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“I was never interested in watches,” revealed Takuya Nishinaka during a recent chat with Indonesia Tatler at an exclusive event hosted by the Independent Boutique at Pacific Place Jakarta.

“I never even wore one until I started working.” In that statement, we find nothing out of the ordinary—after all, many people choose not to wear watches for many reasons. However, Takuya is one of Grand Seiko’s master craftsmen, the “Grand” part of the brand having been a luxury extension of the celebrated watchmaker since the ‘60s. His interest in watches arose due to his intense passion for mechanics and engineering: “At first, I was only interested in mechanical stuff in general,” he tells us. “It wasn’t until I participated in the Skills Olympics, which is a championship that celebrates vocational talents, that I first encountered a mechanical watch.”

Ever since then, Takuya developed a serious work ethic and passion for watchmaking that put him at the top of his field and at the top of his game. His fascination extended to finding out how analogue watches could survive and thrive in the digital age—and it’s all down to the enjoyment the wearer gets from his or her timepiece, he says. “During the Skills Olympics, I learned about how fun watches are, rather than just the skills required in making and maintaining them.”

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Now that Takuya has held the position of watchmaker at Grand Seiko for many years, the work itself has become a source of great joy for him. “Lately, I’ve had opportunities to meet customers at demonstration events in Japan and abroad. I meet customers who show an interest in Grand Seiko as a luxury brand and I love to talk about Grand Seiko during these events. It makes me feel that what we make has—or can become—invaluable to them,” he tells us.

He finishes by sharing his opinion about what makes Grand Seiko so special. “The basic structure of watches has not evolved much in the last 200 years, but Grand Seiko continues to propose new ideas to the world. These include the world’s first quartz watch, the world’s first GPS watch, and the famous Spring Drive movement.” He then closes our interview by sharing how he sees success: “Success is nourishment for surviving life—I think that’s the closest definition for me.”

This story appears in the October 2019 issue of Indonesia Tatler. For the full story, grab the copy at your nearest newsstand, or subscribe here.