Collection 2015

La prima collezione è un evento da non perdere.


Romano Alberti
"bagliori di luce dal passato"

The O-YOROI watch by Romano Alberti

O-Yoroi is the deepest synthesis of the union of my three passions: the oriental culture, art, and watchmaking.

The more than thirty years old passion for Japanese culture, born and raised in my heart through the daily practice of noble martial arts, such as ai-ki-do and kenjutsu ("the art of the sword") and the methodical search of perfection in movements, are the main inner forces that led me to realize the O-Yoroi watch as an object of art and design.

This watch is my way of paying a tribute to the magical Japanese culture and, above all, this wants to be a thanksgiving to the legendary figure of the Samurai, who forged my personality and soul over the years.

The Samurai, who may appear cruel war machine, actually conceals a high artistic taste, a profound cultural and moral discipline that traced an indelible mark in the Japanese tradition and in mine.

In the development of O-yoroi I tried to apply and join in one harmonious shape the seven virtues of Bushido (or Way of the Warrior): just as the Zen culture says, “Aware of everything, the whole becomes one”.

The Bushido was the code of conduct that the Samurai had to follow strictly.

The 7 virtues are:

  1.     honesty and justice (GI)
  2.     heroic courage, boldness, generosity (YU)
  3.     compassion (JIN)
  4.     kindness, devotion, healthy lifestyle (REI)
  5.     complete sincerity  (MAKOTO)
  6.     honor and dignity à (Meiyo)
  7.     duty and loyalty à (Chugi)

 

All parts of the watch call up the various components that made ​​up the armor of the Samurai, but in the watch they assume a more philosophical and abstract connotation.Nulla è lasciato al caso, proprio come la filosofia orientale vuole.Nothing is left to chance, just as Eastern philosophy wants.

The armor was made of:

  •      the head protection (Kabuto), whose features we find represented in the dial and in the crown of the watch
  •      the protection of the shoulders (Sode), whose features are represented in the crown protection
  •      the protections for arms (Kote), the bust (Do), the belly (Kuzazuri), Legs and feet (Haidate suneate), whose features we find represented around the case and in the loops.

The armor was not needed only for military use but represented the clan of the family, the more complex it was the higher was the rank of the family. In the same way, wearing the O-Yoroi on my wrist means for me wearing a real armor of the prestigious Japanese families and marry the whole philosophy of the Bushi.

Looking at the watch, we can perceive the vibrations of a "duel" between two Samurai who are represented by the loops and the exclusive hands, a reminder of the "Kabuto maedate" (front crest of the helmet from Samurai armor). They are symmetrical to each other, in a constant study and observation, regardless of time passing, concentrated only in the front direction, creating geometric shapes overlapping. This eternal "duel" is always accompanied by the harmonious continuous rotation of stylized flower chrysanthemum, emblem of Japan.

The leather strap with leather inserts in stingray, immediately recalls the handle of the legendary Katana (Tsuka) usually made ​​of wood and covered in stingray (Same), covered with strips of silk, cotton or woven leather (Tsuka-ito) .

Finally, the watch box shows the hand painted sprig and petalsun of a Sakura - a cherry tree, which today is a symbol for all the martial arts, which was adopted by the Samurai as emblem of belonging to their class.

Classical iconography of the warrior is the cherry together the beauty and transience of life. An ancient verse is still remembered “hana wa sakuragi, hito wa bushi”, or “how the cherry blossom is the best among the flowers, so, the warrior is the best among men”.



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