In commemoration of the legendary Japanese feudal lord Date Masamune, Kyowa Seiko, a Japanese watchmaking company, wants to bring to market bespoke watches that honor him. The watches, which consist of traditional Japanese armor, are going to be wildly pricey. But what Masamune did to preserve his reputation as a—
If Seiko does reach its funding goals, the watch looks like it’ll be a real stunner. As
The black, blue, and gold color scheme, along with the crescent moon second hand, take cues from Masamune’s own armor directly. The “regional strongman” wore armor with the same coloring. And the crescent second hand is a nod to the slim crescent moon that the warrior donned on the front of his helmet.
As for how Masamune earned his legendary daimyo status, it’s in large part due to his missing eye. Masamune had smallpox as a child, which robbed him of his sight in one eye. As legend has it, when a senior member of his clan told him that the dysfunctional eye could be a weakness in battle, Masamune plucked it out himself.
Speaking of the hefty price of greatness, the Masamune watch will set buyers back $1,363. And that’s without shipping and handling. (Assuming Kyowa Seiko ships to wherever you are.) Perhaps interested parties who are more frugal can… keep an eye out for better deals.