Vivian Morelli

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In Kyoto, a Seventh Generation in Metalwork

Yoshinaga Nakamura follows his family tradition, making art pieces in silver, as well as jewelry items like hairpins and tiny charms.KYOTO, Japan — Yoshinaga...

At 83, a Japanese Master Still Makes Martial Arts Gear by Hand

Kiichiro Ito spends his days creating uniforms for kendo, an ancient form of fencing.TOKYO — When my 6-year-old son recently joined a local kendo...

In Malaysia, a Fledgling Watch Brand Grows

Ming has released more than 40 models since its founding in 2017. “It’s been a wild ride,” the founder says.The last five years have...

Yuta Ishihara Wants His Jewelry Designs to Last

He is introducing one-of-a-kind pieces made of precious metals.TOKYO — Creating things that last a lifetime or longer has been on the mind of...

In Japan, a Team Dedicated to Fine Watchmaking

The 10 artisans in Seiko’s Micro Artist Studio produce the Masterpiece Collection.SHIOJIRI, JAPAN — The surroundings look a great deal like the Vallée de...

A Tokyo Watch Collector Aims for Sustainability

Care and the occasional repair have kept Michiteru Ohtani’s watches running for decades.TOKYO — Of the timepieces in his collection — which includes two...

In Japan, a Destination for Jewelry Lovers

KOFU, Japan — To most Japanese, the Yamanashi prefecture, just southwest of Tokyo, is known for its vineyards, hot springs and fruit, and for...

A Curated Ear or Two

Piercing bars, in-home services and virtual styling sessions have helped customers create personal constellations of piercings despite the pandemic.Maria Tash doesn’t consider piercings anything...

You Can Take a Really, Really Close Look at These Watches

A Singapore retailer creates a high-definition digital exhibition celebrating independent watchmaking.Over the past year almost all of us have missed the experience of discovering...

In Japan, a Watch Collection May Include an Alias

TOKYO — A De Bethune DB27 Titan Hawk V2 wristwatch alongside a plate of fried gyoza. A Kari Voutilainen 28SC flanked by a serving...

At Watch Schools, Women Know It’s Their Time

What is it like to be a female student in a watchmaking class — and to anticipate working in an industry — that is...

He Just Wants to Make Watches

Name Norifumi SekiAge 23Hometown TokyoClaim to fame Mr. Seki won the 2020 F.P. Journe Young Talent Competition, an annual contest in which industry notables,...

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