To Tong Chuek Fung, a watch strap isn't just something that attaches a timepiece to the wrist - it can also be turned into a piece of art. When he was working in Japan as a consultant, Mr Tong became fascinated with crafts such as kimono textiles, pottery and tatami, and was inspired to incorporate kimono fabric into watch straps.
I have been designing and crafting Japanese-inspired watch straps for luxury brands such as Panerai, Rolex, and Grand Seiko, iconic fashion pieces such as G-Shock, as well as many well-designed and high-quality micro brands across the world. The only smartwatch I have worked on, however, is Apple Watch, so I thought it would be interesting to design for other smartwatches. I have been browsing both traditional watches and smartwatches on Instagram to get design inspiration and meet like-minded people and brands for some interesting collaborations. That was where I came across Mobvoi-TicWatch, one of the most popular smartwatch brands in the market.
Inspired by the craftsmen that he met in Kyoto, Tong Cheuk Fung began his journey in designing and creating handmade watch straps that incorporate Kimono fabric, Tatami-beri (tatami’s edging), the high-school buttons and other Japanese motifs. Every piece of his work tells a background story of Japan’s traditions.
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