The unique Black Belt Watch has been manufactured to mirror 7 virtues of the Bushido Martial Art. A tribute to samurai warriors’ code, this model has been especially created for black belt fighters, who practice different styles of martial arts all over the world. All practitioners are demanded to submit official rank certificates.
The Black Belt Watch pledges its support to the "Little Dreams" foundation and transfers a certain amount of its sales to the "No Difference" cause. The latter represents a program, which focuses on offering young disabled people an opportunity to practice a Martial Art, they show an avid interest in.
To honor the Bushido Martial Art, the black belt holders, Claudio Alessi and Yvan Arpa entered into a partnership with Swiss timepiece manufacturers and produced a watch, marked with Gi Rectitude, Yu Courage, Jin Benevolence, Rei Respect , Makoto Honesty, Meiyo Honor, Chugi Loyalty.
The eminent Martial Arts master, Claudio Allesi was conferred a title of the winner in the course of World Championship and some European and Swiss Championships. Another great achievement of this outstanding personality is the development of a special technique of teaching Martial Arts to handicapped people.
After many years of dedicated practice in the domain of Martial Arts and participation in 14 karate final matches, Yvan Arpa chose to explore new horizons and tried his hand in the field of watchmaking. His perfect marketing vision contributed to the outstanding success of Sector No limit, the Hublot Big Bang and Romain Jerome “DNA of Famous Legends” . He manufactured two extremely innovative collections, “Titanic-DNA” and “Moon Dust-DNA” , distinguished by bold design and excellent prowess.
The Black Belt Watch is a true incarnation of Arpa’s creative approach towards developing exclusive horological pieces.
The watch employs a case, exposing a satin finish and PVD-coating. The case is fitted with a steel sandblasted bezel, stamped with polished Kanji characters. The case-back bears the engraving “For Black Belts Only” .
The Black Belt Watch dial also features the engraving, which reads “Black Belt”. The pattern, depicted on the dial’s background, duplicates the fabric, used for kimonos. The hands, meanwhile, echo a Shinai, a conventional bamboo sword used for practice in Kendo.
The timepiece is powered by an automatic mechanical movement, entirely executed in Switzerland. It features a balance wheel, moving back and forth at 28,800 vibrations per hour.
Fitting this model is a strap, made of processed “Alzavel waterproof” calfskin and high-tech pierced rubber, which resembles a kimono’s texture.
The Black Belt Watch provides 100-meter water-resistance.