Back in late 2010, I was lucky enough to have seen the Snowflake for the first time in person, which happened to be on a master Spring Drive watchmakers wrist, Mr. Kamijo. It was that night while he demonstrated assembly and disassembly of a Spring Drive movement that I first heard the story of the "Snowflake" and what it meant to the craftsman. It was called a "tribute to their hometown", the region of Suwa, in Nagano Japan. The snow resembled the texture of the snowfall in the mountainous region, with a proprietary titanium alloy making it as light as a snowflake. The blue accents for the seconds and text also gave it that cold feeling of winter. I was sold. Besides, if a master watchmaker was wearing it, I wanted it too. It made me desire the piece even more than I had originally. I purchased the Snowflake shortly after, and haven't put it down since. The story was something that brought a new sense of pride in ownership for me. A couple of years after purchasing, I finally saw Kamijo again. I showed him the watch, and told him how much I enjoyed, and explained he was the reason I purchased it. He was grateful (and I think a little surprised too that he was the inspiration for my purchase). I've owned it for over 5 years now (actually 6 in Jan) and it still is one of the watches I wear most frequently. I'm going to spend a little time on this and further share into the story behind the creation and manufacturing of the ever loved Snowflake.
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