Even after almost 50 years after his death, the legendary action film star Bruce Lee is still a prominent inspiration to many today.
From Quentin Tarantino’s homage to Bruce Lee’s iconic yellow jumpsuit in Kill Bill Vol. 1, to the hybrid philosophy of martial arts Jeet Kune Do, Lee’s personal martial arts philosophy that is still practised by many to this day… Not only did he break into Tinseltown as an Asian American before everyone out there started clambering to be the “token Asian” in Hollywood-made films, he also broke the stereotype back then in the film industry for emasculated Asian males derided from the Qing Dynasty.
Paying tribute to the legend and to mark his 80th birth anniversary this year, Casio Malaysia will be releasing a Bruce Lee commemorative timepiece in addition to the G-Shock MR-G series.
The flagship series of G-Shock continues to deliver an uncompromising commitment to materials, structure, processing and finishing in the new MRG-G2000BL model, with a design that recalls Lee’s world-class physical and mental toughness.
Based on the MRG-G2000 model, the latest timepiece features the colours of black and yellow for the case and band respectively – a nod to Bruce Lee’s iconic tracksuit in the posthumously released film in 1981, Game of Death.
On top of that, the timepiece expresses the philosophical thinking behind Jeet Kune Do and its creator: the indices, the MR-G logo and seconds hand carry the colours of yellow and red from the Jeet Kune Do emblem; whereas the bezel is engraved with the phrase that depicts the limitless potential of Jeet Kune Do: “Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation.” The same phrase in Chinese characters is also seen on the caseback. Upon the dial at the 3 o’clock position is the Chinese character “龍” or “dragon” – Bruce Lee’s nickname.
With only 300 pieces going on sale worldwide, the G-Shock MR-G x Bruce Lee timepiece also features time adjustment using radio wave time-calibration signals, GPS satellite signals, and Bluetooth to ensure accurate time reflecting the time zone changes around the world and daylight savings time.