Bausele are back with another collaboration with famed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master, Jean Jacques Machado. This limited-edition piece seamlessly combines the art of watchmaking with the essence of martial arts mastery.
Machado began his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) journey in Rio de Janeiro over four decades ago. He quickly emerged as one of the pioneering figures of the sport. In Brazil, Machado took home every prestigious title and accolade between 1982 and 1992. It was time for the next step, so in ’92 Machado moved to the United States where he continued to earn acclaim.
Today, Machado is one of the few 7th-degree Coral Belt fighters who actively teaches others at his academy in Woodland Hills, California.
Such an accomplished person like Machado deserves a timepiece from a watchmaker as committed to excellence as Bausele. As such, this 38mm watch is crafted in sandblasted stainless steel with a 12mm thickness and 45mm lug-to-lug plus a 100-metre water resistance rating.
One of the most captivating aspects of the piece is the is the screw-down crown. Not because of its function, but because it’s filled with a piece of Machado’s coral belt visible through the crown cap. Embedding interesting materials in the crown is a Bausele specialty and is one aspect of their pieces that we keep our eye on as they often lead to some choice surprises.
The steel caseback is laser engraved with the logo of Machado’s academy alongside the “One of 100” moniker.
The two-layer dial is the same red as the Coral Belt, complete with black around the circumference while above 6 o’clock is Machado’s own signature. You’ve got standard numerals in their usual positions, but within the dial centre there’s numerals for 24-hour time which is nifty for quick conversions. However, only the standard time and the hands are coated in Luminova.
Powering the piece is the always reliable and resilient Seiko NH38 with a 41-hour power reserve.
These pieces arrive on either a 22mm leather or nylon strap in either black or red for each material.
The Jean-Jacques Machado Limited Edition is available for pre-order now for $1,117 AUD (US$700) with deliveries expected in January 2024. For more information, or if you just want to secure yourself a piece, head to the Bausele website.