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CULTURE AS A BRIDGE

Japan and Greece are both ancient civilizations. Each in its own way has enlightened humanity. With Kronos a bridge has been built between two art forms and two cultures.

On the few square centimetres of its dial, Greek mythology and horological complications are united. Kronos the god of time, with his attributes, personifies the ceaseless flow of time, in opposition to those who dream of eternal youth.

Mechanically, the progression of hours is assured by a patented complication, the “Wandering Hours” display. The dial, as it makes one complete rotation every hour, emphasizes the circularity and motion integrated in its design.

TWO JOURNEYS, ONE GOAL

« Culture is the appreciation of differences »

Shinji Himeno’s art is painting. After the fall of the Berlin wall, he settled in that city to complete his training. Having studied under Arik Brauer, one of the main representatives of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, Shinji has, in his work, continued in this direction with great success.

Vincent Calabrese’s art is mechanical poetry. Known throughout the world, he is the inventor of several movements that have become iconic. He was a co-founder of the renowned Académie des Horlogers Indépendants and was the first to conceive the feat of incorporating a flying tourbillon in a wristwatch.

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THE CREATIVE PROCESS

The artist’s creative process is at the heart of our humanity. Esthetics, viewed as a metaphysics of truth, attempts to reveal the original source of all observable beauty. There is profound beauty in Kronos because it connects us with two different mysteries—that of time, with its inexorable logic, and that of the need of fiction, of myths in every one of us.

True inspiration suggests the notion of “breath”—this breath whose fullness we can measure in Shinji Himeno’s preparatory sketches.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS

The harmony found in Kronos was hardly the result of chance. The artist Shinji Himeno, through the evolution of one sketch after another, created it himself in the tiny space he had to work with.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS

The harmony found in Kronos was hardly the result of chance. The artist Shinji Himeno, through the evolution of one sketch after another, created it himself in the tiny space he had to work with.

WHEN THE ABSTRACT BECOMES REALITY. SHINJI HIMENO

The caseback of a Kronos is a sapphire crystal. This permits its owner to observe through a magic window, so to speak, an exquisite and poetic mechanism. Vincent Calabrese has recreated in its essence the invention of the “Wandering Hours” conceived in the 19th century and he still hold a patent of this mechanism.
It is a rare privilege, virtually reserved for the initiated, to observe the marvel of this mechanism.

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THE SWIRL OF TIME

For the owner of a Kronos it is not merely an encounter with the supreme expression of art and mechanical engineering, but also with the realm of philosophy, of metaphysics. It is hardly surprising that this watch is conducive to reflection, to introspection. It is as if the owner is contemplating a work in which he himself plays a part.

This isn’t the least of the paradoxes involved in this creation, with its limited production of 100, offered for sale in the first instance to Japanese aficionados.

MODEL KRONOS
CASE Stainless Steel / Glass sapphire
DIAMETER 40 mm
CASE BACK Open case back / Glass sapphire
DIAL 12 hours
DIAL COLOR With painting reproduction by Shinji Himeno
FUNCTIONS Wandering Hours
MOVEMENT ETA 2892A2 - Automatic
POWER RESERVE 42 hours automatic
BRACELET Leather or Stainless Steel
WATERPROOF 3 bars
REMARK Limited Edition 100 pcs

A JOURNEY IN THE CREATIVE ARTS

Kronos was a collaborative undertaking. Vincent Calabrese and Shinji Himeno found themselves in perfect harmony when it seemed they had nothing in common. The resulting creation was not a sum of talents, but rather their highest refinement. This is a triumph particular to the arts, the fruit of a perfect communion.
In this video Shinji Himeno introduces you to the creative process, including all aspects of the preparatory work.

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LIMITED SERIES

Kronos is on offer as a limited series of 100. It combines the best of two worlds, of two cultures. One of Vincent Calabrese’s most renowned complications, his Wandering Hours display, was the perfect partner for Shinji Himeno’s surrealist vision.

To order:

It was our goal to keep the procedure for ordering as simple as possible. You can filling in the form on the right or send us an email at this address: ca@hora-nova.ch. We will reply by informing you of the very simple procedure to follow, along with your order details.

You will be able to select three numbers from the series (between 3 and 100) ranked according to your preference, one of which will be assigned to your watch, according to its availability.

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