Horology  Four Hundred Years After a concise history…

Horology: Four Hundred Years After, a concise history of Japanese watchmaking.

The long history of the defunct English, French, and American watchmaking industries is largely forgotten, or glossed over by Swiss marketing. All that remains of those grand watchmaking traditions are local cases wrapped in Swiss movements, or “Swiss made” watches with English, French, or American name brands. While most Japanese brands stand apart from this sad farce, no one ever speaks of a history or a tradition of Japanese watchmaking — and that was why I finally went in search of it. What follows is what I was able to discover of Japan’s place in horology, both in the context of worldwide horological development and within its own tumultuous history.