Ki­ichiro Ma­sumura

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

Watch Artist BACK­GROUND Award-win­ning (Ja­panese lacquer) artist Ki­ichiro Ma­sumura was born in Tokyo in 1941. Since 2009, he has su­per­vised the cre­ation of unique di­als for Chopard based on tra­di­tional tech­niques. His father, Mashiki, was also a renowned artist in the dis­ci­pline. Ki­ichiro pur­sued his in­ter­ests by tak­ing up lacquer art stud­ies at the Tokyo Univer­sity of the Arts. In 1982, he started teach­ing at the univer­sity and has since be­come a pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus.

ARTIS­TIC DI­ALS Chopard’s L.U.C XP Urushi is the first time­piece with a dial adorned in this fash­ion. In 2009, a few ini­tial mod­els were crafted and pre­sented ex­clu­sively in Ja­pan. Chopard show­cased a col­lec­tion of nine dif­fer­ent di­als, tech­ni­cally su­per­vised by Ki­ichiro and de­signed, painted and adorned with gold dust by lac­quer­ware com­pany Ya­mada Heiando, an of­fi­cial sup­plier to Ja­pan’s em­peror.

TECH­NIQUE Ki­ichiro uses var­nish from the sap of the

tree, which mainly grows in Ja­pan and Main­land China. The resin har­vest­ing can only be done once a year and in very small quan­ti­ties. Three to five years later, the resin is made into an ex­tremely re­sis­tant, hon­ey­tex­tured lacquer. is a spe­cific tech­nique of sprin­kling the lacquer with metal pow­der—in this case, gold—to ac­cen­tu­ate its con­tours. The gold dust is ap­plied us­ing bam­boo tubes and tiny rat hair brushes to trace ex­tremely fine lines. Only a few masters to­day have the high level of ex­per­tise re­quired to cre­ate The L.U.C Urushi Bam­boo and L.U.C Urushi Year of the Goat watches are great ex­am­ples of the artis­tic di­als that Ma­sumura creates for Chopard

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