The Grand Seiko Vision of the Beauty of Time
that is also
the metalwork of
for pioneering craftsmen
Tools that make
everyday life special
The Hasegawa family is a distinguished manufacturer of tea ceremony tools that traces its lineage back to a sword guard maker who enjoyed the patronage of the Owari-Tokugawa family. Mami Hasegawa married the third generation of the Hasegawa family, Ichibosai Shunko, and while carrying on the family’s legacy of traditional tea ceremony metalwork, she also makes items as a metal artist who thinks out of the box. The products she creates in this way are full of soft warmth.
Take, for instance, her teaspoon-sized “Silver Coffee Spoon.” The inconsistencies in its shape, characteristic of handcrafted items, make it unforgettable. Though spoons are everyday items, this one has you wanting to carefully gaze at it by taking it in your hand. You can enrich your lifestyle by making it a point to select everyday tools like this and incorporating them into your life. The aura born from handwork should be savored all that much more because modern society tends to focus on consistency. Owning such items and using them daily will give birth to a very luxurious time.
A wristwatch for women
that makes the best of every day
Making everyday moments something special—that’s a role that watches play as well. We live in an age where your smartphone lets you know the precise time, but there are still many people who wear watches. It’s not just because watches are practical in telling time; they provide the joy of seeing and wearing something beautiful.
Grand Seiko, a Japanese watch brand that was born in 1960, has made watches that are inspiring, not just because of the manufacturing technology that goes into them, but because of their beautiful design and finish. Recently, the brand has also been focusing on ladies’ watches. While maintaining its value as a practical watch, such as being of a size that fits comfortably on the wrist and having large hands for increased legibility, the finishing of the dial and case is done through the fine handwork of craftsmen and women to provide the wearer with the joy of ownership.
Metalwork that shows
the traces of handwork
Conventional silverware is made from a silver alloy called sterling silver, which has an enhanced hardness that allows it to be finished with machine tools. But the Silver Spoon, with its round, soft form is pure silver. This is because of the importance placed on handwork.
A spoon is formed by cutting its shape from a soft, pure silver plate and hammering it carefully. Although pure silver is soft at first, after tempering it several times it gradually becomes hard enough to use as a spoon. The manufacturing tools applied have been used in the Hasegawa family over the generations, and there are even tools that date back to the Edo period. The spoon probably has a quality that can only be born from such traditional tools. The countless hammered indentations on the silver spoon also attest to how much time went into its creation.