Naomasa Furukawa

Chronos Japan

COUNTRY

Japan

ABOUT

I first encountered watches when working part-time at a rustic antique shop as a university student. The store looked rather weathered at first glance, but upon stepping inside it had everything from gadgets to splendid antiques, with countless Vietnam Zippos, pieces by glass designers such as Lalique and the Daum brothers, and decorative French vide-poches. That is where I found them. Splendid pieces including American Art Deco watches (Gruen, Bulova, Elgin, Wittnauer...), diverse Rolex Bubblebacks, and military watches. Having quickly acquired a taste for watches at this store, when the publisher at which I later found employment sent me to work at a watch enthusiast magazine, I took on the job gladly. Even after working at several magazines and becoming the editor in chief of Chronos Japan, my encounters with those antique watches during my student years influences my work to this day. However, now over 99% of that work is reviewing modern watches. I would surely like to review some old pieces once in a while. But I suspect that won’t be happening...

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Naomasa Furukawa

Chronos Japan

COUNTRY

Japan

ABOUT

I first encountered watches when working part-time at a rustic antique shop as a university student. The store looked rather weathered at first glance, but upon stepping inside it had everything from gadgets to splendid antiques, with countless Vietnam Zippos, pieces by glass designers such as Lalique and the Daum brothers, and decorative French vide-poches. That is where I found them. Splendid pieces including American Art Deco watches (Gruen, Bulova, Elgin, Wittnauer...), diverse Rolex Bubblebacks, and military watches. Having quickly acquired a taste for watches at this store, when the publisher at which I later found employment sent me to work at a watch enthusiast magazine, I took on the job gladly. Even after working at several magazines and becoming the editor in chief of Chronos Japan, my encounters with those antique watches during my student years influences my work to this day. However, now over 99% of that work is reviewing modern watches. I would surely like to review some old pieces once in a while. But I suspect that won’t be happening...