armor that can be worn nowadays
The edo armor brand “tadayasu” has collaborated with designers and watchmakers to create modern watches. in japan, the custom of decorating dolls with traditional armor is declining due to changes in lifestyle, declining birth rate, and decline in festival culture. after studying armor modeling and the preservation and application of the technique, the designers thought ‘what is an armor that can be worn nowadays? To answer this question, designer Yusuke Taguchi suggested a wristwatch. he believed that there was something in common between the abundance of watch parts, its manufacturing process, and armor made with various artisan techniques using kyoto textiles, braids, woodworking, lacquer work and human hands.
the tadayasu brand is actively considering passing the armor culture and technique to the next generation in a different way. through the production of armor products that have been turned into kacchu watch and bottle armor – armor products that can be worn on wine bottles and sake bottles – they explore the possibility of supporting culture and the technique of armor.
all images are courtesy of yusuke taguchi design
a watch that fits the modern commercial scene
the first armor watch is a sengoku warrior or masamune date which is also popular outside of japan. It is a wristwatch that fits the modern commercial scene and incorporates the elements of the popular masamune date as the first kacchu watch. pieces of armor that resemble a watch as a sleeve include a ‘crescent moon’ second hand which is a symbol of the date masamune, coloring and polishing using the color black, and historical anecdotes in the design. it is a wristwatch that expresses a deep and splendid “date” culture which means being cool and fashionable in Japan.
While seizing demand for armored watches, the brand has crowdfunded to explore the possibilities of armor techniques it has developed for armored watches, but is unwilling to invest in production without pre-ordering sales. crowdfunding can be purchased in support only in japan. however, if commercialization is achieved, they seek to expand into the global market.
a watch with parts that look like Japanese armor
the second hand is a “crescent moon” which is a symbol of the date masamune
staining and polishing using black color
craft techniques using textiles and kyoto braids
deconstructed kacchu watch
Name: kacchu watch, date masamune
designate: Yusuke Taguchi
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edited by: yasmina karam | design boom