Devon Works, a watch maker based in California, has come up with this striking, and very limited timepiece to attract Star Wars fans, ahead of The Force Awakens movie out at the end of this year. Blending a unique method of telling the time with a variety of Star Wars themed design touches, it’s like nothing you’ll have seen before. However, only 500 will be produced, and they cost a galactic $28,500 each, meaning it’ll only be a select few Star Wars fans strapping this to their wrists in the near future.
What makes this a Star Wars watch? Made from stainless steel and covered with a black, diamond-like carbon coating, it would fit perfectly with Darth Vader’s suit, if he was looking for something a bit flashy. Devon has incorporated the iconic TIE Fighter wing design into the body, added the Empire’s logo to the crown, used elements from Vader’s helmet for the case, and made the strap with textured leather similar to Vader’s gloves. The watch’s existing belt system uses four motor covers that are created in green and red to resemble the details on Darth Vader’s center console.
It looks superb, but the watch face is even more impressive. Devon has used a system it calls “Time Belts” to show the time. Based on the Devon Thread 1 model, the watch has 350 individual parts, 313 electrical contacts, four glass-reinforced nylon belts (used in gauges on the original 747 aircraft) and four microstep motors. The watch also features an on-board microprocessor, multiple high-tech optical recognition cells, lubricant-free ruby bearings and a lithium-polymer cell that recharges wirelessly through an inductive charging tower. The battery lasts for two weeks. Devon says the technology used to make the watch simply didn’t exist before, and everything we see has been made specially for this stunning watch.
The intimidating watch measures 61.2mm (2.4 inches) wide by 66.3mm (2.6 inches) high by 22.1mm (0.87 of an inch) deep, and it’s made from 316L stainless steel with a true black diamond-like coating. It also has a scratch-resistant polycarbonate lens with bulletproof durability. Each “Star Wars” watch is packaged in a specially built box inspired by Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter and will sell on Amazon and through authorized Devon retailers in America beginning in October 2015. We doubt the pictures do the final product much justice, it’s so filled with detail, so it’s a shame that only incredibly wealthy Star Wars fans will ever get to own one. The 500 watches will be produced over a two-year period, and can be pre-ordered with a $2,500 deposit.
By Andy Boxall (Digital Trends) and Bonnie Burton (CNet)