he EP 01-01 Cyborg Black Shadow Warrior is the latest bold creative expression from the young luxury Swiss marque - Emera, whose audacious ambition is to redefine the parameters of haute horlogerie and challenge expectations of what a luxury watch can be.
The remarkable new creation exemplifies the values of craftsmanship, dedication to mastery, and the enduring human pursuit of perfection, common to both master watchmakers and the ancient Samurai Warrior class.
Many details are directly inspired by the ways of the samurai and the strict code of ethics and ethos that governed their way of life. It is designed to invoke the values, virtues, and principles of samurai tradition and inspire whoever wears it to strive for excellence and uphold integrity.
The intimidating sculpted relief of a samurai warrior in traditional armour evokes the intricate, highly decorative forging techniques used on Katana sword hilts and the Tsuba (handguard). It reveals one of the most beautiful and understated design features of the watch. Hidden beneath the opaque black DLC coating is delicately hand-carved 18k rose gold, forever concealed, a secret known only to its owner. Frugality, humility, and modesty were considered virtues in feudal Japan. While samurai were members of a hierarchical society where social status and wealth played significant roles, they were expected to maintain a humble, discrete outward appearance and avoid extravagance.
Inside the watch is the Calibre MRA 01, an in-house, mechanical, automatic movement with a sixty-second flying tourbillon. It is a mesmerising display of precision craftsmanship, but it remains under the watchful protection of its devoted warrior guardian.
While samurai symbology is the key design theme of EP 01-01 Cyborg Black Shadow Warrior, its angular case unapologetically borrows characteristics of hypercars, both in its dynamic lines and in the lightweight, high-performance materials employed. Grade 5 titanium coated with DLC makes it considerably more resilient than even the toughest samurai armour.
Emera’s bold approach to watchmaking and contempt for tried and trusted category codes appeal to a new generation of luxury watch enthusiasts who share similar progressive values and a desire to fearlessly carve their own path in life.
Since arriving on the scene two years ago with its ‘ultra futuristic’ Cyborg collection, the enigmatic luxury Swiss marque has garnered interest from industry insiders and connoisseurs of avant-garde prestige pieces.
One such individual is a member of the royal family of Monaco and an influential watch collector - Louis Ducruet. Emera was invited to unveil its new watch at a special gala dinner hosted by Princess Stéphanie of Monaco for Fight Aids Monaco. Among the VIP guests to be the first to glimpse a pre-production prototype up close were warriors of world football - Robert Pires, Ricardo Carvalho, Fernando Morientes, Gaizka Mendieta, Francesco Totti, Clarence Seedorf, and Youri Djorkaeff.
The Cyborg Black Shadow Warrior will be limited to just 20 pieces worldwide and priced at CHF 395,000, with a percentage of each watch sold donated to Fight Aids Monaco.
The EP 01-01 Cyborg Black Shadow Warrior epitomises Emera’s defiant design language and is indicative of the type of disruptive timepieces the company intends to bring to the apex of the luxury watch category.
Movement: Calibre MRA 01 / in-house, mechanical, automatic winding. Hours, minutes, flying 60 seconds tourbillon, 51 components, 0.35 grams, including balance wheel and escapement. 19 Jewel’s. 2 bearings (with seven ceramic spheres each).
Frequency: 4 Hz (28’800 vibrations per hour).
Power reserve: up to 44h.
Dial: 18K rose gold, hand engraved with black DLC coating. Lacquered red Galvacolor indexes.
Hands: 18K rose gold and super-luminova
Crystals: Sapphire crystals (2)
Case: Grade 5 Titanium, black DLC coated.
Dimensions: 46.80 x 56.60 mm x 15.90 mm
Strap: Black technical fabric
Clasp: Pin-buckle in Grade 5 Titanium, black DLC coated.
Water Resistance: 3 ATM
Availability: Limited series of 20 pieces / 100% Swiss Made
Price excl. tax: CHF 395,000.00