Hajime Asaoka captures the imagination of the independent watchmaking enthusiast almost with a surreal magnetic charm. Here is a Japanese gentleman, who hardly speak any English, obviously highly idiosyncratic in his outlook. A self taught watchmaker, who willed himself the knowledge to make watches by hand by reading the landmark book by George Daniels – Watchmaking and by watching YouTube videos. Intriguing does not begin to describe the man. Here we visited his lair just a few minutes from the bustling Harajuku in the Shibuya area in Tokyo, and get to see perhaps more than a glimpse at the personality behind the beautiful watches.
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