G-Shock releases P390k watch inspired by stylish samurai armor

Finished by a master gem cutter
by Drei Laurel | Jul 1, 2021
PHOTO: Casio

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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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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