Casio Releases its G-SHOCK MR-G × Bruce Lee Collaboration ModelBy Suan Futt Yeo
It’s been almost 50 years since Bruce Lee passed away; yet his star has not diminished. To this day, he remains the gold standard against which martial artists and martial arts movie stars are measured, the ultimate warrior-thinker who had the knack for smashing preconceptions wherever he went and did. As far as Bruce Lee was concerned, he was just perfecting himself in a life journey of self-discovery; but this most private undertaking executed with laser-focus would leave such tall waves in the public sphere that Bruce Lee is forever posited in the pantheon of cultural icons. For a gist of who he was, we have collated some of Lee’s quotes at the bottom of the page.
To wear a token of the Bruce Lee spirit though, Casio is marking the 80th year since Bruce Lee’s birth a special edition model from its overachiever MR-G line. Two images of Bruce Lee immediately come to mind when thinking about the man: bare-bodied with claw streaks across chest and cheeks in Enter the Dragon, and the other in the infamous yellow jumpsuit that he wore in the last film that he never finished, The Game of Death.
Casio’s Bruce Lee tribute is plainly inspired by the latter, from the black titanium case with yellow strap and hour markers, as well as a re-creation of Bruce Lee’s signature based on the traditional Chinese character for dragon (“龍”), his nickname. On the bezel, and on the back, the MRG-G2000BL is inscribed with “Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation” in Chinese characters. This is the motto of Jeet Kune Do (its logo is also engraved on the caseback), a free-form rendition of Chinese Kungfu that Bruce Lee developed, which is arguably the precursor for today’s mixed martial arts that eschew form and pattern for sheer combat capability.
Casio seems to have taken JKD’s motto to heart: the MRG-G2000BL practically bristles with capability: GPS, radio and Bluetooth receptors keep the watch talking to satellites, radio time signal stations and your smartphone to keep the watch on time anywhere in the world, while its solar cell on full charge will keep the watch powered for 23 months in total darkness. Add to the that the lightweight and comfortable titanium case, and it’s a G-SHOCK one can wear through hell. In a limited edition of 300 pieces.
Bruce Lee Quotes:
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.”
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”
“Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”
“Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.”
Solar-powered quartz; 23 month power reserve; radio/GPS reception; Bluetooth; 39 time zones with on/off daylight saving; chronograph; alarm
Titanium case 54.7 × 49.8 × 16.9 mm; 200m water resistance
Yellow rubber Strap
Limited edition of 300 pieces.