Bound into the future of tough, rugged watches with this signature timepiece inspired by professional basketball player Rui Hachimura. Breaking new ground in watch design with a metal forged bezel, this watch introduces a distinctive color palette to the base model — the metal-clad GM-110 analog-digital combination — for a truly original timepiece.
The design begins with the case, metal band loop, and buckle ion-plated in lustrous copper, and then adds yellow, green, and red, the national colors of Hachimura’s ancestral home of Benin, to the hands, dial and cloth band loops.
Switch between watchbands — classic black to make the copper case really pop, or the truly special kente-cloth* motif. Hachimura’s personal logo, which combines the Japanese character for 8 (八) and a Japanese sword, is engraved on the metal band loop and the back of the watch case.
*Kente-cloth: Kente are specially woven festive ritual cloths used in West Africa. Adorned with traditional proverbs and sayings, kente patterns boast a long cultural history.
Profile of Rui Hachimura
Born February 8, 1998 in Toyama Prefecture, Japan. After graduating from Meisei High School in Miyagi in 2016, Hachimura attended Gonzaga University in the United States. As a member of the Gonzaga University basketball team, he became the first Japanese national to play in a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament. Hachimura received the 2018-2019 Julius Erving Award, which recognizes the top men’s collegiate small forwards of the year. He made history when he became the first Japanese-born player ever to be chosen in the NBA Draft, going to the Washington Wizards as the ninth overall pick. In his rookie season, Hachimura played in 48 of 72 games, and his stellar performance earned him a spot on the second-team NBA All-Rookie Team. The 23-year-old stands 203 centimetres tall and weighs in at 104 kilograms.