The simple beauty of Slim d'Hermès offers a fabulous canvas for ancient arts to express themselves for the first time in watchmaking. The Koma Kurabe is a case in point. Proposed as 12 one-of-a-kind timepieces, the Sèvres porcelain dial depicts a horse race held once a year in Kyoto. Horses and riders are expertly brought to life by Buzan Fukushima, one of the few master-artists to still practice aka-e, a style of painting that had its heyday in Japan in the nineteenth century. He recreates each scene in a palette of reds and ochres which he completes with a fine layer of gold. The dial is then fired three times.
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