models

 

We prepared 2 types of leather straps. They are made from cow and deer hides. These materials are very strong and light like a feather, so they were used as "Samurai Armor".

It was used to "SAMURAI Armor" (侍甲冑)
It was used to "SAMURAI Armor" (侍甲冑)

 

You can engrave messages on the back of the watch. There are 2 types of engravings.

1. Message

You can engrave a message in 2 lines, total 30 letters. For example, it can be your name, a message to your loved one, memorable date and so on.

2. Kanji Character

You can choose a Kanji Character from 12 different characters. Find a KANJI that matches your passion!

Of course, you can engrave both of them! Please get a one-in-the-world unique watch with your passion.

The Early Bird reward has FREE engraving bonus. If you want engraving, please check it out!

 

Our movements are customized movements made in Japan.

There are two types: one is "EPSON Y121B quartz" (Model1) , and the other one is "MIYOTA 6P24 quartz" (Model 2 and 3).

They are both really stable making our watches very accurate time piece with minimal failures.




 

 

About 桐箱 (Kiri-Box)

We ready Kiri-Box which has been used as a box to store high-class items from long ago, because it has a light and moisture-proof characteristic.

桐箱 (Kiri-Box) is wooden box made with Paulownia. Paulownia is a kind of woods that is native to the Asian region. So, it is used today to give gifts as well in Japan.

 

 

 

"Reflected Moon" : Model 2
"Reflected Moon" : Model 2

 

"Brightness Day" : Model 3
"Brightness Day" : Model 3

 

About Leather Band is Following Section
About Leather Band is Following Section

 

◆Laquer & MAKIE (蒔絵)

+ Japanese Lacquer (漆)

Traditional craftsmen with artisan skills are in charge of the production in order to express the power of "Urushi" technique. This is the unique and beautiful technique which has been around for over 400 years.

+ Makie (蒔絵)

The technique to express images by enchasing gold powders before lacquer has dried. It's very delicate and none can recreate the exact same image. Of course, the gold powder is made from pure gold. Disclaimer: All products differ slightly from each other.

 

◆Himeji Black Leather (姫路黒桟革)

This technique has been inherited over many generations by artisan craftsmen in Himeji, near Kyoto. From it's beauty, it has been known as "Black Diamond of Leather".

During the Sengoku era (15th to 16th century) it was commonly used in "Samurai Armor" since it is very strong yet very light.

The manufacturing process is unique and difficult. It requires 4 months to fully process the leather. Typically a leather is prepared by tanning and dyeing. With Black Leather, the tanning process uses a special organic compounds and the lacquer is mixed over and over again to create a extra strong and beautiful leather like "Black Diamond".

 

◆Inden Leather (印伝革)

Inden Leather* is very strong and light, and it will age well over time.

( * It is called "Urushi Leather" on our promotion movie )

The history of Inden Leather goes back about 1300 years. The Kofu Inden used in this product has a history of about 300 years.

In this product we are using Deer Hide which is considered to be a luxurious material for Inden Leather. Enjoy a very unique color and feel of Inden Leather.

 

 

 

 

 

You can order each Add-On after project end by backer survey.

 

 

 

 

 

I'm sorry, we are currently in planning.

We plan to add more color variations to the leather bands.

 

[Zone1] : 800 JPY (Approx. USD $7)

  United States

[Zone2]  : 900 JPY (Approx. USD $8)

  EU, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia

[Zone3] : 1,000 JPY (Approx. USD $9)  

  China, Korea

[Other Area] : 1,500 JPY (Approx. USD $13)

 

2017

Oct : Campaign Ends (30 days)

Nov : Production Starts (2~3 months)

2018

Jan : Shipping Starts (2 months)

End of Feb : All Shipping is Done

All our products are handmade, so we will be shipping them as we finish them in order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ATTENTION

All photos are of prototype production. Therefore, the actual product may differ slightly from the photographs. Thank you for your understanding.
 
 
 

Risks and challenges

[Production]
We've made prototype models already, so there are no risks in production. We're ready to start production as soon as this campaign successfully funds. However, as with any physical products, there will be challenges in producing them perfectly meeting our quality control, which may result in possible delays.

[Customs Duties Notice]
Depending on the destination country and region, customs duties, VAT or other taxes, a customs handling fee, and other additional costs may be incurred at the time of delivery. Please note that these are the responsibility of the buyer.

[Others]
There will be the usual risks in shipment delay, customs delay, and such.
But we are confident that we will be able to deliver as promised.

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