NAMM 2017: Martin unveils 2 Millionth Guitar with built-in watch and £127k D-200 Deluxe acoustics

NAMM 2017: Martin has made its fair share of showstoppers before, but nothing can prepare you for its jaw-dropping 2 Millionth Guitar and limited-edition D-200 Deluxe, both of which were made in conjunction with American watchmaker RGM.

According to the quite beautiful video below, there are plenty of parallels to be drawn between guitar players and watch-wearers, and accordingly, Martin has gone all-in with the time/watch theme for these two guitars.

Martin 2 Millionth Guitar

Celebrating Martin's two-millionth guitar, the appropriately named 2 Millionth Guitar boasts decorative watch-style gears and inlays, guilloché (a process of cutting geometric patterns into metal, apparently) and an actual working watch embedded into the headstock.

The guitar itself packs a D-45-style body with a highly figured bearclaw Engelmann spruce top and Brazilian rosewood back and sides.

This one will be on show at NAMM, we'll make sure to watch out for it (sorry).

Martin D-200 Deluxe

Again, the D-200 Deluxe celebrates Martin's two-millionth serial number, this time adopting a 14-fret Style 45 Dreadnought outline.

Much of the decorative action takes place around the back of the guitar, where the pre-CITES Brazilian rosewood is inlaid with watch gears cuts from reconstituted stone, mother-of-pearl, bloodwood, Haiwaiian koa and ebony.

Inlays on the guitar's highly figured bearclaw Engelmann spruce include a minute track in mother-of-pearl, birdseye maple, flamed Hawaiian koa and ebony, plus a pickguard with pearl-inlaid watch gears and aluminium rosette with guilloché engraving.

Each guitar comes with a newly designed RGM watch that references details from the guitar and bears a matching serial number

On top of that, there's triple-strand abalone pearl striping bisecting the length of each side, plus a maple-bound ebony fingerboard with gear mechanisms.

Each guitar comes with a newly designed RGM watch that references details from the guitar and bears a matching serial number.

What's more, each guitar is shipped in an aluminium Zero Manufacturing attache case with built-in hygrometer, which allows owners to monitor the atmosphere of the case without opening it.

That's a very good thing, because you'll want to baby this one with its price tag of £127,500/$149,999. Just 50 will be made, and Martin justifiably promises they will be "played and prized until the end of time".

Head over to the company's website for more info.

Michael Astley-Brown

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