Romano Alberti

Romano Alberti

Artist e Designer
“Flashes of light from the past“

The O-Yoroi project has its roots in the three great passions of my life: the oriental culture, art and horology. The constant practice of martial arts, such as Aikido and Kenjutsu (“the art of the sword”), over time proved to be a true path of spiritual realization.
In these arts, the methodical search for perfection in the movements becomes the mean to find the perfect inner balance, in the union of body, mind and spirit. This is the same research that has led me to realize the O-Yoroi watch as an object of art and design, where every detail has a precise meaning and inspires concentration and continuous research of a dynamic equilibrium over time.

O-Yoroi is a tribute to the legendary figure of the Samurai and his philosophy of life. The culture of the Samurai warrior is permeated by the awareness of the transience of things, which leads to a high appreciation for art and to a profound moral discipline.

In the classical iconography of the warrior the cherry represents together the beauty and transience of life. An ancient toward still remembered is “Hana wa sakuragi, hito wa bushi” – “Like the cherry blossom is the best among the flowers, so the warrior is the best among men.”

The armor was not only for military use but also represented the clan of membership of the family: the armor was much more elaborate as much was high the rank of the family. For me today wearing the O-Yoroi watch on my wrist is like wearing a real armor and recognize me in a family of high rank of humanity, the one that pursues the same seven virtues of the warrior (Bushi):

  • Honesty and justice (GI)
  • Heroic courage, bravery, generosity (YU)
  • Compassion (JIN)
  • Kindness, devotion, healthy lifestyle (REI)
  • Complete sincerity (MAKOTO)
  • Dignity and honor (MEIYO)
  • Duty and loyalty (CHUGI)

This is the secret to better manage the evolution of every situation and prevent a conflict or the opponent’s moves. Are the right decisions and the right actions that enable us to survive and excel in every field. As in the Aikido practice, life is primarily a matter of harmony and time. Seize the moment, the right time. The winning movement is not about power, but time, clear intention and precision. Thus opening the doors to the expression of an invisible energy.

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