2014 is the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Switzerland. In 1863, the first Swiss economic and trade delegations led by the leaders of the Swiss watch industry visited Japan. This visit led to the first friendship trade treaty between the two countries the following year. To celebrate this special year, JeanVichard JeanVichard introduced the new Aquascope commemorative watch.
The dial of the watch is ‘Kanagawa Giant Wave’ by the famous Japanese painter Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). Katsushika Hokusai was an ukiyo painter of the Edo period in Japan. His painting style greatly influenced later European flower beds. Many masters of Impressionist painting such as Degas, Manet, Van Gogh, and Gauguin copied his works. He is also the only Japanese to be selected among the ‘hundreds of celebrities who have influenced the millennium.’
Bruno Grande, Chief Executive Officer, Sunway, said: ‘It is a great honour for Sunway to launch this watch in honour of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Switzerland. As early as 1861, Daniel Sunway became the first Swiss watchmaker . 150 years ago, the pioneering spirit of the Swiss delegation connected Switzerland to Japan. If there is any better way to celebrate this great moment, it is to combine Swiss watchmaking with Japan’s greatest artist.
Katsushika Kitsai spent his life pursuing his artistic career, and it was his dedication and love for painting that made him a master of painting in Japanese history and even world history. His spirit is also the watchmaking philosophy of Shang Weisha. He never gives up, pursues innovation, and completes each watch with enthusiasm and care.