I’ve all the time seen Japan as the opposite place for tremendous watchmaking. However for a few years, it has largely been about giant firms and mainstream manufacturing. But, lately, we’ve seen the rise of an impartial watchmaking scene in Japan, with names resembling Kikuchi Nakagawa, Hajime Asaoka or his different enterprise, Kurono Tokyo. One other title that by some means fascinates us at MONO (we love indie watches, we are able to’t assist it) is Naoya Hida. Providing high-end watches in very restricted numbers, with an plain classic appeal, the model has made a reputation for itself with its fantastically completed Calatrava-styled watches. It’s time now for the fourth collection to be offered, the 36mm Naoya Hida Sort 4A Collection. New case, new dimension, sportier model, however nonetheless the identical spirit.
Fast reminder… Naoya Hida & Co. is an impartial watchmaking firm primarily based in Tokyo, Japan. Based in 2018 by Mr Naoya Hida, who served as a consultant for F.P. Journe, he was later joined by Kusoke Fujita, a WOSTEP-certified watchmaker and a first-class watch restore technician, additionally with FPJ background. Because the earliest fashions, the design language and inspirations are very clear; distinctive craftsmanship, spectacular consideration to element on the circumstances, arms and dials, motion fully reworked from a dependable base, and the appeal of Thirties and Nineteen Forties classic gown watches – typical Calatrava-inspired watches, with the precision of Japanese manufacturing.
Final 12 months, we coated the 2022-2023 Assortment, with all 3 Collection of watches by Naoya Hida, in addition to the Third-gen case utilized on all fashions. And now, the Japanese impartial watchmaker presents its fourth creation, the Naoya Hida Sort 4A Collection, a watch with a barely totally different model, a bolder design but the identical degree of refinement on the habillage.
The Sort 4A Collection differentiates from all different watches because of an unprecedented case. Whereas the Sort 1, Sort 2 and Sort 3 shared the identical 37mm central case (with minor variations on the bezel), the brand new Sort 4 brings a case that’s each sportier, bolder, barely extra trendy and but extra compact. Made from 904L chrome steel, the brand new case is 36mm in diameter, with an inexpensive 11mm top and a very compact size, slightly below 43mm. The design is the principle replace, with extra current lugs and general, sportier and crisper aesthetics. It nonetheless combines hairline finishes with polished accents, a screw strong again and, indubitably, the identical degree of execution as earlier than. The previous Patek and VC references, and lots of extra acclaimed mid-century time-only beauties, are nonetheless there, simply with extra modernity and casualness.
Principally, the identical will be stated in regards to the dials of the Sort 4A Collection. Detailed, hand-made, retro-styled and now a contact extra informal. These are time-only watches with a central show, and dials comprised of German silver, both silver-coloured or darkish gray with a DLC coating. What modifications are the markers, that are sans-serif Arabic numerals paired with daring, diamond-shaped arms. Hand-engraved into the fabric, the numerals are later full of black or ivory lacquer. And the arms, if not probably the most standard, look relatively gorgeous. All within the course of extra modernity.
Below the hood, no main modifications. The Naoya Hida Sort 4A Collection nonetheless depend on the identical base motion, right here the Calibre 3020CS. To make it very clear, the motion relies on a 7750 structure, which has been fully reworked. Striped out its automated module and chronograph elements, most elements have been recreated and the motion comes with numerous upgrades and a tremendous ending.
The Sort 4A Collection additionally brings a brand new strap and clasp system. 32 totally different sizes of leather-based strap samples will be mixed, so as to convey the most effective consolation. There’s additionally a brand new folding clasp, named D-buckle and for now unique to the Sort 4 watches. It incorporates a micro-adjustment system, with a one-touch spring bar and 6mm of fine-tuning.
The Naoya Hida Sort 4A Collection (NH TYPE 4A-1 in darkish gray and NH TYPE4A in silver) will, as all the time with the model, be produced in low portions. Anticipate round 15-20 items to be produced between 2023 and 2024, for every reference. The darkish gray mannequin is priced at JPY 3,190,000 (about 21,500 euros) and the silver mannequin at JPY 3,080,000 (about 20,800 euros). Actually removed from accessible, however the truth that the complete manufacturing is reserved for a number of years proves that some discover it justified. The very good degree of execution too…
For extra particulars, please go to naoyahidawatch.com.
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