esigned and built by Wright from 1913-1922, the Tokyo Imperial Hotel served as an architectural icon in the city for decades, even surviving the most devastating of natural disasters. Known to merge eastern and western architecture in his design, the hotel is one of the earliest examples of Mayan revival, a modern style that took cues from the architecture and iconography of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures.
Drawing inspiration from the hotel’s blueprints and sketches, including exterior, furniture and even tableware, Bulova introduces a new Limited Edition watch capturing the essence of this standout building. This unique and collectable timepiece focuses on a specific geometric peacock detail found in the hotel’s mural and carpeting. The hexagon at the centre of the peacock directly influenced the shape of the 41mm gold-tone stainless steel case, but with rounded edges to ensure comfort. The multi-layer printed graphic dial captures the dimension of the vibrant and colourful peacock design.
Powered by a Miyota quartz movement, other watch features include a curved mineral crystal, crown at 2 o’clock, 30M water resistance, and case back with glass insert specially printed with a line drawing of the hotel façade and individually numbered. The watch is set on a blue calf leather strap with tonal stitching and hot stamped graphic pattern on the strap underside. Offered in an elegant presentation box with story booklet and commemorative plaque, this new Frank Lloyd Wright timepiece is limited to 1,000 pieces and retails for $495.
As a New York-based watch brand, Bulova embodies the vision of America’s greatest architect in its Frank Lloyd Wright watch collection. Bulova continues its longstanding partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to further the Foundation’s mission to make Wright’s work known and accessible to the public worldwide.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, founded in 1940 by Wright to advance his legacy of organic architecture, is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and owns Wright’s own homes, Taliesin and Taliesin West, along with his intellectual property. The Foundation shares the authentic experience of Wright’s work to inspire people to discover and embrace an architecture for better living through meaningful connections to nature, the arts, and each other.