Seiko 5 Sports meets NARUTO & BORUTO.
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Introduced in 1968 and re-born in 2019, Seiko 5 Sports has offered a wide variety of durable and reliable mechanical watches for watch lovers of every age for over half a century. Today, there are seven new Seiko 5 Sports creations inspired by two leading Japanese animations, NARUTO and BORUTO. NARUTO was first broadcast in Japan in 2002 and then introduced abroad, and has since fascinated fans throughout the world. BORUTO is the sequel to the series and centres on Naruto’s son, Boruto Uzumaki, whose adventure continues today.
Each of the seven creations captures both animation’s central characters: Naruto, Sasuke, Shikamaru, Lee, Gaara from NARUTO, and Boruto and Sarada from BORUTO. The series will be available worldwide at Seiko Boutiques and selected retailing partners in December as limited editions of 6,500 each.
This watch’s design evokes Naruto’s iconic Ninja outfit, and the worn-like bezel and case reflect the tough training required to become a Hokage, a title bestowed on the leader of the Hidden Leaf Village where Naruto belongs. The bezel ring plate is designed after his forehead protector which is engraved with the symbol of his village. His iconic Jutsu (Ninja technique) “Rasengan” inspires the spiral pattern of the dial. The nine orange indexes hint at the Nine-Tails sealed in himself while the 12 o’clock position index represents the pendant he inherited from Tsunade, a senior Hokage of his village. The Uzumaki Clan’s Kamon, or Japanese emblem used to decorate and identify an individual, family, or institution, is printed on the case back.
Naruto’s friend and rival, Sasuke is captured in every detail of this blue dialed watch. His trademark Jutsu “Chidori” is reflected in the dial pattern, in which the Jutsu’s hand sign is discretely highlighted on the one, three and eight o’ clock positions. The horizontal line on the Hidden Leaf Village symbol on the bezel represents the scar marked on his forehead protector by Naruto, and the watch crown is engraved the Clan’s unique “Sharingan” sign. On the case back is printed the Uchiha Clan’s Kamon.
Shikamaru’s “Shadow Possession Jutsu” is perfectly reflected in the dial of this watch. The Black colour scheme with green accents and the mesh-like dial ring are consistent with the character’s attire. The indexes are designed in the shape of his favorite Shogi game pieces, and the case back carries the Nara Clan’s Kamon.
The colour combination is reminiscent of Lee’s trademark jumpsuit and leg warmers. The bezel reflects on one side the bandages of his arms and thigh, and on the other, the “The Eight Inner Gates,” of which Lee had managed to open up to the fifth gate to obtain the extraordinary “Hidden Lotus”. On the case back are the kanji characters meaning “Guts” as found on his heavy ankle weights.
The brown case and the pressed pattern of the dial are inspired by sand, and the kanji character for “love” at the one o’clock position brings Gaara and the One-Tailed sealed inside him to life. The pattern inspired by the mark on his gourd is seen on both the dial ring and case back.
Inheriting his father Naruto’s Jutsu “Rasengan”, the dial has the same spiral pattern in black. The color of his costume is reflected in the vivid pink colour accents on the strap and second hand. The 12 o’clock index is inspired by a bolt as seen in the animation’s logo. The Uzumaki Clan’s Kamon is printed on the case back.
The “Fire Style: Fire Ball Jutsu” Sarada inherited from her father Sasuke, is expressed in the red gradation dial. The single Tomoe mark on the 5 o’clock position indicates she is still a young Ninja in training in pursuit of improving her “Sharingan”. The two-tone bezel is symbolic of how she has inherited both her father Sasuke and her mother Sakura’s characteristics as a Ninja. The Uchiha Clan’s Kamon is printed on both the bezel and the case back.
The movements are all Seiko’s tried and trusted automatic Calibre 4R36, with 24 jewels, optional manual-winding, a 41-hour power reserve and a hacking second hand. All are water resistant to 10 bar and have see-through case backs. Each watch will come with a box inspired by the Earth and Heaven Scrolls from the Chunin Exams, a widescale examination used to test the skill of junior Ninja.
Seiko 5 Sports Naruto & Boruto is now ready to be picked up at the price of THB 16,280. As a limited edition, only 6,500 of each model is available worldwide. Naruto fans in Thailand can also get a hand on them as we are now accepting pre-order at Seiko Shop on Level 2 of King Power Rangnam until 10 December 2020 before official release date on 11 December.
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