Kicking off tomorrow night, WatchTime New York 2022 is almost here, with this year’s show set to be one of our best yet. Marked as one of the most important collectors’ events of the year, the show brings together over 30 incredible brands and thousands of enthusiasts all under one roof at Midtown Manhattan’s Gotham Hall from October 21 to 23. Tickets for Friday and Saturday are still available, which you can purchase, here.
Casio G-Shock is once again joining the line-up this year, with the Japanese maker poised to highlight plenty of fan favorite and fascinating watches. Among them is a handful of important novelties from Casio proper, including the Casio Oceanus “MAKI-E.”
Debuted initially in Japan and soon becoming available globally, the chronograph brings together the blue of Casio’s Oceanus collection with maki-e— a Japanese lacquer decoration technique—in turn working to create an image of a vigorous, splashing waterfall and express the dynamism of water. The model was manufactured in cooperation with Yutaro Shimode, a traditional, master maki-e craftsman in Kyoto, with Shimode handmaking each bezel by hand.
On the wrist, the watch measures 48.8 x 42.3 x 9.3mm in titanium, with the chronograph water resistant to 100m and perfectly capable of transitions between the formal and the informal. Making use of a sharp Zaratsu-finishing and integrated bracelet, the contrast between work and play is on full view in its design, with subtle squared chronograph pushers and matching guards on either side of the crown complementing the style. Most noticeable on the case its unique bezel, which is constructed from sapphire glass and is vapor-deposited with a gradation of blue to black, with platinum lacquering drawn upon it in the “Maki-e” style. Each bezel for these models are handmade by Mr. Shimode, so no two are the same.
On the dial, you find a matching aesthetic to the bezel and case, with it produced by a unique method inspired by the raden technique to express the scene of water falling down while shining brightly with white mother of pearl shells. Raden typically refers to mother of pearl being inserted seamlessly into a carved surface of wood or lacquer, and the dial reflects this aesthetic. In terms of functions, the watch features standard radio wave reception, smartphone connectivity, and a world time capability, among other details like a chronograph and date indicator. Highly luminous hands powered by a tough solar quartz movement sweep over the top of the dial configuration, while an “OCEANUS” logo towards the 3 o’clock positions adds some additional flair with its blue fin.
The Casio Oceanus “MAKI-E” Shi-bu-ki is available now, with total production limited to 1,200 editions and pricing marked at $2,200.
To learn more, visit Casio, here.
And to purchase your tickets for this weekends WatchTime New York event, visit our event’s website, here.