Samurai aren’t just known for their blade-wielding skills and no-nonsense approach to discipline and honor. The badass armor they wear to battle is a big part of their appeal in pop culture, too.
If you’re someone who’s a fan of the samurai aesthetic, Casio has released a new G-Shock timepiece you might be interested in. The limited-edition MR-G Hana-Basara by Japan’s Basara Busho—warlords who had a penchant for wearing armor with artistic designs. The watch is stylish, durable, and finished by a master gem cutter.
Oh, and it also costs $8,000 (around P390,000).
Anyway, back to the watch. Its case, band, and back are clad in diamond-like carbon, and it’s covered in an attractive dark blue-green tone inspired by forged Japanese armor and swords. There’s red molding around the inset dials, as well as a special plate that celebrated the MR-G’s 25th anniversary.
Casio also claims that the cobarion bezel, finished by master gem cutter Kazuhito Komatsu, is about “four times harder than pure titanium.” Other features include solar power operation, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and Bluetooth compatibility with a smartphone app.
“Basara was a term of respect used for samurai commanders who shattered conventions with a rebellious style that combined strength and a bold, lavish aesthetic,” Casio says on the G-Shock website.
“This watch exudes a distinctive aesthetic sensibility and worldview that embraces two of Japan’s proudest heritages: cutting-edge technology and traditional craftsmanship.”
Pretty neat. We love how the entire timepiece was kept classy, too, as it’s easy to see how one could go overboard with samurai-inspired design choices. What do you think of the aesthetic?
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