G-SHOCK is getting the King Nerd treatment with a 300-piece, UK exclusive limited-edition bearing the work of the engraver, artist and designer.
King Nerd, aka Johnny Dowell, spent 15 years perfecting his engraving technique at 200-year-old gun manufacturer, James Purdey & Son’s, before setting out on his own and lending his style to exclusive pieces from the likes of Harley-Davidson, Jaeger LeCoultre and Bamford London,
For this latest collaboration, King Nerd, takes on G-SHOCK’s iconic GM-6900 with a gold IP-plated steel case and black resin strap emblazoned with bespoke artwork and a signed keeper.
The watch, which is 200m water resistant, shock resistant and features electro-luminescent backlighting, flash alert, countdown timer, alarm and calendar, is presented with a limited signed and numbered King Nerd artwork print and sticker.
“King Nerd’ stands for ‘Old and New’ and I wanted to create something that showed that and that’s how I came up with the design – very traditional and ornate to go with the very modern and solid shape of the G-SHOCK. The two combined creates a great juxtaposition.” Said Dowell.
“It’s almost as if these two different styles shouldn’t work together but upon seeing the watch the ornate design in a contemporary print colour works perfectly with the fun and modern look of the watch. These kinds of ornate patterns have been used in engraving for many, many years on the likes of weapons and armour, and the ceilings and insides of buildings.”
The GM-6900GKING-9ER drops in early March via G-SHOCK, priced £249 ($350 USD).
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